What Happened in 1976

Significant Events

  • Mar 24 Argentine President Isabel Martínez de Perón is deposed in a military coup
  • Apr 1 Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs found Apple Computer in the garage of Jobs' parents house in Cupertino, California
  • Apr 22 Barbara Walters becomes 1st female nightly network news anchor (Today Show)
  • Jun 3 Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" goes gold
  • Jul 20 US Viking 1 lands on Mars at Chryse Planitia, 1st Martian landing
  • Jul 28 Tangshan Earthquake, 8.2 in magnitude kills over 240,000 Northern China in the largest loss of life from an earthquake in the 20th century
  • Sep 18 Mao Zedong's funeral takes place in Beijing
  • Dec 2 Fidel Castro becomes President of Cuba, replacing Osvaldo Dorticós Torrado
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1976 in Film & TV

  • Apr 9 "All the President's Men", directed by Alan J. Pakula, based on the novel by Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward detailing their Watergate investigation, starring Dustin Hoffman and Robert Redford, is released
  • Jul 12 1st "Family Feud" game show debuts on ABC hosted by Richard Dawson
  • Aug 30 Tom Brokaw becomes news anchor of NBC's "Today Show"
  • Nov 21 "Rocky" directed by John G. Avildsen and starring Sylvester Stallone premieres in New York (Best Picture 1977)

1976 in Music

  • Jan 13 Sarah Caldwell is 1st woman to conduct at NYC Metropolitan Opera House as she led orchestra in a performance of "La Traviata"
  • Jan 17 "I Write the Songs" by Barry Manilow hits #1
  • Jun 3 Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" goes gold

1976 in Sport

  • Jul 3 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Sweden's Björn Borg beats Ilie Năstase of Romania 6-4, 6-2, 9-7 for the first of 5 straight Wimbledon titles
  • Jul 17 21st modern Olympic games opens in Montreal: 25 African teams (later rising to 33 nations) boycott the games due to New Zealand playing rugby in apartheid South Africa
  • Jul 18 Nadia Comăneci becomes the first person in Olympic Games history to score a perfect 10 in gymnastics at 1976 Summer Olympics
  • Jul 20 Hank Aaron hits 755th and last home run off Angels Dick Drago

Did You Know?

First electron micrograph of an Ebola viral particle obtained by Dr. F.A. Murphy, working at the C.D.C.

On October 13, 1976


World Leaders in 1976

Famous People in 1976

Would You Believe?

In the Judgment of Paris, wine testers rate wines from California higher than their French counterparts, challenging the notion of France being the foremost producer of the world's best wines

On May 24, 1976

Famous Weddings

Famous Divorces

  • Mar 2 Second wife Carole Hoff divorces serial killer John Wayne Gacy (33) after 3 years of marriage
  • Mar 19 Princess Margaret separates from the Earl of Snowdon, after 16 years
  • Aug 1 Actress Elizabeth Taylor's 6th divorce from actor Richard Burton (their 2nd divorce together)
  • Aug 24 Actress Zsa Zsa Gabor (59) divorces her sixth husband, toy inventor Jack Ryan (49) after 1 year of marriage
  • Oct 31 NBA legend Larry Bird (19) divorces highschool sweetheart Janet Condra only 11 months after getting married
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