October 1976 in History

Events in History

  • Oct 1 1st Dutch casino opens
  • 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

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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
  • Oct 9 Peter Petherick takes hat-trick on debut NZ v Pak Javed 1st wkt
  • 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 Communist Revolutionary Mao Zedong
Chinese Communist Revolutionary
Mao Zedong
  • Oct 10 NJ Meadowlands' Giant's Stadium opens

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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 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 for economy awarded to Milton Friedman

Economist Milton Friedman
Milton Friedman
  • Oct 14 Soyuz 23 carries 2 to Salyut 6, but returns without docking
  • Oct 15 1st debate of major-ticket VP nominees Mondale (D) vs Dole (R)
  • Oct 16 Soyuz 23 returns to Earth
  • Oct 17 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC
  • 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 21 55th weaapon accord signed

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Oct 21 Nobel prize for literature awarded to American Saul Bellow

Novelist Saul Bellow
Saul Bellow
  • 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 Hua Guofeng succeeds Mao as China's party leader
  • 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 Train collision at Goes Neth, 7 die
  • 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)

Birthdays in History

  • 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

Weddings in History

HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 24 Pediatrician Benjamin Spock (73) weds Mary Morgan

Pediatrician Benjamin Spock
Benjamin Spock

Deaths in History

  • Oct 5 Lars Onsager, Norwegian chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1903)
  • Oct 6 Gilbert Ryle, British philosopher (b. 1900)
  • Oct 9 Walter Warlimont, German General WWII (b. 1894)
  • Oct 11 Alfredo Bracchi, Italian author (b. 1897)

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Oct 15 Carlo Gambino, Italian-American gangster, dies of a heart attack at 74

Gangster Carlo Gambino
Carlo Gambino
  • Oct 18 Kavi Samrat Viswanatha Satyanarayana, Telugu writer (b. 1895)
  • Oct 25 Raymond Queneau, [M Presle], French writer (Last Days), dies at 73