What Happened in September 1976

Historical Events

  • Sep 1 American politician Wayne L Hays, (Rep-D-Oh), resigns amid scandal with Elizabeth Ray
  • Sep 1 NASA launches space vehicle S-197
  • Sep 1 The Meadowlands Race Track opens in East Rutherford, New Jersey
  • 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

Television Premiere

Sep 5 Jim Henson's "The Muppet Show" premieres on television with Mia Farrow as the guest star

  • Sep 6 "The Robert MacNeil Report" becomes "The MacNeil-Lehrer Report" (currently known as "PBS NewsHour") on PBS
  • Sep 6 Russian pilot Belenko defects to Japan in a Mig 25 jet

Music History

Sep 7 US courts find George Harrison guilty of 'subconsciously' plagiarizing "He's So Fine" for his song "My Sweet Lord"

  • 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)

US Open Women's Tennis

Sep 11 US Open Women's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Chris Evert retains her title; dominates Evonne Goolagong Cawley of Australia 6-3, 6-0

  • Sep 12 Seattle Seahawks play 1st regular-season game (St L 30, Sea 24)

US Men's Tennis Open

Sep 12 US Open Men's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Jimmy Connors wins his second US title; beats Björn Borg of Sweden 6-4, 3-6, 7-6, 6-4

  • 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 American Episcopal Church approves ordination of women as priests & bishop
  • Sep 16 Egyptian president Sadat re-elected
  • Sep 16 Shavarsh Karapetyan saves 20 people from the trolleybus that had fallen into Erevan reservoir.
  • Sep 17 Amnesty International receives Erasmus-prize

Music History

Sep 17 British punk rock band The Sex Pistols play before a captive audience at Chelmsford Prison, Essex, England

  • Sep 17 NASA publicly unveils space shuttle Enterprise in Palmdale, California, named after Star Trek Enterprise with cast attending

Album Release

Sep 17 Polydor/Atlantic releases Ringo Starr' fifth studio album "Ringo's Rotogravure"

Historic Event

Sep 18 Chinese Communist Party Chairman Mao Zedong's funeral takes place in Beijing, China

  • Sep 18 Dom Mintoff's Labour Party wins Malta election

Sports History

Sep 18 MLB Cleveland Indians player-manager Frank Robinson's last game as a player

  • Sep 18 Rev Sun Myung Moon holds "God Bless America" convention at Yankee Stadium in New York City
  • Sep 19 "Going Up" opens at John Golden Theater NYC for 49 performances
  • Sep 19 New York concert promoter Sid Bernstein offers $230 million to charity for a Beatles reunion; they politely decline
  • Sep 20 "The Captain and Tennille" television musical-variety show debuts in US (ABC)
  • Sep 20 Albert Records releases rock band AC/DC's third studio album "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap" in Australia and Europe
  • Sep 20 Metroliner official opens in Brussels

Historic Event

Sep 20 Playboy releases Jimmy Carter's interview which includes the quote “I’ve looked on a lot of women with lust."

Assassination

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.

  • Sep 21 Wings performs in Zagreb Yugoslavia

Television Debut

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

  • Sep 23 South Africa decides to allow multi-racial teams to represent them
  • Sep 23 Soyuz 22 returns to Earth
  • Sep 23 US televised presidential debate between Republican incumbent Gerald Ford and Democratic challenger Jimmy Carter

Oh! Calcutta! - The Bare Facts

Sep 24 "Oh! Calcutta!" revival opens at Edison Theater, NYC; runs for 5,959 performances, Broadway’s longest-running musical revue

  • 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

Music History

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 becomes U2

  • Sep 25 Expo's last game at Montreal's Jarry Park
  • Sep 25 George Gershwin's "Porgy & Bess" opens at Uris Theater NYC for 122 performances
  • 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 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

Album Release

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

  • Sep 28 A&M sues George Harrison who fails to meet deadline for LP completion
  • Sep 28 US Congress passes Toxic Substances Control Act
  • Sep 29 "Alice" debuts on CBS-TV
  • Sep 29 2nd Chamber recognizes Dutch Liberals/social democratic abortion law

Music History

Sep 29 Boy George expelled from school

Music History

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

  • Sep 29 San Francisco Giant John Montefusco no-hits Atlanta Braves, 9-0
  • Sep 29 Syria drives Palestinian guerrillas out of Lebanon

