What Happened in February 1976

Historical Events

  • Feb 1 "Rich Man, Poor Man" mini-series premieres on ABC TV
  • Feb 1 Judy Rankin wins LPGA Burdine's Golf Invitational

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 1 Sonny & Cher resume TV show, despite real-life divorce

Goddess of Pop  Cher
Goddess of Pop
Cher
  • Feb 1 East Lansing police arrest Dodgers reliever Mike Marshall for taking batting practice at Mich State U after he is warned not to
  • Feb 1 62nd Rose Bowl: #11 UCLA beats #1 Ohio State, 23-10
  • Feb 2 "Honeymooners Second Honeymoon" airs on TV
  • Feb 2 "Rich Little Show" debuts on NBC-TV
  • Feb 2 Roger Connor, Fred Lindstrom & ump Cal Hubbard elected to Hall of Fame
  • Feb 3 26th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 123-109 at Philadelphia
  • Feb 4 12th Winter Olympic games opens in Innsbruck, Austria
  • Feb 4 7.5 earthquake kills 22,778 in Guatemala & Honduras
  • Feb 4 US Federal Judge Judge Oliver upholds Seitz's decision on Andy Messersmith free agency
  • Feb 4 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 4 Hua Guofeng becomes Premier of the People's Republic of China

Paramount Leader of China Hua Guofeng
Paramount Leader of China
Hua Guofeng
  • Feb 5 Australia complete 5-1 series drubbing of West Indies
  • Feb 5 Last day of Test Cricket for Lance Gibbs & Ian Redpath

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 6 George Harrison releases "This Guitar (Can't Keep From Crying)"

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
Singer-Songwriter
George Harrison

Sports record brokenNHL Record

Feb 7 Darryl Sittler, Toronto, sets NHL record with 10 points in a game

NHL Legend Darryl Sittler
NHL Legend
Darryl Sittler
  • Feb 7 FCC raids & shuts down pirate radio station WCPR (Brooklyn New York)
  • Feb 7 Larry Groce's "Junk Food Junkie" peaks at #9
  • Feb 7 World's largest telescope (600 cm) begins operation (USSR)
  • Feb 8 Jan Stephens wins LPGA Sarah Coventry Naples Golf Classic
  • Feb 8 Largest crowd at Cleveland Coliseum (Cavs vs Wash-21,130)

Film release premierFilm Release

Feb 8 "Taxi Driver" directed by Martin Scorsese, starring Robert De Niro and Jodie Foster is released

Film Director Martin Scorsese
Film Director
Martin Scorsese
Actor Robert De Niro
Actor
Robert De Niro
  • Feb 9 Oscar Charleston selected to baseball's Hall of Fame
  • Feb 11 Clifford Alexander Jr confirmed as 1st black US Secretary of Army
  • Feb 11 John Curry wins the UK’s 1st Olympic gold medal in figure skating; the country's 1st medal for 12 years at the winter games
  • Feb 12 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Feb 13 American Dorothy Hamill wins Olympic figure-skating gold in Innsbruck, Austria
  • Feb 13 Peter Casserly of NZ hand-sheers record 353 lambs in 9 hours
  • Feb 14 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Feb 15 12th Winter Olympic games close at Innsbruck, Austria
  • Feb 15 Joanne Carner wins LPGA Orange Blossom Golf Classic
  • Feb 15 18th Daytona 500: David Pearson wins (152.181 MPH)
  • Feb 17 "Rockabye Hamlet" opens at Minskoff Theater NYC for 7 performances
  • Feb 17 Macau adopts constitution (Organic Law of Macau)
  • Feb 17 NZ scores their 1st innings win in Test Cricket, v India

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 17 Richard Hadlee takes 7-23 v India, his 1st match-winning spell

Cricketer Richard Hadlee
Cricketer
Richard Hadlee
  • Feb 19 Frente Polisario forms Democratic Republic of Sahara

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Feb 20 Muhammad Ali KOs Jan Pierre Coopman in 5 for heavyweight boxing title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
  • Feb 20 The Southeast Asia Treaty Organization disbands.
  • Feb 21 "Rockabye Hamlet" closes at Minskoff Theater NYC after 7 performances
  • Feb 21 Cardinal Willebrands installed as Archbishop of Utrecht
  • Feb 22 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Bent Tree Golf Classic
  • Feb 23 Owners announce spring training won't open without a labor contract
  • Feb 24 Cuba adopts its constitution
  • Feb 24 Jules Feiffer's "Knock Knock" premieres in NYC

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 24 Leonid Brezhnev opens 25th congress of CPSU

Soviet General Secretary Leonid Brezhnev
Soviet General Secretary
Leonid Brezhnev
  • Feb 26 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 27 Final meeting between Mao Zedong & Richard Nixon

