On This Day

What Happened on August 1, 1976

Historical Events

  • Flash flood in Big Thompson Canyon Colo on Route 34, kills 139

Sports History

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

  • Seattle Seahawks take the field for the first time in pre-season game v SF 49ers at the newly constructed Kingdome in Seattle
  • XXI Summer Olympic Games, Montreal, Canada: Officially close

Famous Birthdays

  • David Nemirovsky, NHL right wing (Florida Panthers), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Eryn Bulmer, Canadian diver (Olympics 1996), born in Edmonton, Alberta
  • Hasan Şaş, Turkish footballer and manager (Galatasaray), born in Karataş, Turkey
  • Ivan Duque Márquez, Colombian politician, President of Colombia (2018-), born in Bogotá, Colombia
  • Kevin Joseph, American baseball player, born in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania
  • Nwankwo Kanu, Nigerian soccer player (Ajax), born in Owerri, Imo, Nigeria
  • Søren Jochumsen, Danish footballer, born in Horsens, Denmark

Famous Divorces

Divorce of Interest

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

1976 Highlights

About August 1, 1976

Day of the Week: Sunday
How Long Ago? 45 years, 5 months and 27 days
Leap Year: Yes

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