What Happened in December 1976

Historical Events

  • Dec 1 Angola admitted to the UN
  • Dec 1 Bangladesh General Ziaur Rahman declares himself president
  • Dec 1 Sex Pistols using profanity on TV, gets them branded as "rotten punks"

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Dec 2 Fidel Castro becomes President of Cuba, replacing Osvaldo Dorticós Torrado

Cuban Revolutionary and President Fidel Castro
Cuban Revolutionary and President
Fidel Castro
  • Dec 3 Patrick J Hillery elected President of Ireland

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Dec 5 Buffalo Bill O.J. Simpson rushes 203 yards

NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal O.J. Simpson
NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal
O.J. Simpson
  • Dec 6 War criminal Pieter Menten arrested in Zurich
  • Dec 7 UN Security Council endorses Kurt Waldheim, Secretary-General for second 5 year term
  • Dec 8 UN General Assembly re-elects Kurt Waldheim Secretary-General
  • Dec 8 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Dec 10 Wings release triple album "Wings Over America"
  • Dec 12 QB Joe Namath last game as a NY Jet
  • Dec 13 Golden Gate Bridge District starts ferry service to Larkspur
  • Dec 13 Longest non-stop passenger airflight (Sydney to SF 13h14m)
  • Dec 14 Dutch 1st Chamber condemns Dutch Liberal/social dem abortion laws
  • Dec 15 Oil tanker Argo Merchant runs aground on the Nantucket Shoals, spilling 7.6 m million gallons of fuel oil - one of the largest oil spills at sea
  • Dec 15 Jamaica premier Manley wins elections
  • Dec 15 Samoa becomes a member of the UN
  • Dec 16 Andrew Young named Ambassador & Chief US Delegate to UN
  • Dec 16 Charlie Finley's $10 million damage suit against Bowie Kuhn begins
  • Dec 16 Government halts swine flu vaccination prog following reports of paralysis
  • Dec 16 Liberian tanker stranded at Nantucket, 180,000 barrels oil in sea
  • Dec 17 Superstation WTBS in Atlanta went national

Film release premierFilm Premier

Dec 18 "A Star is Born" film directed by Frank Pierson with Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson, premieres

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • Dec 18 "Wonder Woman" debuts on ABC
  • Dec 18 Soviet dissident Viktor Bukovskiexchanged for Chile CP-leader Corvalan
  • Dec 19 Jo Ann Washam/Chi Chi Rodriguez wins Pepsi-Cola Mixed Team Golf Champ
  • Dec 19 John Lever takes 7-46 in 1st Test Cricket innings, v India Delhi

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Dec 19 Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev receives his 5th Order of Lenin

Soviet General Secretary Leonid Brezhnev
Soviet General Secretary
Leonid Brezhnev
  • Dec 19 Piper Cherokee crashes into Balt Memorial Stadium upper stands, 10 minutes after Colts lose 40-14 to Steelers. No one seriously hurt
  • Dec 19 65th Davis Cup: Italy beats Chile in Santiago (4-1)
  • Dec 20 "Music Is" opens at St James Theater NYC for 8 performances

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Dec 20 Israeli PM Yitzhak Rabin resigns

5th Prime Minister of Israel Yitzhak Rabin
5th Prime Minister of Israel
Yitzhak Rabin
  • Dec 21 20th Islander shut-out opponent-Billy Smith 3-0 vs Bruins
  • Dec 21 Patricia R Harris named secretary of HUD
  • Dec 21 UN General Assembly passes a resolution declaring 1979-Year of Child
  • Dec 21 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Dec 22 "Your Arm's Too Short..." opens at Lyceum NYC for 429 performances
  • Dec 22 35 Unification church couples wed in NYC
  • Dec 22 German DR banishes singer Nina Hagen
  • Dec 25 Egyptian SS Patria sinks in Red Sea, about 100 killed
  • Dec 25 Takeo Fukuda becomes Japanese premier
  • Dec 25 6th Fiesta Bowl: #8 Oklahoma beats Wyoming, 41-7
  • Dec 26 "Music Is" closes at St James Theater NYC after 8 performances
  • Dec 26 The Communist Party of Nepal (Marxist-Leninist) is founded.
  • Dec 26 AFC Championship Game: Oakland Raiders beat Pittsburgh Steelers 24-7
  • Dec 26 NFC Championship Game: Minnesota Vikings beat Los Angeles Rams 24-13
  • Dec 27 Albania constitution goes into effect
  • Dec 28 "Fiddler on the Roof" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 167 performances
  • Dec 28 Genie Francis joins "General Hospital" as Laura Vining
  • Dec 28 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Dec 28 Winnie Mandela banished in South Africa
  • Dec 30 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Dec 31 TV soap "Somerset" ends 6 year run
  • Dec 31 The Cars played their 1st gig

