What Happened in August 1976

Historical Events

  • Aug 1 21st Olympic games close at Montreal Canada
  • Aug 1 Flash flood in Big Thompson Canyon Colo on Route 34, kills 139
  • Aug 1 Seattle Seahawks play 1st (preseason) game (SF 27, Seattle 20)
  • Aug 4 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Aug 6 Zulfikar Ali Bhutto lays the foundation stone of Port Qasim, Karachi.
  • Aug 7 Chako Higuchi wins LPGA Colgate-European Golf Open
  • Aug 7 US Viking 2 goes into Martian orbit after 11-month flight from Earth
  • Aug 7 Scientists in Pasadena, California, announce Viking I found strongest indications to date of possible life on Mars
  • Aug 8 Chicago White Sox suit up in shorts
  • Aug 9 Clive Lloyd scores double-ton in 120 mins, WI v Glamorgan
  • Aug 9 Pitt Pirate John Candelaria no-hits LA Dodgers, 2-0
  • Aug 9 USSR launches Luna 24, last Lunar flight to date from Earth
  • Aug 10 Provisional Irish Republican Army volunteer shot dead by the British Army as he drove in Belfast; his car out of control and kills 3 children, sparking "peace rallies" throughout the month by the 'Peace People'

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 11 Keith Moon, drummer for Who, collapses & is hospitalized in Miami

Rocker Keith Moon
Rocker
Keith Moon
  • Aug 11 Race riot in Cape Town, South Africa; 17 die
  • Aug 12 1st approach & lands test (ALT) of orbiter Enterprise
  • Aug 12 Christian militia conquer Palestinian camp Tell al-Za'tar, 2000 killed
  • Aug 13 South Africa pledges support for a negotiated settlement in Rhodesia
  • Aug 14 10,000 Northern Ireland women demonstrate for peace in Belfast
  • Aug 15 Jane Blalock wins LPGA Wheeling Golf Classic

Sport awardGolf Major

Aug 16 58th PGA Championship: Dave Stockton shoots a 281 at Congressional MD

Golfer and Two-Time PGA Champion Dave Stockton
Golfer and Two-Time PGA Champion
Dave Stockton
  • Aug 16 St Louis Cards beat San Diego Chargers 20-10 in Tokyo (NFL expo)
  • Aug 17 An earthquake & tsunami in the Philippines kills up to 8,000
  • Aug 17 Big win for WI at The Oval Michael Holding 14-149 for match
  • Aug 18 USSR's Luna 24 soft-lands on Moon
  • Aug 18 In the Korean Demilitarized Zone at Panmunjeom, the Axe Murder Incident results in the death of two US soldiers.

Electoral defeatPresidential Convention

Aug 19 President Gerald Ford wins Republican presidential nomination at KC convention

38th US President Gerald Ford
38th US President
Gerald Ford
  • Aug 21 Al Bumbry hits 17th inside-the-park HR in Oriole history
  • Aug 21 Battle, East Sussex: Mary Langdon becomes 1st British firewoman
  • Aug 21 Operation Paul Bunyan at Panmunjeom, Korea.
  • Aug 22 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Patty Berg Golf Classic
  • Aug 23 Heavy earthquake strikes China, 1,000s die
  • Aug 24 Soyuz 21 returns to Earth
  • Aug 25 Harm Wiersma becomes world checker champion
  • Aug 25 Yanks beat Twins 5-4 in 19 innings
  • Aug 27 Transsexual Renee Richards barred from competing in US Tennis Open
  • Aug 28 NY Cosmos beat Seattle Sounders 2-1 for NASL cup
  • Aug 28 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Aug 29 Sandra Palmer wins LPGA National Jewish Hospital Golf Open
  • Aug 30 Tom Brokaw becomes news anchor of NBC's "Today Show"
  • Aug 30 Turks & Caicos Islands adopts constitution

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 31 George Harrison found guilty of plagiarising "My Sweet Lord"

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
Singer-Songwriter
George Harrison
  • Aug 31 Mexican peso devalued
  • Aug 31 Trinidad & Tobago adopts constitution
  • Aug 31 Waldemar Cierpinski wins 18th Olympics Marathon (2:09:55.0)

