On This Day

What Happened in January 1976

Historical Events

  • Jan 1 "Musical Jubilee" closes at St James Theater NYC after 92 performances

USALiberty Bell

Jan 1 Liberty Bell moves to new home behind Independence Hall
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The Liberty Bell on its ornate stand, 1872
The Liberty Bell on its ornate stand, 1872
  • Jan 1 NBC replaces the peacock logo
  • Jan 1 Venezuela nationalizes oil fields

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 1 After 45 years of coaching, Paul Brown announces his retirement from the National Football League

American Football Coach Paul Brown
American Football Coach
Paul Brown
  • Jan 1 42nd Orange Bowl: #3 Oklahoma beats #5 Michigan, 14-6
  • Jan 3 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Jan 3 Australian Open Women's Tennis: Australian Evonne Goolagong Cawley beats Renata Tomanova of Czechoslovakia 6-2, 6-2 for her 3rd straight home singles title
  • Jan 4 "Candide" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 740 performances
  • Jan 4 "Home Sweet Homer" opens & closes at Palace Theater NYC
  • Jan 4 The Ulster Volunteer Force shoot dead 6 Catholic civilians in 2 co-ordinated attacks in County Armagh, North Ireland
  • Jan 4 Australian Open Men's Tennis: In an all-Australian final Mark Edmondson upsets John Newcombe 6-7, 6-3, 7-6, 6-1 for his first and only Grand Slam title

Sport awardAFC Championship

Jan 4 AFC Championship, Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh Steelers beat Oakland Raiders, 16-10

NFL Coach and Sportscaster John Madden
NFL Coach and Sportscaster
John Madden
  • Jan 4 NFC Championship, LA Memorial Coliseum: Dallas Cowboys beat Los Angeles Rams, 37-7
  • Jan 5 "MacNeil-Lehrer Report" premieres on PBS
  • Jan 5 Cambodia is renamed "Democratic Kampuchea"

  • Jan 5 Greg Chappell scores 182* for Australia at SCG against West Indies
  • Jan 5 In retaliation for the Reavey and O'Dowd killings, the South Armagh Republican Action Force shoot dead 10 Protestant civilians after stopping their minibus in County Armagh
  • Jan 6 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 6 Ted Turner purchases Atlanta Braves for reported $12 million

Founder of CNN Ted Turner
Founder of CNN
Ted Turner
  • Jan 8 Franklin Mint strikes 1st gold coins for Netherlands Antilles

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 9 Bryan Trottier failed in 4th Islander penalty shot

NHL Star Bryan Trottier
NHL Star
Bryan Trottier
  • Jan 9 C. W. McCall CB song "Convoy" hits #1 on the country music charts

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 9 Ringo Starr releases "Oh My My" in UK

Beatles Drummer Ringo Starr
Beatles Drummer
Ringo Starr
  • Jan 11 "Pacific Overtures" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 193 performances
  • Jan 11 Dorothy Hamill wins her 3rd consecutive national figure skating championship
  • Jan 11 Military coup in Ecuador, President Guillermo Lara leaves
  • Jan 11 Stephen Sondheim's musical "Pacific Overtures" premieres in NYC
  • Jan 11 US male Figure Skating championship won by Terry Kubicka
  • Jan 12 UN Security Council votes 11-1 to seat Palestine Liberation Organisation
  • Jan 13 Sarah Caldwell is 1st woman to conduct at NYC Metropolitan Opera House as she led orchestra in a performance of "La Traviata"
  • Jan 13 Future undisputed world middleweight boxing champion Marvin Hagler suffers his first career loss in a controversial 10-round majority decision to Bobby Watts at the Philadelphia Spectrum

InventionHistoric Invention

Jan 13 American inventor Ray Kurzweil and the National Federation of the Blind unveil the Kurzweil Reading Machine, the first omni-font optical character recognition system

Inventor and Author Ray Kurzweil
Inventor and Author
Ray Kurzweil
  • Jan 14 "The Bionic Woman" with Lindsay Wagner debuts on ABC (later NBC)
  • Jan 14 Ted Turner becomes CEO of Atlanta Braves

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 15 Sara Jane Moore sentenced to life for attempting to shoot US President Gerald Ford

38th US President Gerald Ford
38th US President
Gerald Ford

  • Jan 15 US-German Helios B solar probe launched into solar orbit
  • Jan 15 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Jan 16 "Donny & Marie" [Osmond] musical variety show premieres on ABC TV
  • Jan 16 Peter Frampton released platinum live album "Frampton Comes Alive"

