On This Day

What Happened in August 1976

Historical Events

  • Aug 1 XXI Summer Olympic Games, Montreal, Canada: Officially close
  • Aug 1 Flash flood in Big Thompson Canyon Colo on Route 34, kills 139
  • Aug 1 Seattle Seahawks take the field for the first time in pre-season game v SF 49ers at the newly constructed Kingdome in Seattle

Sports History

Aug 1 Reigning world F1 champion Niki Lauda of Austria suffers a near fatal crash during the German Grand Prix at The Nürburgring motorsports complex, Nürburg, Germany

  • Aug 4 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Aug 4 England beats Australia by 8 wickets in the limited overs cricket international at Lord's; first time women are permitted to play on the main square at 'the home of cricket'
  • Aug 6 Zulfikar Ali Bhutto lays the foundation stone of Port Qasim, Karachi
  • Aug 7 US Viking 2 goes into Martian orbit after 11-month flight from Earth
  • Aug 7 Scientists in Pasadena, California, announce Viking I found strongest indications to date of possible life on Mars
  • Aug 8 Chicago White Sox suit up in shorts
  • Aug 9 Clive Lloyd scores double-ton in 120 mins, WI v Glamorgan
  • Aug 9 Pitt Pirate John Candelaria no-hits LA Dodgers, 2-0
  • Aug 9 USSR launches Luna 24, last Lunar flight to date from Earth
  • Aug 10 Provisional Irish Republican Army volunteer shot dead by the British Army as he drove in Belfast; his car out of control and kills 3 children, sparking "peace rallies" throughout the month by the 'Peace People'

Music History

Aug 11 "The Who" drummer Keith Moon collapses and is hospitalized in Miami

  • Aug 11 Race riot in Cape Town, South Africa; 17 die
  • Aug 12 1st approach & lands test (ALT) of orbiter Enterprise
  • Aug 12 Christian militia conquer Palestinian camp Tell al-Za'tar, 2000 killed
  • Aug 13 South Africa pledges support for a negotiated settlement in Rhodesia
  • Aug 14 10,000 Northern Ireland women demonstrate for peace in Belfast

PGA Championship

Aug 16 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Congressional CC: Dave Stockton wins 2nd PGA C'ship in a Monday bad weather finish; by 1 stroke from Ray Floyd & Don January

  • Aug 16 St. Louis Cardinals beat San Diego Chargers, 20-10 in Tokyo, Japan (NFL Expo)
  • Aug 17 An earthquake & tsunami in the Philippines kills up to 8,000
  • Aug 17 Big win for WI at The Oval Michael Holding 14-149 for match
  • Aug 18 USSR's Luna 24 soft-lands on Moon

Murder of Interest

Aug 18 Korean axe murder incident: 2 US soldiers tasked with cutting down a poplar tree blocking the view of UN observers are killed by North Koreans claiming it was planted by Kim Il-sung in the Korean Demilitarized Zone

Presidential Convention

Aug 19 President Gerald Ford wins Republican presidential nomination at KC convention

  • Aug 21 Al Bumbry hits 17th inside-the-park HR in Oriole history
  • Aug 21 Battle, East Sussex: Mary Langdon becomes 1st British firewoman
  • Aug 21 "Operation Paul Bunyan" begins in retaliation for the "Korean axe murder incident" 3 days prior. 110 troops, 27 helicopters, 3 B-52 bombers are deployed to the Korean Demilitarized Zone to cut down a poplar blocking the view of UN observers
  • Aug 23 Heavy earthquake strikes China, 1,000s die
  • Aug 24 Soyuz 21 returns to Earth
  • Aug 25 Harm Wiersma becomes world checker champion
  • Aug 25 Yanks beat Twins 5-4 in 19 innings
  • Aug 27 Transsexual Renee Richards barred from competing in US Tennis Open
  • Aug 28 Toronto Metros-Croatia beat the Minnesota Kicks to the win the 1976 North American Soccer League championship
  • Aug 28 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Aug 30 Tom Brokaw becomes news anchor of NBC's "Today Show"
  • Aug 30 Turks & Caicos Islands adopts constitution
  • Aug 31 Mexican peso devalued
  • Aug 31 Trinidad & Tobago adopts constitution

