What Happened in December 1976

Historical Events

  • 1st Angola admitted to UN
  • 1st Bangladesh General Ziaur Rahman declares himself president
  • 1st Sex Pistols using profanity on TV, gets them branded as "rotten punks"

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2nd Fidel Castro becomes President of Cuba replacing Osvaldo Dorticós Torrado.

Cuban Revolutionary and President Fidel Castro
Cuban Revolutionary and President
Fidel Castro
  • 3rd Patrick J Hillery elected President of Ireland

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5th Buffalo Bill OJ Simpson rushes 203 yards

NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal OJ Simpson
NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal
OJ Simpson
  • 6th War criminal Pieter Menten arrested in Zurich
  • 7th UN Security Council endorses Kurt Waldheim, sec-gen for 2nd 5 yr term
  • 8th UN General Assembly re-elects Kurt Waldheim secretary-General
  • 8th US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 10th Wings release triple album "Wings Over America"
  • 12th QB Joe Namath last game as a NY Jet
  • 13th Golden Gate Bridge District starts ferry service to Larkspur
  • 13th Longest non-stop passenger airflight (Sydney to SF 13h14m)
  • 14th Dutch 1st Chamber condemns Dutch Liberal/social dem abortion laws
  • 15th Oil tanker Argo Merchant runs aground on the Nantucket Shoals, spilling 7.6 m million gallons of fuel oil - one of the largest oil spills at sea
  • 15th Jamaica premier Manley wins elections
  • 15th Samoa becomes a member of the UN.
  • 16th Andrew Young named Ambassador & Chief US Delegate to UN
  • 16th Charlie Finley's $10 million damage suit against Bowie Kuhn begins
  • 16th Government halts swine flu vaccination prog following reports of paralysis
  • 16th Liberian tanker stranded at Nantucket, 180,000 barrels oil in sea
  • 17th Superstation WTBS in Atlanta went national
  • 18th "A Star is Born", with Barbra Striesand, premieres
  • 18th "Wonder Woman" debuts on ABC
  • 18th Soviet dissident Viktor Bukovskiexchanged for Chile CP-leader Corvalan
  • 19th Jo Ann Washam/Chi Chi Rodriguez wins Pepsi-Cola Mixed Team Golf Champ
  • 19th John Lever takes 7-46 in 1st Test Cricket innings, v India Delhi

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19th Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev receives his 5th Order of Lenin

Soviet General Secretary Leonid Brezhnev
Soviet General Secretary
Leonid Brezhnev
  • 19th Piper Cherokee crashes into Balt Memorial Stadium upper stands, 10 minutes after Colts lose 40-14 to Steelers. No one seriously hurt
  • 19th 65th Davis Cup: Italy beats Chile in Santiago (4-1)
  • 20th "Music Is" opens at St James Theater NYC for 8 performances

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20th Israel's PM Yitzhak Rabin resigns

5th Prime Minister of Israel Yitzhak Rabin
5th Prime Minister of Israel
Yitzhak Rabin
  • 21st 20th Islander shut-out opponent-Billy Smith 3-0 vs Bruins
  • 21st Patricia R Harris named secretary of HUD
  • 21st UN General Assembly passes a resolution declaring 1979-Year of Child
  • 21st US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 22nd "Your Arm's Too Short..." opens at Lyceum NYC for 429 performances
  • 22nd 35 Unification church couples wed in NYC
  • 22nd German DR banishes singer Nina Hagen
  • 25th Egyptian SS Patria sinks in Red Sea, about 100 killed
  • 25th Takeo Fukuda becomes Japanese premier
  • 25th 6th Fiesta Bowl: #8 Oklahoma beats Wyoming, 41-7
  • 26th "Music Is" closes at St James Theater NYC after 8 performances
  • 26th The Communist Party of Nepal (Marxist-Leninist) is founded.
  • 26th AFC Championship Game: Oakland Raiders beat Pittsburgh Steelers 24-7
  • 26th NFC Championship Game: Minnesota Vikings beat Los Angeles Rams 24-13
  • 27th Albania constitution goes into effect
  • 28th "Fiddler on the Roof" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 167 performances
  • 28th Genie Francis joins "General Hospital" as Laura Vining
  • 28th US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 28th Winnie Mandela banished in South Africa
  • 30th USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 31st TV soap "Somerset" ends 6 year run
  • 31st The Cars played their 1st gig

