Historical Events in September 1976

  • 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