Historical Events in August 1976

  • Aug 1 Flash flood in Big Thompson Canyon Colo on Route 34, kills 139

Sports History

Aug 1 Reigning world F1 champion Niki Lauda of Austria suffers a near fatal crash during the German Grand Prix at The Nürburgring motorsports complex, Nürburg, Germany

  • Aug 1 Seattle Seahawks take the field for the first time in pre-season game v SF 49ers at the newly constructed Kingdome in Seattle
  • Aug 1 XXI Summer Olympic Games, Montreal, Canada: Officially close
  • Aug 4 England beats Australia by 8 wickets in the limited overs cricket international at Lord's; first time women are permitted to play on the main square at 'the home of cricket'
  • Aug 4 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Aug 6 Zulfikar Ali Bhutto lays the foundation stone of Port Qasim, Karachi
  • Aug 7 Scientists in Pasadena, California, announce Viking I found strongest indications to date of possible life on Mars
  • Aug 7 US Viking 2 goes into Martian orbit after 11-month flight from Earth
  • Aug 8 Chicago White Sox suit up in shorts
  • Aug 9 Clive Lloyd scores double-ton in 120 mins, WI v Glamorgan
  • Aug 9 Pitt Pirate John Candelaria no-hits LA Dodgers, 2-0
  • Aug 9 USSR launches Luna 24, last Lunar flight to date from Earth
  • Aug 10 Provisional Irish Republican Army volunteer shot dead by the British Army as he drove in Belfast; his car out of control and kills 3 children, sparking "peace rallies" throughout the month by the 'Peace People'

Music History

Aug 11 "The Who" drummer Keith Moon collapses and is hospitalized in Miami, Florida

  • Aug 11 Race riot in Cape Town, South Africa; 17 die
  • Aug 12 1st approach & lands test (ALT) of orbiter Enterprise
  • Aug 12 Christian militia conquer Palestinian camp Tell al-Za'tar, 2000 killed
  • Aug 13 South Africa pledges support for a negotiated settlement in Rhodesia
  • Aug 14 10,000 Northern Ireland women demonstrate for peace in Belfast

PGA Championship

Aug 16 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Congressional CC: Dave Stockton wins 2nd PGA C'ship in a Monday bad weather finish; by 1 stroke from Ray Floyd & Don January

  • Aug 16 St. Louis Cardinals beat San Diego Chargers, 20-10 in Tokyo, Japan (NFL Expo)
  • Aug 17 An earthquake & tsunami in the Philippines kills up to 8,000
  • Aug 17 Big win for WI at The Oval Michael Holding 14-149 for match

Murder of Interest

Aug 18 Korean axe murder incident: 2 US soldiers tasked with cutting down a poplar tree blocking the view of UN observers are killed by North Koreans claiming it was planted by Kim Il-sung in the Korean Demilitarized Zone

  • Aug 18 USSR's Luna 24 soft-lands on Moon

Presidential Convention

Aug 19 President Gerald Ford wins Republican presidential nomination at KC convention

  • Aug 21 "Operation Paul Bunyan" begins in retaliation for the "Korean axe murder incident" 3 days prior. 110 troops, 27 helicopters, 3 B-52 bombers are deployed to the Korean Demilitarized Zone to cut down a poplar blocking the view of UN observers
  • Aug 21 Al Bumbry hits 17th inside-the-park HR in Oriole history
  • Aug 21 Battle, East Sussex: Mary Langdon becomes 1st British firewoman
  • Aug 23 Heavy earthquake strikes China, 1,000s die
  • Aug 24 Soyuz 21 returns to Earth
  • Aug 25 Harm Wiersma becomes world checker champion
  • Aug 25 Yanks beat Twins 5-4 in 19 innings
  • Aug 27 Transsexual Renee Richards barred from competing in US Tennis Open
  • Aug 28 Toronto Metros-Croatia beat the Minnesota Kicks to the win the 1976 North American Soccer League championship
  • Aug 28 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Aug 30 Tom Brokaw becomes news anchor of NBC's "Today Show"
  • Aug 30 Turks & Caicos Islands adopts constitution
  • Aug 31 Mexican peso devalued
  • Aug 31 Trinidad & Tobago adopts constitution