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

  • 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.

Apple Macintosh Personal Computer

Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs found Apple Computer in the garage of Jobs' parents house in Cupertino, California

1976 History

Famous Birthdays

Clarence SeedorfClarence Seedorf (46 years old)

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
Born in 1976

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
  • Semyon Timoshenko, Russian marshal and army officer (most senior Russian officer on the front line in WWII), dies at 75

About April 1, 1976

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 46 years, 11 months and 30 days
Leap Year: Yes

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

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: Disco Lady - Johnnie Taylor
  • UK #1 Song: Save Your Kisses For Me - Brotherhood Of Man