Sports History

Sep 29 Tommy Lasorda replaces Walter Alston as Los Angeles Dodgers manager

  • Sep 29 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR

Famous Birthdays

  • Sep 1 Clare Connor, England cricket all-rounder (16 Tests; hat-trick v India 1999) and administrator (Managing Director Women's Cricket for England and Wales Cricket Board), born in Brighton, England
  • Sep 1 Érik Morales, Mexican boxer (WBC super bantamweight title 1997-2000, WBC featherweight 2001-03, unified WBC/IBF super featherweight 2004, WBC super lightweight 2011-12), born in Tijuana, Mexico
  • Sep 1 Marcos Ambrose, Australian auto racer (Australian V8 Supercar Series' C'ship 2003, 04; first Australian driver to win in NASCAR Cup Series [2 wins, 46 top-10s, 3 poles), born in Launceston, Australia
  • Sep 1 Sebastián Rozental, Chilean soccer forward (27 caps; Universidad Católica, Rangers, Grasshopper Club Zürich, Unión Española), born in Santiago, Chile
  • Sep 2 Erin Hershey, American actress.
  • Sep 2 Phil Lipscomb, American rock bassist (Taproot), born in the USA
  • Sep 3 Ashley Jones, American actress (The Young and the Restless), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Sep 3 Jevon Kearse 'The Freak', American football player, born in Fort Myers, Florida
  • Sep 3 Vivek Oberoi, Indian actor (Company), born in Hyderabad, India
  • Sep 4 Clinton R. Nixon, American game designer (The Shadow of Yesterday)
  • Sep 4 Helen Denman, Australian swimmer (Olympics 1996), born in Perth, Australia
  • Sep 4 Katreeya English, Thai singer and actress, born in Oxford, United Kingdom
  • Sep 5 Carice van Houten, Dutch actress (Black Book, Game of Thrones), born in Leiderdor
  • Sep 5 Tatiana Gutsu, Ukrainian gymnast (1992 Olympic Champion), born in Odessa, Soviet Union
  • Sep 6 Danny Blankers, Dutch soccer player (PSV/Willem II), born in Goirle, Netherlands
  • Sep 6 Hyun Young, South Korean actress and pop singer, born in Suwon, Gyeonggi Province, South Korea
  • Sep 6 Michael Nakamura, Australian baseball pitcher (Olympics 1996), born in Nara, Japan
  • Sep 6 N.O.R.E. [Victor Santiago, Jr.], American rapper, born in Queens, New York
  • Sep 6 Naomie Harris, English actress (Moonlight), born in Islington, London
  • Sep 7 Oliver Hudson, American actor (Rules of Engagement), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Sep 8 Brendan Kelly, American punk rock bassist and singer (The Lawrence Arms), born in Missouri
  • Sep 8 Gerald Drummond, Costa Rican footballer, born in Limón, Costa Rica
  • Sep 8 Jervis Drummond, Costa Rican footballer, born in Limón, Costa Rica
  • Sep 8 Sarah Kucserka, American TV producer and screenwriter (Ugly Betty)
  • Sep 8 Sjeng Schalken, Dutch tennis player, born in Weert, Netherlands
  • Sep 9 Aki Riihilahti, Finnish footballer, born in Helsinki, Finland
  • Sep 9 Chace Ambrose, American actor and writer, born in Macon, Georgia
  • Sep 9 Emma de Caunes, French film actress, born in Paris, France
  • Sep 9 Juan A. Baptista, Venezuelan actor, born in Caracas, Venezuela
  • Sep 9 Kristoffer Rygg, Norwegian heavy metal vocalist and musician (Ulver; Arcturus), born in Oslo, Norway
  • Sep 9 Mattias Ohlund, Swedish ice hockey player (Vancouver Canucks, Team Sweden 1998), born in Piteå, Sweden
  • Sep 10 Greg Henderson, New Zealand track cyclist (World C'ship gold scratch race 2004), born in Dunedin, New Zealand
  • Sep 11 Elephant Man [Oneal Bryan], Jamaican musician ("Let's Get Physical"), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • Sep 11 Flora Redoumi, Greek hurdler, born in Athens, Greece
  • Sep 11 Tomáš Enge, Czech racing driver, born in Liberec, Czech Republic
  • Sep 12 Bizzy Bone [Bryon Anthony McCane], American rapper (Bone Thugs-N-Harmony), born in Columbus, Ohio
  • Sep 12 Maciej Żurawski, Polish footballer, born in Poznań, Poland
  • Sep 13 Craig McMillan, New Zealand cricket all-rounder, coach and broadcaster (55 Tests; 197 ODIs), born in Christchurch, Canterbury
  • Sep 13 Giorgos Koltzos, Greek footballer, born in Athen, Greece
  • Sep 13 José Théodore, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville, Canada
  • Sep 14 Agustín Calleri, Argentine tennis player, born in Río Cuarto, Córdoba, Argentina
  • Sep 14 Jeremy Dunham, American video game designer, born in Portland, Oregon
  • Sep 15 Ivette Sosa, American pop singer (Eden's Crush - "Get Over Yourself"), born in Edison, New Jersey
  • Sep 15 Matt Thornton, American baseball pitcher (all-time AL leader in holds; MLB All-Star 2010; CWS), born in Three Rivers, Michigan
  • Sep 15 Paul Thomson, Scottish drummer (Franz Ferdinand - "Take Me Out"), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • Sep 16 (Andres} "Andy" Blázquez, Puerto Rican-American pop singer (Menudo, 1991-97 - "Besame En La Playa"), born in, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Sep 16 Tina Barrett, British singer (S Club 7), born in Hammersmith, London
  • Sep 17 Jonathan Nichols, American dance skater (with partner Tami Tyler), born in Wilmington, Delaware
  • Sep 17 Maile Misajon, American pop singer (Eden's Crush - "Get Over Yourself"), born in Long Beach, California

