Historical Events in 1976

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  • Jan 1 "Musical Jubilee" closes at St James Theater NYC after 92 performances
  • Jan 1 Liberty Bell moves to new home behind Independence Hall
  • Jan 1 NBC replaces the peacock logo
  • Jan 1 Venezuela nationalizes oil fields

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Jan 1 After 45 years of coaching, Paul Brown announces his retirement from the National Football League

American Football Coach Paul Brown
American Football Coach
Paul Brown
  • Jan 1 42nd Orange Bowl: #3 Oklahoma beats #5 Michigan, 14-6
  • Jan 3 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Jan 4 "Candide" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 740 performances
  • Jan 4 "Home Sweet Homer" opens & closes at Palace Theater NYC
  • Jan 4 The Ulster Volunteer Force shoot dead 6 Catholic civilians in 2 co-ordinated attacks in County Armagh, North Ireland
  • Jan 4 64th Men's Australian Open: Mark Edmondson beats John Newcombe (6-7, 6-3, 7-6, 6-1)
  • Jan 4 64th Women's Australian Open: Evonne Goolagong Cawley beats Renata Tomanova (6-2, 6-2)
  • Jan 4 AFC Championship Game: Pittsburgh Steelers beat Oakland Raiders 16-10
  • Jan 4 NFC Championship Game: Dallas Cowboys beat Los Angeles Rams 37-7
  • Jan 5 "MacNeil-Lehrer Report" premieres on PBS
  • Jan 5 Cambodia is renamed "Democratic Kampuchea"
  • Jan 5 Greg Chappell scores 182* at SCG against West Indies
  • Jan 5 In retaliation for the Reavey and O'Dowd killings, the South Armagh Republican Action Force shoot dead 10 Protestant civilians after stopping their minibus in County Armagh
  • Jan 6 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC
  • Jan 6 Ted Turner purchases Atlanta Braves for reported $12 million
  • Jan 8 Franklin Mint strikes 1st gold coins for Netherlands Antilles

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Jan 9 Bryan Trottier failed in 4th Islander penalty shot

NHL Star Bryan Trottier
NHL Star
Bryan Trottier
  • Jan 9 C. W. McCall CB song "Convoy" hits #1 on the country music charts
  • Jan 9 Ringo releases "Oh My My" in UK
  • Jan 11 "Pacific Overtures" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 193 performances
  • Jan 11 Dorothy Hamill wins her 3rd consecutive national figure skating championship
  • Jan 11 Military coup in Ecuador, Pres Guillermo Lara leaves
  • Jan 11 Stephen Sondheim's musical "Pacific Overtures," premieres in NYC
  • Jan 11 US male Figure Skating championship won by Terry Kubicka
  • Jan 12 UN Security Council votes 11-1 to seat Palestine Liberation Organisation
  • Jan 13 Sarah Caldwell is 1st woman to conduct at NYC Metropolitan Opera House as she led orchestra in a performance of "La Traviata"
  • Jan 14 "The Bionic Woman" with Lindsay Wagner debuts on ABC (later NBC)
  • Jan 14 Ted Turner becomes CEO of Atlanta Braves

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Jan 15 Sara Jane Moore sentenced to life for attempting to shoot US President Gerald Ford

38th US President Gerald Ford
38th US President
Gerald Ford
  • Jan 15 US-German Helios B solar probe launched into solar orbit
  • Jan 15 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Jan 16 "Donny & Marie" [Osmond] musical variety show premieres on ABC TV
  • Jan 16 Peter Frampton released platinum live album "Frampton Comes Alive"

Music release#1 in the Charts

Jan 17 "I Write the Songs" by Barry Manilow hits #1

Musician Barry Manilow
Barry Manilow
  • Jan 17 Hermes rocket launched by European Space Agency
  • Jan 18 Super Bowl X: Pittsburgh Steelers beat Dallas Cowboys, 21-17 in Miami Super Bowl MVP: Lynn Swann, Pittsburgh, WR
  • Jan 20 29th NHL All-Star Game: Wales beat Campbell 7-5 at Philadelphia
  • Jan 21 Supersonic Concorde, 1st commercial flights, by Britain & France
  • Jan 22 Bank robbery in Beirut nets $20-50 million (record)
  • Jan 23 Ian Redpath hits his only 2 sixes in Cricket Tests, v WI Adelaide
  • Jan 23 Wash Caps end 25 game winless streak (0-22-3) beat NY Rangers 7-5
  • Jan 23 The Provisional Irish Republican Army truce of February 1975 is officially brought to an end
  • Jan 23 The results to U.S. advice columnist Ann Landers' question (if they could do it all over, would parents still become parents) state that 70% of 10,000 responding parents were negative about being parents
  • Jan 24 Cleveland Cavaliers biggest margin victory-43 pts (beat Milwaukee 132-89)

