On This Day

What Happened in June 1976

Historical Events

  • Jun 1 Great Britain and Iceland end the "cod war"
  • Jun 2 East Timor People's Assembly accepts annexation by Indonesia
  • Jun 3 Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" goes gold
  • Jun 3 Test Cricket debut of Mike Brearley v West Indies (0 & 17)
  • Jun 5 "Bigfoot" by Bro Smith hits #57

Sports History

Jun 5 108th Belmont: Puerto Rican jockey Ángel Cordero Jr., riding Bold Forbes wins his only Belmont classic

  • Jun 5 Teton Dam in Idaho burst causing $1 billion damage (14 die)
  • Jun 5 After a suspected republican bombing kills 2 Protestant civilians in a pub, the Ulster Volunteer Force kill 5 civilians in a gun and bomb attack at the Chlorane Bar, North Ireland
  • Jun 6 30th NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat Phoenix Suns, 4 games to 2
  • Jun 6 "The Omen" premieres in the UK

Television Premiere

Jun 7 NBC Nightly News with John Chancellor & David Brinkley, premieres

  • Jun 8 Houston Astros draft Floyd Bannister #1

Contract of Interest

Jun 8 Bobby Orr signs a five-year contract with the Chicago Blackhawks

  • Jun 10 49th National Spelling Bee: Tim Kneale wins spelling narcolepsy
  • Jun 10 67,000 fans attends Wings concert at Seattle's Kingdome
  • Jun 11 "Magnificent Marble Machine" last airs on NBC-TV
  • Jun 11 Anti-apartheid advocate Dumisa Ntsebeza arrested in South Africa
  • Jun 11 Australian band AC/DC begin their 1st headline tour of Britain
  • Jun 11 Beatles "Rock & Roll Music" compilation LP is released in USA

Music History

Jun 12 "Yes, Yes, Yes" by Bill Cosby hits #46

Golf Major

Jun 13 Canadian Open Golf (Peter Jackson Classic), Cedar Brae CC: Donna Caponi wins in a playoff with Judy Rankin

Music History

Jun 13 Bob Marley performs at Jaap Edenhal, Amsterdam, Netherlands

  • Jun 13 Inge Helten runs female European record 100m (11.04)
  • Jun 13 French Open Women's Tennis: Sue Barker of England claims her lone major singles title; beats Renáta Tomanová of Czechoslovakia 6-2, 0-6, 6-2
  • Jun 14 "Gong Show" premieres on TV (syndication)
  • Jun 14 French Open Men's Tennis: Adriano Panatta of Italy beats American Harold Solomon 6-1, 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 for his lone Grand Slam singles title
  • Jun 15 In a blockbuster MLB trade, NY Yankees send May, Martinez, Pagan, MacGregor & Demsey to Baltimore Orioles for Holtzman, Alexander, Grant Jackson, Elrod Henrick & Jim Freeman
  • Jun 15 Rain out! Astrodome cancels game heavy rains make it difficult for visiting team and umpires to get through flooded streets to the stadium
  • Jun 16 Students in Soweto, South Africa, march against the use of Afrikaans as a medium of instruction in Black secondary schools
  • Jun 17 ABA (Nets, Pacers, Nuggets & Spurs) merges into NBA
  • Jun 17 Indonesia annexes Portuguese East-Timor
  • Jun 18 A Joseph William Turner watercolor auctioned for £340,000
  • Jun 18 St Louis Cards Lou Brock & Hector Cruz hit inside-the-park HRs

Sports History

Jun 18 Bowie Kuhn voids A's sales, totaling $35 million, of Joe Rudi & Rollie Fingers to Red Sox, & Vida Blue to Yankees