Chinese Revolutionary and Chairman of the Communist Party Mao Zedong
Chinese Revolutionary and Chairman of the Communist Party
Mao Zedong
37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon
  • Feb 28 18th Grammy Awards: Love Will Keep Us Together, Natalie Cole wins
  • Feb 28 Ceuta & Melilla (Spanish Morocco) are last European African possession
  • Feb 28 Spain withdraws from Western Sahara
  • Feb 29 ABC-TV broadcast premiere of 1965's hit "The Sound of Music"

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 1 Phil Ivey, American poker player
  • Feb 2 Steven Dewick, Australian swimmer (Olympics-96), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • Feb 2 James Hickman, British swimmer
  • Feb 2 Lori Beth Denberg, American actress
  • Feb 3 Dwayne Rudd, linebacker (Minnesota Vikings)
  • Feb 3 Karen Bradley, Miss Rhode Island USA (1996)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Feb 3 Isla Fisher, Australian actress (Arrested Development, The Great Gatsby), born in Muscat, Oman

Actress Isla Fisher
Actress
Isla Fisher
  • Feb 4 Cam'ron, American rapper
  • Feb 5 Nancy Feber, Antwerp Belgium, tennis star (1995 Puerto Rico)
  • Feb 5 Tony Jaa, Thai actor and martial artist, born in Surin, Thailand
  • Feb 5 Abhishek Bachchan, Indian actor
  • Feb 5 John Aloisi, Australian footballer
  • Feb 5 Brian Moorman, American football player
  • Feb 6 Elina Zisi, Miss Greece Universe (1997)
  • Feb 6 Kim Zmeskal, US gymnist (Olympic-92), born in Houston, Texas
  • Feb 6 Tanja Frieden, Swiss snowboarder
  • Feb 6 Colin Teo, Singaporean Grand Prix driver
  • Feb 7 Hrafnhildur Hafsteinsdottir, Miss Universe-Iceland (1996)
  • Feb 7 Terry Battle, running back (Detroit Lions)
  • Feb 7 Sreto Ristić, German footballer
  • Feb 8 Holly Manthei, Edina Minn, soccer midfielder/forward (Olympics-96)
  • Feb 8 Jim Parque, Norwalk California, baseball pitcher (Olympics-bronze-96)
  • Feb 8 Khaled Mashud, Bangladeshi cricketer
  • Feb 8 Adam Piatt, American baseball player
  • Feb 9 Georgios Korakakis, Greek footballer
  • Feb 9 Charlie Day, American actor
  • Feb 9 Vladimir Guerrero, Dominican baseball player
  • Feb 10 Lance Berkman, American baseball player
  • Feb 10 Kev Brown, American rapper/producer
  • Feb 11 Brice Beckham, actor (Wesley-Mr Belvedare), born in Long Beach, California
  • Feb 11 Tony Battie, NBA forward (Denver Nuggets)
  • Feb 11 André Wickström, Finland-Swedish comedian and actor
  • Feb 12 Christopher Pettiet, actor (Young Riders), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Feb 12 Anna Benson, American model
  • Feb 12 Christian Cullen, New Zealand rugby union footballer
  • Feb 12 Silvia Saint, Czech actress
  • Feb 13 Martin Sastre, Uruguayan artist
  • Feb 13 Feist, Canadian singer and songwriter
  • Feb 13 Dave Padden, Canadian musician (Annihilator)
  • Feb 14 Liv Kristine, Norwegian singer (Leaves' Eyes)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Feb 15 Brandon Boyd, American musician (Incubus)

