What Happened in August 1976

Historical Events

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

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

Sport awardGolf Major

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

Electoral defeatPresidential Convention

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

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

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

Famous Birthdays

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

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

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

Magazine Publisher Larry Flynt
Magazine Publisher
Larry Flynt

Famous Divorces

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

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

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

Famous Deaths

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