January 1976 in History

Events in History

  • Jan 1 Liberty Bell moves to new home behind Independence Hall
  • Jan 1 Venezuela nationalizes oil fields

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 18 Damien Leith, Australian Idol 2006

Deaths in History

  • 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)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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

Novelist Agatha Christie
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)