1976 in History

Events in History

Events 1 - 100 of 421

  • Jan 1 Liberty Bell moves to new home behind Independence Hall
  • 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 3 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 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 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 8 Franklin Mint strikes 1st gold coins for Netherlands Antilles
  • Jan 9 Ringo releases "Oh My My" in UK
  • Jan 11 Dorothy Hamill wins her 3rd consecutive national figure skating championship
  • Jan 11 Military coup in Ecuador, Pres Guillermo Lara leaves
  • Jan 11 US male Figure Skating championship won by Terry Kubicka
  • Jan 12 UN Security Council votes 11-1 to seat Palestine Liberation Organisation

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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 Peter Frampton released platinum live album "Frampton Comes Alive"
  • Jan 17 Hermes rocket launched by European Space Agency
  • Jan 21 Supersonic Concorde, 1st commercial flights, by Britain & France
  • Jan 22 Bank robbery in Beirut nets $20-50 million (record)
  • 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 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 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 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 Lance Gibbs becomes highest Test wicket-taker at 308
  • Feb 2 "Honeymooners Second Honeymoon" airs on TV
  • Feb 2 Roger Connor, Fred Lindstrom & ump Cal Hubbard elected to Hall of Fame
  • 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

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Feb 4 Hua Guofeng becomes Premier of the People's Republic of China

Paramount Leader of China Hua Guofeng
Paramount Leader of China
Hua Guofeng
  • Feb 5 Australia complete 5-1 series drubbing of West Indies
  • 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 Largest crowd at Cleveland Coliseum (Cavs vs Wash-21,130)
  • Feb 11 Clifford Alexander Jr confirmed as 1st black US Secretary of Army
  • Feb 12 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 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 18th Daytona 500: David Pearson wins (152.181 MPH)
  • Feb 17 Macau adopts constitution (Organic Law of Macau)
  • Feb 19 Frente Polisario forms Democratic Republic of Sahara
  • Feb 20 The Southeast Asia Treaty Organization disbands.
  • Feb 21 Cardinal Willebrands installed as Archbishop of Utrecht
  • 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 Revolutionary and Chairman of the Communist Party Mao Zedong
Chinese Revolutionary and Chairman of the Communist Party
Mao Zedong
37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon
  • Feb 28 Ceuta & Melilla (Spanish Morocco) are last European African possession
  • Feb 28 Spain withdraws from Western Sahara
  • 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 5 British pound falls below $2 for 1st time
  • Mar 6 Ice Pairs Championship at Gothenburg won by Rodnina & Zaitsev (URS)
  • Mar 7 Morocco & Mauretania break diplomatic relations with Algeria
  • Mar 9 1st female cadets accepted to West Point Military Academy
  • Mar 12 South African troops leave Angola
  • Mar 14 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Mar 15 Failed coup in Niger

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Mar 16 British Prime Minister Harold Wilson announces his resignation

British Prime Minister Harold Wilson
British Prime Minister
Harold Wilson
  • 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 Argentine milt junta bans leftist political parties
  • Mar 26 AL approves purchase of Toronto franchise by LaBatt Brewing for $7M

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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 Washington, D.C. underground Metro opens
  • Mar 29 8 Ohio National Guardsmen indicted for shooting 4 Kent State students
  • Mar 30 Israel kills 6 Palestinians protesting land confiscation
  • 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.
  • Apr 2 Cambodia Khieu Sampan succeeds Prince Sihanouk as Premier
  • Apr 2 Portuguese constitution assumed