Famous Birthdays

  • 1st Konerak Sinthasomphone, Jeffrey Dahmer's victim, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1st Brently Heilbron, American satirist
  • 1st Matthew Shepard, American murder victim (d. 1998)
  • 2nd Jennifer Robinson, Barrie Ontario, (1996 Canadian Champ)
  • 2nd Eddy Garabito, professional baseball player
  • 3rd Gary Glover, American baseball player
  • 3rd Byron Kelleher, New Zealand rugby union footballer
  • 3rd Mark Boucher, South African cricketer
  • 3rd Cornelius Griffin, American football player
  • 4th John Lee, dance skater (& Julia Bikbova), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 4th Amie Comeaux, American singer (d. 1997)
  • 5th Xavier Garbajosa, French rugby union footballer
  • 5th Amy Acker, American actress
  • 6th Alicia Machado, Venezuela, Miss Universe (1996)
  • 6th Lindsay Price, Arcadia CA, actress (Bold & Beautiful, All My Children)
  • 6th Colleen Haskell, American television personality
  • 7th Alan Faneca, American football player
  • 7th Brent Johnson, Canadian football player
  • 7th Georges Laraque, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 7th Vanessa Lorenzo, Spanish fashion model
  • 8th Naimee Coleman, Irish singer and songwriter
  • 8th Reed Johnson, American baseball player
  • 8th Dominic Monaghan, English actor (The Lord of the Rings, Lost), born in Berlin, West Germany
  • 9th Chris Booker, American baseball player
  • 11th Shareef AbdurRahim, NBA forward (Vancouver Grizzlies)
  • 12th Dan Hawkins, English guitarist (The Darkness)
  • 12th Lloyd Owusu, English/Ghanaian football player
  • 13th Radosław Sobolewski, Polish footballer
  • 13th Søren Friis, Danish footballer
  • 13th Josh Fogg, American baseball player
  • 14th Leland Chapman, American bounty hunter
  • 14th André Couto, Portuguese racing driver
  • 14th Santiago Ezquerro, Spanish footballer
  • 15th Baichung Bhutia, Indian footballer
  • 15th Aaron Miles, American baseball player
  • 15th Elix Skipper, American professional wrestler
  • 17th Nir Davidovich, Israeli footballer
  • 17th Patrick Müller, Swiss footballer
  • 17th Takeo Spikes, American football player
  • 17th Andrew Simpson, Chertsey, Surrey, sailor (Oly gld 2008), (d. 2013)
  • 18th Koyuki, Japanese actress and model
  • 20th Jang Hyuk, Korean actor
  • 20th Aubrey Huff, American baseball player
  • 20th Adam Powell, Neopets creator
  • 20th Ramon Stoppelenburg, world traveler and Dutch author
  • 21st Mirela Manjani, Greek javelin thrower
  • 22nd Brian A. Alexander, American screenwriter and director
  • 22nd Katleen De Caluwé, Belgian athlete
  • 22nd Jason Lane, American Baseball Player
  • 23rd Dimitris Mavrogenidis, Greek footballer
  • 23rd Brad Lidge, American baseball player
  • 23rd Jamie Noble, American professional wrestler
  • 25th Scott Vermillion, Independence MO, soccer defender (Olympics-gold-96)
  • 25th Yazmin Fiallos, Miss Universe-Honduras (1996)
  • 25th Tuomas Holopainen, Finnish keyboardist and songwriter
  • 25th Armin van Buuren, Dutch DJ & Producer
  • 26th Lea De Mae, Czech actress (d. 2004)
  • 27th Fernando Pisani, Canadian/Italian ice hockey player
  • 27th Aaron Stanford, American actor
  • 29th Danny R. McBride, American actor, writer, and producer
  • 30th Rhoshii Wells, middleweight boxer (Olympics-bronze-96), born in Austin, Texas
  • 30th Solveig Lilja Gudmundsdottir, Miss Iceland Universe (1997)
  • 30th A.J. Pierzynski, American baseball player
  • 31st Craig Reucassel, Australian comedian, member of The Chaser

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

4th Actress Elizabeth Taylor (44) marries for the 7th time to politician John Warner (49)


Famous Deaths

  • 2nd Danny Murtaugh, baseball manager (Pittsburgh Pirates), dies at 59
  • 2nd William Tannen, actor (Jailhouse Rock, Sitting Bull), dies at 65
  • 3rd Mary Nash, actress (Philadelphia Story, Till the Clouds Roll By), dies at 91
  • 4th Benjamin Britten, British composer (Beggar's Opera), dies at 63
  • 4th Tommy Bolin, rock guitarist (Deep Purple), dies of heroin overdose
  • 4th W. F. McCoy, Northern Irish politician (b. 1886)
  • 6th João Goulart, President of Brazil (b. 1918)
  • 9th Nino Martini, actor (Here's to Romance), dies at 71
  • 12th Jack Cassidy, actor (Oscar/Jetman-He & She), dies at 49
  • 12th Vinko Zganec, Croatian ethnomusicologist (b. 1890)
  • 13th Eduard Claudius, writer, dies
  • 16th George, a goose that lived to 49 years 8 months, dies
  • 16th Réal Caouette, French Canadian politician (Social Credit Party of Canada) (b. 1917)
  • 18th George Emmett, cricketer (England opener v Aust Old Trafford 1948), dies
  • 20th Richard J Daley, (Mayor-D-Chicago), dies at 74
  • 20th Walter Fitzgerald, actor (Adv of Sadie, Fallen Idol), dies at 80
  • 21st Edward Bartlett, cricketer (WI Test batsman in 5 Tests 1928-31), dies
  • 23rd Frank Forest, actor (Big Broadcast of 1937, Champagne Waltz), dies
  • 23rd Paul M Frank Forest, dies at 80
  • 23rd Walter Bauer, German Canadian writer, dies at 72
  • 24th Victor Stanitsin, actor (War & Peace, Jubilee), dies at 79
  • 24th Duarte Nuno, Duke of Braganza, heir to the throne of Portugal (b. 1907)
  • 25th Arthur Mitchell, cricketer (batted in 6 Tests for Eng 1933-36), dies
  • 25th Frankie Darro, actor (Radio Ranch, Valley of Wanted Men), dies at 58
  • 26th Philip A Heart, (Sen-D-Mich), dies at 64
  • 28th Freddie King, rocker, dies at 42
  • 28th Katharine Byron, American politician (b. 1903)
  • 29th Ivo van Damme, Belgian 800/1500 m sprinter (Oly-silver-76), dies at 22