What Happened in July 1976

Historical Events

  • Jul 1 Kenneth Gibson, is 1st black president of US Conference of Mayors
  • Jul 1 Portugal grants autonomy to Madeira.

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 2 83rd Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Chris Evert beats Evonne Goolagong (63 46 86)

Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert
  • Jul 2 Formal reunification of North & South Vietnam
  • Jul 2 Supreme Court rules death penalty not inherently cruel or unusual
  • Jul 2 Ramble Inn attack: the Ulster Volunteer Force killed 6 civilians (5 Protestants, 1 Catholic) in a gun attack at a pub near Antrim; the pub was targeted because it was owned by Catholics

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 3 90th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Bjorn Borg beats Ilie Năstase (64 62 97)

Tennis Player Björn Borg
Tennis Player
Björn Borg
Tennis Champion Ilie Năstase
Tennis Champion
Ilie Năstase
  • Jul 3 Adolfo Suarez becomes premier of Spain
  • Jul 3 Brian Wilson performs with the Beach Boys after 12 years apart
  • Jul 3 Israel launches rescue of 103 Air France crew & passengers being held at Entebbe Airport in Uganda by pro-Palestinian hijackers
  • Jul 4 Opening ceremony of the Dai Bosatsu monastery Catskill Mt NY
  • Jul 4 Operation Entebbe - Israel rescues 229 Air France hostage passengers In Uganda (3 hostages die along with Ugandan soldiers and Israeli soldier)
  • Jul 4 Sandra Palmer wins LPGA Bloomington Golf Classic Bicentennial
  • Jul 6 Soyuz 21 carries 2 cosmonauts to Salyut 5 space station
  • Jul 7 Lt General Vernon A Walters, USA, ends term as deputy director of CIA; succeeded by E Henry Knoche
  • Jul 8 Randy Jones wins NL record 16 games before All Star break
  • Jul 9 England all out for 71 v WI at Old Trafford, Holding 14 5-7-17-5
  • Jul 9 Houston Astro Larry Dierker no-hits Montreal Expos, 6-0
  • Jul 9 Uganda asks UN to condemn Israeli hostage rescue raid on Entebbe
  • Jul 10 105th British Golf Open: Johnny Miller shoots a 279 at Royal Birkdale
  • Jul 10 Chemical factory in Seveso, near Milan explodes covering the surrounding area in dioxin
  • Jul 10 One American and three British mercenaries are executed in Angola following the Luanda Trial.
  • Jul 11 1st US football club in Austria forms (FAAFC-1st Austrian American)
  • Jul 11 31st US Women's Open Golf Championship won by JoAnne Carner
  • Jul 11 France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
  • Jul 11 In pre-game promo at Atlanta County Stadium, 34 couples wed at home plate followed by Championship Wrestling "Headlocks & Wedlocks"
  • Jul 12 Ian Dury & Kilburns disband
  • Jul 12 1st "Family Feud" game show debuts on ABC hosted by Richard Dawson
  • Jul 13 47th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 7-1 at Veterans Stadium, Phila
  • Jul 13 All star MVP: George Foster (Cincinnati Reds)
  • Jul 13 Court martial begins in USSR for Valeri Sablin (Hunt for Red Oct)
  • Jul 13 Last day of Test Cricket for English all-rounder Brian Close, aged 45

Electoral defeatPresidential Convention

Jul 14 Jimmy Carter wins Democratic presidential nomination in NYC

39th US President Jimmy Carter
39th US President
Jimmy Carter
  • Jul 14 USSR banishes dissident Andrei Amalrik to Netherlands
  • Jul 15 36-hr kidnap of 26 school children & their bus driver in Calif
  • Jul 16 Rock duo Loggins & Messina break-up after 6 years
  • Jul 17 21st modern Olympic games opens in Montreal: 25 African teams (later rising to 33 nations) boycott the games due to New Zealand playing rugby in apartheid South Africa

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 17 Indonesian president Suharto annexes East Timor