Music release#1 in the Charts

Jan 17 "I Write the Songs" by Barry Manilow hits #1

Musician Barry Manilow
Musician
Barry Manilow
  • Jan 17 Hermes rocket launched by European Space Agency
  • Jan 17 Blondie release their debut single "X Offender" written by Debbie Harry and Gary Valentine
  • Jan 18 Super Bowl X, Miami Orange Bowl, Miami, FL: Pittsburgh Steelers beat Dallas Cowboys, 21-17; MVP: Lynn Swann, Pittsburgh, WR
  • Jan 20 29th NHL All-Star Game, Spectrum, Philadelphia: Wales Conference beats Campbell Conference, 7-5; MVP: Peter Mahovlich, Montreal, C
  • Jan 21 Supersonic Concorde has its 1st commercial flights
  • Jan 22 Bank robbery in Beirut nets $20-50 million (record)
  • Jan 23 Ian Redpath hits his only 2 sixes in Cricket Tests, v WI Adelaide
  • Jan 23 Wash Caps end 25 game winless streak (0-22-3) beat NY Rangers 7-5
  • Jan 23 The Provisional Irish Republican Army truce of February 1975 is officially brought to an end
  • Jan 23 The results to U.S. advice columnist Ann Landers' question (if they could do it all over, would parents still become parents) state that 70% of 10,000 responding parents were negative about being parents
  • Jan 24 Cleveland Cavaliers biggest margin victory-43 pts (beat Milwaukee 132-89)

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Jan 24 Former world heavyweight boxing champion George Foreman KOs Ron Lyle in 5th round at Caesar's Palace, Las Vegas; Foreman knocked down twice in 4th; 'The Ring' Fight of the Year

Boxing Champ George Foreman
Boxing Champ
George Foreman

Film tv awardsGolden Globes

Jan 24 33rd Golden Globes: "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest", Jack Nicholson, & Louise Fletcher win

  • Jan 25 Surinder Amarnath scores 124 on Test debut Ind v NZ Auckland
  • Jan 26 Belgium Catholic elite starts amnesty campaign for war criminals
  • Jan 26 David Mamet's "American Buffalo" premieres in NYC
  • Jan 26 Israel opens "Good Fence" to Lebanon
  • Jan 26 NFL Pro Bowl, Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans: NFC beats AFC, 23-20; MVP: Billy Johnson, Houston Oilers, WR

Appears on tv showTelevision Premiere

Jan 27 "Laverne & Shirley" TV spinoff from "Happy Days" starring Penny Marshall and Cindy Williams premieres on ABC TV

Actor and Director Penny Marshall
Actor and Director
Penny Marshall
  • Jan 27 9th ABA All-Star Game: Denver 144 beats ABA 138 at Denver
  • Jan 27 Morocco-Algeria battles in West Sahara
  • Jan 27 Viv Richards scores his 1st Test century against Australia
  • Jan 28 E. A. S. Prasanna takes 8-76 to rip through NZ at Eden Park
  • Jan 28 NBA Atlanta Hawks begin a 28 game road losing streak
  • Jan 29 Zeiss planetarium in Hague destroyed by fire
  • Jan 29 Bombs set off in London's West End by the IRA; 1 person is injured
  • Jan 30 1st-class debut of Dav Whatmore, in Johannesburg
  • Jan 30 George H. W. Bush becomes 11th director of CIA (until 1977)
  • Jan 30 William E Colby, ends term as 10th director of CIA
  • Jan 31 "Love Rollercoaster" by Ohio Players hits #1
  • Jan 31 Lance Gibbs becomes highest Test wicket-taker at 308

Music awardsMusic Awards

Jan 31 3rd American Music Awards: Olivia Newton-John & John Denver win

Singer and actress Olivia Newton-John
Singer and actress
Olivia Newton-John
Country Singer John Denver
Country Singer
John Denver

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 1 Caleb Wyatt, American motocross rider (Winter X Games Moto X Best Trick gold 2005; first to perform successful backflip), born in Medford, Oregon
  • Jan 1 Georgina Chapman, British fashion designer and actress

Person of interestChai Jing

Jan 1 Chai Jing, Chinese broadcaster, author and documentary maker (Under the Dome), born in Linfen, Shanxi Province