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 18 Damien Leith, Australian Idol 2006
  • Feb 1 Phil Ivey, American poker player
  • Feb 3 Karen Bradley, Miss Rhode Island USA (1996)
  • Feb 13 Martin Sastre, Uruguayan artist
  • Feb 20 Rohan Gavaskar, Left-handed batsman, India ODI 2004 (son of Sunil Gavaskar)
  • Mar 1 Peter F. Bell, Australian rules footballer
  • Mar 1 Dave Malkoff, American TV News Reporter
  • Mar 2 Glenn Rubenstein, American writer and journalist
  • Mar 3 Fraser Gehrig, Australian rules footballer
  • Mar 5 Tim Sylvia, American mixed martial artist
  • Mar 9 Thor Halvorssen, human rights activist
  • Mar 15 Jennifer 8. Lee, American journalist
  • Mar 15 Katherine Brooks, American television director
  • Mar 15 Jose Sanchez Zolliker, Mexican writer
  • Mar 23 Dougie Lampkin, English motorcycle trials rider
  • Mar 23 Jayson Blair, American journalist and author
  • Apr 2 Evan McMullin, American independent candidate for President (2016), born in Provo, Utah
  • Apr 16 Dan Kellner, American fencer
  • Apr 18 Justin Ross, American politician
  • May 10 Rob Malda, American internet writer/editor (Slashdot)
  • May 24 Bob Maesen, Belgian flatwater canoer
  • May 27 RJD2, American hip-hop producer
  • Jun 2 Queen 'Masenate Mohato Seeiso, Queen consort of Lesotho
  • Jun 2 Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira, Brazilian mixed martial artist
  • Jun 3 Enda Markey, Irish/Australian entertainer
  • Jun 10 Hadi Saei Bonehkohal, Persian taekwondoka
  • Jun 10 Esther Ouwehand, Dutch politician, parliamentarian for the Party for the Animals
  • Jun 18 Witte Wartena, Dutch artist
  • Jun 24 Louisa Leaman, English author
  • Jul 2 Ivan Tomić, Croatian buissnesman
  • Jul 3 Wanderlei Silva, Brazilian mixed martial artist
  • Jul 10 Brendon Lade, Australian rules footballer
  • Jul 20 Erica Hill, American news anchor
  • Jul 23 Judit Polgár, Hungarian chess player
  • Jul 24 Chris[tian] Patrick Raymond Ahrens, Whitefish Bay Wis, rower (Oly-96)
  • Jul 25 Jovica Tasevski-Eternijan, Macedonian poet
  • Jul 26 Brad Wilkins, American architect
  • Aug 6 Parmeso Emekrasha, Buddhist Monk
  • Aug 6 Travis Kalanick, American entrepreneur (Red Swoosh, Uber), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Aug 9 Aled Haydn Jones, Radio 1's The Chris Moyles show Producer
  • Aug 11 Erick Lindgren, American poker player
  • Aug 16 Dave Ockun, American concert producer
  • Aug 18 Bryan Volpenhein, American rower
  • Sep 4 Clinton R. Nixon, American game designer
  • Sep 14 Jeremy Dunham, video game journalist
  • Sep 19 La Chanda Jenkins, Miss District of Columbia USA (1996)
  • Sep 20 Yui Horie, Japanese seiyuu
  • Sep 20 Reuben Singh, British entrepreneur
  • Sep 27 Matt Harding, American video game developer
  • Sep 28 Fedor Emelianenko, Russian mixed martial artist
  • Oct 1 Antonio Roybal, American painter and sculptor
  • Oct 2 Jason Dodson, American political consultant and teacher of esotericism
  • Oct 2 Anita Kulcsár, Hungarian handball player (d. 2005)
  • Oct 5 Ramzan Kadyrov, Chechen President
  • Oct 11 Brent Bennett, American mercenary
  • Oct 14 Ben Pridmore, World Memory Champion
  • Oct 16 Ryan Fitzgerald, Australian football (AFL) player and media personality
  • Oct 21 Mélanie Turgeon, French Canadian alpine skier
  • Oct 29 Mohsen Emadi, Iranian Poet
  • Nov 6 Catherine Clark, Canadian journalist; daughter of Joe Clark
  • Nov 7 One Be Lo, hip-hop artist
  • Nov 8 Colin Strause, American director
  • Nov 16 Danny Wallace, British author
  • Nov 19 Benny Vansteelant, Belgian duathlete (d. 2007)
  • Nov 30 Cypher Zero, American circus innovator (New York Circus Arts)
  • Dec 1 Konerak Sinthasomphone, Jeffrey Dahmer's victim, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Dec 1 Brently Heilbron, American satirist
  • Dec 1 Matthew Shepard, American murder victim (d. 1998)
  • Dec 2 Jennifer Robinson, Barrie Ontario, (1996 Canadian Champ)
  • Dec 14 Leland Chapman, American bounty hunter
  • Dec 20 Adam Powell, Neopets creator
  • Dec 20 Ramon Stoppelenburg, world traveler and Dutch author
  • Dec 25 Armin van Buuren, Dutch DJ & Producer

Weddings in History


HeartWedding of Interest

Apr 14 The Washington Post reporter Carl Bernstein (32) weds writer and director Nora Ephron (34) at a civil ceremony in Manhattan

