On This Day

What Happened on October 4, 1976

Historical Events

  • Official launch of the Intercity 125 High Speed Train (HST).
  • Supreme Court lifts 1972 ban on death penalty for convicted murderers
  • US Agriculture Secretary Earl Butz resigns after telling a racial joke

Famous Birthdays

  • Alicia Silverstone, American actress (Clueless, Batman Forever), born in San Francisco, California
  • Cabral Ibacka, Romanian actor and television presenter
  • Mauro Camoranesi, Italian soccer winger and manager (55 caps; Juventus), born in Tandil, Argentina
  • Ueli Steck, Swiss mountain climber, born in Emmental (d. 2017)

Famous Deaths

  • Alexander Gray, American actor (Sally, This is Music), dies at 85
1976 Highlights

About October 4, 1976

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 44 years, 11 months and 13 days
Leap Year: Yes

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