What Happened in February 1976

Historical Events

  • Feb 1 "Rich Man, Poor Man" mini-series premieres on ABC TV

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 1 Sonny & Cher resume TV show, despite real-life divorce

Goddess of Pop  Cher
Goddess of Pop
Cher
  • Feb 1 East Lansing police arrest Dodgers reliever Mike Marshall for taking batting practice at Michigan State University after he is warned not to
  • Feb 1 62nd Rose Bowl: #11 UCLA beats #1 Ohio State, 23-10
  • Feb 2 "Honeymooners Second Honeymoon" airs on TV
  • Feb 2 "Rich Little Show" debuts on NBC-TV
  • Feb 2 Roger Connor, Fred Lindstrom & umpire Cal Hubbard elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
  • Feb 3 26th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 123-109 at Philadelphia
  • Feb 4 12th Winter Olympic games opens in Innsbruck, Austria
  • Feb 4 7.5 earthquake kills 22,778 in Guatemala & Honduras
  • Feb 4 US Federal Judge Oliver upholds Seitz's decision on Andy Messersmith free agency
  • Feb 4 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 4 Hua Guofeng becomes Premier of the People's Republic of China

Paramount Leader of China Hua Guofeng
Paramount Leader of China
Hua Guofeng
  • Feb 5 Australia complete 5-1 series drubbing of West Indies
  • Feb 5 Last day of Test Cricket for Lance Gibbs & Ian Redpath

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 6 George Harrison releases "This Guitar (Can't Keep From Crying)"

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
Singer-Songwriter
George Harrison

Sports record brokenNHL Record

Feb 7 Darryl Sittler, Toronto, sets NHL record with 10 points in a game

NHL Legend Darryl Sittler
NHL Legend
Darryl Sittler
  • Feb 7 FCC raids & shuts down pirate radio station WCPR (Brooklyn New York)
  • Feb 7 Larry Groce's "Junk Food Junkie" peaks at #9
  • Feb 7 World's largest telescope (600 cm) begins operation (USSR)
  • Feb 8 Jan Stephens wins LPGA Sarah Coventry Naples Golf Classic
  • Feb 8 Largest crowd at Cleveland Coliseum (Cavs vs Wash-21,130)

Film release premierFilm Release

Feb 8 "Taxi Driver" directed by Martin Scorsese, starring Robert De Niro and Jodie Foster, is released (Palme d'Or 1976)

Film Director Martin Scorsese
Film Director
Martin Scorsese
Actor Robert De Niro
Actor
Robert De Niro
Actress Jodie Foster
Actress
Jodie Foster
  • Feb 9 Oscar Charleston selected to baseball's Hall of Fame
  • Feb 11 Clifford Alexander Jr confirmed as 1st African American US Secretary of Army
  • Feb 11 John Curry wins the UK’s 1st Olympic gold medal in figure skating; the country's 1st medal for 12 years at the winter games
  • Feb 12 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Feb 13 American Dorothy Hamill wins Olympic figure-skating gold in Innsbruck, Austria
  • Feb 13 Peter Casserly of NZ hand-sheers record 353 lambs in 9 hours
  • Feb 13 Major-General Olusegun Obasanjo becomes military ruler of Nigeria
  • Feb 14 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Feb 15 12th Winter Olympic games close at Innsbruck, Austria
  • Feb 15 18th Daytona 500: David Pearson wins (152.181 MPH)
  • Feb 17 "Rockabye Hamlet" opens at Minskoff Theater NYC for 7 performances
  • Feb 17 Macau adopts constitution (Organic Law of Macau)
  • Feb 17 NZ scores their 1st innings win in Test Cricket, v India

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 17 Richard Hadlee takes 7-23 v India, his 1st match-winning spell

Cricketer Richard Hadlee
Cricketer
Richard Hadlee
  • Feb 19 Frente Polisario forms Democratic Republic of Sahara

