What Happened in October 1976

Historical Events

  • Oct 1 1st Dutch casino opens
  • Oct 2 "Let My People Come" closes at Morosco Theater NYC after 106 performances

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Oct 3 Hank Aaron singles in his last at bat & drives in his 2,297th run

Baseball Player Hank Aaron
Baseball Player
Hank Aaron
  • Oct 3 Helmuth Kohl's CDU wins German parliament election
  • Oct 4 US Agriculture Secretary Earl Butz resigns after telling a racial joke
  • Oct 4 Supreme Court lifts 1972 ban on death penalty for convicted murderers
  • Oct 4 Official launch of the Intercity 125 High Speed Train (HST).
  • Oct 5 Seattle & Toronto picks 30 unprotected players on other AL rosters Ruppert Jones (Seattle) & Bob Bailor (Toronto) are picked 1st
  • Oct 6 "Gang of Four" arrested in Beijing
  • Oct 6 John Hathaway completes 50,600 mile bicycle tour of every continent

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Oct 6 US President Gerald Ford says there is "no Soviet domination in Eastern Europe"

38th US President Gerald Ford
38th US President
Gerald Ford
  • Oct 6 Cubana Flight 455 crashes into the Atlantic Ocean after two bombs, placed by terrorists with connections to the CIA, explode onboard shortly after taking off from Bridgetown, Barbados, killing all 73 people on board

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Oct 7 Hua Guofeng succeeds Mao as Chairman of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China

Paramount Leader of China Hua Guofeng
Paramount Leader of China
Hua Guofeng
  • Oct 8 Sex Pistols sign with EMI
  • Oct 9 "Robber Bridegroom" opens at Biltmore Theater NYC for 145 performances
  • Oct 9 Peter Petherick takes hat-trick on cricket debut New Zealand v Pakistan Javed 1st wkt
  • Oct 9 Test Cricket debut of Javed Miandad (Pakistan), scores 163 on 1st day
  • Oct 9 Yanks 1st AL Championship game, beat Royals 4-1

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Oct 10 Beijing reports arrest of Mao Zedong's widow

Chinese Revolutionary and Chairman of the Communist Party Mao Zedong
Chinese Revolutionary and Chairman of the Communist Party
Mao Zedong
  • Oct 10 NJ Meadowlands' Giant's Stadium opens
  • Oct 10 Greece's 98 year-old Dimitrion Yordanidis, is oldest man to compete in a marathon; he finishes in 7:33
  • Oct 11 10th Country Music Association Award: Mel Tillis wins

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Oct 11 Mao Zedong's widow Jiang Qing & "Gang of Four" arrested & charged with plotting a coup

Chinese Communist & Wife of Mao Zedong Jiang Qing
Chinese Communist & Wife of Mao Zedong
Jiang Qing
  • Oct 12 4th Space Shuttle Enterprise, approach & land test (ALT) flight
  • Oct 12 Hua Guo-feng succeeds Mao Zedong as chairman of Communist Party
  • Oct 12 MLB National League Championship: Cincinnati Reds beat Philadelphia Phillies, 3 games to 0
  • Oct 13 A Bolivian Boeing 707 cargo jet crashes in Santa Cruz, Bolivia killing 100 (97, mostly children, killed on the ground).
  • Oct 13 First electron micrograph of an Ebola viral particle obtained by Dr. F.A. Murphy, working at the C.D.C.
  • Oct 14 Chris Chambliss' 9th inning lead off homer gives NY Yanks pennant #30

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Oct 14 Nobel Prize in Economics awarded to American economist Milton Friedman

Economist Milton Friedman
Milton Friedman
  • Oct 14 Soyuz 23 carries 2 to Salyut 6, but returns without docking
  • Oct 14 MLB American League Championship: New York Yankees beat Kansas City Royals, 3 games to 2
  • Oct 15 1st debate of major-ticket VP nominees Mondale (D) vs Dole (R)

Music releaseMusic Single

Oct 15 Ringo Starr releases single "A Dose of Rock 'n' Roll"

Beatles Drummer Ringo Starr
Beatles Drummer
Ringo Starr
  • Oct 16 Soyuz 23 returns to Earth
  • Oct 16 Toronto Maple Leaf Lanny McDonald scores a hat trick in 2 min 54 sec
  • Oct 17 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC
  • Oct 17 Coldest World Series game Yankees vs Cincinnati, 39 degrees F (until 1997)
  • Oct 18 Nobel prize for chemistry awarded to American William Lipscomb
  • Oct 19 US President Gerald Ford signs 1st major revision of copyright law since 1909
  • Oct 19 Battle of Aishiya, Lebanon during Lebanese Civil War.
  • Oct 20 70 die as Norwegian tanker Frosta collides with George Prince
  • Oct 20 NY Nets Julius "Dr J" Erving sold to Philadelphia 76ers
  • Oct 21 Cincinnati Reds sweep NY Yankees, in 73rd World Series