2nd President of Indonesia Suharto
2nd President of Indonesia
  • Jul 18 "Something's Afoot" closes at Lyceum Theater NYC after 61 performances
  • Jul 18 Judy Rankin wins LPGA Borden Golf Classic
  • Jul 18 Stockhausens "Sirius" premieres in NYC
  • Jul 18 Thiokol conducts 2-min firing of space shuttle's SRB at Brigham, Ut
  • Jul 18 Nadia Comăneci became the first person in Olympic Games history to score a perfect 10 in gymnastics at the 1976 Summer Olympics.
  • Jul 18 63rd Tour de France won by Lucien Van Impe of Belgium
  • Jul 19 Rock group Deep Purple disbands
  • Jul 19 Allman Brother's roadie Scooter Herring sentenced to 75 years for providing drugs for the group, based on Gregg Allman's testimony
  • Jul 19 Sagarmatha National Park in Nepal is created.

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Jul 20 Hank Aaron hits 755th & last home run off Angels Dick Drago

Baseball Player Hank Aaron
Baseball Player
Hank Aaron
  • Jul 20 US Viking 1 lands on Mars at Chryse Planitia, 1st Martian landing
  • Jul 20 Vietnam War: The US military completes its troop withdrawal from Thailand.
  • Jul 20 Rev. Samuel Mutendi, founder of the first African Independent Church, dies
  • Jul 21 "Guys & Dolls" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 239 performances
  • Jul 21 1st outbreak of "Legionnaire's Disease" kills 29 in Philadelphia
  • Jul 21 Christopher Ewart-Biggs, British Ambassador to the Republic of Ireland, and his secretary Judith Cook are assassinated by a bomb planted by the Provisional IRA in his car in Dublin
  • Jul 21 9th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at El Cortez Hotel
  • Jul 22 "Let My People Come" opens at Morosco Theater NYC for 106 performances
  • Jul 23 42nd NFL Chicago All Star Game: Pittsburgh 24, All Stars 0 (52,895)

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Jul 23 Balt Oriole Reggie Jackson homers in 6th straight game

MLB Right Fielder Reggie Jackson
MLB Right Fielder
Reggie Jackson
  • Jul 23 France performs nuclear Test at Muruora Island
  • Jul 23 USSR performs nuclear Test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Jul 23 Wings release "Let 'em In"
  • Jul 24 John Naber is 1st to swin 200m backstroke under 2 minutes
  • Jul 25 Annegret Richter runs 100m (11.01)
  • Jul 25 Susie Berning wins LPGA Lady Keystone Golf Open
  • Jul 27 8.2 Tangshan earthquake kills estimated 240,000 Chinese
  • Jul 27 Japanese ex-premier Tanaka arrested (Lockheed Affair)
  • Jul 28 Tangshan Earthquake: over 240,000 killed (8.2 magnitude). Largest loss of life by an earthquake in the 20th century
  • Jul 28 Eldon Joersz & Geo Morgan set world air speed record of 3,530 kph
  • Jul 28 White Sox John Odom (5 inn) & Francisco Barrios (4 inn) no-hits A's
  • Jul 29 USSR performs underground nuclear Test
  • Jul 29 In New York City, the "Son of Sam" kills one person and seriously wounds another in the first of a series of attacks.
  • Jul 30 Giulio Andreotti sworn in as premier of Italy for the 2nd time
  • Jul 30 Japanese beat Russian for Olympic gold in woman's volleyball
  • Jul 30 4 Protestant civilians were shot dead at a pub off Milltown Road, Belfast; the attack was claimed by the Republican Action Force
  • Jul 31 Seychelles Independence (Independence day)
  • Jul 31 Waldemar Cierpinski runs Olympic marathon (2:09:55.0)