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Feb 20 Muhammad Ali KOs Jan Pierre Coopman in 5 for heavyweight boxing title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
  • Feb 20 The Southeast Asia Treaty Organization disbands.
  • Feb 21 "Rockabye Hamlet" closes at Minskoff Theater NYC after 7 performances
  • Feb 21 Cardinal Willebrands installed as Archbishop of Utrecht
  • Feb 22 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Bent Tree Golf Classic
  • Feb 23 Owners announce spring training won't open without a labor contract
  • Feb 24 Cuba adopts its constitution
  • Feb 24 Jules Feiffer's "Knock Knock" premieres in NYC

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 24 Leonid Brezhnev opens 25th congress of CPSU

Soviet General Secretary Leonid Brezhnev
Soviet General Secretary
Leonid Brezhnev
  • Feb 26 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 27 Final meeting between Mao Zedong and Richard Nixon

Chinese Revolutionary and Chairman of the Communist Party Mao Zedong
Chinese Revolutionary and Chairman of the Communist Party
Mao Zedong
37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon

Music awardsMusic Awards

Feb 28 18th Grammy Awards: "Love Will Keep Us Together" Record of the Year, Natalie Cole 1st African American to win Best New Artist

Singer and Songwriter Natalie Cole
Singer and Songwriter
Natalie Cole
  • Feb 28 Spain withdraws from Western Sahara, leaving Ceuta & Melilla (Spanish Morocco) as the last European possessions in Africa
  • Feb 29 ABC-TV broadcast premiere of 1965's hit "The Sound of Music"

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 1 Phil Ivey, American poker player
  • Feb 2 Steven Dewick, Australian swimmer (Olympics 1996), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • Feb 2 James Hickman, British swimmer
  • Feb 2 Lori Beth Denberg, American actress
  • Feb 3 Dwayne Rudd, linebacker (Minnesota Vikings)

Person of interestIsla Fisher

Feb 3 Isla Fisher, Australian actress (Arrested Development, The Great Gatsby), born in Muscat, Oman

Actress Isla Fisher
Actress
Isla Fisher
  • Feb 4 Cam'ron, American rapper
  • Feb 5 Nancy Feber, Belgian tennis star (1995 Puerto Rico), born in Antwerp, Belgium
  • Feb 5 Tony Jaa, Thai actor and martial artist, born in Surin, Thailand
  • Feb 5 Abhishek Bachchan, Indian actor
  • Feb 5 John Aloisi, Australian footballer
  • Feb 5 Brian Moorman, American football player
  • Feb 6 Kim Zmeskal, US gymnast (Olympic-92), born in Houston, Texas
  • Feb 6 Tanja Frieden, Swiss snowboarder
  • Feb 6 Colin Teo, Singaporean Grand Prix driver
  • Feb 7 Terry Battle, running back (Detroit Lions)
  • Feb 7 Sreto Ristić, German footballer
  • Feb 8 Holly Manthei, Edina Minn, soccer midfielder/forward (Olympics 1996)
  • Feb 8 Jim Parque, baseball pitcher (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Norwalk, California
  • Feb 8 Khaled Mashud, Bangladeshi cricketer
  • Feb 8 Adam Piatt, American baseball player
  • Feb 9 Georgios Korakakis, Greek footballer
  • Feb 9 Charlie Day, American actor
  • Feb 9 Vladimir Guerrero, Dominican baseball player
  • Feb 10 Lance Berkman, American baseball player, born in Waco, Texas
  • Feb 10 Kev Brown, American rapper and hip hop producer
  • Feb 10 Keeley Hawes, British actress, born in Marylebone, United Kingdom
  • Feb 11 Brice Beckham, US actor (Wesley-Mr Belvedare), born in Long Beach, California
  • Feb 11 Tony Battie, NBA forward (Denver Nuggets), born in Dallas, Texas
  • Feb 11 André Wickström, Finland-Swedish comedian and actor, born in Sipoo, Finland
  • Feb 12 Christopher Pettiet, US actor (Young Riders), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Feb 12 Anna Benson, US model, born in Mableton, United States
  • Feb 12 Christian Cullen, New Zealand rugby union footballer, born in Paraparaumu, New Zealand
  • Feb 12 Silvia Saint, Czech actress, born in Kyjov, Czech Republic
  • Feb 13 Martin Sastre, Uruguayan artist, born in Montevideo, Uruguay
  • Feb 13 Feist [Leslie Feist], Canadian singer and songwriter, born in Amherst, Canada
  • Feb 13 Dave Padden, Canadian musician (Annihilator), born in Canada
  • Feb 14 Liv Kristine, Norwegian singer (Leaves' Eyes)

