What Happened in December 1976

Historical Events

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

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Dec 2 Fidel Castro becomes President of Cuba, replacing Osvaldo Dorticós Torrado

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

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Dec 5 Buffalo Bill OJ Simpson rushes 203 yards

NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal OJ Simpson
NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal
OJ Simpson
  • Dec 6 War criminal Pieter Menten arrested in Zurich
  • Dec 7 UN Security Council endorses Kurt Waldheim, Secretary-General for second 5 year term
  • Dec 8 UN General Assembly re-elects Kurt Waldheim Secretary-General
  • Dec 8 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Dec 10 Wings release triple album "Wings Over America"
  • Dec 12 QB Joe Namath last game as a NY Jet
  • Dec 13 Golden Gate Bridge District starts ferry service to Larkspur
  • Dec 13 Longest non-stop passenger airflight (Sydney to SF 13h14m)
  • Dec 14 Dutch 1st Chamber condemns Dutch Liberal/social dem abortion laws
  • Dec 15 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
  • Dec 15 Jamaica premier Manley wins elections
  • Dec 15 Samoa becomes a member of the UN.
  • Dec 16 Andrew Young named Ambassador & Chief US Delegate to UN
  • Dec 16 Charlie Finley's $10 million damage suit against Bowie Kuhn begins
  • Dec 16 Government halts swine flu vaccination prog following reports of paralysis
  • Dec 16 Liberian tanker stranded at Nantucket, 180,000 barrels oil in sea
  • Dec 17 Superstation WTBS in Atlanta went national

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Dec 18 "A Star is Born", with Barbra Streisand, premieres

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • Dec 18 "Wonder Woman" debuts on ABC
  • Dec 18 Soviet dissident Viktor Bukovskiexchanged for Chile CP-leader Corvalan
  • Dec 19 Jo Ann Washam/Chi Chi Rodriguez wins Pepsi-Cola Mixed Team Golf Champ
  • Dec 19 John Lever takes 7-46 in 1st Test Cricket innings, v India Delhi

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

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

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Dec 20 Israel's PM Yitzhak Rabin resigns

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

Famous Birthdays

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

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

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


Famous Deaths

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