Famous Birthdays

  • Jul 1 Patrick Stephan Kluivert, Surinam/Dutch soccer player (Ajax)
  • Jul 1 Hannu Tihinen, Finnish footballer
  • Jul 1 Ruud van Nistelrooy, Dutch footballer
  • Jul 2 Krisztián Lisztes, Hungarian footballer
  • Jul 2 Ivan Tomić, Croatian buissnesman
  • Jul 2 Tomáš Vokoun, Czech hockey player
  • Jul 3 Andrea Barber, actress (Kimmy Gibbler-Full House)
  • Jul 3 Henry Olonga, cricketer (1st black Zimbabwe Test cricketer v Pak 1995)
  • Jul 3 Shane Lynch, Irish singer (Boyzone), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • Jul 3 Wanderlei Silva, Brazilian mixed martial artist
  • Jul 3 Robert Brian (Bobby) Skinstad, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, youngest ever Springbok rugby captain
  • Jul 4 Daijiro Kato, Japanese motorcycle racer (d. 2003)
  • Jul 5 Nuno Gomes, Portuguese footballer
  • Jul 5 Marina Dias, Brazilian model
  • Jul 5 Bizarre, American rapper (D12)
  • Jul 6 Michelle Stanley, Littleton Colorado, Miss America-Colorado (1997)
  • Jul 6 Nikki Mott, Australian field hockey forward (Olympics-96)
  • Jul 7 Dominic Foley, Irish footballer, born in Cork
  • Jul 8 Michael Renfurm, Surinam/Dutch soccer player (Sparta)
  • Jul 8 Staci Wilson, soccer defender (Olympics-96), born in Livingston, New Jersey
  • Jul 8 Talal El Karkouri, Moroccan footballer
  • Jul 8 David Kennedy, American guitarist (Angels & Airwaves)
  • Jul 9 Fred Aaron Savage, Ill, actor (Kevin-Wonder Years, Vice Versa)
  • Jul 10 Ludovic Giuly, French footballer
  • Jul 10 Elijah Blue Allman, American musician (Deadsy)
  • Jul 10 Adrian Grenier, American actor
  • Jul 10 Brendon Lade, Australian rules footballer
  • Jul 10 Edmílson Gomes, Brazilian footballer
  • Jul 11 Eduardo Nájera, Mexican-born basketball player
  • Jul 12 Tracie Spencer, rocker
  • Jul 12 Anna Friel, British actress (Pushing Daisies), born in Rochdale, Greater Manchester
  • Jul 13 Al Santos, American model and actor
  • Jul 13 Sheldon Souray, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Jul 14 Yesim Cetin, Miss Turkey Universe (1997)
  • Jul 14 Geraint Jones, English cricketer
  • Jul 14 Kirsten Sheridan, Irish film director and screenwriter
  • Jul 15 Rebecca Snyder, Grand Junction Colo, air pistol (Olympics-1996)
  • Jul 15 Jim Jones, African Puerto Rican American rapper
  • Jul 15 Diane Kruger, German actress and former fashion model
  • Jul 16 Anna Smashnova, Minsk Russia, tennis star (1993 Futures-Erlangen GER)
  • Jul 16 Michael Petkovic, Australian soccer goalie (Olyroos, Olympics-96)
  • Jul 16 Tomasz Kuchar, Polish Rally driver
  • Jul 16 Bobby Lashley, American Professional Wrestler
  • Jul 16 Carlos Humberto Paredes, Paraguyan footballer
  • Jul 17 Dagmara Dominczyk, Polish actress
  • Jul 17 Eric Winter, American actor
  • Jul 17 Matthew Holmes, Australian actor
  • Jul 18 Elsa Pataky, Spanish actress
  • Jul 19 R J Williams, actor (General Hospital, Full House)
  • Jul 19 Gonzalo de los Santos, Uruguayan footballer
  • Jul 19 Vinessa Shaw, American actress
  • Jul 19 Benedict Cumberbatch, actor (12 Years a Slave, Sherlock), born in London, England
  • Jul 20 Erica Hill, American news anchor
  • Jul 20 Debashish Mohanty, Indian cricketer
  • Jul 20 Andrew Stockdale, Australian musician (Wolfmother)
  • Jul 20 Alex Yoong, Malaysian racing driver
  • Jul 23 Inger Lise Ebeltoft, Miss Universe-Norway (1996)
  • Jul 23 Judit Polgár, Hungarian chess player
  • Jul 23 Jonathan Gallant, Canadian musician (Billy Talent)
  • Jul 24 Anita Nall, US, breaststroke swimmer (Olympics-gold-1992)
  • Jul 24 Chris[tian] Patrick Raymond Ahrens, Whitefish Bay Wis, rower (Oly-96)
  • Jul 24 Scott Logan, Brisbane QLD Australia, swimmer (Olympics-96)
  • Jul 24 Tiago Monteiro, Portuguese Formula One driver
  • Jul 24 Nate Bump, American baseball player
  • Jul 25 Jovica Tasevski-Eternijan, Macedonian poet
  • Jul 25 Javier Vázquez, Puerto Rican baseball player
  • Jul 26 Brad Wilkins, American architect
  • Jul 27 Mwadi Mabika, WNBA guard/forward (LA Sparks)
  • Jul 27 Scott Mason, Australian cricketer (d. 2005)
  • Jul 28 Jacoby Shaddix, American singer (Papa Roach)
  • Jul 30 Julio Gonzalez, Baja California, Mexico, light heavyweight boxer (WBO Champion 2003-2004), (d. 2012)
  • Jul 31 Joshua Cain, American musician (Motion City Soundtrack)
  • Jul 31 Paulo Wanchope, Costa Rican footballer