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 1 Konerak Sinthasomphone, Jeffrey Dahmer's victim, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Dec 1 Brently Heilbron, American satirist
  • Dec 1 Matthew Shepard, American murder victim (d. 1998)
  • Dec 2 Jennifer Robinson, Barrie Ontario, (1996 Canadian Champ)
  • Dec 2 Eddy Garabito, professional baseball player
  • Dec 3 Gary Glover, American baseball player
  • Dec 3 Byron Kelleher, New Zealand rugby union footballer
  • Dec 3 Mark Boucher, South African cricketer
  • Dec 3 Cornelius Griffin, American football player, born in Troy, Alabama
  • Dec 4 John Lee, dance skater (& Julia Bikbova), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Dec 4 Amie Comeaux, American singer (d. 1997)
  • Dec 5 Xavier Garbajosa, French rugby union footballer
  • Dec 5 Amy Acker, American actress
  • Dec 6 Alicia Machado, Venezuelan-American actress, winner of Miss Universe 1996 and Donald Trump critic, born in Maracay, Venezuela
  • Dec 6 Lindsay Price, Arcadia CA, actress (Bold & Beautiful, All My Children)
  • Dec 6 Colleen Haskell, American television personality
  • Dec 7 Alan Faneca, American football player
  • Dec 7 Brent Johnson, Canadian football player
  • Dec 7 Georges Laraque, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Dec 7 Vanessa Lorenzo, Spanish fashion model
  • Dec 8 Naimee Coleman, Irish singer and songwriter
  • Dec 8 Reed Johnson, American baseball player
  • Dec 8 Dominic Monaghan, English actor (The Lord of the Rings, Lost), born in Berlin, West Germany
  • Dec 9 Chris Booker, American baseball player
  • Dec 11 Shareef AbdurRahim, NBA forward (Vancouver Grizzlies)
  • Dec 12 Dan Hawkins, English guitarist (The Darkness)
  • Dec 12 Lloyd Owusu, English/Ghanaian football player
  • Dec 13 Radosław Sobolewski, Polish footballer
  • Dec 13 Søren Friis, Danish footballer
  • Dec 13 Josh Fogg, American baseball player
  • Dec 14 Leland Chapman, American bounty hunter
  • Dec 14 André Couto, Portuguese racing driver
  • Dec 14 Santiago Ezquerro, Spanish footballer
  • Dec 15 Baichung Bhutia, Indian footballer
  • Dec 15 Aaron Miles, American baseball player
  • Dec 15 Elix Skipper, American professional wrestler
  • Dec 17 Nir Davidovich, Israeli footballer
  • Dec 17 Patrick Müller, Swiss footballer
  • Dec 17 Takeo Spikes, American football player
  • Dec 17 Andrew Simpson, Chertsey, Surrey, sailor (Olympic gold 2008), (d. 2013)
  • Dec 18 Koyuki, Japanese actress and model
  • Dec 20 Jang Hyuk, Korean actor
  • Dec 20 Aubrey Huff, American baseball player
  • Dec 20 Adam Powell, Neopets creator
  • Dec 20 Ramon Stoppelenburg, world traveler and Dutch author
  • Dec 21 Mirela Manjani, Greek javelin thrower
  • Dec 22 Brian A. Alexander, American screenwriter and director
  • Dec 22 Katleen De Caluwé, Belgian athlete
  • Dec 22 Jason Lane, American Baseball Player
  • Dec 23 Dimitris Mavrogenidis, Greek footballer
  • Dec 23 Brad Lidge, American baseball player
  • Dec 23 Jamie Noble, American professional wrestler
  • Dec 25 Scott Vermillion, Independence MO, soccer defender (Olympics-gold-96)
  • Dec 25 Tuomas Holopainen, Finnish keyboardist and songwriter
  • Dec 25 Armin van Buuren, Dutch DJ & Producer
  • Dec 26 Lea De Mae, Czech actress (d. 2004)
  • Dec 27 Fernando Pisani, Canadian/Italian ice hockey player
  • Dec 27 Aaron Stanford, American actor
  • Dec 28 Joe Manganiello, American actor (Spider-Man, Magic Mike XXL, True Blood), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Dec 29 Danny R. McBride, American actor, writer, and producer
  • Dec 30 Rhoshii Wells, middleweight boxer (Olympics-bronze-96), born in Austin, Texas
  • Dec 30 A.J. Pierzynski, American baseball player
  • Dec 31 Craig Reucassel, Australian comedian, member of The Chaser

