On This Day

What Happened in 1976

Historical Events

  • 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 Communist revolutionary Fidel Castro becomes President of Cuba, replacing Osvaldo Dorticós Torrado
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1976 in Film & TV

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" cover by Barry Manilow hits #1
  • Jun 3 Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" goes gold

1976 in Sport

  • Apr 17 NL greatest comeback: trailing 12-1, Philadelphia Phillies beat Chicago Cubs, 18-16 in 10 innings at Wrigley Field; Mike Schmidt hits 4 consecutive HRs
  • 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 gymnast in Olympic Games history to score a perfect 10 score (total 7) at Montreal Games
  • 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

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

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