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 7 NFL running back Walter Payton (21) weds Connie Norwood in Los Angeles, California

NFL Running Back Walter Payton
NFL Running Back
Walter Payton

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 7 NBA guard George Gervin (24) weds Joyce King

NBA Guard George Gervin
NBA Guard
George Gervin

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 11 Singer Andy Gibb (18) weds Kim Reeder in Australia

Singer and TV Host Andy Gibb
Singer and TV Host
Andy Gibb

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 11 Singer and actor Frank Sinatra (60) marries 4th wife Barbara Marx (45)

Singer/Actor Frank Sinatra
Frank Sinatra

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 18 Country singer Tammy Wynette (34) weds real-estate mogul Michael Tomlin

Country singer Tammy Wynette
Country singer
Tammy Wynette

Famous Deaths

  • Jul 1 Anneliese Michel, German woman said to be possessed by demons (b. 1952)
  • Jul 2 Frances Howard, actress (Swan, Shock Punch), dies at 73
  • Jul 3 Hans Bentz van den Berg, Dutch actor (Last Train), dies at 58
  • Jul 4 Antoni Słonimski, Polish poet (b. 1895)
  • Jul 4 Yonatan Netanyahu, Israel commander killed freeing Israeli hostages during Operation Entebbe in Uganda, at 30 years
  • Jul 6 Fritz Lenz, German geneticist (b. 1887)
  • Jul 7 Gustav Heinemann, German president, dies at 76
  • Jul 7 Norman Foster, dies at 75
  • Jul 7 Walter Giesler, American soccer coach (b. 1910)
  • Jul 12 Ted Mack, TV host (Original Amateur Hour), dies at 72
  • Jul 13 Max Butting, German composer, dies at 87
  • Jul 13 Frederick Hawksworth, GWR Chief mechanical engineer. (b. 1884)
  • Jul 13 Joachim Peiper, German military leader (SS, by assassination; b. 1915)
  • Jul 15 Paul William Gallico, writer, dies at 78
  • Jul 16 Carmelo Soria, Spanish diplomat assassinated in 1976 by the Chilean DINA
  • Jul 19 Gene Roth, actor (Rosie, Tormented, Nightfall), dies at 73
  • Jul 19 Sal Tas, Dutch journalist, dies at 70
  • Jul 20 Tom Lowry, cricketer (early New Zealand Test captain), dies
  • Jul 21 Christopher Ewart-Biggs, British ambassador to Ireland, assassinated
  • Jul 23 Wilhelmina Von Bremen, 4X100 relay sprinter (Oly-gold-32), dies at 64
  • Jul 27 Ray Brennan, retired US Air Force captain, American Legion bookkeeper and the 1st American to die of "Legionnaire's Disease", dies of an apparent heart attack at 61
  • Jul 28 Jacob Soetendorp, rabbi, dies at 62
  • Jul 28 Lucie Mannheim, actress (39 Steps), dies at 77
  • Jul 29 Mickey Cohen, American gangster (b. 1913)
  • Jul 30 Emil Solomon "Solly" Sachs, South African socialist, dies in London