What Happened in September 1976

Historical Events

  • Sep 1 NASA launches space vehicle S-197
  • Sep 1 New Jersey's Meadowlands racetrack opens
  • Sep 1 Wayne L Hays, (Rep-D-Oh), resigns (scandal with Elizabeth Ray)
  • Sep 3 Viking 2 soft lands on Mars (Utopia), returns photos
  • Sep 4 Palestinians hijack KLM DC-9 to Cyprus
  • Sep 5 "Rex" closes at Lunt-Fontaine Theater NYC after 48 performances
  • Sep 5 "Very Good Eddie" closes at Booth Theater NYC after 307 performances
  • Sep 5 Sandra Palmer wins LPGA Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Golf Classic

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Sep 6 Jerry Lewis' 11th Muscular Dystrophy telethon, Dean Martin appears

Comedian Jerry Lewis
Jerry Lewis
  • Sep 6 Russian pilot Belenko defects to Japan in a Mig 25 jet

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Sep 7 US courts find George Harrison guilty of plagiarism (He's So Fine)

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
George Harrison
  • Sep 8 Fons Rademakers' film "Max Havelaar" premieres in Amsterdam
  • Sep 9 New Zealand government establishes the country’s first centralised electronic database through the Wanganui Computer Act, raising questions about the state’s ability to gather information on its citizens
  • Sep 10 2 airliners collide over Yugoslavia, kills all 176 aboard
  • Sep 10 5 Croatian terrorists capture TWA-plane at La Guardia Airport, NY
  • Sep 11 Dorothy Kathleen Benham (Minn), 20, crowned 49th Miss America 1977
  • Sep 11 Minnie Minoso bats for White Sox after a 12-year hiatus (hitless)
  • Sep 12 Jane Blalock wins LPGA Dallas Civitan Golf Open
  • Sep 12 Seattle Seahawks play 1st regular-season game (St L 30, Sea 24)
  • Sep 12 White Sox Minnie Minoso, 53, is oldest to get a hit in majors

Sport awardTennis Open

Sep 12 96th Men's U.S. Open: Jimmy Connors beats Bjorn Borg(6-4, 3-6, 7-6, 6-4)

Tennis Legend Jimmy Connors
Tennis Legend
Jimmy Connors
Tennis Player Björn Borg
Tennis Player
Björn Borg
  • Sep 12 96th Women's U.S. Open: Chris Evert beats Evonne Goolagong Cawley (6-3, 6-0)
  • Sep 13 2nd Enterprise, approach & lands Test Cricket (ALT) flight (5m28s)
  • Sep 15 Ntozake Shange's "For Colored Girls Who ...," premieres in NYC
  • Sep 15 Soyuz 22 carries 2 cosmonauts into Earth orbit for 8 days
  • Sep 16 Egyptian president Sadat re-elected
  • Sep 16 American Episcopal Church approves ordination of women as priests & bishop
  • Sep 16 Shavarsh Karapetyan saves 20 people from the trolleybus that had fallen into Erevan reservoir.
  • Sep 17 Amnesty International receives Erasmus-prize
  • Sep 17 NASA publicly unveils space shuttle Enterprise in Palmdale, California

Music releaseAlbum Release

Sep 17 Ringo Starr releases "Ringo's Rotogravure" album

Beatles Drummer Ringo Starr
Beatles Drummer
Ringo Starr
  • Sep 18 Cleve manager Frank Robinson last game as a player
  • Sep 18 Dom Mintoff's Labour Party wins Malta election
  • Sep 18 Rev Sun Myung Moon holds "God Bless America" convention

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Sep 18 Mao Zedong's funeral takes place in Beijing

Chinese Revolutionary and Chairman of the Communist Party Mao Zedong
Chinese Revolutionary and Chairman of the Communist Party
Mao Zedong
  • Sep 19 "Going Up" opens at John Golden Theater NYC for 49 performances
  • Sep 19 Donna Caponi Young wins LPGA Portland Golf Classic
  • Sep 20 Metroliner official opens in Brussels

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Sep 20 Playboy releases Jimmy Carter's interview that he lusts for women

39th US President Jimmy Carter
39th US President
Jimmy Carter
Playboy Founder & Businessman Hugh Hefner
Playboy Founder & Businessman
Hugh Hefner
  • Sep 20 Sid Berstein offers $230 million charity concert for Beatle reunion
  • Sep 21 Wings performs in Zagreb Yugoslavia


Sep 21 Orlando Letelier is assassinated in Washington, D.C. He was a member of the Chilean socialist government of Salvador Allende, overthrown in 1973 by Augusto Pinochet.