  • Jun 19 US Viking 1 goes into Martian orbit after 10-month flight from Earth
  • Jun 20 US Open Men's Golf, Atlanta AC: Tour rookie Jerry Pate wins his only major title, 2 strokes ahead of runners-up Al Geiberger and Tom Weiskopf
  • Jun 20 Carol Fugate, Starkweather accomplice, is paroled
  • Jun 20 Disney's River Country opens at Bay Lake (closed 2001)
  • Jun 20 UEFA European Championship Final, Red Star Stadium, Belgrade, Yugoslavia: Czechoslovakia upsets West Germany, 5-3 on penalties following 2-2 draw a.e.t
  • Jun 21 Italian General Election; Enrico Berlinguer's Communist party win their greatest-ever share of the vote (34.4%)
  • Jun 22 Stephen Schwartz' musical "Godspell" opens at Broadhurst Theater, NYC; runs for 527 performances
  • Jun 22 SD Padre pitcher Randy Jones ties record of 68 innings without a walk
  • Jun 23 CCN Tower in Toronto, tallest free-standing structure (555 m) opens
  • Jun 23 The U.S. vetoes Angola’s application for membership of the United Nations Security
  • Jun 24 1975 movie "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" released in Germany
  • Jun 24 A Principal's office in Hlengisi Primary, Nyanga, outside Cape Town, South Africa, is burnt down; part of the broader resistance against the oppressive new Bantu Education policy of Afrikaans as a teaching medium in their schools
  • Jun 25 Texas Ranger Toby Harrah is only shortstop not to handle a fielding chance in doubleheader
  • Jun 25 The Soweto Uprising in South Africa leaves 174 blacks and two whites dead following 10 days of rioting

Film Premiere

Jun 25 Supernatural horror film "The Omen" starring Gregory Peck and Lee Remick premieres in the US

Berlin Film Festival

Jun 25 26th Berlin International Film Festival: "Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull's History Lesson" wins the Golden Bear

  • Jun 26 Washington Senators player Toby Harrah plays an entire doubleheader at shortstop without a single chance in the field
  • Jun 27 "Pacific Overtures" closes at Winter Garden NYC after 193 performances
  • Jun 27 Portuguese general Antonio Eanes elected president
  • Jun 27 In South Africa, the National President of the Black People's Convention, Kenneth Hlaku Rachidi, declares that riots in Soweto have lead to a new era of political consciousness
  • Jun 27 Air France A-300B Airbus hijacked from Athens arrives at Entebbe, Uganda; four hijackers, members of Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and Bader-Meinhof Gang in Germany
  • Jun 28 1st woman was admitted to Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • Jun 28 Three British mercenaries are sentenced to death for their part in the Angolan civil war
  • Jun 29 The Seychelles become independent from the United Kingdom.
  • Jun 30 John Walker of NZ sets record for 2000 meters, 4:51.4

Famous Birthdays

  • Jun 1 Marlon Devonish, MBE, English athlete (Olympic gold GB 4x100m relay 2004; World Indoor C'ship gold 200m 2003), born in Coventry, England
  • Jun 2 Adrian Carlos Olivares, singer (Menudo - "Cannonball"), born in Mexico City
  • Jun 2 Elly Hutton, Australian 100m sprinter (Olympics 1996)
  • Jun 2 Josef Marha, Havl-brod Cze, NHL center (Colorado Avalanche)
  • Jun 2 Queen 'Masenate Mohato Seeiso, Queen consort of Lesotho
  • Jun 2 Earl Boykins, American basketball player
  • Jun 2 Tim Rice-Oxley, English musician (Keane), born in Oxford, England
  • Jun 2 Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira, Brazilian mixed martial artist
  • Jun 3 Jamie McMurray, American NASCAR driver
  • Jun 3 Yuri Ruley, American drummer
  • Jun 3 Enda Markey, Irish/Australian entertainer

Alexei Navalny

Jun 4 Alexei Navalny, Russian political activist (leader of Progress Party), born in Butyn, Soviet Union

