1977 Google search / select / collect

Guthrie Lonergan, Hacking vrs. defaults chart, 2007

For this project I will be mostly using defaults:

I am using a Mac. The default browser is Safari and the default Search engine is Google. Although both the Mac and Safari are not the most widely used hardware and software, they are accessible to me. Google on the other hand is the most used Search Engine in the world, and the most visited website.


I will not sign in to Google and leave everything set to defaults because I want the most unbiased results I can get.
The default ‘Results per page’ is approximately 10 but this depends on the results.

Search history

When signed in, you can receive more relevant results and recommendations based on your search activity. You can turn off or edit your search history at any time.

 


Using these defaults I search every date from the year 1977 using the most common date format (dd Month yyyy)

To determine how many days I have to search I need to know if 1977 was a leap year or not, this dictates how many days there are in February and therefore how many days the year has. I also need to know the order of the number of days in all the other months. The easiest way to do this is by consulting a calendar. Another method would be to use the leap year algorithm and the knuckle mnemonic.

 

1977 Calendar

 

1977 was a common year, that means there are 365 days, that means 365 google searches.I look for anything of interest on the Search Engine Results Page (SERP) but primarily I focus on the top result (this was my process for the earlier iteration of the project — 77to15).

I am only looking at the first page of search results.

I collect each SERP for future use using two methods.

  1. Screenshot the browser window.
  2. Print the page to pdf

SERP screenshot

SERP printed to pdf

I collect all the top results by copy/pasting them into two documents, a .rtf and a .txt

January 1977 top results .rtf

January 1977 top results .txt

This is the basic process of search selection and collection.

When all the searches are completed and collected I  examine the results.

 

The results reveal 10 Unique results, nine of which are Wikipedia pages, and one which is art related, MoMA. The rest are banal, generic, repetitive.

Result Number Notes
https://takemeback.to/ x 310 GENERIC/REPETITIVE
https://www.onthisday.com x 26 GENERIC/REPETITIVE
https://en.wikipedia.org x 12 UNIQUE x 9
Repetition x 3
https://mybirthday.ninja x 10 GENERIC/non-specific
https://happyhappybirthday.net x 3 GENERIC/REPETITIVE
birthdayscan.com/ x 1 GENERIC/non-specific
https://www.moma.org x 1 UNIQUE
https://www.thehoroscope.co x 1 dead link: 404 error

These are the unique results

  1. 18 January 1977: Granville rail disaster – Wikipedia
  2. 4 March 1977: 1977 Vrancea earthquake – Wikipedia
  3. 27 March 1977: Tenerife airport disaster – Wikipedia
  4. 1 May 1977: Taksim Square massacre – Wikipedia
  5. 5 July 1977: Operation Fair Play – Wikipedia
  6. 13 July 1977: New York City blackout of 1977 – Wikipedia
  7. 15 August 1977: Wow! signal – Wikipedia
  8. 20 September 1977: Petrozavodsk phenomenon – Wikipedia
  9. 18 October 1977: Gerhard Richter. October 18, 1977. 1988 | MoMA
  10. 26 November 1977: Southern Television broadcast interruption – Wikipedia

Rail Disaster
Earthquake
Airport Disaster
Massacre
Military Coup
Blackout
Interstellar Radio Signal
Phenomenon
Art (Painting)
TV Broadcast Hijack


18 January 1977:
Granville rail disaster – Wikipedia

https://en.wikipedia.org

The Granville rail disaster occurred on Tuesday 18 January 1977 at Granville, New South Wales, a western suburb of Sydney when a crowded commuter train derailed, running into the supports of a road bridge that collapsed onto two of the train’s passenger carriages. It remains the worst rail disaster in Australian history  …
Rail line‎: ‎Main Western line
Deaths‎: ‎84
Cause‎: ‎Maintenance of 4620
Injuries‎: ‎213


4 March 1977:
1977 Vrancea earthquake – Wikipedia

https://en.wikipedia.org

The 1977 Vrancea earthquake occurred on 4 March 1977, at 21:22 local time, and was felt throughout the Balkans. It had a magnitude of 7.2, making it the second most powerful earthquake recorded in Romania in the 20th century, after 10 November 1940 seismic event. The epicenter was situated in the Vrancea …
Damage and casualties · ‎Bulgaria · ‎Aftershocks · ‎Reactions of authorities


27 March 1977:
Tenerife airport disaster – Wikipedia

https://en.wikipedia.org

On March 27, 1977, two Boeing 747 passenger jets, KLM Flight 4805 and Pan Am Flight 1736, collided on the runway at Los Rodeos Airport (now Tenerife North Airport), on the Spanish island of Tenerife, Canary Islands, killing 583 people, and making it the deadliest accident in aviation history. A terrorist incident at Gran …
Eve Meyer · ‎List of aircraft accidents and … · ‎Jacob Veldhuyzen van Zanten


1 May 1977:
Taksim Square massacre – Wikipedia

https://en.wikipedia.org

The Taksim Square massacre (Turkish: Kanlı 1 Mayıs) relates to the incidents on 1 May 1977, the international Labour Day on Taksim Square in Istanbul, Turkey. The event came within the scope of the wave of political violence in Turkey of the late 1970s.
Background · ‎The event · ‎Legal measures · ‎Assailants: Counter …


5 July 1977:
Operation Fair Play – Wikipedia

https://en.wikipedia.org

Operation Fair Play was the code name for the 5 July 1977 coup by Pakistan Chief of Army Staff General Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq, overthrowing the government of Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. The coup itself was bloodless, and was preceded by social unrest and political conflict between the ruling leftist Pakistan …
Executed by‎: ‎111th Brigade‎, ‎X Corps
Planned by‎: ‎General Headquarters (GHQ)
Date‎: ‎4 July 1977
Location‎: ‎Prime Minister Secretariat, Islamabad


13 July 1977:
New York City blackout of 1977 – Wikipedia

https://en.wikipedia.org

The New York City blackout of 1977 was an electricity blackout that affected most of New York City on July 13–14, 1977.
Timeline · ‎Effects · ‎References


15 August 1977:
Wow! signal – Wikipedia

https://en.wikipedia.org

signal was a strong narrowband radio signal received on August 15, 1977, by Ohio State University’s Big Ear radio telescope in the United States, then used to support the search for extraterrestrial intelligence.
Ohio State University Radio … · ‎SHGb02+14a · ‎Tau Sagittarii · ‎Fast radio burst


20 September 1977:
Petrozavodsk phenomenon – Wikipedia

https://en.wikipedia.org

The Petrozavodsk phenomenon was a series of celestial events of a disputed nature that occurred on September 20, 1977. The sightings were reported over a vast territory, from Copenhagen and Helsinki in the west to Vladivostok in the east.


18 October 1977:
Gerhard Richter. October 18, 1977. 1988 | MoMA

https://www.moma.org

The fifteen paintings that compose October 18, 1977 are based on photographs of moments in the lives and deaths of four members of the Red Army Faction ( RAF), a German left-wing terrorist group that perpetrated a number of kidnappings and killings throughout the 1970s. Like On Kawara’s date paintings, these …


26 November 1977:
Southern Television broadcast interruption – Wikipedia

https://en.wikipedia.org

The Southern Television broadcast interruption was a broadcast interruption through the Hannington transmitter of the Independent Broadcasting Authority in the United Kingdom at 5:10 p.m. on 26 November 1977. The broadcast message is generally considered to be a hoax, but the identity of the hijacker is unknown.
Description · ‎Explanation · ‎Public and media response · ‎Transcript


 

 

 

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