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Oct 21 NY Knicks retire 1st number, # 19, Willis Reed

NBA Center and Power Forward Willis Reed
NBA Center and Power Forward
Willis Reed
  • Oct 21 NY Yankee Thurman Munson ties World Series mark of 6 straight singles

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Oct 21 Nobel prize for literature awarded to American Saul Bellow

Novelist Saul Bellow
Saul Bellow

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Oct 22 Rick Barry (SF), begins then longest NBA free throw streak of 60

NBA Small Forward Rick Barry
NBA Small Forward
Rick Barry
  • Oct 22 Red Dye No. 4 is banned by the US Food and Drug Administration after it is discovered that it causes tumors in the bladders of dogs. The dye is still used in Canada.
  • Oct 24 1st Jewish film & TV festival
  • Oct 24 6th NYC Women's Marathon won by Miki Gorman in 2:39:11
  • Oct 24 7th NYC Marathon won by Bill Rodgers in 2:10:10
  • Oct 24 Sadiq & Mushtaq Mohammad score hundreds in same Test Cricket innings v NZ
  • Oct 24 27th Formula One WDC: James Hunt wins by one point (this season served as the inspiration for the 2013 film "Rush")
  • Oct 24 1st Toronto International Film Festival opens
  • Oct 25 5th Enterprise, approach & lands test (ALT) flight
  • Oct 25 Governor Wallace grants full pardon to Clarence Norris, last known survivor of 9 Scottsboro Boys who were convicted in 1931 rape
  • Oct 26 Transkei gains independence, not recognized outside of South Africa
  • Oct 26 Trinidad & Tobago becomes a republic
  • Oct 28 Billy Martin named AL Manager of Year (NY Yankees)
  • Oct 28 Train collision at Goes Neth, 7 die
  • Oct 30 "Going Up" closes at John Golden Theater NYC after 49 performances
  • Oct 30 Jane Pauley becomes news co-anchor of Today Show
  • Oct 30 Rev Joseph Evans elected president of United Church of Christ
  • Oct 31 Javed Miandad, 206 v NZ, age 19 yrs 141 days (29 fours 1 six)

