Historical Events in August 1976

  • Aug 1 21st Olympic games close at Montreal Canada
  • Aug 1 Flash flood in Big Thompson Canyon Colo on Route 34, kills 139
  • Aug 1 Seattle Seahawks play 1st (preseason) game (SF 27, Seattle 20)
  • Aug 4 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Aug 6 Zulfikar Ali Bhutto lays the foundation stone of Port Qasim, Karachi.
  • Aug 7 Chako Higuchi wins LPGA Colgate-European Golf Open
  • Aug 7 US Viking 2 goes into Martian orbit after 11-month flight from Earth
  • Aug 7 Scientists in Pasadena, California, announce Viking I found strongest indications to date of possible life on Mars
  • Aug 8 Chicago White Sox suit up in shorts
  • Aug 9 Clive Lloyd scores double-ton in 120 mins, WI v Glamorgan
  • Aug 9 Pitt Pirate John Candelaria no-hits LA Dodgers, 2-0
  • Aug 9 USSR launches Luna 24, last Lunar flight to date from Earth
  • Aug 10 A Provisional Irish Republican Army volunteer is shot dead by the British Army as he drove along a road in Belfast; his car then went out of control and killed 3 children, sparking a series of "peace rallies" throughout the month by a group that became known as 'Peace People'

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 11 Keith Moon, drummer for Who, collapses & is hospitalized in Miami

Rocker Keith Moon
Keith Moon
  • Aug 11 Race riot in Cape Town, South Africa; 17 die
  • Aug 12 1st approach & lands test (ALT) of orbiter Enterprise
  • Aug 12 Christian militia conquer Palestinian camp Tell al-Za'tar, 2000 killed
  • Aug 13 South Africa pledges support for a negotiated settlement in Rhodesia
  • Aug 14 10,000 Northern Ireland women demonstrate for peace in Belfast
  • Aug 15 Jane Blalock wins LPGA Wheeling Golf Classic

Sport awardGolf Major

Aug 16 58th PGA Championship: Dave Stockton shoots a 281 at Congressional MD

Golfer and Two-Time PGA Champion Dave Stockton
Golfer and Two-Time PGA Champion
Dave Stockton
  • Aug 16 St Louis Cards beat San Diego Chargers 20-10 in Tokyo (NFL expo)
  • Aug 17 An earthquake & tsunami in the Philippines kills up to 8,000
  • Aug 17 Big win for WI at The Oval Michael Holding 14-149 for match
  • Aug 18 USSR's Luna 24 soft-lands on Moon
  • Aug 18 In the Korean Demilitarized Zone at Panmunjeom, the Axe Murder Incident results in the death of two US soldiers.

Electoral defeatPresidential Convention

Aug 19 President Gerald Ford wins Republican presidential nomination at KC convention

38th US President Gerald Ford
38th US President
Gerald Ford
  • Aug 21 Al Bumbry hits 17th inside-the-park HR in Oriole history
  • Aug 21 Battle, East Sussex: Mary Langdon becomes 1st British firewoman
  • Aug 21 Operation Paul Bunyan at Panmunjeom, Korea.
  • Aug 22 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Patty Berg Golf Classic
  • Aug 23 Heavy earthquake strikes China, 1,000s die
  • Aug 24 Soyuz 21 returns to Earth
  • Aug 25 Harm Wiersma becomes world checker champion
  • Aug 25 Yanks beat Twins 5-4 in 19 innings
  • Aug 27 Transsexual Renee Richards barred from competing in US Tennis Open
  • Aug 28 NY Cosmos beat Seattle Sounders 2-1 for NASL cup
  • Aug 28 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Aug 29 Sandra Palmer wins LPGA National Jewish Hospital Golf Open
  • Aug 30 Tom Brokaw becomes news anchor of Today Show
  • Aug 30 Turks & Caicos Islands adopts constitution

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 31 George Harrison found guilty of plagiarising "My Sweet Lord"

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
George Harrison
  • Aug 31 Mexican peso devalued
  • Aug 31 Trinidad & Tobago adopts constitution
  • Aug 31 Waldemar Cierpinski wins 18th Olympics Marathon (2:09:55.0)