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 1 David Nemirovsky, NHL right wing (Florida Panthers), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Aug 1 Eryn Bulmer, Canadian diver (Olympics 1996), born in Edmonton, Alberta
  • Aug 1 Nwankwo Kanu, Nigerian soccer player (Ajax), born in Owerri, Imo, Nigeria
  • Aug 1 Hasan Şaş, Turkish footballer and manager (Galatasaray), born in Karataş, Turkey
  • Aug 1 Søren Jochumsen, Danish footballer, born in Horsens, Denmark
  • Aug 1 Kevin Joseph, American baseball player, born in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania
  • Aug 1 Ivan Duque Márquez, Colombian politician, President of Colombia (2018-), born in Bogotá, Colombia
  • Aug 2 Reyes Estévez, Spanish athlete, born in Cornellà de Llobregat, Spain
  • Aug 2 Sam Worthington, Australian actor (Avatar), born in Godalming, United Kingdom
  • Aug 3 Troy Glaus, American baseball infielder (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Tarzana, Los Angeles
  • Aug 4 Andrew McLeod, Australian footballer
  • Aug 5 Marians Pahars, Latvian footballer, born in Chornobai, Ukraine
  • Aug 5 Kwon Sang-woo, South Korean actor (Stairway to Heaven), born in Daejeon, South Korea
  • Aug 6 Parmeso Emekrasha, Buddhist Monk
  • Aug 6 Soleil Moon Frye, actress (Punky Brewster), born in Glendora, California
  • Aug 6 Travis Kalanick, American entrepreneur (Red Swoosh, Uber), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Aug 7 Dimitrios Eleftheropoulos, Greek footballer, born in Piraeus, Greece
  • Aug 7 Shane Lechler, American football player, born in East Bernard, Texas
  • Aug 7 Cathy Park Hong, American Korean poet (Dance Dance Revolution), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Aug 8 JC Chasez, American singer (*NSYNC)
  • Aug 8 Tawny Cypress, American stage and screen actress (Unforgettable), born in Point Pleasant, New Jersey
  • Aug 8 Drew Lachey, American singer
  • Aug 8 Seung-Yeop Lee, Korean baseball player
  • Aug 8 Jeff Simmons, American race car driver
  • Aug 9 Jessica Capshaw, American actress (Grey's Anatomy), born in Columbia, Missouri
  • Aug 9 Rhona Mitra, English actress, born in London, England
  • Aug 9 Aled Haydn Jones, Welsh radio producer (head of BBC Radio One), born in Aberystwyth, Wales
  • Aug 9 Audrey Tautou, French actress (Venus Beauty Institute, Amélie), born in Beaumont, Puy-de-Dôme, France
  • Aug 9 Leigh Kakaty, Canadian singer (Pop Evil), born in Kingston, Canada
  • Aug 10 Michael Depoli, American wrestler
  • Aug 11 Ľubomír Višňovský, Slovak ice hockey defenseman (Team Slovakia, Los Angeles Kings, Edmonton Oilers), born in Topoľčany, Czechoslovakia
  • Aug 11 Will Friedle, American actor (Eric-Boy Meets World, Gift of Love), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • Aug 11 Ben Gibbard, American musician (Death Cab for Cutie, The Postal Service)
  • Aug 11 Erick Lindgren, American poker player (WSOP Player of the Year 2008), born in Burney, California
  • Aug 11 Brendan Bayliss, American rock guitarist, singer, and songwriter (Umphrey's McGee), born in Annapolis, Maryland
  • Aug 12 Antoine Walker, NBA forward (Boston Celtics)
  • Aug 12 Mikko Viljami "Linde" Lindström, Finnish guitarist
  • Aug 12 Wednesday 13 [Joseph Poole], American punk rock musician (Wednesday 13, Murderdolls), born in Lexington, North Carolina
  • Aug 12 Richard McCourt, English children's television presenter
  • Aug 12 Henry Tuilagi, Samoan rugby player
  • Aug 12 Pedro Collins, West Indian cricket fast bowler (29 Tests, 106 wickets; 30 ODIs, 39 wickets; Barbados, Middlesex), born in St. Peter, Barbados
  • Aug 14 Alex Albrecht, American actor, born in Vienna, Virginia
  • Aug 14 Maya Nasri [Asmar], Lebanese actress and singer, born in Minyara, Lebanon
  • Aug 14 Steve Braun, Canadian actor, born in Winnipeg, Canada
  • Aug 15 Boudewijn Send, soccer player (PSV)
  • Aug 15 Robert Macfarlane, English nature writer, born in Halam, England

