On This Day

What Happened on April 1, 1976

Historical Events

Television Premiere

"Helter Skelter", detailing Charles Manson's cult "family", their capture, trial, conviction and aftermath, premieres on CBS

Murderer Charles Manson
Charles Manson
  • Conrail takes over operations from six bankrupt railroads in the northeastern U.S..
  • Jovian-Plutonian gravitational effect is first reported by the astronomer Patrick Moore.

Historic Event

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

Famous Birthdays

  • Clarence Seedorf, Dutch soccer midfielder (87 caps; AC Milan, Ajax, Real Madrid) and manager (AC Milan, Deportivo La Coruña, Cameroon), born in Paramaribo, Suriname
  • David Gilliland, American auto racer and team owner (pole Daytona 500 2007; Meijer 300 2006), born in Riverside, California
  • David Oyelowo, English Nigerian actor (Spooks, Lincoln), born in Oxford, England
  • Hazem El Masri, Australian rugby league winger (Canterbury Bulldogs; NRL career point scoring record 2,418 points, 317 games; 159 tries, 891/1087 goals @ 81.97%), born in Tripoli, Lebanon

Famous Deaths

  • Freddie Lennon, father of John Lennon (Beatles), dies at 63
  • Max Ernst, German-French surrealist painter and sculptor (founded surrealism), dies at 85
  • Miroslav Ponc, Czech composer, dies at 73
  • S Constantine Timoshenko, Russian marshal, dies at 75
1976 Highlights

About April 1, 1976

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 45 years, 6 months and 24 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation: Generation X
Chinese Zodiac: Dragon
Star Sign: Aries