Famous Birthdays

  • Oct 1 Kona Cormack, playmate (Feb, 1996), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Oct 1 Antonio Roybal, American painter and sculptor
  • Oct 2 Jason Dodson, American political consultant and teacher of esotericism
  • Oct 2 Mandisa, American singer
  • Oct 2 John Thornton, American Football player
  • Oct 2 Anita Kulcsár, Hungarian handball player (d. 2005)
  • Oct 3 Kirsi Haenninen, ice hockey defenseman (Finland, Oly-98)
  • Oct 3 Nate Johnson, American canoeist (alt-Olympics-96), born in Seattle, Washington
  • Oct 3 Seann William Scott, American actor (Role Models), born in Cottage Grove, Minnesota
  • Oct 4 Alicia Silverstone, actress (Clueless, Batman Forever), born in San Francisco, California
  • Oct 4 Mauro Camoranesi, Argentine-Italian footballer
  • Oct 4 Cabral Ibacka, Romanian actor and television presenter
  • Oct 4 Ueli Steck, Swiss mountain climber, born in Emmental (d. 2017)
  • Oct 5 Song Seung-hun, South Korean actor
  • Oct 5 Ramzan Kadyrov, Chechen President
  • Oct 5 J. J. Yeley, American race car driver
  • Oct 6 Barbie Hsu, Taiwanese actress and singer
  • Oct 7 Taylor Hicks, American musician
  • Oct 7 Rachel McAdams, Canadian actress (Midnight in Paris), born in Ontario, Canada
  • Oct 7 Santiago Solari, Argentinian footballer
  • Oct 7 Gilberto Silva, Brazilian footballer
  • Oct 7 Charles Woodson, American football player
  • Oct 7 Marc Coma, Spanish motorcycle racer
  • Oct 8 Galo Blanco, Spanish tennis player
  • Oct 9 Rebecca Darrington, Gillette Wyoming, Miss America-Wyoming (1997)
  • Oct 9 Nick Swardson American actor
  • Oct 10 Shane Doan, Eston, NHL right wing (Winnipeg Jets)
  • Oct 10 Bob Burnquist, Brazilian-born skateboarder
  • Oct 10 Pat Burrell, American baseball player
  • Oct 11 Emily Deschanel, American actress (Bones), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Oct 11 Brent Bennett, American mercenary
  • Oct 12 Sarah Lane, American television personality
  • Oct 13 Edward Ellis, tackle (New England Patriots)
  • Oct 14 Nataša Kejžar, Slovenian swimmer
  • Oct 14 Henry Mateo, Dominican baseball player
  • Oct 14 Ben Pridmore, World Memory Champion
  • Oct 15 Yoon Son-ha, South Korean actress and singer
  • Oct 16 Ryan Fitzgerald, Australian football (AFL) player and media personality
  • Oct 17 Sebastián Abreu, Uruguayan footballer
  • Oct 19 Amber Hamilton, Auburn Washington, Miss America-Washington (1996)
  • Oct 19 Omar Gooding, American actor
  • Oct 19 Desmond Harrington, American actor
  • Oct 19 Michael Young, baseball player
  • Oct 20 Reidel Anthony, wide receiver (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
  • Oct 20 Tom Wisniewski, American guitarist (MxPx)
  • Oct 21 Jeremy Miller, West Covina California, actor (Ben-Growing Pains)
  • Oct 21 Lavinia Miloşovici, Romanian gymnast
  • Oct 21 Josh Ritter, American musician
  • Oct 21 Mélanie Turgeon, French Canadian alpine skier
  • Oct 22 Jon Foreman, American musician (Switchfoot)
  • Oct 22 Helen Svedin, Swedish model
  • Oct 23 Julie Howard, Brantford ON, 100m/200m backstroker (Olympics-27-92, 96)
  • Oct 23 Cat Deeley, English model and television personality
  • Oct 23 Ryan Reynolds, Canadian actor and comedian (Deadpool), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Oct 24 Yanda Nossiter, Australian canoeist (Olympics-96), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • Oct 24 Petar Stoychev, Bulgarian swimmer
  • Oct 25 Steve Jones, Irish footballer
  • Oct 26 Miikka Kiprusoff, Finnish hockey player
  • Oct 28 Karl Tremblay, Canadian singer (Les Cowboys Fringants)
  • Oct 29 Mohsen Emadi, Iranian Poet
  • Oct 30 Maurice Taylor, NBA forward (LA Clippers)
  • Oct 30 Stern John, Trinidadian footballer
  • Oct 31 Guti [José María Gutiérrez Hernández], Spanish footballer, born in Torrejón de Ardoz, Spain
  • Oct 31 Piper Perabo, American actress (Covert Affairs), born in Dallas, Texas

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 24 Pediatrician Benjamin Spock (73) weds Mary Morgan

Pediatrician Benjamin Spock
Benjamin Spock

Famous Divorces

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Oct 31 NBA legend Larry Bird (19) divorces highschool sweetheart Janet Condra only 11 months after getting married

NBA Legend Larry Bird
NBA Legend
Larry Bird

Famous Deaths

  • Oct 4 Alexander Gray, American actor (Sally, This is Music), dies at 85
  • Oct 5 Barbara Nichols, actress (Pajama Game, Loved One), dies at 46
  • Oct 5 Lars Onsager, Norwegian chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1903)
  • Oct 6 Gilbert Ryle, British philosopher (b. 1900)
  • Oct 7 Nikolai Lopatnikoff, composer, dies at 73
  • Oct 9 Walter Warlimont, German General WWII (b. 1894)
  • Oct 10 Connee Boswell, singer (Pete Kelly's Blue), dies at 68
  • Oct 10 Silvana Armenulic, Yugoslavian folk singer (b. 1939)
  • Oct 11 Connie Boswell, actress (Artists & Models), dies at 68
  • Oct 11 Alfredo Bracchi, Italian author (b. 1897)
  • Oct 12 Jose Rozo Contreras, Colombian composer, dies at 82
  • Oct 14 Edith Evans, English actress (Tom Jones, Scrooge, Chalk Garden), dies at 88

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Oct 15 Carlo Gambino, Italian-American gangster, dies of a heart attack at 74

Gangster Carlo Gambino
Carlo Gambino
  • Oct 18 Kavi Samrat Viswanatha Satyanarayana, Telugu writer (b. 1895)
  • Oct 23 Leonard Lee, US R&B-singer (Shirley & Lee-I'm Gone), dies at 40
  • Oct 24 Richard Sturzenegger, composer, dies at 70
  • Oct 25 Raymond Queneau, [M Presle], French writer (Last Days), dies at 73
  • Oct 27 Deryck Victor Cooke, composer, dies of a cerebral hemorrhage at 57
  • Oct 31 Linda Watkins, actress (From Hell it Came, Harpy), dies at 68