Ronaldo

Sep 18 Ronaldo [Luís Nazário de Lima], Brazilian retired soccer player, popularly described as "O Fenômeno" (The Phenomenon), born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil [birth not officially registered until 22nd]

  • Sep 19 Alison Sweeney, American actress (Days of Our Lives), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Sep 19 Jim Ward, American musician (At the Drive-In; Sparta), born in El Paso, Texas
  • Sep 20 Enuka Okuma, Canadian actress
  • Sep 20 Jon Bernthal, American actor (The Walking Dead; The Punisher), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Sep 20 Reuben Singh, British entrepreneur
  • Sep 20 Yo Hitoto, Japanese pop singer, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • Sep 20 Yui Horie, Japanese voice actress and singer, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • Sep 21 Jana Kandarr, tennis star
  • Sep 21 Jonas Bjerre, Danish rock singer and guitarist (Mew; Apparatjik), and visual artist, born in Frederiksberg, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Sep 21 Poul Hübertz, Danish footballer
  • Sep 23 Faune A. Chambers, American actress
  • Sep 23 Kip Pardue, American actor and model
  • Sep 24 Carlos Almeida, Angolan basketball player and politician, born in Luanda, Angola
  • Sep 24 Stephanie McMahon-Levesque, American professional wrestler (WWE), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • Sep 25 Chauncey Billups, American NBA guard, played for 17 seasons for 7 teams (5x All-Star; Finals MVP, 2004 - Detroit), born in Denver, Colorado
  • Sep 26 Michael Ballack, German footballer, born in Görlitz, Germany
  • Sep 26 Tyler Denk, American model and reality show contestant, born in Columbus, Ohio
  • Sep 27 Dean Butterworth, British drummer and percussionist (Morrissey; Good Charlotte), born in Rochdale, Greater Manchester, England
  • Sep 27 Francesco Totti, Italian footballer
  • Sep 27 Jason Phillips, American baseball player
  • Sep 27 Matt Harding, American video game developer
  • Sep 28 Fedor Emelianenko, Russian mixed martial artist
  • Sep 29 Andriy Shevchenko, Ukrainian football player and coach (Ukrainian national team), born in Dvirkivshchyna, Ukrainian SSR
  • Sep 29 Darren Byfield, English football player, born in Sutton Coldfield, England
  • Sep 29 Oscar Sevilla, Spanish cyclist, born in Ossa de Montiel, Spain
  • Sep 30 Aida 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 Asen Karastoyanov, Bulgarian composer, dies at 83
  • Sep 8 Joaquin Zamacois Soler, Chilean-Spanish composer, dies at 81
  • Sep 10 Dalton Trumbo, American writer, director (Johnny Got His Gun), dies at 70
  • Sep 10 Dorothy Devore, American silent film 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 20 Kermit Bloomgarden, American producer (The Diary of Anne Frank, The Music Man), dies at 71
  • Sep 21 Orlando Letelier, Chilean economist and politician, dies at 44
  • 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 25 Red Faber, American Baseball HOF pitcher (World Series 1917; AL ERA leader 1921, 22; Chicago White Sox 1914-33), dies from heart disease at 88
  • Sep 26 (Louis Charles) "L. C." Robinson, American blues singer, guitarist, fiddler, and electric steel guitar player, dies of a heart attack at 62
  • Sep 26 Leopold Ružička, Croatian-Swiss chemist (Nobel 1939), dies at 89
  • Sep 27 Miloš Sokola, Czech violinist and composer, dies at 63
  • Sep 30 Louis Fourestier, French cellist, composer (Polynice; Patria), conductor (Paris Opera, 1938-65), and pedagogue (Paris Conservatoire, 1945-65), dies at 84