Journalist and Environmental Activist Chai Jing
Journalist and Environmental Activist
Chai Jing
  • Jan 2 Danilo Di Luca, Italian road cyclist (Giro d'Italia 2007), born in Spoltore, Italy
  • Jan 2 Mahée Paiement, Canadian actress
  • Jan 2 Paz Vega, Spanish actress
  • Jan 3 Angelos Basinas, Greek soccer defensive midfielder (100 caps; European C'ship 2004), born in Chalkida, Greece
  • Jan 3 Alisen Down, Canadian actress
  • Jan 3 Dinara Drukarova, Russian actress
  • Jan 3 Nicholas Gonzalez, American actor
  • Jan 4 Benoît Joachim, Luxembourg cyclist, born in Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
  • Jan 4 Ted Lilly, American baseball player, born in Torrance, California
  • Jan 5 Diego Tristán, Spanish footballer, born in La Algaba, Spain
  • Jan 5 Matt Wachter, American bassist (30 Seconds to Mars), born in Pottsville, Pennsylvania
  • Jan 6 Danny Pintauro, American actor (Jonathan-Who's the Boss), born in Milltown, New Jersey
  • Jan 6 Richard Zednik, NHL forward (Team Slovakia, Wash), born in Banská Bystrica, Czechoslovakia
  • Jan 7 Éric Gagné, Canadian baseball pitcher (NL Cy Young Award 2003), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Jan 7 Alfonso Soriano, Dominican baseball player, born in San Pedro de Macorís, Dominican Republic
  • Jan 7 Vanessa Lorenzo, Spanish fashion model, born in Barcelona
  • Jan 8 Jenny Lewis, American actress (Becky-Life With Lucy), born in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Jan 8 Brad Snyder, Canadian shot putter (Olympics 1996), born in Windsor, Ontario
  • Jan 8 Carl Pavano, American baseball player, born in New Britain, Connecticut
  • Jan 9 Amy Safe, Australian rower (Olympics 1996), born in Adelaide, Australia (d. 2005)
  • Jan 9 Radek Bonk, Czech NHL center (Ottawa Senators, Team Czech), born in Krnov, Czech Republic
  • Jan 9 Todd Grisham, American professional wrestling interviewer, born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi
  • Jan 10 Adam Kennedy, American MLB second baseman (Los Angeles Dodgers, Anaheim Angels), born in Riverside, California
  • Jan 11 Efthimios Rentzias, Greek basketball player, born in Trikala, Greece
  • Jan 12 Miki Nakatani, Japanese actress & singer, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • Jan 13 Gary Brent, cricketer (Zimbabwe ODI pace bowler 1996)
  • Jan 13 Michael Peña, American actor
  • Jan 15 Corey Chavous, American football player, born in Aiken, South Carolina
  • Jan 15 Dorian Missick, American actor, born in East Orange, New Jersey
  • Jan 16 Viktor Maslov, Russian racing driver, born in Surgut, RSFSR, Soviet Union
  • Jan 17 Aga Zaryan [Agnieszka Skrzypek], Polish jazz singer (A Book of Luminous Things), born in Warsaw, Poland
  • Jan 18 Vincent Polvliet, Dutch soccer player (FC Utrecht)
  • Jan 18 Damien Leith, Irish-Australian singer-songwriter (Australian Idol 2006), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • Jan 19 Sky Christopherson, American cyclist (Olympics 1996), born in Tucson, Arizona
  • Jan 19 Tarso Marques, Brazilian racing driver, born in Paraná, Brazil

Person of interestEmma Bunton

Jan 21 Emma Bunton [Baby Spice], English singer (Spice Girls), born in London

Pop Star Emma Bunton
Pop Star
Emma Bunton
  • Jan 22 Balthazar Getty, American actor (Young Guns 2, Lord of the Flies), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jan 22 James Dearth, American football player, born in Fort Ord National Monument, California
  • Jan 23 Byron Hanspard, American NFL running back (Atlanta Falcons), born in Dallas, Texas
  • Jan 23 Phil Boudreault, Canadian boxer (Olympics 1996), born in Greater Sudbury, Canada
  • Jan 23 Angelica Lee, Taiwanese actress & singer, born in Alor Setar, Malaysia
  • Jan 23 Nigel McGuinness, English pro wrestler and broadcaster (ROH World Champion 2003-06; NXT UK), born in London, England
  • Jan 24 Shae-Lynn Bourne, Canadian pairs skater (Bourne & Kraatz, 1994 World Champs-4th), born in Chatham-Kent, Canada
  • Jan 24 Cindy Pieters, Belgian cyclist, born in Veurne, Belgium
  • Jan 25 Mario Haberfeld, Brazilian racing car driver, born in São Paulo, Brazil
  • Jan 26 Frankie Rayder, American model, born in River Falls, Wisconsin,
  • Jan 26 Willie Adler, American guitar player
  • Jan 27 Haimish Karrasch, Australian rower (Olympics 1996)
  • Jan 27 Rhett Warrener, Shaunavon, NHL defenseman (Florida Panthers)
  • Jan 27 Clint Ford, American voice actor
  • Jan 27 Ahn Jung-Hwan, Korean football player
  • Jan 27 Ruby Lin, Taiwanese actress and singer
  • Jan 28 Miltiadis Sapanis, Greek footballer
  • Jan 28 Mark Madsen, American basketball player
  • Jan 28 Jarrod Montague, American drummer (Taproot)
  • Jan 28 Lee Ingleby, British actor
  • Jan 28 Emiko Kado, Japanese professional wrestler (d. 1999)
  • Jan 29 Ilmira Shamsutdinova, Russian-Soviet model, born in Saratov, Russia
  • Jan 29 Charles Divins, American model & actor, born in Dallas, Texas
  • Jan 30 Andy Milonakis, American comedian, born in Katonah, New York
  • Jan 31 Traianos Dellas, Greek football player, born in Thessaloniki, Greece
  • Jan 31 Buddy Rice, American auto racer (Indianapolis 500 2004, 24 Hours of Daytona 2009), born in Phoenix, Arizona

