Historical Events in 1976

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

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

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Jan 9th Bryan Trottier failed in 4th Islander penalty shot

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

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

Music release#1 in the Charts

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

Musician Barry Manilow
Barry Manilow
  • Jan 17th Hermes rocket launched by European Space Agency
  • Jan 18th Super Bowl X: Pittsburgh Steelers beat Dallas Cowboys, 21-17 in Miami Super Bowl MVP: Lynn Swann, Pittsburgh, WR
  • Jan 20th 29th NHL All-Star Game: Wales beat Campbell 7-5 at Philadelphia
  • Jan 21st Supersonic Concorde, 1st commercial flights, by Britain & France
  • Jan 22nd Bank robbery in Beirut nets $20-50 million (record)
  • Jan 23rd Ian Redpath hits his only 2 sixes in Cricket Tests, v WI Adelaide
  • Jan 23rd Wash Caps end 25 game winless streak (0-22-3) beat NY Rangers 7-5
  • Jan 23rd The Provisional Irish Republican Army truce of February 1975 is officially brought to an end
  • Jan 23rd 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 24th Cleveland Cavaliers biggest margin victory-43 pts (beat Milwaukee 132-89)

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

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

Music awardsMusic Awards

Jan 31st 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 1st "Rich Man, Poor Man" mini-series premieres on ABC TV
  • Feb 1st Judy Rankin wins LPGA Burdine's Golf Invitational

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

Goddess of Pop  Cher
Goddess of Pop
  • Feb 1st East Lansing police arrest Dodgers reliever Mike Marshall for taking batting practice at Mich State U after he is warned not to
  • Feb 1st 62nd Rose Bowl: #11 UCLA beats #1 Ohio State, 23-10
  • Feb 2nd "Honeymooners Second Honeymoon" airs on TV
  • Feb 2nd "Rich Little Show" debuts on NBC-TV
  • Feb 2nd Roger Connor, Fred Lindstrom & ump Cal Hubbard elected to Hall of Fame
  • Feb 3rd 26th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 123-109 at Philadelphia
  • Feb 4th 12th Winter Olympic games opens in Innsbruck, Austria
  • Feb 4th 7.5 earthquake kills 22,778 in Guatemala & Honduras
  • Feb 4th US Federal Judge Judge Oliver upholds Seitz's decision on Andy Messersmith free agency
  • Feb 4th US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Feb 5th Australia complete 5-1 series drubbing of West Indies
  • Feb 5th Last day of Test Cricket for Lance Gibbs & Ian Redpath

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

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
George Harrison

Sports record brokenNHL Record

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

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

Film release premierFilm Release

Feb 8th "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 9th Oscar Charleston selected to baseball's Hall of Fame
  • Feb 11th Clifford Alexander Jr confirmed as 1st black US Secretary of Army
  • Feb 11th 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 12th US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Feb 13th American Dorothy Hamill wins Olympic figure-skating gold in Innsbruck, Austria
  • Feb 13th Peter Casserly of NZ hand-sheers record 353 lambs in 9 hours
  • Feb 14th US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Feb 15th 12th Winter Olympic games close at Innsbruck, Austria
  • Feb 15th Joanne Carner wins LPGA Orange Blossom Golf Classic
  • Feb 15th 18th Daytona 500: David Pearson wins (152.181 MPH)
  • Feb 17th "Rockabye Hamlet" opens at Minskoff Theater NYC for 7 performances
  • Feb 17th Macau adopts constitution (Organic Law of Macau)
  • Feb 17th NZ scores their 1st innings win in Test Cricket, v India

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

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

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

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

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

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Feb 24th Leonid Brezhnev opens 25th congress of CPSU

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

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Feb 27th 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 28th 18th Grammy Awards: Love Will Keep Us Together, Natalie Cole wins
  • Feb 28th Ceuta & Melilla (Spanish Morocco) are last European African possession
  • Feb 28th Spain withdraws from Western Sahara
  • Feb 29th ABC-TV broadcast premiere of 1965's hit "The Sound of Music"
  • Mar 1st 11th Academy of Country Music Awards: Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn win
  • Mar 2nd "Bubbling Brown Sugar" opens at ANTA Theater NYC for 766 performances
  • Mar 2nd Bob Lurie becomes CEO of SF Giants
  • Mar 2nd Holgate, Kemp & Lopez' musical premieres in NYC
  • Mar 2nd Walt Disney World logs its 50 millionth guest
  • Mar 3rd Mozambique closes border with Rhodesia
  • Mar 3rd 5 workers are killed by the police in a demonstration in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain.
  • Mar 4th John Pezzin bowls 33 consecutive strikes at Toledo, Ohio
  • Mar 4th SF Giants are bought for $8 million by Bob Lurie & Bud Herseth

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

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

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Mar 26th 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 27th Delta States beat Immaculata, 69-64, for AIWA basketball title
  • Mar 27th Washington, D.C. underground Metro opens
  • Mar 29th 38th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Indiana beats Michigan 86-68
  • Mar 29th 8 Ohio National Guardsmen indicted for shooting 4 Kent State students
  • Mar 29th 48th Academy Awards: "One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest", Jack Nicholson & Louise Fletcher wins
  • Mar 30th Israel kills 6 Palestinians protesting land confiscation
  • Mar 31st Cleveland Cavaliers clinch their 1st ever NBA playoff bearth
  • Mar 31st NJ Court rules Karen Anne Quinlan may be disconnected from respirator
  • Apr 1st Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs found Apple Computer in the garage of Jobs' parents house in Cupertino, California
  • Apr 1st Conrail takes over operations from six bankrupt railroads in the northeastern U.S..
  • Apr 1st Jovian-Plutonian gravitational effect is first reported by the astronomer Patrick Moore.

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

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

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Apr 2nd 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 3rd France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
  • Apr 3rd Philadelphia Flyers win record tying 20th straight NHL home game
  • Apr 3rd 130th Grand National: John Burke aboard Rag Trade wins
  • Apr 3rd 21st Eurovision Song Contest: Brotherhood of Man for United Kingdom wins singing "Save Your Kisses for Me" in The Hague
  • Apr 4th 5th Colgate Dinah Shore Golf Championship won by Judy Rankin
  • Apr 4th Seni Pramoj's Democratic Party wins elections in Thailand
  • Apr 5th Harold Wilson resigns as James Callaghan becomes PM of England

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

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

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Apr 7th Chinese Politburo fires vice-premier Deng Xiaoping

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

Sport awardGolf Major

Apr 11th 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 11th The Apple I computer, created by Steve Wozniak is released
  • Apr 12th India set 403 to win by WI They get them, 6 wkts 7 overs spare

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

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