Abiy Ahmed

Aug 15 Abiy Ahmed, Prime Minister of Ethiopia (2018-) and winner of the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize, born in Beshasha, Ethiopia

  • Aug 16 Jonatan Johansson, Finnish soccer striker, manager (106 caps; Rangers, Charlton), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • Aug 16 Dave Ockun, American concert producer, born in Syosset, New York
  • Aug 18 Tom Malchow, American 200m swimmer (Olympic silver 1996), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • Aug 18 Bryan Volpenhein, American rower, born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Aug 20 Chris Drury, American ice hockey player (NY Rangers), born in Trumbull, Connecticut
  • Aug 21 Jeff Cunningham, Jamaican American soccer player, born in Montego Bay, Jamaica
  • Aug 22 Jim Weaver, American baseball pitcher (Olympic bronze 1996)
  • Aug 23 Kate Sobrero, American soccer defender (Olympics 1996), born in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
  • Aug 23 Scott Caan, American actor, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Aug 24 Bjorn van der Doelen, Dutch soccer player (PSV), born in Goirle, Netherlands
  • Aug 24 Nordin Wooter, Dutch soccer player (Ajax), born in Breda, Netherlands
  • Aug 25 Philippe Comtois, Canadian 3m springboard diver (Olympics 1996), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Aug 25 Alexander Skarsgård, Swedish actor (True Blood, Big Little Lies), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • Aug 26 Carey Tally, American soccer midfielder (Olympic gold 1996), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Aug 26 Amaia Montero, Spanish singer (La Oreja de Van Gogh - Guapa), born in Irun, Spain
  • Aug 26 Zemfira [Ramazanova], Russian rock singer (Forgive Me My Love), born in Ufa, Bashkortostan, Russia, Soviet Union
  • Aug 26 Mike Colter, American actor (Luke Cage in Marvel Universe), born in Columbia, South Carolina
  • Aug 27 Carlos Moyá, Spanish professional tennis player, 1995-2010 (French Open, 1998; Davis Cup, 2006), born in Palma, Spain
  • Aug 27 Milano Collection AT [Akihito Terui], Japanese professional wrestler, born in Morioka, Japan
  • Aug 28 Federico Magallanes, Uruguayan footballer, born in Montevideo, Uruguay
  • Aug 29 Chris Renaud, Canadian swimmer (Olympics 1996), born in Fredericton, Canada
  • Aug 29 Kasia Kulesza, Canadian synchronized swimmer (Olympic silver 1996), born in Warsaw, Poland
  • Aug 29 Jon Dahl Tomasson, Danish footballer, born in Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Aug 29 Kevin Kaesviharn, American football player, born in Paramount, California
  • Aug 29 Pablo Mastroeni, American soccer player, born in Mendoza, Argentina
  • Aug 30 Mike Koplove, American baseball player (Team USA 2008), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Aug 30 Sarah-Jane Potts, English actress, born in Bradford, England
  • Aug 31 Vincent Delerm, French singer-songwriter, pianist and composer
  • Aug 31 Roque Júnior, Brazilian footballer (World Cup 2002), born in Santa Rita do Sapucaí, Brazil

Famous Weddings

Larry Flynt

Aug 21 Magazine publisher Larry Flynt (33) weds Althea Leasure (23) (his fourth time)