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

Jan 11 NBA player Pete Maravich (27) weds college sweetheart Jackie Elliser in Metairie, Louisiana

NBA Guard Pete Maravich
NBA Guard
Pete Maravich

LoveWedding of Interest

Jan 23 Actor Sidney Poitier (48) weds actress Joanna Shimkus


Famous Deaths

  • Jan 3 Mal Evans [Malcolm Frederick Evans], British Beatles roadie and assistant, dies in a confrontation with police at 40
  • Jan 3 Mateusz Glinski, composer, dies at 83
  • Jan 3 Michael V. Love, American test pilot (X-24), dies in F-4 crash at 37
  • Jan 4 Jan B Cammans, Flemish actor (Brothers Karamazov), dies at 84
  • Jan 5 Georges E Migot, French composer, dies at 84
  • Jan 5 John A. Costello, 3rd Taoiseach of the Republic of Ireland, dies at 84
  • Jan 6 Albert Rice Leventhal, American publisher (Little Golden Books), dies at 68

Person of interestZhou Enlai

Jan 8 Zhou Enlai, Premier of the People's Republic of China, dies of bladder cancer at 77

Premier of the People's Republic of China Zhou Enlai
Premier of the People's Republic of China
Zhou Enlai
  • Jan 8 Robert Forgan, British fascist (b. 1891)
  • Jan 10 Howlin' Wolf [Chester Arthur Burnett], American blues musician (Smokestack Lightnin', Killing Floor), dies of complications during kidney surgery at 65
  • Jan 11 Mervyn Grell, cricketer (Test WI v England 1930, 21 & 13, 0-17), dies

Person of interestAgatha Christie

Jan 12 Agatha Christie, British crime writer (Murder on the Orient Express, Mousetrap), dies at 85

Novelist Agatha Christie
Novelist
Agatha Christie
  • Jan 13 Margaret Leighton, British actress (The Go-Between, The Night of the Iguana), dies of multiple sclerosis at 53
  • Jan 14 Abdul Razak bin Hussain, premier of Malaysia (1970-77), dies at 53
  • Jan 17 Ad Verhoeven, soccer player (Xerxes/Sparta), dies in a car crash [or 1/18]
  • Jan 18 Ad Verhoeven, soccer player (Xerxes/Sparta), dies in a car crash [or 1/17]
  • Jan 18 Sonia Dresdel, actor (Fallen Idol, Secret Tent), dies at 67
  • Jan 19 Kevin Coughlin, actor (T R Ryan-Mama), killed in hit-&-run at 30
  • Jan 19 Hidetsugu Yagi, Japanese electrical engineer (b. 1886)
  • Jan 23 Aleksey Vasilyevich Sorokin, Russian cosmonaut, dies at 44
  • Jan 23 Paul Robeson, American singer (Old Man River), actor and civil rights activist, dies in Philadelphia at 77
  • Jan 23 Paul Dupuis, French Canadian actor (Passport to Pimlico, Tot Coq), dies at 62
  • Jan 26 João Branco Núncio, Portuguese Bullfighter (b. 1901)
  • Jan 28 Chris Kenner, American R&B singer-songwriter (I Like it Like That), dies at 46
  • Jan 29 Michael Gwynn, English actor (Dunkirk, Barabbas, Cleopatra), dies of a heart attack at 59
  • Jan 30 Jesse "Lone Cat" Fuller, San Francisco Blues Great, dies at 80
  • Jan 30 Mance Lipscomb, American blues musician (Shine On, Harvest Moon), dies at 80
  • Jan 30 Percy Tyson "Plum" Lewis, cricketer (pair in only Test for S Af), dies
  • Jan 31 Ernesto Miranda, American litigant, conviction on kidnapping, rape, and armed robbery charges, stabbed to death at 34