General and Dictator Augusto Pinochet
General and Dictator
Augusto Pinochet

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Sep 22 "Charlie's Angels" starring Farrah Fawcett, Kate Jackson and Jaclyn Smith debuts

  • Sep 23 US televised presidential debate between Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter
  • Sep 23 South Africa decides to allow multi-racial teams to represent them
  • Sep 23 Soyuz 22 returns to Earth
  • Sep 24 "Oh! Calcutta!" opens at Edison Theater NYC for 5,959 performances
  • Sep 24 Newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst sentenced to 7 years for her part in a 1974 bank robbery. Released after 22 months by US President Jimmy Carter
  • Sep 25 "Porgy & Bess" opens at Uris Theater NYC for 122 performances
  • Sep 25 Expo's last game at Montreal's Jarry Park

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Sep 25 Bono, David Evans, his brother Dik and Adam Clayton respond to an advertisement on a bulletin board at Mount Temple posted by fellow student Larry Mullen Jr. to form a rock band, which would eventually become U2

Rocker Bono
  • Sep 26 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC
  • Sep 26 Denver's Rick Upchurch returns 2 punts for TDs against Cleveland
  • Sep 26 Donna Caponi Young wins LPGA Carlton Golf
  • Sep 26 Phillies clinch their 1st NL East Division title
  • Sep 27 TV drama “Dawn: Portrait of A Teenage Runaway", starring Eve Plumb premieres on US network NBC
  • Sep 28 A&M sues George Harrison who fails to meet deadline for LP completion
  • Sep 28 US Congress passes Toxic Substances Control Act

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Sep 28 Muhammad Ali beats Ken Norton in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali

Music releaseAlbum Release

Sep 28 "Songs in the Key of Life" 18th studio album by Stevie Wonder is released (Billboard Song of the Year 1977)

Singer-Songwriter Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder
  • Sep 29 "Alice" debuts on CBS-TV
  • Sep 29 2nd Chamber recognizes Dutch Liberals/social democratic abortion law
  • Sep 29 Boy George expelled from school
  • Sep 29 SF Giant John Montefusco no-hits Atlanta Braves, 9-0
  • Sep 29 Syria drives Palestinian guerrillas out of Lebanon
  • Sep 29 Tommy Lasorda replaces Walter Alston as Dodger manager
  • Sep 29 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR

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Sep 29 Jerry Lee Lewis, attempting to shoot soda bottles hits his bass player Norman Owens twice in the chest