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 1 David Nemirovsky, NHL right wing (Florida Panthers), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Aug 1 Eryn Bulmer, diver (Olympics-96), born in Edmonton, Alberta
  • Aug 1 Nwankwo Kanu, soccer player (Ajax)
  • Aug 1 Hasan Şaş, Turkish footballer
  • Aug 1 Søren Jochumsen, Danish footballer
  • Aug 1 Kevin Joseph, American baseball player
  • Aug 2 Michael Weiss, figure skater (1997 World Champ-7th), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Aug 2 Reyes Estévez, Spanish athlete
  • Aug 2 Sam Worthington, Australian actor
  • Aug 3 Sarybel Velila, Miss Universe-Puerto Rico (1996)
  • Aug 3 Troy Glaus, Tarzana CA, baseball infielder (Olympics-bronze-96)
  • Aug 4 Andrew McLeod, Australian footballer
  • Aug 5 Germain Wattamaleo, soccer player (Sparta)
  • Aug 5 Marian Pahars, Latvian footballer
  • Aug 5 Kwon Sang-woo, South Korean actor
  • Aug 6 Parmeso Emekrasha, Buddhist Monk
  • Aug 6 Soleil Moon Frye, Glendora California, actress (Punky Brewster)
  • Aug 6 Travis Kalanick, American entrepreneur (Red Swoosh, Uber), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Aug 7 Dimitrios Eleftheropoulos, Greek footballer
  • Aug 7 Shane Lechler, American football player
  • Aug 8 Liraz Mesilaty, Miss Universe-Israel (1996)
  • Aug 8 JC Chasez, American singer (*NSYNC)
  • Aug 8 Tawny Cypress, American actress
  • Aug 8 Drew Lachey, American singer
  • Aug 8 Seung-Yeop Lee, Korean baseball player
  • Aug 8 Jeff Simmons, American race car driver
  • Aug 9 Jessica Capshaw, American actress
  • Aug 9 Rhona Mitra, English actress
  • Aug 9 Aled Haydn Jones, Radio 1's The Chris Moyles show Producer
  • Aug 10 Michael Depoli, American wrestler
  • Aug 11 Lubomir Visnovsky, Topolcany CZE, hockey defenseman (Team Slovakia)
  • Aug 11 Will Friedle, actor (Eric-Boy Meets World, Gift of Love), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • Aug 11 Ben Gibbard, American musician (Death Cab for Cutie, The Postal Service)
  • Aug 11 Bubba Crosby, American baseball player
  • Aug 11 Erick Lindgren, American poker player
  • Aug 12 Antoine Walker, NBA forward (Boston Celtics)
  • Aug 12 Mikko Viljami "Linde" Lindström, Finnish guitarist
  • Aug 12 Wednesday 13, American musician (Wednesday 13, Murderdolls)
  • Aug 12 Richard McCourt, English children's television presenter
  • Aug 12 Henry Tuilagi, Samoan rugby player
  • Aug 12 Pedro Collins, West Indian cricketer
  • Aug 14 Alex Albrecht, American actor
  • Aug 14 Maya Nasri, Lebanese actress and singer
  • Aug 14 Steve Braun, Canadian actor
  • Aug 15 Boudewijn Send, soccer player (PSV)
  • Aug 15 Ger Unterluggauer, hockey defenseman (Team Austria 1998)
  • Aug 16 Jonatan Johansson, Finnish footballer
  • Aug 16 Dave Ockun, American concert producer
  • Aug 17 Scott Halberstadt, American actor
  • Aug 18 Daphnee Lynn Duplaix, playmate (July 1997), born in Manhattan, NYC
  • Aug 18 Tom Malchow, US, 200m butterfly/free (Olympics-silver-96)
  • Aug 18 Bryan Volpenhein, American rower
  • Aug 20 Chris Drury, American hockey player
  • Aug 21 Jeff Cunningham, Jamaican American soccer player
  • Aug 22 Jim Weaver, Northridge California, baseball pitcher (Olympics-bronze-96)
  • Aug 22 Lia Victoria Borrero, Miss Panama Universe (1997)
  • Aug 23 Kate Sobrero, soccer defender (Olympics-96)
  • Aug 23 Linette Smith, Miss Universe-British Virgin Islands (1996)
  • Aug 23 Scott Caan, American actor
  • Aug 24 Bjorn van der Doelen, Dutch soccer player (PSV)
  • Aug 24 Nordin Wooter, Dutch soccer player (Ajax)
  • Aug 25 Philippe Comtois, Canadian 3m springboard diver (Olympics-96), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Aug 25 Sam Mackinnon, Australian basketball forward (Oly-96), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • Aug 25 Sarah Nadeau, Portland Maine, Miss America-Maine (1997)
  • Aug 25 Alexander Skarsgård, Swedish actor
  • Aug 26 Carey Tally, soccer midfielder (Olympics-gold-96), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Aug 26 Amaia Montero, Spanish singer (La Oreja de Van Gogh)
  • Aug 26 Zemfira, Russian singer
  • Aug 27 Cartos Moya, Spain, tennis star
  • Aug 27 Craig Mills, NHL right wing (Winnipeg Jets), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Aug 27 Milano Collection Akihito Terui, Japanese professional wrestler
  • Aug 28 Federico Magallanes, Uruguayan footballer
  • Aug 29 Chris Renaud, Fredericton New Brunswick, swimmer (Olympics-96)
  • Aug 29 Kasia Kulesza, Canadian synchronized swimmer (Oly-silver-96), born in Warsaw, Poland
  • Aug 29 Stephanie Worcester, Miss USA-Maine (1997)
  • Aug 29 Jon Dahl Tomasson, Danish footballer
  • Aug 29 Kevin Kaesviharn, American football player
  • Aug 29 Pablo Mastroeni, American soccer player
  • Aug 30 Mike Koplove, American baseball player
  • Aug 30 Sarah-Jane Potts, English actress
  • Aug 31 Vincent Delerm, French singer-songwriter, pianist and composer
  • Aug 31 Roque Júnior, Brazilian footballer

