What Happened on December 12, 1976

Day of the Week: Sunday

Historical Events

  • QB Joe Namath last game as a NY Jet
  • Spaniard Manuel Orantes beats Wojtek Fibak of Poland 5–7, 6–2, 0–6, 7–6, 6–1 to win his first and only season-ending ATP Masters Grand Prix tennis title in Houston, Texas

Famous Birthdays

  • Dan Hawkins, English guitarist (The Darkness), born in Chertsey, England
  • Lloyd Owusu, English-Ghanaian football player, born in Slough, England

Famous Deaths

  • John "Jack" Cassidy, American singer and actor (Oscar-He & She, The Eiger Sanction), dies in a fire at 49
  • Vinko Zganec, Croatian ethnomusicologist (b. 1890)