On This Day

What Happened on January 1, 1976

Historical Events

  • "A Musical Jubilee" closes at St James Theater, NYC after 92 performances
  • 42nd Orange Bowl: #3 Oklahoma beats #5 Michigan, 14-6

Sports History

After 45 years of coaching, Paul Brown (Cleveland Browns; Cincinnati Bengals) announces his retirement from the National Football League

Liberty Bell

Liberty Bell moves to new home across the street from Independence Hall, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

  • NBC replaces "peacock" logo with large block "N"; Design of new logo approached $1M, and was subject to copyright infringement suit costing NBC an additional $800K
  • Venezuela nationalizes oil fields

Famous Birthdays

  • Caleb Wyatt, American motocross rider (Winter X Games Moto X Best Trick gold 2005; first to perform successful backflip), born in Medford, Oregon

Chai Jing

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

  • Georgina Chapman, British fashion designer and actress (Project Runway: All-Stars), born in Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom
1976 Highlights

About January 1, 1976

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 45 years, 11 months and 1 day
Leap Year: Yes

Holidays: New Year's Day (Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom, United States)

Generation: Generation X
Chinese Zodiac: Rabbit
Star Sign: Capricorn