On This Day

What Happened on April 5, 1976

Historical Events


Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Harold Wilson resigns as James Callaghan becomes Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

British Prime Minister James Callaghan
British Prime Minister
James Callaghan
British Prime Minister Harold Wilson
British Prime Minister
Harold Wilson

Music releaseTheater Premiere

Tom Stoppard's play "Dirty Linen and New-Found-Land" premieres in London

Playwright and Screenwriter Tom Stoppard
Playwright and Screenwriter
Tom Stoppard

Famous Birthdays

  • Fernando Morientes, Spanish footballer
  • Henrik Stenson, Swedish golfer (British Open 2016), born in Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Ike Hilliard, NFL wide receiver (NY Giants)
  • Kim Collins, Nevisian athlete (World C'ship gold men's 100m 2003), born in Saint Peter Basseterre Parish, Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Ross Gload, American baseball player
  • Ryan Drese, baseball pitcher (Olympic bronze 1996), born in San Francisco, California
  • Simone Inzaghi, Italian footballer
  • Sterling K. Brown, American actor (The People v. O. J. Simpson, This is Us), born in St. Louis, Missouri

Famous Deaths


Person of interestHoward Hughes

Howard Hughes, American reclusive billionaire, filmmaker and aviator, dies at 72

Aviator and Businessman Howard Hughes
Aviator and Businessman
Howard Hughes
  • Wilder Penfield, Canadian surgeon (b. 1891)
1976 Highlights

About April 5, 1976

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 44 years, 9 months and 20 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation Generation X
Chinese Zodiac: Dragon
Star Sign: Aries