Historical Events in 1976 (Part 3)

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  • 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
  • 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 Rock piano playing-singer 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
  • Oct 1 1st Dutch casino opens
  • Oct 2 "Let My People Come" closes at Morosco Theater NYC after 106 performances

Sports History

Oct 3 Future Baseball Hall of Fame right fielder Hank Aaron singles in his last MLB at-bat & drives in his 2,297th run as Milwaukee Brewers lose, 5-2 v Detroit Tigers

  • Oct 3 Helmuth Kohl's CDU wins German parliament election
  • Oct 4 Official launch of the Intercity 125 High Speed Train (HST).
  • Oct 4 Supreme Court lifts 1972 ban on death penalty for convicted murderers
  • Oct 4 US Agriculture Secretary Earl Butz resigns after telling a racial joke
  • Oct 5 MLB expansion draft: Seattle Mariners & Toronto Blue Jays pick 30 unprotected AL players; Ruppert Jones OF (Seattle) & Bob Bailor OF (Toronto) are first picks
  • Oct 6 "Gang of Four" arrested in Beijing
  • Oct 6 Cubana Flight 455 crashes into the Atlantic Ocean after two bombs, placed by terrorists with connections to the CIA, explode onboard shortly after taking off from Bridgetown, Barbados, killing all 73 people on board
  • Oct 6 John Hathaway completes 50,600 mile bicycle tour of every continent
  • Oct 6 US President Gerald Ford says there is "no Soviet domination in Eastern Europe"

Historic Event

Oct 7 Hua Guofeng succeeds Mao as Chairman of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China

Music History

Oct 8 EMI signs British punk rock band "Sex Pistols"

  • Oct 9 "Robber Bridegroom" opens at Biltmore Theater NYC for 145 performances
  • Oct 9 Peter Petherick takes hat-trick on cricket debut New Zealand v Pakistan Javed 1st wkt
  • Oct 9 Test Cricket debut of Javed Miandad (Pakistan), scores 163 on 1st day
  • Oct 9 Yanks 1st AL Championship game, beat Royals 4-1
  • Oct 10 Beijing reports arrest of Mao Zedong's widow
  • Oct 10 Giant's Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey opens with the NY Giants going down 24–14 to the Dallas Cowboys in from of 76,042 fans
  • Oct 10 Greece's 98 year-old Dimitrion Yordanidis, is oldest man to compete in a marathon; he finishes in 7:33
  • Oct 11 10th Country Music Association Award: Mel Tillis wins

Historic Event

Oct 11 Mao Zedong's widow Jiang Qing and the "Gang of Four" are arrested and charged with plotting a coup

  • Oct 12 Hua Guo-feng succeeds Mao Zedong as chairman of Communist Party
  • Oct 12 MLB National League Championship: Cincinnati Reds beat Philadelphia Phillies, 3 games to 0
  • Oct 13 A Bolivian Boeing 707 cargo jet crashes in Santa Cruz, Bolivia killing 100 (97, mostly children, killed on the ground)
  • Oct 13 First electron micrograph of an Ebola viral particle obtained by Dr. F.A. Murphy, working at the C.D.C.
  • Oct 14 Chris Chambliss' 9th inning lead off homer gives NY Yanks pennant #30
  • Oct 14 MLB American League Championship: New York Yankees beat Kansas City Royals, 3 games to 2

Nobel Prize

Oct 14 Nobel Prize in Economics awarded to American economist Milton Friedman

  • Oct 14 Soyuz 23 carries 2 to Salyut 6, but returns without docking
  • Oct 15 Ringo Starr releases single "A Dose of Rock 'n' Roll"; peaks at 26 in US, fails to chart in UK
  • Oct 16 Soyuz 23 returns to Earth
  • Oct 16 Toronto Maple Leaf Lanny McDonald scores a hat trick in 2 min 54 sec
  • Oct 17 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC
  • Oct 17 Coldest World Series game; Reds beat NY Yankees, 4-3 in Game 2 at Riverfront Stadium, Cincinnati; 39 degrees F (until 1997)
  • Oct 18 Nobel prize for chemistry awarded to American William Lipscomb
  • Oct 19 Battle of Aishiya, Lebanon during Lebanese Civil War.
  • Oct 19 US President Gerald Ford signs 1st major revision of copyright law since 1909
  • Oct 20 70 die as Norwegian tanker Frosta collides with George Prince
  • Oct 20 NY Nets Julius "Dr J" Erving sold to Philadelphia 76ers

Sports History

Oct 21 Baseball World Series: defending champions Cincinnati Reds sweep NY Yankees; beat Bombers, 7-2 in Game 4 at Yankee Stadium; MVP: Reds catcher Johnny Bench

Nobel Prize

Oct 21 Nobel prize for literature awarded to American Saul Bellow

Sports History

Oct 21 NY Knicks retire 1st number, # 19, Willis Reed

  • Oct 22 Red Dye No. 4 is banned by the US Food and Drug Administration after it is discovered that it causes tumors in the bladders of dogs. The dye is still used in Canada.