  • Jun 4 Kasey Chambers, Australian country singer-songwriter and musician ("Not Pretty Enough"), born in Mount Gambier, South Australia
  • Jun 5 Ross Noble, British comedian (Have I Got News for You), born in Newcastle upon Tyne, England
  • Jun 6 Akido [Kim Gaboury], Canadian musician (Dancing in Chains), born in Quebec City, Quebec
  • Jun 6 Geoff Rowley, English skateboarder (co-owner Flip Skateboards; Thrasher Magazine "Skater of the Year" 2000), born in Liverpool, England
  • Jun 7 Cassidy Rae, American actress (Sarah-Models Inc, Clarissa), born in Clermont, Florida
  • Jun 7 David Diaz, American light welterweight boxer (Olympics 1996), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jun 7 Necro [Ron Braunstein], Jewish American rapper, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Jun 8 Lindsay Davenport, American tennis player (3 Grand Slam titles, Olympic gold 1996), born in Palos Verdes, California
  • Jun 8 Kenji Johjima, Japanese baseball player
  • Jun 10 Hadi Saei Bonehkohal, Persian taekwondoka
  • Jun 10 Freddy García, American baseball player
  • Jun 10 Stefan Postma, Dutch footballer
  • Jun 10 Esther Ouwehand, Dutch politician, parliamentarian for the Party for the Animals
  • Jun 11 Tai Anderson, American contemporay Christian rock bass player (Third Day, 1992-2015), born in Georgia
  • Jun 12 Thomas Sørensen, Danish football goalkeeper, born in Fredericia, Denmark
  • Jun 13 Kym Marsh, British pop singer (HearSay), actress (Coronation Street), and BBC TV presenter (Morning Live), born in Whiston, Merseyside, England
  • Jun 13 (Jason) "J" Brown, British singer and rapper (Five), born in Aldershot, England
  • Jun 14 Alan Carr, British Stand-up comedian, Television presenter
  • Jun 14 Massimo Oddo, Italian football player
  • Jun 15 Gary Lightbody, Northern Irish musician (Snow Patrol - "Chasing Cars"), born in Bangor, County Down, Northern Ireland
  • Jun 16 Frank van Twillert, soccer player (Go Ahead Eagles)
  • Jun 17 Sven Nys, Belgian mountainbiker & cyclo-crosser, born in Bonheiden, Belgium
  • Jun 18 Alana de la Garza, American actress
  • Jun 18 Witte Wartena, Dutch artist

Blake Shelton

Jun 18 Blake Shelton, American country singer-songwriter ("Boys 'Round Here"; "God Gave Me You"; "Honey Bee"), and TV personality (The Voice), born in Ada, Oklahoma

  • Jun 19 Darnell Autry, running back (Chicago Bears)
  • Jun 19 Bryan Hughes, English footballer
  • Jun 20 Jerome Fontamillas, Filipino-American rock keyboardist (Switchfoot), born in Pasay, Philippines
  • Jun 20 Rob Mackowiak, American baseball player
  • Jun 20 Juliano Belletti, Brazilian footballer
  • Jun 21 Mike Einziger, American rock guitarist and songwriter (Incubus), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jun 21 Nigel Lappin, Australian Rules Football defender (Brisbane Lions premiers 2001-03), born in Corowa, New South Wales
  • Jun 22 Gordon Moakes, English musician (Bloc Party)
  • Jun 23 Paola Suarez, Argentinian tennis star (1995 Futures-Buenos Aires), born in Pergamino, Argentina
  • Jun 23 Wade Barrett, American soccer player
  • Jun 23 Joe Becker, American rock guitarist and composer, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jun 23 Patrick Monahan, British comedian
  • Jun 23 Brandon Stokley, American football player
  • Jun 23 Emmanuelle Vaugier, Canadian actress
  • Jun 23 Patrick Vieira, French footballer
  • Jun 24 Tyce Routson, Bellevue Wash, diver (Olympics 1996)
  • Jun 24 Louisa Leaman, English author
  • Jun 25 José Cancela, Uruguayan footballer, born in Santa Lucía, Uruguay
  • Jun 25 Dubravka Vukotić, Montenegrin actress, born in Montenegro, Yugoslavia
  • Jun 26 Ed Jovanoski, NHL defenseman (Florida Panthers), born in Windsor, Ontario
  • Jun 26 Mpumelelo Mbangwa, Zimbabwean cricketer (Zimbabwe pace bowler v Pakistan 1996), born in Plumtree, Matabeleland
  • Jun 26 Chad Pennington, American football player (New York Jets), born in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Jun 27 Johnny Estrada, American baseball player, born in Hayward, California
  • Jun 27 Leigh Nash, American pop singer and songwriter (Sixpence None The Richer -"Kiss Me"), born in New Braunfels, Texas
  • Jun 28 Shinobu Asagoe, Japanese tennis player, born in Hyōgo, Japan
  • Jun 28 Seth Wescott, American snowboarder (Olympic gold 2006,10), born in Durham, North Carolina
  • Jun 29 Bret McKenzie, New Zealand musician and comedian (Flight of the Conchords - "Feel Inside (And Stuff Like That)"), born in Wellington, New Zealand