Musician Brandon Boyd
Musician
Brandon Boyd
  • Feb 15 Óscar Freire, Spanish cyclist
  • Feb 15 Ronnie Vannucci Jr., American musician (The Killers)
  • Feb 16 Eric Byrnes, American baseball player
  • Feb 16 Kyo, Japanese singer (Dir en grey)
  • Feb 16 Joe Odagiri, Japanese actor
  • Feb 17 Kelly Carlson, American actress
  • Feb 17 Scott Williamson, American baseball player
  • Feb 18 Chanda Rubin, Lafayette LA, tennis star (1996 Australian Open doubles)
  • Feb 18 Jason Podollan, Vernon, NHL center (Florida Panthers)
  • Feb 18 Volker Schenk, WLAF RB (Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • Feb 18 Leilani Munter, American race car driver
  • Feb 20 Rohan Gavaskar, Left-handed batsman, India ODI 2004 (son of Sunil Gavaskar)
  • Feb 20 Ed Graham, English drummer (The Darkness)
  • Feb 20 Gail Kim, Canadian professional wrestler
  • Feb 21 Robin Confer, soccer forward (Olympics-96)
  • Feb 21 Ryan Smyth, Banff, NHL left wing (Edmonton Oilers)
  • Feb 22 Faan Rautenbach, South African rugby player
  • Feb 23 Dmitriy Dudarev, hockey forward (Team Kazakhstan Oly-1998)
  • Feb 23 Jeff O'Neill, Richmond Hill, NHL center (Hartford Whalers)
  • Feb 23 Kelly Macdonald, British actress
  • Feb 23 Scott Elarton, American baseball player
  • Feb 24 Matt Skiba, American musician (Alkaline Trio, Heavens)
  • Feb 24 Eric Griffin, American rock guitarist
  • Feb 24 Bradley McGee, Australian cyclist
  • Feb 24 Crista Flanagan, American television comedian
  • Feb 24 Zach Johnson, professional golfer
  • Feb 24 Marco Campos, Brazilian racing driver (d. 1995)
  • Feb 25 Chris Pitman, rocker (Zaum, Tool)
  • Feb 25 Samaki Walker, NBA forward (Dallas Mavericks)
  • Feb 25 Rashida Jones, American actress, writer, model, and musician
  • Feb 26 Froso Spyrou, Miss Universe-Cyprus (1996)
  • Feb 26 Nikolaos Siranidis, Greek diver
  • Feb 26 Chad Urmston, American musician
  • Feb 27 Tony Gonzalez, tight end (KC Chiefs)
  • Feb 28 Angie Kennedy, Nambour QLD Australia, swimmer (Olympics-96)
  • Feb 28 Ali Larter, American actress and model
  • Feb 28 Guillaume Lemay-Thivierge, Canadian actor
  • Feb 29 Bryan Gillooly, Auburn NY, diver (Olympics-96)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Feb 29 Ja Rule, American rapper and actor

Rapper Ja Rule
Rapper
Ja Rule
  • Feb 29 Emma Barton, English actress
  • Feb 29 Terrence Long, American baseball player

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

Feb 2 Actress Gloria Swanson (76) weds writer William Dufty (60)


Famous Deaths

  • Feb 1 Edgar Pangborn, sci-fi author (Judgment of Eve, Davy), dies at 66
  • Feb 1 Werner C Heisenberg, physicist (Nobel 1932, field theory), dies at 74
  • Feb 1 George Whipple, American scientist, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1878)
  • Feb 2 Harry Elliott, England cricket wicketkeeper (3 Tests 1927-34), dies
  • Feb 2 Johan Kaart, Dutch actor (My Fair Lady), dies at 78
  • Feb 2 Maurice Jacobson, composer, dies at 80
  • Feb 3 Neville Lindsay, cricketer (South African batsman in Test v Aust 1921), dies
  • Feb 5 Roger Livesey, actor (Drum, Vice Versa, Col Blimp), dies at 69
  • Feb 5 Rudy Pompilli, American musician (Bill Haley and His Comets) (b. 1926)
  • Feb 6 Vince Guaraldi, jazz pianist and composer (Peanuts TV specials), dies at 43
  • Feb 9 Percy Faith, Canadian musician (b. 1908)
  • Feb 11 Alice Allen, actress (Call of the Hills), dies
  • Feb 11 Charlie Naughton, actor (Frozen Limits), dies at 89
  • Feb 11 Lee J Cobb, American actor (12 Angry Men, On the Waterfront), dies at 64
  • Feb 11 Alexander Lippisch, German scientist (b. 1894)
  • Feb 11 Frank Arnau, German writer (b. 1894)
  • Feb 12 James Clifton Williams, composer (Sinfonians), dies at 52
  • Feb 12 Sal Mineo, actor (Exodus, Rebel Without a Cause), stabbed at 37
  • Feb 13 General Murtala Mohammed, head of Nigeria, killed during a coup
  • Feb 13 Lily Pons, French/US soprano/opera diva (Met Opera), dies at 71
  • Feb 17 Jean Servais, Belgian actor (Every Man is My Enemy), dies at 65
  • Feb 18 Anton Betzner, writer, dies at 81
  • Feb 18 Eddie Dowling, composer (Anywhere USA), dies at 81
  • Feb 18 Joseph Henabery, actor/director (Cobra), dies at 88
  • Feb 20 Kathryn Kuhlman, religious leader/faith healer, dies
  • Feb 21 Florence Ballard, rocker (Supremes), dies at 32
  • Feb 21 Frieda Inescort, Scottish actress (Meet Corliss Archer), dies at 74
  • Feb 22 Angela Baddeley, actress (Speckled Band), dies at 71
  • Feb 22 Florence Ballard, rocker (Supremes), dies of a heart attack at 32
  • Feb 22 Michael Polany, Hungarians/English chemist/sociologist, dies at 84
  • Feb 23 Fuzzy Knight, actor (Gun Town, Ragtime Cowboy Joe), dies at 74
  • Feb 23 L. S. Lowry, British painter of industrial scenes, dies at 88
  • Feb 24 Charles Wilfred Orr, composer, dies at 82
  • Feb 24 H Allen Smith, TV host (Armchair Detective), dies at 69
  • Feb 24 Julian Rivero, actor (Via Pony Express), dies at 85