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 4 Actress Elizabeth Taylor (44) marries for the 7th time to politician John Warner (49)


Famous Deaths

  • Dec 2 Danny Murtaugh, American baseball manager (Pittsburgh Pirates), dies at 59
  • Dec 2 William Tannen, actor (Jailhouse Rock, Sitting Bull), dies at 65
  • Dec 3 Mary Nash, actress (Philadelphia Story, Till the Clouds Roll By), dies at 91
  • Dec 4 Benjamin Britten, British composer (Beggar's Opera), dies at 63
  • Dec 4 Tommy Bolin, rock guitarist (Deep Purple), dies of heroin overdose
  • Dec 4 W. F. McCoy, Northern Irish politician (b. 1886)
  • Dec 6 João Goulart, President of Brazil (b. 1918)
  • Dec 9 Nino Martini, actor (Here's to Romance), dies at 71
  • Dec 12 Jack Cassidy, actor (Oscar/Jetman-He & She), dies at 49
  • Dec 12 Vinko Zganec, Croatian ethnomusicologist (b. 1890)
  • Dec 13 Eduard Claudius, writer, dies
  • Dec 16 George, a goose that lived to 49 years 8 months, dies
  • Dec 16 Réal Caouette, French Canadian politician (Social Credit Party of Canada) (b. 1917)
  • Dec 18 George Emmett, cricketer (England opener v Aust Old Trafford 1948), dies
  • Dec 20 Richard J Daley, (Mayor-D-Chicago), dies at 74
  • Dec 20 Walter Fitzgerald, actor (Adv of Sadie, Fallen Idol), dies at 80
  • Dec 21 Edward Bartlett, cricketer (WI Test batsman in 5 Tests 1928-31), dies
  • Dec 23 Frank Forest, actor (Big Broadcast of 1937, Champagne Waltz), dies
  • Dec 23 Paul M Frank Forest, dies at 80
  • Dec 23 Walter Bauer, German Canadian writer, dies at 72
  • Dec 24 Victor Stanitsin, actor (War & Peace, Jubilee), dies at 79
  • Dec 24 Duarte Nuno, Duke of Braganza, heir to the throne of Portugal (b. 1907)
  • Dec 25 Arthur Mitchell, cricketer (batted in 6 Tests for Eng 1933-36), dies
  • Dec 25 Frankie Darro, actor (Radio Ranch, Valley of Wanted Men), dies at 58
  • Dec 26 Philip A Heart, (Sen-D-Mich), dies at 64
  • Dec 28 Freddie King, rocker, dies at 42
  • Dec 28 Katharine Byron, U.S. Congresswoman, dies at 73
  • Dec 29 Ivo van Damme, Belgian 800/1500 m sprinter (Oly-silver-76), dies at 22