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Jan 24 George Foreman KOs Ron Lyle in 5th round of a real slugfest

Boxing Champ George Foreman
Boxing Champ
George Foreman

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Jan 24 33rd Golden Globes: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Jack Nicholson, & Louise Fletcher win

  • Jan 25 Surinder Amarnath scores 124 on Test debut Ind v NZ Auckland
  • Jan 26 Belgium Catholic elite starts amnesty campaign for war criminals
  • Jan 26 David Mamet's "American Buffalo" premieres in NYC
  • Jan 26 Israel opens "Good Fence" to Lebanon
  • Jan 26 NFL Pro Bowl: NFC beats AFC 23-20
  • Jan 27 "Laverne & Shirley" spinoff from "Happy Days" premieres on ABC TV
  • Jan 27 9th ABA All-Star Game: Denver 144 beats ABA 138 at Denver
  • Jan 27 Morocco-Algeria battles in West Sahara
  • Jan 27 Viv Richards scores his 1st Test century against Australia
  • Jan 28 Erapalli Prasanna takes 8-76 to rip through NZ at Eden Park
  • Jan 28 NBA Atlanta Hawks begin a 28 game road losing streak
  • Jan 29 Zeiss planetarium in Hague destroyed by fire
  • Jan 29 Bombs set off in London's West End by the IRA; 1 person is injured
  • Jan 30 1st-class debut of Dav Whatmore, in Johannesburg
  • Jan 30 George H. W. Bush becomes 11th director of CIA (until 1977)
  • Jan 30 William E Colby, ends term as 10th director of CIA
  • Jan 31 "Love Rollercoaster" by Ohio Players hits #1
  • Jan 31 Lance Gibbs becomes highest Test wicket-taker at 308

Music awardsMusic Awards

Jan 31 3rd American Music Awards: Olivia Newton-John & John Denver win

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

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

Goddess of Pop  Cher
Goddess of Pop
  • 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
  • Feb 5 Australia complete 5-1 series drubbing of West Indies
  • Feb 5 Last day of Test Cricket for Lance Gibbs & Ian Redpath

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

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
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 Hua Guofeng becomes premier of China PR
  • 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
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

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

Cricketer Richard Hadlee
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

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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

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Feb 27 Final meeting between Mao Zedong & Richard Nixon

Chinese Communist Revolutionary Mao Zedong
Chinese Communist Revolutionary
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"

Music awardsMusic Awards

Mar 1 11th Academy of Country Music Awards: Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn win

Singer-songwriter Loretta Lynn
Loretta Lynn
  • Mar 2 "Bubbling Brown Sugar" opens at ANTA Theater NYC for 766 performances
  • Mar 2 Bob Lurie becomes CEO of SF Giants
  • Mar 2 Holgate, Kemp & Lopez' musical premieres in NYC
  • Mar 2 Walt Disney World logs its 50 millionth guest
  • Mar 3 Mozambique closes border with Rhodesia
  • Mar 3 5 workers are killed by the police in a demonstration in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain.
  • Mar 4 John Pezzin bowls 33 consecutive strikes at Toledo, Ohio
  • Mar 4 SF Giants are bought for $8 million by Bob Lurie & Bud Herseth

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Mar 4 2nd People's Choice Awards: John Wayne & Katharine Hepburn win (Motion Picture) and Telly Savalas & Carol Burnett win (TV)

Actor John Wayne
John Wayne
  • Mar 5 British pound falls below $2 for 1st time
  • Mar 6 Ice Dance Championship at Gothenburg won by Pakhomova & Gorshkov (URS)
  • Mar 6 Ice Pairs Championship at Gothenburg won by Rodnina & Zaitsev (URS)
  • Mar 6 Men's Figure Skating Championship in Gothenburg won by John Curry (GRB)
  • Mar 6 Worlds Ladies Figure Skating Championship in Gothenburg won by American Dorothy Hamill
  • Mar 6 23rd ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: Virginia beats North Carolina, 67-62
  • Mar 7 Morocco & Mauretania break diplomatic relations with Algeria
  • Mar 8 1,774 kg (largest observed) stony meteorite falls in Jilin, China
  • Mar 9 1st female cadets accepted to West Point Military Academy
  • Mar 9 Islander Glenn Resch's 10th shut-out opponent-Blues 4-0
  • Mar 12 South African troops leave Angola
  • Mar 14 Jockey Bill Shoemaker wins his 7,000th race
  • Mar 14 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Mar 15 Failed coup in Niger
  • Mar 16 British premier Harold Wilson resigns
  • Mar 17 Malikov skates world record 1000m (1:15.76)
  • Mar 17 Rubin "Hurricane" Carter is retried
  • Mar 17 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Mar 17 4 Catholic civilians (including 2 children) are killed and twelve wounded when the Ulster Volunteer Force explode a car bomb at Hillcrest Bar, Dungannon
  • Mar 20 Jevgeni Kulikov skates world record 1000m (1:15.70)
  • Mar 20 Patricia Hearst convicted of armed robbery
  • Mar 23 International Bill of Rights goes into effect (35 nations ratifying)
  • Mar 24 Argentine President Isabel Martínez de Perón is deposed in a military coup
  • Mar 25 "My Fair Lady" opens at St James Theater NYC for 384 performances
  • Mar 25 "Rex" opens at Lunt-Fontaine Theater NYC for 48 performances
  • Mar 25 Argentine milt junta bans leftist political parties
  • Mar 26 AL approves purchase of Toronto franchise by LaBatt Brewing for $7M
  • Mar 26 Wings release "Wings at the Speed of Sound" album

