What Happened on August 11, 1976

Historical Events

Music History

"The Who" drummer Keith Moon collapses and is hospitalized in Miami, Florida

  • Race riot in Cape Town, South Africa; 17 die

Famous Birthdays

  • Ben Gibbard, American singer-songwriter (Death Cab for Cutie; The Postal Service), born in Bremerton, Washington
  • Brendan Bayliss, American rock guitarist, singer, and songwriter (Umphrey's McGee), born in Annapolis, Maryland
  • Erick Lindgren, American poker player (WSOP Player of the Year 2008), born in Burney, California
  • Ľubomír Višňovský, Slovak ice hockey defenseman (Team Slovakia, Los Angeles Kings, Edmonton Oilers), born in Topoľčany, Czechoslovakia
  • Will Friedle, American actor (Eric-Boy Meets World, Gift of Love), born in Hartford, Connecticut
Born in 1976

Famous Deaths

  • Robert L. May, American advertising copy writer and creator of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, dies at 71

About August 11, 1976

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 47 years, 1 month and 15 days
Leap Year: Yes

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

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: Don't Go Breaking My Heart - Elton John & Kiki Dee
  • UK #1 Song: Don't Go Breaking My Heart - Elton John & Kiki Dee