Shetlopedia - The Shetland Encyclopaedia
- Point of Fethaland Lighthouse first lit.
- An outbreak of measles in 1977-1978 affected 1032 Shetlanders, about 5% of the population.
- Lerwick Branch of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints organised, although the current building is not adapted until 2003.
The wooden hulled motor diving support/transport vessel Trygg (LK188) drove from anchor and wrecked at the pier in Ham Voe, Foula during a storm on this date, according to the published work of one of her owners, but on the same date in 1978 according to the official record.
St Clair (III) leaves Lerwick for the final time.
The Arctic Hunter a British steel hulled fishing vessel registered in Glasgow, ran around near Mid Yell in a gale.
The Coastal Empress, a motor fishing trawler, registered in Britain, sank at 1.02N, 00.38W, approx 15 miles NNE of Muckle Flugga, Unst.
Carl Emil Pettersen arrives Lerwick, on his way to Greenland with L/S Rundø, the old restored pilot vessel which was a refugee ship in 1941. Rundø's flag from wartime was given to the museum in Lerwick. Rundø was later that summer wrecked in the ice near Greenland.
A convoy of 96 boats from all parts of west Norway set out from Måløy, bound for Lerwick, Måløy's friendship town.
Dunrossness by-election for the Shetland Islands Council.
Elinor Viking, A278 (Skipper, Alec Flett), shipwrecked on the Ve Skerries. All lives saved thanks to a British Airways helicopter, with a volunteer crew, from their base at Sumburgh Airport, which winched the crew to safety within hours of the grounding, at the request of Alec Webster, Coastguard Station Officer, Lerwick. This proved the value of helicopters for rescue operations, and may well have been the example needed for the formation of todays coastguard search and rescue helicopter based at Sumburgh Airport.
It is worth contrasting this wreck with that of the 'Ben Doran' on 29th March 1930, in which all lives were lost even though the ship was wrecked in relatively fine conditions