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 21 Magazine publisher Larry Flynt (33) weds Althea Leasure (23)

Magazine Publisher Larry Flynt
Magazine Publisher
Larry Flynt

Famous Divorces


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Aug 1 Actress Elizabeth Taylor's 6th divorce from actor Richard Burton (their 2nd divorce together)

  • Aug 24 Actress Zsa Zsa Gabor (59) divorces her sixth husband, toy inventor Jack Ryan (49) after 1 year of marriage

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 2 Fritz Lang, German-Austrian director (Cloak & Dagger, Metropolis), dies at 85
  • Aug 4 Enrique Angelelli, Argentine bishop
  • Aug 4 Roy Herbert Thomson, Canadian publisher (b. 1894)
  • Aug 5 Adrian Roland Holst, poet (Past the Roads), dies at 88
  • Aug 6 Gregor Piatigorsky, Russian cellist, dies at 73
  • Aug 7 Cecil Weston, actor (Dude Ranch, Huckleberry Finn), dies at 86
  • Aug 7 Murvyn Vye, actor (Bob Cummings Show), dies at 63
  • Aug 8 John Roselli, hired by CIA to kill Castro, found murdered
  • Aug 9 Jose Lezama Lima, Cuban poet/novelist, dies at 65
  • Aug 9 Max Vredenburg, composer, dies at 72
  • Aug 10 Bert Oldfield, cricketer (54 Tests, 52 stumpings), dies
  • Aug 10 Ray "Crash" Corrigan, cowboy (Crash Corrigan's Ranch), dies at 74
  • Aug 12 Thomas Edward Driberg, 1st baron Bradwell, journalist, dies
  • Aug 15 Jean P J C Haesaert, Flemish lawyer/sociologist, dies at 84
  • Aug 16 Beppie Nooij Jr, Dutch actress (Rooie Sien), dies at 83
  • Aug 17 Murvyn Vye, actor (Road to Bali, Escape to Burma), dies at 63
  • Aug 17 William Redfield, actor (Jimmy Hughes Rookie Cop), dies at 48
  • Aug 19 Alastair Sim, actor (Christmas Carol, Green for Danger), dies at 75
  • Aug 19 Jeno Kenessey, composer, dies at 70
  • Aug 19 Ken Wadsworth, cricketer (Exciting NZ keeper), dies of cancer at 29
  • Aug 20 Phyllis Konstam, actress (Murder, Skin Game), dies at 69
  • Aug 21 Ken James, cricketer (kept wicket for NZ in 11 Tests), dies
  • Aug 22 Juscelino Kubitschek de Oliveira, President of Brazil (1955-60), dies at 73
  • Aug 22 Oskar Brusewitz, East German vicar, sets self on fire
  • Aug 22 Gina Bachauer, Greek pianist (b. 1913)
  • Aug 24 Michael Dewar Head, composer, dies at 76
  • Aug 25 Eyvind Johnson, Swedish author (Nobel-1974), dies at 76
  • Aug 25 Perc Hornibrook, cricketer (6 Tests 1928-30, 17 wickets), dies
  • Aug 26 Lotte Lehmann, German soprano (Der Rosenkavalier, More than singing), dies at 88
  • Aug 26 Warner Anderson, actor (Doctor, Lineup, Peyton Place), dies at 65
  • Aug 27 Mukesh, Indian playback singer (b. 1923)
  • Aug 29 Anissa Jones, actress (Buffy, Family Affair), ODs at 18
  • Aug 29 Jimmy Reed, rocker, dies of epileptic seizure at 50
  • Aug 29 Kazi Nazrul Islam, Bengali poet, musician, revolutionary and philosopher (b. 1899)
  • Aug 31 Kornelis H Miskotte, theologist (If the Gods Keep Silent), dies at 81