Famous Divorces

Divorce of Interest

Aug 1 Actress Elizabeth Taylor's 6th divorce from actor Richard Burton (their 2nd divorce together)

Zsa Zsa Gabor

Aug 24 Actress Zsa Zsa Gabor (59) divorces her sixth husband, toy inventor Jack Ryan (49) after 1 year of marriage


Famous Deaths

  • Aug 2 Fritz Lang, Austrian-German-American director (M, Metropolis, Fury, The Testament of Dr. Mabuse), dies from a stroke at 85
  • Aug 4 Enrique Angelelli, Argentine bishop
  • Aug 4 Roy Herbert Thomson, Canadian publisher (b. 1894)
  • Aug 5 Adrian Roland Holst, Dutch poet (Past the Roads), dies at 88
  • Aug 5 Betty Clooney, American singer (Jack Paar Show), dies at 45
  • Aug 6 Gregor Piatigorsky, Ukrainian-American cellist, dies at 73
  • Aug 7 Cecil Weston, South African-born actress (Dude Ranch, Huckleberry Finn), dies at 86
  • Aug 8 John Roselli, hired by CIA to kill Castro, found murdered
  • Aug 9 Jose Lezama Lima, Cuban poet/novelist, dies at 65
  • Aug 9 Max Vredenburg, Dutch composer and music critic, dies at 72
  • Aug 10 Bert Oldfield, Australian cricket wicketkeeper (54 Tests, 130 dismissals, 4 x 50; NSW CA), dies at 81
  • Aug 10 Ray "Crash" Corrigan, American actor (Crash Corrigan's Ranch), dies at 74
  • Aug 12 Thomas Edward Driberg, 1st baron Bradwell, journalist, dies
  • Aug 15 Jean P J C Haesaert, Flemish lawyer/sociologist, dies at 84
  • Aug 17 Murvyn Vye [Marvin], American actor (Road to Bali, Bob Cummings Show), dies of natural causes at 63
  • Aug 17 William Redfield, American actor (Jimmy Hughes Rookie Cop, Marriage), dies of leukaemia at 49
  • Aug 19 Alastair Sim, Scottish actor (Christmas Carol, Green for Danger), dies at 75
  • Aug 19 Jeno Kenessey, Hungarian conductor and composer, dies at 70
  • Aug 19 Ken Wadsworth, New Zealand cricket wicket-keeper/batsman (33 Tests, 96 dismissals, 5 x 50s; Central Districts CA), dies from cancer at 29
  • Aug 20 Phyllis Konstam, British actress (Murder, Skin Game), dies at 69
  • Aug 21 Ken James, cricketer (kept wicket for NZ in 11 Tests), dies
  • Aug 22 Juscelino Kubitschek, President of Brazil (1955-60), dies at 73
  • Aug 22 Oskar Brusewitz, East German vicar, sets himself on fire in protest of repression of religion at 47
  • Aug 22 Gina Bachauer, Greek classical pianist of Austrian heritage, dies at 63
  • Aug 24 Michael Dewar Head, British organist, pianist, and composer, dies at 76
  • Aug 25 Eyvind Johnson, Swedish author (Nobel-1974), dies at 76
  • Aug 25 Perc Hornibrook, Australian cricket slow-medium bowler (6 Tests; 17 wickets; best 7-92 1930), dies at 77
  • Aug 26 Lotte Lehmann, German soprano (Der Rosenkavalier, More than singing), dies at 88
  • Aug 26 Warner Anderson, American actor (The Bubble, Destination Moon, Peyton Place), dies at 65
  • Aug 27 Mukesh [Mathur], Indian "playback singer" for Bollywood films, dies of a heart attack at 53
  • Aug 29 Anissa Jones, actress (Buffy, Family Affair), ODs at 18
  • Aug 29 Jimmy Reed, American blues singer ("Soulin'"; "Big Boss Man"), dies of epileptic seizure at 50
  • Aug 29 Kazi Nazrul Islam, Bengali poet, musician, revolutionary and philosopher, dies at 77
  • Aug 31 Kornelis H Miskotte, theologist (If the Gods Keep Silent), dies at 81