Person of interestBrandon Boyd

Feb 15 Brandon Boyd, US musician (Incubus), born in Van Nuys, California

Musician Brandon Boyd
Musician
Brandon Boyd
  • Feb 15 Óscar Freire, Spanish cyclist, born in Torrelavega, Spain
  • Feb 15 Ronnie Vannucci Jr., US musician (The Killers), born in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Feb 16 Eric Byrnes, American baseball player
  • Feb 16 Kyo, Japanese singer (Dir en grey)
  • Feb 16 Joe Odagiri, Japanese actor
  • Feb 17 Kelly Carlson, American actress
  • Feb 17 Scott Williamson, American baseball player
  • Feb 18 Chanda Rubin, Lafayette LA, tennis star (1996 Australian Open doubles)
  • Feb 18 Jason Podollan, Vernon, NHL center (Florida Panthers)
  • Feb 18 Volker Schenk, WLAF RB (Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • Feb 18 Leilani Munter, American race car driver
  • Feb 20 Rohan Gavaskar, Left-handed batsman, India ODI 2004 (son of Sunil Gavaskar)
  • Feb 20 Ed Graham, English drummer (The Darkness)
  • Feb 20 Gail Kim, Canadian professional wrestler
  • Feb 21 Robin Confer, soccer forward (Olympics 1996)
  • Feb 21 Ryan Smyth, Banff, NHL left wing (Edmonton Oilers)
  • Feb 22 Faan Rautenbach, South African rugby player
  • Feb 23 Jeff O'Neill, Canadian NHL center (Hartford Whalers), born in Richmond Hill, Ontario
  • Feb 23 Kelly Macdonald, Scottish actress, born in Glasgow, United Kingdom
  • Feb 23 Scott Elarton, American baseball player, born in Lamar, Colorado
  • Feb 24 Matt Skiba, American musician (Alkaline Trio, Heavens)
  • Feb 24 Eric Griffin, American rock guitarist
  • Feb 24 Bradley McGee, Australian cyclist
  • Feb 24 Crista Flanagan, American television comedian
  • Feb 24 Zach Johnson, American golfer (Masters 2007, British Open 2015), born in Iowa City, Iowa
  • Feb 24 Marco Campos, Brazilian racing driver (d. 1995)
  • Feb 25 Chris Pitman, rocker (Zaum, Tool)
  • Feb 25 Samaki Walker, NBA forward (Dallas Mavericks)
  • Feb 25 Rashida Jones, American actress (Parks and Recreation), writer, model, and musician, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Feb 26 Nikolaos Siranidis, Greek diver
  • Feb 26 Chad Urmston, American musician
  • Feb 27 Tony Gonzalez, tight end (KC Chiefs)
  • Feb 28 Angie Kennedy, Nambour QLD Australia, swimmer (Olympics 1996)
  • Feb 28 Ali Larter, American actress and model
  • Feb 28 Guillaume Lemay-Thivierge, Canadian actor
  • Feb 29 Bryan Gillooly, diver (Olympics 1996), born in Auburn, New York

Person of interestJa Rule

Feb 29 Ja Rule, American rapper (Between Me and You, Always on Time) and actor, born in NYC, New York