Famous Weddings

  • Jun 6 Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Terry Bradshaw (27) weds ice skater JoJo Starbuck (25) at Bel-Air Hotel in Los Angeles
  • Jun 19 King Charles XVI Gustaf of Sweden marries Silvia Renate Sommerlath in Stockholm Cathedral, 1st Swedish reigning monarch to marry since 1797

Reba McEntire

Jun 21 Country singer Reba McEntire (21) weds national steer wrestling champion Charlie Battles (31); divorce in 1987

  • Jun 25 British-American actor Peter Lawford (52) weds aspiring actress Deborah Gould (25) three weeks after they meet; separate after two months, divorce in 1977

Famous Deaths

  • Jun 1 Pierre Balledux, Dutch stage manager and resistance fighter, dies at 89
  • Jun 2 Alan Dewitt, actor (Mr Tyler-It's About Time), dies at 52
  • Jun 2 Bartoes [Albertus J Wijstma], cabaret performer, dies at 73
  • Jun 2 Juan José Torres, former President of Bolivia, assassinated in the frame of Operation Condor
  • Jun 5 Walter Field, entertainer, dies at 101
  • Jun 5 Violet Wilkey, American actress (b. 1903)

J. Paul Getty

Jun 6 J. Paul Getty, American oil magnate and billionaire (Getty Oil), dies at 83

  • Jun 6 Victor Varconi, actor (Divine Lady, King of Kings), dies at 85
  • Jun 7 Bobby Hackett, American jazz cornetist, trumpeter (Glenn Miller; Benny Goodman; Jackie Gleason), and orchestra leader (Air Time '57), dies at 61
  • Jun 9 James A Farley, US Postmaster General (1932-38), dies at 88
  • Jun 9 Paul Rodenko, Dutch poet and writer (Never Marry a Witch), dies at 55
  • Jun 9 Sybil Thorndike, English actress (Melba, Major Barbara), dies at 93
  • Jun 10 Adolph Zukor, Hungarian/US fur trader/movie producer, dies at 103
  • Jun 11 Jim Konstanty, American MLB relief pitcher (MLB All Star 1950; NL MVP 1950; Philadelphia Phillies), dies at 59
  • Jun 11 Folke Eriksberg [Eriksberger], Swedish jazz and session guitarist and composer, dies at 65
  • Jun 12 Nguyễn Ngọc Thơ, Prime Minister of South Vietnam, dies at 68
  • Jun 13 Don Bolles, American journalist (against Arizona), dies
  • Jun 14 Géza Anda, Hungarian-Swiss pianist (Mozart; Bartók), dies at 54
  • Jun 15 Jimmy Dykes, American MLB infielder (MLB All Star 1933-34 Chicago WS; World Series 1929-30 Philadelphia A's) and manager (Chicago WS 1934-46), dies at 79
  • Jun 16 Francis E Meloy Jr, US ambassador to Lebanon, kidnapped & killed
  • Jun 16 Victor Dalby Lord, fictional character on "One Life to Live", dies at 59
  • Jun 20 Lou Klein, American baseball infielder (St. Louis Cardinals, Cleveland Indians, Philadelphia A's) and manager (Chicago Cubs), dies from a stroke at 57
  • Jun 21 Margaret Herrick, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences director (b. 1902)
  • Jun 23 Imogen Cunningham, American photographer (1965 ASMP award), dies at 93
  • Jun 23 Dehart Hubbard, American athlete (Olympic gold, long jump 1924; first African American to win individual event; WR 7.89m 1925), dies at 72

Johnny Mercer

Jun 25 Johnny Mercer, American lyricist ("And The Angels Sing"; "That Old Black Magic"; "Satin Doll"; "Moon River"), dies from an inoperable brain tumor at 66 [1]

  • Jun 28 Stanley Baker, Welsh actor and producer (Concrete Jungle, Zorro, Zulu), dies of pneumonia at 49
  • Jun 29 Leonora Summers [Lillian Hill], American vaudeville and silent film actress [Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ; Hoboken To Hollywood), dies at 78
  • Jun 29 Christos Papakyriakopoulos, Greek mathematician, dies at 62
  • Jun 30 Firpo Marberry, American baseball player (Washington Senators), dies at 77