What Happened in April 1976

Historical Events

  • 1st Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs found Apple Computer in the garage of Jobs' parents house in Cupertino, California
  • 1st Conrail takes over operations from six bankrupt railroads in the northeastern U.S..
  • 1st Jovian-Plutonian gravitational effect is first reported by the astronomer Patrick Moore.

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1st "Helter Skelter", detailing Charles Manson's cult "family", their capture, trial, conviction and aftermath, premieres on CBS

Murderer Charles Manson
Charles Manson
  • 2nd Cambodia Khieu Sampan succeeds Prince Sihanouk as Premier
  • 2nd Portuguese constitution assumed

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2nd A's trade prospective free agents Reggie Jackson & Ken Holtzman, to Orioles for Don Baylor, Mike Torrez & Paul Mitchell

MLB Right Fielder Reggie Jackson
MLB Right Fielder
Reggie Jackson
  • 3rd France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
  • 3rd Philadelphia Flyers win record tying 20th straight NHL home game
  • 3rd 130th Grand National: John Burke aboard Rag Trade wins
  • 3rd 21st Eurovision Song Contest: Brotherhood of Man for United Kingdom wins singing "Save Your Kisses for Me" in The Hague
  • 4th 5th Colgate Dinah Shore Golf Championship won by Judy Rankin
  • 4th Seni Pramoj's Democratic Party wins elections in Thailand
  • 5th Harold Wilson resigns as James Callaghan becomes PM of England

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5th Tom Stoppard's "Dirty Linen" premieres in London

Playwright Tom Stoppard
Tom Stoppard
  • 6th 1st quadrophonic movie track: "Ladies & Gentlemen the Rolling Stones"

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7th Chinese Politburo fires vice-premier Deng Xiaoping

Chinese Communist Party Leader Deng Xiaoping
Chinese Communist Party Leader
Deng Xiaoping
  • 8th 1976 NFL Draft: Lee Roy Selmon from University of Oklahoma first pick by Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • 9th US & Russia agreed on size of nuclear tests for peaceful use
  • 10th Brewers' Don Money's grand slammer disallowed-Yanks win 9-7
  • 10th Cleveland Cavaliers win their 1st NBA Central Division title

Sport awardGolf Major

11th 40th Masters Golf Tournament: Ray Floyd wins, shooting a 271

Golfer and Four-Time Major Championship Winner Ray Floyd
Golfer and Four-Time Major Championship Winner
Ray Floyd
  • 11th The Apple I computer, created by Steve Wozniak is released
  • 12th India set 403 to win by WI They get them, 6 wkts 7 overs spare

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12th Anne Rice's debut novel "Interview with a Vampire" is published by Knopf.

Author Anne Rice
Anne Rice
  • 13th $2 bill re-introduced as US currency
  • 13th 1st NBA playoff game for Cleve Cavliers, they lose 100-95 to Wash
  • 13th US Federal Reserve begins issuing $2 bicentennial notes
  • 15th Yankee stadium reopens, Yanks beat Twins after trailing 4-0

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17th NL greatest comeback, trailing 12-1 Phils win 18-16 in 10, Mike Schmidt hits 4 consecutive HRs

MLB Third Baseman Mike Schmidt
MLB Third Baseman
Mike Schmidt
  • 18th 30th Tony Awards: Travesties & Chorus Line win
  • 18th Judy Rankin wins LPGA Karsten- Ping Golf Open
  • 19th 80th Boston Marathon: Jack Fultz of United States 1st man in 2:20:19 and Kim Merritt of United States 1st woman in 2:47:10

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20th George Harrison sings lumberjack song with Monty Python

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
George Harrison
  • 21st Swine Flu vaccine, for non-epidemic, enters testing
  • 21st USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 22nd Barbara Walters becomes 1st female nightly network news anchor

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22nd Director Ingmar Bergman leaves Sweden due to taxation

