Historical Events in October 1976

  • Oct 1 1st Dutch casino opens
  • Oct 2 "Let My People Come" closes at Morosco Theater NYC after 106 performances

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Oct 3 Hank Aaron singles in his last at bat & drives in his 2,297th run

Baseball Player Hank Aaron
Baseball Player
Hank Aaron
  • Oct 3 Helmuth Kohl's CDU wins German parliament election
  • Oct 4 Agriculture Secretary Earl Butz resigns due to telling a racial joke
  • Oct 4 Supreme Court lifts 1972 ban on death penalty for convicted murderers
  • Oct 4 Official launch of the Intercity 125 High Speed Train (HST).
  • Oct 5 Seattle & Toronto picks 30 unprotected players on other AL rosters Ruppert Jones (Seattle) & Bob Bailor (Toronto) are picked 1st
  • Oct 6 "Gang of Four" arrested in Beijing
  • Oct 6 John Hathaway completes 50,600 mile bicycle tour of every continent

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Oct 6 US President Gerald Ford says there is "no Soviet domination in Eastern Europe"

38th US President Gerald Ford
38th US President
Gerald Ford
  • Oct 6 Cubana Flight 455 crashes into the Atlantic Ocean after two bombs, placed by terrorists with connections to the CIA, explode onboard shortly after taking off from Bridgetown, Barbados, killing all 73 people on board

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Oct 7 Hua Guofeng succeeds Mao as Chairman of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China

Paramount Leader of China Hua Guofeng
Paramount Leader of China
Hua Guofeng
  • Oct 8 Sex Pistols sign with EMI
  • Oct 9 "Robber Bridegroom" opens at Biltmore Theater NYC for 145 performances
  • Oct 9 Peter Petherick takes hat-trick on debut NZ v Pak Javed 1st wkt
  • Oct 9 Test Cricket debut of Javed Miandad (Pakistan), scores 163 on 1st day
  • Oct 9 Yanks 1st AL Championship game, beat Royals 4-1

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Oct 10 Beijing reports arrest of Mao Zedong's widow

Chinese Revolutionary and Chairman of the Communist Party Mao Zedong
Chinese Revolutionary and Chairman of the Communist Party
Mao Zedong
  • Oct 10 NJ Meadowlands' Giant's Stadium opens
  • Oct 10 Greece's 98 year-old Dimitrion Yordanidis, is oldest man to compete in a marathon; he finishes in 7:33
  • Oct 11 10th Country Music Association Award: Mel Tillis wins

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Oct 11 Mao Zedong's widow Jiang Qing & "Gang of Four" arrested & charged with plotting a coup

Chinese Communist & Wife of Mao Zedong Jiang Qing
Chinese Communist & Wife of Mao Zedong
Jiang Qing
  • Oct 12 4th Space Shuttle Enterprise, approach & land test (ALT) flight
  • Oct 12 Hua Guo-feng succeeds Mao Zedong as chairman of Communist Party
  • Oct 12 MLB National League Championship: Cincinnati Reds beat Philadelphia Phillies, 3 games to 0
  • Oct 13 A Bolivian Boeing 707 cargo jet crashes in Santa Cruz, Bolivia killing 100 (97, mostly children, killed on the ground).
  • Oct 13 First electron micrograph of an Ebola viral particle obtained by Dr. F.A. Murphy, working at the C.D.C.
  • Oct 14 Chris Chambliss' 9th inning lead off homer gives NY Yanks pennant #30

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Oct 14 Nobel Prize in Economics awarded to Milton Friedman

Economist Milton Friedman
Economist
Milton Friedman
  • Oct 14 Soyuz 23 carries 2 to Salyut 6, but returns without docking
  • Oct 14 MLB American League Championship: New York Yankees beat Kansas City Royals, 3 games to 2
  • Oct 15 1st debate of major-ticket VP nominees Mondale (D) vs Dole (R)

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Oct 15 Ringo Starr releases "A Dose of Rock 'n' Roll"

Beatles Drummer Ringo Starr
Beatles Drummer
Ringo Starr
  • Oct 16 Soyuz 23 returns to Earth
  • Oct 16 Toronto Maple Leaf Lanny McDonald scores a hat trick in 2 min 54 sec
  • Oct 17 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC
  • Oct 17 Coldest World Series game Yankees vs Cincinnati, 39 degrees F (until 1997)
  • Oct 18 Nobel prize for chemistry awarded to American William Lipscomb
  • Oct 19 US President Gerald Ford signs 1st major revision of copyright law since 1909
  • Oct 19 Battle of Aishiya, Lebanon during Lebanese Civil War.
  • Oct 20 70 die as Norwegian tanker Frosta collides with George Prince
  • Oct 20 NY Nets Julius "Dr J" Erving sold to Philadelphia 76ers
  • Oct 21 Cincinnati Reds sweep NY Yankees, in 73rd World Series

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Oct 21 NY Knicks retire 1st number, # 19, Willis Reed

NBA Center and Power Forward Willis Reed
NBA Center and Power Forward
Willis Reed
  • Oct 21 NY Yankee Thurman Munson ties World Series mark of 6 straight singles

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Oct 21 Nobel prize for literature awarded to American Saul Bellow

Novelist Saul Bellow
Novelist
Saul Bellow

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Oct 22 Rick Barry (SF), begins then longest NBA free throw streak of 60

NBA Small Forward Rick Barry
NBA Small Forward
Rick Barry
  • Oct 22 Red Dye No. 4 is banned by the US Food and Drug Administration after it is discovered that it causes tumors in the bladders of dogs. The dye is still used in Canada.
  • Oct 24 1st Jewish film & TV festival
  • Oct 24 6th NYC Women's Marathon won by Miki Gorman in 2:39:11
  • Oct 24 7th NYC Marathon won by Bill Rodgers in 2:10:10
  • Oct 24 Sadiq & Mushtaq Mohammad score hundreds in same Test Cricket innings v NZ
  • Oct 24 27th Formula One WDC: James Hunt wins by one point (this season served as the inspiration for the 2013 film "Rush")
  • Oct 24 1st Toronto International Film Festival opens
  • Oct 25 5th Enterprise, approach & lands test (ALT) flight
  • Oct 25 Gov Wallace grants full pardon to Clarence Norris, last known survivor of 9 Scottsboro Boys who were convicted in 1931 rape
  • Oct 26 Transkei gains independence, not recognized outside of South Africa
  • Oct 26 Trinidad & Tobago becomes a republic
  • Oct 28 Billy Martin named AL Manager of Year (NY Yankees)
  • Oct 28 Train collision at Goes Neth, 7 die
  • Oct 30 "Going Up" closes at John Golden Theater NYC after 49 performances
  • Oct 30 Jane Pauley becomes news co-anchor of Today Show
  • Oct 30 Rev Joseph Evans elected president of United Church of Christ
  • Oct 31 Javed Miandad, 206 v NZ, age 19 yrs 141 days (29 fours 1 six)