Investigative Reporter Carl Bernstein
Investigative Reporter
Carl Bernstein
  • Jun 19 King Charles XVI Gustaf of Sweden marries Silvia Renate Sommerlath in Stockholm Cathedral, Ist Swedish reigning monarch to marry since 1797

HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 21 Magazine publisher Larry Flynt (33) weds Althea Leasure (23)

Magazine Publisher Larry Flynt
Magazine Publisher
Larry Flynt

HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 24 Pediatrician Benjamin Spock (73) weds Mary Morgan

Pediatrician Benjamin Spock
Pediatrician
Benjamin Spock

Divorces in History


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Mar 2 Second wife Carole Hoff divorces serial killer John Wayne Gacy (33) after 3 years of marriage

Serial Killer John Wayne Gacy
Serial Killer
John Wayne Gacy
  • Mar 19 Princess Margaret separates from the Earl of Snowdon, after 16 years
  • Aug 24 Actress Zsa Zsa Gabor (59) divorces her sixth husband, toy inventor Jack Ryan (49) after 1 year of marriage

Deaths in History

Deaths 1 - 100 of 141

  • Jan 3 Michael V Love, US test pilot (X-24), dies in F-4 crash at 37
  • Jan 5 John A. Costello, Taoiseach of Ireland (b. 1891)

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Jan 8 Zhou Enlai, Premier of the People's Republic of China (b. 1898)

Premier of the People's Republic of China Zhou Enlai
Premier of the People's Republic of China
Zhou Enlai
  • Jan 8 Robert Forgan, British fascist (b. 1891)

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Jan 12 Agatha Christie, British crime writer ("10 Little Indians"), dies at 85

Novelist Agatha Christie
Novelist
Agatha Christie
  • Jan 14 Abdul Razak bin Hussain, premier of Malaysia (1970-77), dies at 53
  • Jan 19 Hidetsugu Yagi, Japanese electrical engineer (b. 1886)
  • Jan 23 Aleksey Vasilyevich Sorokin, Russian cosmonaut, dies at 44
  • Jan 26 João Branco Núncio, Portuguese Bullfighter (b. 1901)
  • Jan 30 Jesse "Lone Cat" Fuller, SF Blues Great, dies at 80
  • Jan 31 Ernesto Miranda, American litigant (b. 1941)
  • Feb 1 Edgar Pangborn, sci-fi author (Judgment of Eve, Davy), dies at 66
  • Feb 1 Werner C Heisenberg, physicist (Nobel 1932, field theory), dies at 74
  • Feb 1 George Whipple, American scientist, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1878)
  • Feb 11 Alexander Lippisch, German scientist (b. 1894)
  • Feb 11 Frank Arnau, German writer (b. 1894)
  • Feb 13 General Murtala Mohammed, head of Nigeria, killed during a coup
  • Feb 18 Anton Betzner, writer, dies at 81
  • Feb 20 Kathryn Kuhlman, religious leader/faith healer, dies
  • Feb 22 Michael Polany, Hungarians/English chemist/sociologist, dies at 84
  • Feb 23 L S Lowry, painter, dies
  • Feb 23 LS Lowry, English artist dies (b. 1887)
  • Mar 4 Walter H. Schottky, German physicist (b. 1886)
  • Mar 7 Wright Patman, American politician (b. 1893)
  • Mar 8 Alfons Rebane, Estonian military commander (b. 1908)
  • Mar 14 Busby Berkeley, US choreographer/dir (Strike Up the Band), dies at 80
  • Mar 14 Martha Saalfeldt, writer, dies
  • Mar 17 Luchino Visconti di Modrone, It director (Terra Diaeresis), dies at 69
  • Mar 18 James McCartney, father of Paul McCartney, dies at 73
  • Mar 18 Giuseppe Genco Russo, Sicilian mafioso (b. 1893)

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Mar 24 Bernard Montgomery, 1st Viscount Alamein, British WWII Field Marshal (African campaign, D-Day) and WWI officer, dies at 88

