On This Day

What Happened on May 8, 1976

Historical Events

Musical Finale

Leonard Bernstein and Alan Jay Lerner's musical "1600 Pennsylvania Avenue" closes at Mark Hellinger, NYC, after 7 performances

  • The rollercoaster Revolution (roller coaster), the first steel coaster with a vertical flip, opens at Six Flags Magic Mountain

Famous Birthdays

  • Ian "H" Watkins, Welsh pop singer (Steps - "Heartbeat"; "Stomp"), actor, and television personality, born in Llwynypia, Wales
  • Martha Wainwright, Canadian-American musician and songwriter, born in MontrĂ©al, Quebec
  • Oleg Tverdovsky, Donetsk Ukr, NHL defenseman (Winnipeg Jets)

Famous Deaths

  • Fred McLeod, Scottish golfer (US Open 1908), dies at 94
  • Ulrike Meinhof, lead Germany Red Army Faction, dies
1976 Highlights

About May 8, 1976

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 45 years, 6 months and 29 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation: Generation X
Chinese Zodiac: Dragon
Star Sign: Taurus