Director, Writer Ingmar Bergman
Director, Writer
Ingmar Bergman
  • 25th Elections in Vietnam for a National Assembly to reunite the country
  • 25th India all out for 97 v West Indies
  • 25th Jan Stephenson wins LPGA Birmingham Golf Classic
  • 25th Portugal adopts new constitution
  • 25th Cub centerfielder Rick Monday rescues US flag from 2 fans trying to set it on fire
  • 26th Pan Am begins non-stop flights NYC-Tokyo
  • 27th "So Long 174th St" opens at Harkness Theater NYC for 16 performances
  • 27th Arabic Monetary Fund established in Abu Dhabi
  • 29th Minister Irene Vorrink begins fluoridating Dutch drinking water

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

30th Muhammad Ali beats Jimmy Young in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
  • 30th Royal Canadian Mint opens a branch in Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • 30th Wings release "Silly Love Songs"

Famous Birthdays

  • 1st Clarence Seedorf, Surinam/Dutch soccer player (Ajax, Real Madrid)
  • 1st David Oyelowo, English-Nigerian actor
  • 2nd Rory Sabbatini, South African golfer
  • 3rd Keith Closs, NBA center (LA Clippers)
  • 3rd Will Mellor, English actor
  • 3rd Drew Shirley, American musician
  • 4th Emerson, Brazilian footballer
  • 4th Sébastien Enjolras, French racing driver (d. 1997)
  • 5th Ike Hilliard, NFL wide receiver (NY Giants)
  • 5th Ryan Drese, baseball pitcher (Olympics-bronze-96), born in San Francisco, California
  • 5th Simone Inzaghi, Italian footballer
  • 5th Kim Collins, Nevisian sprinter
  • 5th Ross Gload, American baseball player
  • 5th Fernando Morientes, Spanish footballer
  • 6th Candace H Cameron Bure, actress (DJ Tanner-Full House)
  • 6th Simon Coombes, Australian swimmer (Olympics-96), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 6th Georg Hólm, Icelandic musician
  • 7th Erich Goldmann, Dingolfing GER, hockey defenseman (Team Germany 1998)
  • 7th Kevin Alejandro, American actor
  • 8th Jim Farnum, kayak (alt-Olympics-96), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 10th Sara Renner, Canadian cross country skier
  • 12th Brad Miller, American basketball player
  • 13th Everton Matambanadzo, Zimbabwean cricket pace bowler (v Paki 1996)

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13th Jonathan Brandis, American actor (Lucas Wolenczak-seaQuest DSV), born in Danbury, Connecticut (d. 2003)

  • 13th Valentina Cervi, Italian actress
  • 13th Yu Ji-tae, South Korean actor
  • 14th Baedon Choppy, Australian field hockey forward (Olympics-96)
  • 14th Jason Wiemer, Kimberley, NHL left wing (Tampa Bay Lightning)
  • 14th Kyle Farnsworth, American baseball player
  • 14th Christian Älvestam, Swedish musician (Scar Symmetry)
  • 15th Jason Bonsignore, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 15th Susan Ward, American actress
  • 16th Lukas Haas, actor (Witness, Inception), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 16th Dan Kellner, American fencer
  • 16th Shu Qi, Taiwanese actress
  • 17th Nadine Thomas, Miss Jamaica Universe (1997)
  • 17th Monet Mazur, American actress and musician
  • 17th Alex Nesic, American actor

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18th Melissa Joan Hart, american actress (Clarissa, Sabrina), born in Smithtown, New York

  • 18th Fayray, Japanese singer
  • 18th Justin Ross, American politician
  • 19th Vanessa Guzman, Miss Universe-Mexico (1996)
  • 19th Ruud Jolie, Dutch guitarist (Within Temptation)
  • 20th Joey Lawrence, actor (Gimme a Break, Blossom, Summer Rental), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 20th Lenka Nemeckova, Brno Czech, tennis star (1993 Futures-Maribor-SLO)
  • 20th Shay Given, Irish footballer
  • 21st Rommel Adducul, Filipino basketball player
  • 22nd Milena Mayorga, Miss Universe-El Salvador (1996)
  • 22nd Michał Żewłakow, Polish footballer
  • 23rd Tamas Buday Jr, Budapest Hungary, Canadian canoeist (Olympics-96)
  • 24th Shane McDermott, actor (Garrett Booth-Swan's Crossing)
  • 24th Sonya Jeyaseelan, Newestminster BC, tennis star (1995 Futures Fla)
  • 24th Steve Finnan, Irish footballer