Rapper Ja Rule
Rapper
Ja Rule
  • Feb 29 Emma Barton, English actress
  • Feb 29 Terrence Long, American baseball player

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

Feb 2 Actress Gloria Swanson (76) weds writer William Dufty (60)


Famous Deaths

  • Feb 1 Edgar Pangborn, sci-fi author (Judgment of Eve, Davy), dies at 66
  • Feb 1 Werner C Heisenberg, physicist (Nobel 1932, field theory), dies at 74
  • Feb 1 George Whipple, American scientist, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1878)
  • Feb 1 Werner Heisenberg, German physicist who discovered the uncertainty principle (Nobel 1932), dies at 74
  • Feb 2 Harry Elliott, England cricket wicketkeeper (3 Tests 1927-34), dies
  • Feb 2 Johan Kaart, Dutch actor (My Fair Lady), dies at 78
  • Feb 2 Maurice Jacobson, composer, dies at 80
  • Feb 3 Neville Lindsay, cricketer (South African batsman in Test v Aust 1921), dies
  • Feb 5 Roger Livesey, Welsh actor (Drum, The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp), dies from bowel cancer at 69
  • Feb 5 Rudy Pompilli, American musician (Bill Haley and His Comets) (b. 1926)
  • Feb 6 Vince Guaraldi, jazz pianist and composer (Peanuts TV specials), dies at 43
  • Feb 9 Percy Faith, Canadian musician (b. 1908)
  • Feb 11 Alice Allen, actress (Call of the Hills), dies
  • Feb 11 Charles "Charlie" Naughton, Scottish actor (Frozen Limits), dies at 89
  • Feb 11 Lee J Cobb [Leo Jacoby], American actor (Virginian, 12 Angry Men, On the Waterfront), dies from a heart attack at 64
  • Feb 11 Alexander Lippisch, German scientist and pioneer of aerodynamics, dies at 81
  • Feb 11 Frank Arnau [Heinrich Schmitt], German crime fiction writer, dies at 81
  • Feb 12 Clifton Williams, American composer (The Ramparts, Sinfonians), dies from cancer at 52
  • Feb 12 Sal Mineo, actor (Exodus, Rebel Without a Cause), stabbed at 37
  • Feb 13 Lily Pons, French opera singer (Met Opera) and actress (That Girl From Paris), dies at 71
  • Feb 13 Murtala Mohammed, Nigerian military ruler, is assassinated at 37
  • Feb 17 Jean Servais, Belgian actor (Le Plaisir, Every Man is My Enemy), dies from heart failure at 65
  • Feb 18 Anton Betzner, writer, dies at 81
  • Feb 18 Eddie Dowling, American actor (Rainbow Man, Anywhere USA), dies at 80
  • Feb 18 Joseph Henabery, actor and director (Cobra), dies at 88
  • Feb 20 Kathryn Kuhlman, religious leader/faith healer, dies
  • Feb 21 Florence Ballard, rocker (Supremes), dies at 32
  • Feb 21 Frieda Inescort, Scottish actress (Meet Corliss Archer), dies at 74
  • Feb 22 Angela Baddeley, English actress (Speckled Band), dies at 71
  • Feb 22 Florence Ballard, rocker (Supremes), dies of a heart attack at 32
  • Feb 22 Michael Polany, Hungarians/English chemist/sociologist, dies at 84
  • Feb 23 John Forest "Fuzzy" Knight, American actor (Oklahoma Annie, Cowby & the Lady), dies at 74
  • Feb 23 L. S. Lowry, British painter of industrial scenes, dies at 88
  • Feb 24 Charles Wilfred Orr, English pianist and composer (settings of A.E. Housman poems), dies at 82
  • Feb 24 H Allen Smith, TV host (Armchair Detective), dies at 69
  • Feb 24 Julian Rivero, American actor (Son of Oklahoma, Via Pony Express), dies at 85