On This Day

Historical Events in June 1976

  • Jun 1 Great Britain and Iceland end the "cod war"
  • Jun 2 East Timor People's Assembly accepts annexation by Indonesia
  • Jun 3 Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" goes gold
  • Jun 3 Test Cricket debut of Mike Brearley v West Indies (0 & 17)
  • Jun 4 "The Architecture of Luis Barragán" exhibition opens at MOMA, New York bring the Mexican architect's work to international notice
  • Jun 5 "Bigfoot" by Bro Smith hits #57

Sports History

Jun 5 108th Belmont: Puerto Rican jockey Ángel Cordero Jr., riding Bold Forbes wins his only Belmont classic

  • Jun 5 Teton Dam in Idaho burst causing $1 billion damage (14 die)
  • Jun 5 After a suspected republican bombing kills 2 Protestant civilians in a pub, the Ulster Volunteer Force kill 5 civilians in a gun and bomb attack at the Chlorane Bar, North Ireland
  • Jun 6 30th NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat Phoenix Suns, 4 games to 2
  • Jun 6 "The Omen" premieres in the UK

Television Premiere

Jun 7 NBC Nightly News with John Chancellor & David Brinkley, premieres

  • Jun 8 Houston Astros draft Floyd Bannister #1

Contract of Interest

Jun 8 Bobby Orr signs a five-year contract with the Chicago Blackhawks

  • Jun 10 49th National Spelling Bee: Tim Kneale wins spelling narcolepsy
  • Jun 10 67,000 fans attends Wings concert at Seattle's Kingdome
  • Jun 11 "Magnificent Marble Machine" last airs on NBC-TV
  • Jun 11 Anti-apartheid advocate Dumisa Ntsebeza arrested in South Africa
  • Jun 11 Australian band AC/DC begin their 1st headline tour of Britain
  • Jun 11 Beatles "Rock & Roll Music" compilation LP is released in USA

Music History

Jun 12 "Yes, Yes, Yes" single by Bill Cosby hits #46

Golf Major

Jun 13 Canadian Open Golf (Peter Jackson Classic), Cedar Brae CC: Donna Caponi wins in a playoff with Judy Rankin

Music History

Jun 13 Bob Marley performs at Jaap Edenhal, Amsterdam, Netherlands

  • Jun 13 Inge Helten runs female European record 100m (11.04)
  • Jun 13 French Open Women's Tennis: Sue Barker of England claims her lone major singles title; beats Renáta Tomanová of Czechoslovakia 6-2, 0-6, 6-2
  • Jun 14 "Gong Show" premieres on TV (syndication)
  • Jun 14 French Open Men's Tennis: Adriano Panatta of Italy beats American Harold Solomon 6-1, 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 for his lone Grand Slam singles title
  • Jun 15 In a blockbuster MLB trade, NY Yankees send May, Martinez, Pagan, MacGregor & Demsey to Baltimore Orioles for Holtzman, Alexander, Grant Jackson, Elrod Henrick & Jim Freeman
  • Jun 15 Rain out! Astrodome cancels game heavy rains make it difficult for visiting team and umpires to get through flooded streets to the stadium
  • Jun 16 Soweto Uprising: Over 10,000 students in Soweto, South Africa, march against the use of Afrikaans as a medium of instruction in Black secondary schools; clashes with police kills dozens
  • Jun 17 ABA (Nets, Pacers, Nuggets & Spurs) merges into NBA
  • Jun 17 Indonesia annexes Portuguese East-Timor
  • Jun 17 Soweto Uprising: Government deploys armed military to quell student protests; hundreds of civilians and children killed
  • Jun 18 A Joseph William Turner watercolor auctioned for £340,000
  • Jun 18 MLB St Louis Cardinals Lou Brock & Hector Cruz hit inside-the-park HRs

Sports History

Jun 18 Bowie Kuhn voids A's sales, totaling $35 million, of Joe Rudi & Rollie Fingers to Red Sox, & Vida Blue to Yankees

  • Jun 19 US Viking 1 goes into Martian orbit after 10-month flight from Earth
  • Jun 20 US Open Men's Golf, Atlanta AC: Tour rookie Jerry Pate wins his only major title, 2 strokes ahead of runners-up Al Geiberger and Tom Weiskopf
  • Jun 20 Carol Fugate, Starkweather accomplice, is paroled
  • Jun 20 Disney's River Country opens at Bay Lake (closed 2001)
  • Jun 20 UEFA European Championship Final, Red Star Stadium, Belgrade, Yugoslavia: Czechoslovakia upsets West Germany, 5-3 on penalties following 2-2 draw a.e.t
  • Jun 21 Italian General Election; Enrico Berlinguer's Communist party win their greatest-ever share of the vote (34.4%)
  • Jun 22 Stephen Schwartz' musical "Godspell" opens at Broadhurst Theater, NYC; runs for 527 performances
  • Jun 22 SD Padre pitcher Randy Jones ties record of 68 innings without a walk
  • Jun 23 CN Tower, world's tallest free-standing structure (555 m/1,815.3 ft), built by Canadian National Railway, opens in downtown Toronto, Ontario (surpassed in 2007)
  • Jun 23 The U.S. vetoes Angola’s application for membership of the United Nations Security
  • Jun 24 1975 movie "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" released in Germany
  • Jun 24 A Principal's office in Hlengisi Primary, Nyanga, outside Cape Town, South Africa, is burnt down; part of the broader resistance against the oppressive new Bantu Education policy of Afrikaans as a teaching medium in their schools
  • Jun 25 Texas Ranger Toby Harrah is only shortstop not to handle a fielding chance in doubleheader
  • Jun 25 Soweto Uprising: in South Africa leaves an estimated 200 to 700 blacks and 2 whites dead following 10 days of rioting

Film Premiere

Jun 25 Supernatural horror film "The Omen" starring Gregory Peck and Lee Remick premieres in the US

Berlin Film Festival

Jun 25 26th Berlin International Film Festival: "Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull's History Lesson" wins the Golden Bear

  • Jun 26 Washington Senators player Toby Harrah plays an entire doubleheader at shortstop without a single chance in the field
  • Jun 27 "Pacific Overtures" closes at Winter Garden NYC after 193 performances
  • Jun 27 Portuguese general Antonio Eanes elected president
  • Jun 27 In South Africa, the National President of the Black People's Convention, Kenneth Hlaku Rachidi, declares that riots in Soweto have lead to a new era of political consciousness
  • Jun 27 Air France A-300B Airbus hijacked from Athens arrives at Entebbe, Uganda; four hijackers, members of Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and Bader-Meinhof Gang in Germany
  • Jun 28 1st woman was admitted to Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • Jun 28 Three British mercenaries are sentenced to death for their part in the Angolan civil war
  • Jun 29 The Seychelles become independent from the United Kingdom.
  • Jun 30 John Walker of NZ sets record for 2000 meters, 4:51.4