British WWII Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery
British WWII Field Marshal
Bernard Montgomery
  • Mar 26 Josef Albers, German artist (b. 1888)
  • Mar 26 Lin Yutang, Chinese writer (b. 1895)
  • Mar 31 Paul Strand, American photographer (b. 1890)
  • Apr 1 Max Ernst, German/French surrealist painter/sculptor, dies at 85
  • Apr 1 S Constantine Timoshenko, Russian marshal, dies at 75
  • Apr 4 Harry Nyquist, Swedish contributor to information theory (b. 1889)
  • Apr 5 Howard Hughes, reclusive billionaire, dies at 72
  • Apr 5 Wilder Penfield, Canadian surgeon (b. 1891)
  • Apr 6 Ruth P Thomson, writer, dies
  • Apr 6 Sidney Franklin, American bullfighter (b. 1903)
  • Apr 14 José Revueltas, Mexican writer (b. 1914)
  • Apr 15 Gerald Smith, antisemite/catholic (National Christian Crusade), dies at 78
  • Apr 17 Jean-Jacques Gailliard, Belgian painter, dies at 85
  • Apr 17 Henrik Dam, Danish biochemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1895)
  • Apr 18 Percy Julian, holder of more than 138 chemical patents, dies at 78
  • Apr 18 Mahmoud Younis, Suez Canal nationalization Engineer (b. 1911)
  • Apr 24 Mark Tobey, US abstract painter, (Broadway Norm), dies at 85
  • Apr 28 Eugen Roth, German poet, dies at 81
  • May 1 Alexandros Panagoulis, Greek poet who fought the military junta in Greece (b. 1939)
  • May 1 T.R.M. Howard, civil rights leader, entrepreneur, surgeon (b. 1908)
  • May 3 David Bruce, dies at 62
  • May 3 Ernie Nevers, college fullback (Stanford), dies at 72
  • May 5 Thomas Burnett Swann, sci-fi author (Day of Minotaur), dies at 47
  • May 6 Karel M J F Cruysberghs, Flemish author (On the Pulpit), dies at 85
  • May 8 Alan Baxter, dies at 67
  • May 8 Ulrike Meinhof, lead Germany Red Army Faction, dies
  • May 9 Jens Bjørneboe, Norwegian author (b. 1920)
  • May 10 George Curzon, dies at 77
  • May 10 Elias Aslaksen, Leader of Smith's Friends (b. 1888)
  • May 11 Alvar Aalto, architect (Finlandia House), dies at 78
  • May 11 J Anaya, Bolivian military/ambassador to France, murdered
  • May 15 Samuel Eliot Morison, US historian (Admiral of Ocean Sea), dies at 88
  • May 20 Zelmar Michelini, Uruguayan politician, member of the Christian-Democrat party, and Héctor Gutiérrez Ruiz "disappeared"
  • May 24 Henk Lankhorst, pacifist/Dutch MP (PSP), dies at 62
  • May 24 Melle J Oldeboerrigter ("Melle"), painter/cartoonist, dies at 65
  • May 26 Martin Heidegger, German philosopher (Holzweg), dies at 86
  • May 26 Juan Maino, Chilean leader of MAPU, "disappeared"
  • May 28 Steffan Danielsen, Faroese painter (b. 1922)
  • May 31 Jacques Monod, French biochemist, dies
  • May 31 Martha Mitchell wife of former Att Gen John Mitchell, dies in NY at 57
  • Jun 2 Bartoes, [Albertus J Wijstma], cabaret performer/comic, dies at 73
  • Jun 2 Juan José Torres, former President of Bolivia, assassinated in the frame of Operation Condor
  • Jun 5 Walter Field, entertainer, dies at 101

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Jun 6 J. Paul Getty, oil magnate/billionaire, dies at 83

Industrialist J. Paul Getty
Industrialist
J. Paul Getty
  • Jun 9 James A Farley, US Postmaster General (1932-38), dies at 88
  • Jun 9 Paul T B Rodenko, Dutch poet/writer (Never Marry a Witch), dies at 55
  • Jun 13 Don Bolles, US journalist (against Arizona), dies
  • Jun 16 Francis E Meloy Jr, US ambassador to Lebanon, kidnapped & killed
  • Jun 16 Victor Dalby Lord, ficticious character on One Life to Live, dies
  • Jun 21 Margaret Herrick, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences director (b. 1902)
  • Jun 29 Leonora Summers, entertainer, dies
  • Jul 1 Anneliese Michel, German woman said to be possessed by demons (b. 1952)
  • 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 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 Sal Tas, Dutch journalist, dies at 70
  • Jul 21 Christopher Ewart-Biggs, British ambassador to Ireland, assassinated
  • 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 29 Mickey Cohen, American gangster (b. 1913)
  • Jul 30 Emil Solomon "Solly" Sachs, South African socialist, dies in London
  • Aug 2 Fritz Lang, German-Austrian director (Cloak & Dagger, Metropolis), dies at 85
  • Aug 4 Enrique Angelelli, Argentine bishop