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July 22nd 1977: Deng Xiaoping restored to power

On this day in 1977 the Chinese politician Deng Xiaoping returned to government. He had been a prominent figure during the Chinese Civil War, having first become active in the communist movement while studying in France in the 1920s. He rose through the ranks of the Chinese Communist party but his policies differed from those of Communist leader Mao Zedong, especially regarding the economy and the rapid industrialisation and collectivisation of the Great Leap Forward campaign. He was therefore purged for his ‘capitalistic’ tendencies during Mao’s consolidation of Chinese communism in the Cultural Revolution. Deng was especially sidelined by the hardline leftist ‘Gang of Four’, but after their fall in October 1976 he emerged as the next likely leader of China following Mao’s death a month earlier. Therefore on July 22nd 1977 Deng was restored to the posts of Vice Premier of the State Council, Vice-Chairman of the Central Committee, Vice-Chairman of the Military Commission and Chief of the General Staff of the People’s Liberation Army. He then succeeded in pushing aside Mao’s chosen successor Hua Guofeng and Deng thus became China’s de facto leader. Whilst in power, Deng made a reputation as a reformer who aimed to open up Chinese society by allowing criticism of the Cultural Revolution; he firmly argued that "Poverty is not socialism" and aimed to lift millions of peasants out of poverty. He also led market reforms that helped make China the global economic force it is today. However Deng was inflexible in his devotion to communism, and the 1989 brutal suppression of protests in Tienanmen Square occurred during his tenure. He also introduced the infamous ‘one-child policy’ in China. In 1984 Deng Xiaoping negotiated with Britain the return of Hong Kong to Chinese control by 1997, but did not live to see its fruition as he died in February 1997 aged 92.

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January 21st 1977: Carter pardons draft dodgers
On this day in 1977, one day after his inauguration as the 39th President of the United States, Jimmy Carter fulfilled a campaign promise and issued a pardon to the draft dodgers of the Vietnam War. This reprieved the thousands who failed to register or moved to Canada and elsewhere to avoid fighting in the war. The decision was controversial, as many Vietnam veterans opposed the measure as disrespectful to them and felt it would encourage future draft dodging.

January 21st 1977: Carter pardons draft dodgers

On this day in 1977, one day after his inauguration as the 39th President of the United States, Jimmy Carter fulfilled a campaign promise and issued a pardon to the draft dodgers of the Vietnam War. This reprieved the thousands who failed to register or moved to Canada and elsewhere to avoid fighting in the war. The decision was controversial, as many Vietnam veterans opposed the measure as disrespectful to them and felt it would encourage future draft dodging.

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May 25th 1977: Star Wars releasedOn this day in 1977, the iconic film ‘Star Wars’ (later retitled ‘Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope’) was released. It was the first in a six film saga, and was written and directed by George Lucas. It was not expected to be a huge success, but when it was released it earned $460 million in the United States and $337 million overseas, thus defeating ‘Jaws’ as the highest-grossing film (surpassed by 'E.T. the Extra Terrestrial' in 1983). Star Wars was a groundbreaking piece of cinema and its popularity endures.

May 25th 1977: Star Wars released

On this day in 1977, the iconic film ‘Star Wars’ (later retitled ‘Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope’) was released. It was the first in a six film saga, and was written and directed by George Lucas. It was not expected to be a huge success, but when it was released it earned $460 million in the United States and $337 million overseas, thus defeating ‘Jaws’ as the highest-grossing film (surpassed by 'E.T. the Extra Terrestrial' in 1983). Star Wars was a groundbreaking piece of cinema and its popularity endures.

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September 12th 1977: Steve Biko dies

On this day in 1977, South African anti-apartheid activist Steve Biko died aged 30 whilst in police custody in Pretoria. Biko founded the Black Consciousness Movement and coined the famous phrase “black is beautiful”. Biko was arrested on August 18th and was tortured and beaten during interrogations. He died in hospital on September 12th. Whilst police claimed he died due to a hunger strike, it was clear he died from injuries sustained whilst in custody which pointed to police brutality. Biko became a martyr for his cause and a symbol of the anti-apartheid movement.

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September 12th 1977: Steve Biko dies
On this day in 1977, South African anti-apartheid activist Steve Biko died whilst in police custody in Pretoria. Biko founded the Black Consciousness Movement and coined the famous phrase “black is beautiful”. Biko was arrested on August 18th and was tortured and beaten during interrogations. He died in hospital on September 12th. Whilst police claimed he died due to a hunger strike, it was clear he died from injuries sustained whilst in custody which pointed to police brutality. Biko became a martyr for his cause and a symbol of the anti-apartheid movement.

September 12th 1977: Steve Biko dies

On this day in 1977, South African anti-apartheid activist Steve Biko died whilst in police custody in Pretoria. Biko founded the Black Consciousness Movement and coined the famous phrase “black is beautiful”. Biko was arrested on August 18th and was tortured and beaten during interrogations. He died in hospital on September 12th. Whilst police claimed he died due to a hunger strike, it was clear he died from injuries sustained whilst in custody which pointed to police brutality. Biko became a martyr for his cause and a symbol of the anti-apartheid movement.

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