Sports History

Oct 22 Rick Barry (San Francisco), begins then longest NBA free throw streak of 60

  • Oct 24 1st Jewish film & TV festival
  • Oct 24 1st Toronto International Film Festival opens

Sports History

Oct 24 English McLaren driver James Hunt finishes 4th in the season ending Japanese Grand Prix at Fuji Speedway to win his first Formula 1 World Drivers Championship by 1 point from Niki Lauda

New York City Marathon

Oct 24 New York City Marathon: American Bill Rodgers wins his first title in 2:10:10; Miki Gorman takes out women's race in 2:39:11

  • Oct 24 Sadiq & Mushtaq Mohammad score hundreds in same Test Cricket innings v NZ
  • Oct 25 5th Enterprise, approach & lands test (ALT) flight
  • Oct 25 Governor Wallace grants full pardon to Clarence Norris, last known survivor of 9 Scottsboro Boys who were convicted in 1931 rape
  • Oct 26 Transkei gains independence, not recognized outside of South Africa
  • Oct 26 Trinidad & Tobago becomes a republic

Sports History

Oct 28 Billy Martin named AL Manager of Year (NY Yankees)

  • Oct 28 Train collision at Goes Neth, 7 die
  • Oct 30 "Going Up" closes at John Golden Theater NYC after 49 performances
  • Oct 30 Jane Pauley becomes news co-anchor of Today Show
  • Oct 30 Rev Joseph Evans elected president of United Church of Christ
  • Oct 31 Pakistani cricketer Javed Miandad scores 206 v NZ, aged 19 yrs 141 days (29 fours 1 six)
  • Nov 1 Britain gives Gilbert Island (Kiribati) self rule
  • Nov 1 Ron Eliran and Harvey Jacobs' musical revue "Don't Step On My Olive Branch" opens at Playhouse, NYC; runs for 16 performances
  • Nov 1 W German Generals Krupinski and Franke admit to having been Nazis
  • Nov 2 Democrat candidate Jimmy Carter is elected President of the United States, defeating incumbent Republican President Gerald Ford; Walter Mondale elected vice president

Sports History

Nov 4 1st mass-market free-agent reentry draft, Reggie Jackson, Joe Rudi, Gullett, Tenace, Fingers, Baylor, Grich & McCovey, available

Sports History

Nov 5 Baltimore Orioles Jim Palmer wins AL Cy Young Award

  • Nov 5 New AL franchises in Seattle & Toronto fill up their rosters
  • Nov 5 Pirates trade Manny Sanguillen & $100,000 to A's for mgr Chuck Tanner
  • Nov 5 USSR performs nuclear test
  • Nov 6 Benjamin Hooks elected to succeed Roy Wilkins as executive director of NAACP
  • Nov 6 Former Twins relief ace Bill Campbell is 1st free-agent to sign with a new team, joining the Red Sox for $1 million over 4 years

Film & TV History

Nov 7 "Gone With The Wind", 1939 Oscar-winning film epic starring Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable, makes broadcast television debut on NBC; aired in two parts over consecutive nights; earns a then record 65% share of TV viewers

  • Nov 8 A series of earthquakes spreads panic in the Greek city of Thessaloniki, which is evacuated
  • Nov 9 Oakland A's release Billy Williams, ending his Hall of Fame baseball career
  • Nov 9 UN General Assembly condemns apartheid in South Africa
  • Nov 10 Utah Supreme Court approves execution of convicted murderer Gary Gilmore
  • Nov 14 "Don't Step on My Olive Branch" closes at Playhouse NYC after 16 performances

Film Premiere

Nov 14 "Network", directed by Sidney Lumet, starring Faye Dunaway, Peter Finch and William Holden, premieres in Los Angeles and New York City (Finch - Academy Awards Best Actor 1977)

  • Nov 14 Cleveland Browns' Jerry Sherk sets club record with 4 sacks

Historic Event

Nov 14 Dutch war criminal Pieter Menten captured one day after fleeing

  • Nov 15 Syrian army conquers Beirut
  • Nov 16 René Levesque's Parti Québécois wins elections in Quebec
  • Nov 16 Rick Barry (San Francisco), ends then longest NBA free throw streak of 60
  • Nov 17 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC
  • Nov 18 Spain's parliament establishes democracy after 37 yrs of dictatorship
  • Nov 18 Yanks sign free agent Don Gullett
  • Nov 19 George Harrison releases single "This Song", an expression of his frustration at being sued for copyright infringement
  • Nov 19 Jaime Ornelas Camacho takes office as the first President of the Regional Government of Madeira, Portugal

Historic Event

Nov 19 Patty Hearst is freed on $15 million bail

  • Nov 20 George Harrison appears on "Saturday Night Live": haggling with Lorne Michaels; performing "Here Comes the Sun" and "Homeward Bound" with Paul Simon; and airing two music videos

Film Premiere

Nov 21 "Rocky" directed by John G. Avildsen and starring Sylvester Stallone premieres in New York (Best Picture 1977)

Sports History

Nov 21 26th NASCAR Sprint Cup: Cale Yarborough wins

  • Nov 22 Algeria Constitution goes into effect
  • Nov 22 Comic strip "Cathy" by Cathy Guisewite debuts