Country Singer Jerry Lee Lewis
Country Singer
Jerry Lee Lewis

Famous Birthdays

  • Sep 1 Sebastián Rozental, Chilean footballer
  • Sep 1 Marcos Ambrose, Australian racing driver
  • Sep 1 Erik Morales, Mexican boxer
  • Sep 1 Clare Connor, England Woman cricketer
  • Sep 2 Phil Lipscomb, American musician (Taproot)
  • Sep 2 Erin Hershey, American actress.
  • Sep 3 Ashley Jones, American actress
  • Sep 3 Jevon Kearse, American football player
  • Sep 3 Vivek Oberoi, Indian actor
  • Sep 4 Helen Denman, swimmer (Olympics 1996), born in Perth, Australia
  • Sep 4 Katreeya English, Thai singer, actress, model
  • Sep 4 Clinton R. Nixon, American game designer
  • Sep 5 Tatyana Gutsu, Ukrainian artistic gymnast, born in Odessa, Ukraine
  • Sep 5 Carice van Houten, Dutch actress (Black Book, Game of Thrones), born in Leiderdor
  • Sep 6 Danny Blankers, soccer player (PSV/Willem II)
  • Sep 6 Michael Nakamura, Australian baseball pitcher (Olympics 1996)
  • Sep 6 N.O.R.E., American rapper
  • Sep 6 Hyun Young, South Korean actress and pop singer
  • Sep 6 Naomie Harris, American actress
  • Sep 7 Oliver Hudson, American actor
  • Sep 8 Sjeng Schalken, Weert Neth, tennis star
  • Sep 8 Gerald Drummond, Costa Rican footballer
  • Sep 8 Jervis Drummond, Costa Rican footballer
  • Sep 8 Brendan Kelly, American musician (The Lawrence Arms)
  • Sep 8 Sarah Kucserka, American screenwriter
  • Sep 9 Mattias Ohlund, NHL goaltender (Vancouver Canucks, Team Sweden 1998)
  • Sep 9 Kristoffer Rygg, Norwegian musician (Ulver, ex-Borknagar)
  • Sep 9 Aki Riihilahti, Finnish footballer
  • Sep 9 Emma de Caunes, French film actress
  • Sep 9 Chace Ambrose, American actor and writer
  • Sep 9 Juan A. Baptista, Venezuelan actor
  • Sep 10 Gregory Robert Henderson, Dunedin NZ, 4k pursuit cyclist (Olympics 1996)
  • Sep 11 Elephant Man [Oneal Bryan], Jamaican musician (Let's Get Physical), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • Sep 11 Flora Redoumi, Greek hurdler
  • Sep 11 Tomáš Enge, Czech racing driver
  • Sep 12 Maciej Żurawski, Polish footballer
  • Sep 12 Bizzy Bone (Bryon Anthony McCane), American rapper, (Bone Thugs-N-Harmony)
  • Sep 13 Giorgos Koltzos, Greek footballer
  • Sep 13 Craig McMillan, New Zealand cricketer
  • Sep 13 José Théodore, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Sep 14 Jeremy Dunham, video game journalist
  • Sep 14 Agustín Calleri, Argentine tennis player
  • Sep 15 Paul Thomson, Scottish drummer (Franz Ferdinand)
  • Sep 15 Matt Thornton, American baseball player
  • Sep 16 Andres Javier Blazquez, PR, singer (Menudo-Cannonball)
  • Sep 16 Tina Barrett, British singer (S Club)
  • Sep 17 Jonathan Nichols, dance skater (& Tami Tyler), born in Wilmington, Delaware
  • Sep 18 Gabriel Gervais, Canadian football player
  • Sep 19 Alison Sweeney, American actress
  • Sep 19 Jim Ward, American musician (At the Drive-In, Sparta)
  • Sep 19 Jessica York, television personality
  • Sep 20 Markus Wieland, Tegernsee GER, hockey player (Team Germany 1998)
  • Sep 20 Yui Horie, Japanese seiyuu
  • Sep 20 Yo Hitoto, Japanese pop singer
  • Sep 20 Enuka Okuma, Canadian actress
  • Sep 20 Reuben Singh, British entrepreneur
  • Sep 21 Adrian Olivo, American canoeist (alt-Olympics 1996), born in Arlington, Virginia
  • Sep 21 Jana Kandarr, tennis star
  • Sep 21 Poul Hübertz, Danish footballer
  • Sep 21 Jonas Bjerre, Danish singer and guitarist (Mew)
  • Sep 22 "Ronaldo" de Lima, Brazilian soccer player (Cruzeiros/PSV)
  • Sep 23 Faune A. Chambers, American actress
  • Sep 23 Kip Pardue, American actor and model
  • Sep 24 Carlos Almeida, Angolan basketball player
  • Sep 24 Stephanie McMahon-Levesque, American professional wrestler
  • Sep 25 Chauncey Billups, NBA guard (Boston Celtics)
  • Sep 26 Michael Ballack, German footballer
  • Sep 26 Tyler Denk, American model and reality show contestant
  • Sep 27 Francesco Totti, Italian footballer
  • Sep 27 Dean Butterworth, English musician
  • Sep 27 Matt Harding, American video game developer
  • Sep 27 Jason Phillips, American baseball player
  • Sep 28 Fedor Emelianenko, Russian mixed martial artist
  • Sep 29 Andriy Shevchenko, Ukrainian football player
  • Sep 29 Darren Byfield, English football player
  • Sep 29 Oscar Sevilla, Spanish cyclist
  • Sep 30 Adita Linares, spanish actress (Clueless, Cookie), born in Miami, Florida

Famous Deaths

  • Sep 2 Stanisław Grochowiak, Polish writer (b. 1934)
  • Sep 5 A E R Gilligan, cricketer (11 Tests for England 1922-25), dies
  • Sep 8 Assen Karastoyanov, composer, dies at 83
  • Sep 8 Joaquin Zamacois Soler, composer, dies at 81

Person of interestMao Zedong

Sep 9 Mao Zedong, Chinese revolutionary and Chairman of the Communist Party of China (1949-76), dies of a heart attack at 82

Chinese Revolutionary and Chairman of the Communist Party Mao Zedong
Chinese Revolutionary and Chairman of the Communist Party
Mao Zedong
  • Sep 10 Dalton Trumbo, US writer, director (Johnny Got His Gun), dies at 70
  • Sep 10 Dorothy Devore, actress (Newscast, Senor Daredevil), dies at 77
  • Sep 10 George Baxter, French actor (Flying Saucer, Lili, Caged), dies at 71
  • Sep 10 Mordecai Johnson, 1st African American president of Howard U, dies at 86
  • Sep 11 Jan Kunc, Czech composer (Czech State Anthem), dies at 93
  • Sep 13 Albert Tessier, French Canadian priest, historian and filmmaker (b. 1895)
  • Sep 13 Armand Mondou, French Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1905)
  • Sep 20 Johan Boskamp, opera singer/actor, dies at 83
  • Sep 21 Orlando Letelier, minister Chile, dies
  • Sep 24 Bruno VeSota, American character actor and director (They Stand Accused, Chopper, Teenage Doll, Wild Rovers), dies of a heart attack at 54
  • Sep 24 Romney Brent, Mexican-American actor and writer (Dinner at the Ritz), dies at 74
  • Sep 26 Lavoslav Ružička, Croatian chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1887)
  • Sep 30 Louis Fourestier, composer, dies at 84