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Mar 26 Queen Elizabeth II sent out the first royal email, from the Royal Signals and Radar Establishment.

Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II
  • Mar 27 Delta States beat Immaculata, 69-64, for AIWA basketball title
  • Mar 27 Washington, D.C. underground Metro opens
  • Mar 29 38th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Indiana beats Michigan 86-68
  • Mar 29 8 Ohio National Guardsmen indicted for shooting 4 Kent State students
  • Mar 29 48th Academy Awards: "One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest", Jack Nicholson & Louise Fletcher wins
  • Mar 30 Israel kills 6 Palestinians protesting land confiscation
  • Mar 31 Cleveland Cavaliers clinch their 1st ever NBA playoff bearth
  • Mar 31 NJ Court rules Karen Anne Quinlan may be disconnected from respirator

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Apr 1 Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs found Apple Computer in the garage of Jobs' parents house in Cupertino, California

Co-founder of Apple Steve Wozniak
Co-founder of Apple
Steve Wozniak
Apple Co-founder Steve Jobs
Apple Co-founder
Steve Jobs
  • Apr 1 Conrail takes over operations from six bankrupt railroads in the northeastern U.S..
  • Apr 1 Jovian-Plutonian gravitational effect is first reported by the astronomer Patrick Moore.

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Apr 1 "Helter Skelter", detailing Charles Manson's cult "family", their capture, trial, conviction and aftermath, premieres on CBS

Murderer Charles Manson
Charles Manson
  • Apr 2 Cambodia Khieu Sampan succeeds Prince Sihanouk as Premier
  • Apr 2 Portuguese constitution assumed

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Apr 2 A's trade prospective free agents Reggie Jackson & Ken Holtzman, to Orioles for Don Baylor, Mike Torrez & Paul Mitchell

MLB Right Fielder Reggie Jackson
MLB Right Fielder
Reggie Jackson
  • Apr 3 France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
  • Apr 3 Philadelphia Flyers win record tying 20th straight NHL home game
  • Apr 3 130th Grand National: John Burke aboard Rag Trade wins
  • Apr 3 21st Eurovision Song Contest: Brotherhood of Man for United Kingdom wins singing "Save Your Kisses for Me" in The Hague
  • Apr 4 5th Colgate Dinah Shore Golf Championship won by Judy Rankin
  • Apr 4 Seni Pramoj's Democratic Party wins elections in Thailand
  • Apr 5 Harold Wilson resigns as James Callaghan becomes PM of England

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Apr 5 Tom Stoppard's "Dirty Linen" premieres in London

Playwright Tom Stoppard
Tom Stoppard
  • Apr 6 1st quadrophonic movie track: "Ladies & Gentlemen the Rolling Stones"

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Apr 7 Chinese Politburo fires vice-premier Deng Xiaoping

Chinese Communist Party Leader Deng Xiaoping
Chinese Communist Party Leader
Deng Xiaoping
  • Apr 8 1976 NFL Draft: Lee Roy Selmon from University of Oklahoma first pick by Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • Apr 9 US & Russia agreed on size of nuclear tests for peaceful use
  • Apr 10 Brewers' Don Money's grand slammer disallowed-Yanks win 9-7
  • Apr 10 Cleveland Cavaliers win their 1st NBA Central Division title

Sport awardGolf Major

Apr 11 40th Masters Golf Tournament: Ray Floyd wins, shooting a 271

Golfer and Four-Time Major Championship Winner Ray Floyd
Golfer and Four-Time Major Championship Winner
Ray Floyd
  • Apr 11 The Apple I computer, created by Steve Wozniak is released
  • Apr 12 India set 403 to win by WI They get them, 6 wkts 7 overs spare

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Apr 12 Anne Rice's debut novel "Interview with a Vampire" is published by Knopf.

Author Anne Rice
Anne Rice
  • Apr 13 $2 bill re-introduced as US currency
  • Apr 13 1st NBA playoff game for Cleve Cavliers, they lose 100-95 to Wash
  • Apr 13 US Federal Reserve begins issuing $2 bicentennial notes
  • Apr 15 Yankee stadium reopens, Yanks beat Twins after trailing 4-0