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25th Tim Duncan, American NBA forward (San Antonio Spurs), born in Christiansted, U.S. Virgin Islands

NBA Power Forward Tim Duncan
NBA Power Forward
Tim Duncan
  • 25th Rainer Schüttler, German tennis player
  • 25th Gilberto, Brazilian footballer
  • 26th Sarah Tueting, ice hockey goalie (USA, Oly-98)
  • 27th Walter Pandiani, Uruguayan footballer
  • 27th Isobel Campbell, Scottish singer and composer
  • 27th Sally Hawkins, English film actress
  • 29th God Shammgod, NBA guard (Wash Wizards)
  • 29th Nayla Micherif, Miss Brazil Universe (1997)
  • 29th Jay Orpin, Swedish composer and producer
  • 30th Amanda Palmer, American musician (The Dresden Dolls)

Famous Weddings

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14th The Washington Post reporter Carl Bernstein (32) weds writer and director Nora Ephron (34) at a civil ceremony in Manhattan

Investigative Reporter Carl Bernstein
Investigative Reporter
Carl Bernstein

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14th Actress Doris Day (52) weds restaurateur Barry Comden

Singer and Actress Doris Day
Singer and Actress
Doris Day

Famous Deaths

  • 1st Freddie Lennon, father of John Lennon (Beatles), dies at 63
  • 1st Max Ernst, German/French surrealist painter/sculptor, dies at 85
  • 1st Miroslav Ponc, composer, dies at 73
  • 1st S Constantine Timoshenko, Russian marshal, dies at 75
  • 2nd Ray Teal, actor (Sheriff Roy Coffee-Bonanza), dies at 74
  • 3rd Maurice Johnstone, composer, dies at 75
  • 4th Harry Nyquist, Swedish contributor to information theory (b. 1889)
  • 5th Howard Hughes, reclusive billionaire, dies at 72
  • 5th Wilder Penfield, Canadian surgeon (b. 1891)
  • 6th Ruth P Thomson, writer, dies
  • 6th Sidney Franklin, American bullfighter (b. 1903)
  • 7th Mary Margaret McBride, TV hostess (Mary Margaret McBride), dies at 76
  • 9th Akio Yashiro, composer, dies at 46
  • 9th Phil Ochs, American anti-war folk singer (Draft Dodger Rag), commits suicide at 35
  • 11th Liam Dunn, American actor, dies at 59
  • 12th Paul Ford, actor (Phil Silvers Show), dies at 74
  • 14th Maude Prickett, actress (Rosie-Hazel), dies at 60
  • 14th José Revueltas, Mexican writer (b. 1914)
  • 15th Gerald Smith, antisemite/catholic (National Christian Crusade), dies at 78
  • 17th Jean-Jacques Gailliard, Belgian painter, dies at 85
  • 17th Henrik Dam, Danish biochemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1895)
  • 18th Percy Julian, holder of more than 138 chemical patents, dies at 78
  • 18th Mahmoud Younis, Suez Canal nationalization Engineer (b. 1911)
  • 22nd Frutuoso de Lima Viana, composer, dies at 79
  • 23rd James Flavin, actor (Man With a Camera), dies at 69
  • 23rd Ronald Radd, actor (King Lear, Up Jumped a Swagman), dies at 47
  • 23rd Shimen Ruskin, actor (Meyer-Corner Bar), dies at 68
  • 24th Mark Tobey, US abstract painter, (Broadway Norm), dies at 85
  • 25th Carol Reed, English film director (Agony & Ecstasy, Oliver!), dies at 69
  • 25th Margaret Bannerman, actress (Great Defender), dies at 79
  • 26th Allan Jackson, newscaster (Youth Takes a Stand), dies at 60
  • 26th Neil McCallum, actor (Pete-Saber of London), dies at 45
  • 26th Sid James, South African-born British comedian, dies at 62
  • 28th Eugen Roth, German poet, dies at 81
  • 29th Wilhelm Maler, composer, dies at 73
  • 30th Edvard Fliflet Braein, composer, dies at 51