Events in Film & Television in 1976

  • Jan 1 NBC replaces "peacock" logo with large block "N"; Design of new logo approached $1M, and was subject to copyright infringement suit costing NBC an additional $800K

Music Single

Jan 9 Ringo Starr releases single "Oh My My" in the UK

  • Jan 14 "The Bionic Woman" with Lindsay Wagner debuts on ABC (later NBC)
  • Jan 16 "Donny & Marie" [Osmond] musical variety show premieres on ABC TV

Music Single

Jan 17 Blondie release their debut single "X Offender" written by Debbie Harry and Gary Valentine

Golden Globes

Jan 24 33rd Golden Globes: "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest", Jack Nicholson, & Louise Fletcher win

Television Premiere

Jan 27 "Laverne & Shirley" TV spinoff from "Happy Days" starring Penny Marshall and Cindy Williams premieres on ABC TV

  • Feb 1 "Rich Man, Poor Man" mini-series premieres on ABC TV

Music History

Feb 1 Sonny & Cher resume TV show, despite real-life divorce

  • Feb 2 "Rich Little Show" debuts on NBC-TV

Film Release

Feb 8 "Taxi Driver" directed by Martin Scorsese, starring Robert De Niro and Jodie Foster, is released (Palme d'Or 1976)

  • Feb 29 ABC-TV broadcasts premiere of 1965's hit "The Sound of Music"
  • Mar 2 Walt Disney World logs its 50 millionth guest

Film and TV Awards

Mar 4 2nd People's Choice Awards: John Wayne & Katharine Hepburn win (Motion Picture) and Telly Savalas & Carol Burnett win (TV)

  • Mar 29 48th Academy Awards: "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest", its stars Jack Nicholson & Louise Fletcher, and director Miloš Forman win

Television Premiere

Apr 1 "Helter Skelter", detailing Charles Manson's cult "family", their capture, trial, conviction and aftermath, premieres on CBS

Theater Premiere

Apr 5 Tom Stoppard's play "Dirty Linen and New-Found-Land" premieres in London

Music History

Apr 6 1st quadrophonic movie track: "Ladies & Gentlemen The Rolling Stones"

Film Release

Apr 9 "All the President's Men", directed by Alan J. Pakula, based on the non-fiction book by journalists Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward detailing their Watergate investigation, starring Dustin Hoffman and Robert Redford, is released

Television Debut

Apr 22 Barbara Walters becomes 1st female US nightly network news anchor (ABC News)

Film & TV History

Apr 22 Director Ingmar Bergman leaves Sweden due to taxation

  • May 1 Empress Lilly, replica of a paddle steamer, dedicated at Walt Disney World, Florida
  • May 11 Emmy 3rd Daytime Award presentation
  • May 11 Last broadcast of "Marcus Welby, MD" on ABC-TV

Emmy Awards

May 17 28th Emmy Awards: "The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Jack Albertson & Michael Learned win

Television Premiere

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

  • Jun 11 "Magnificent Marble Machine" last airs on NBC-TV

Music History

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

  • Jun 20 Disney's River Country opens at Bay Lake (closed 2001)
  • Jun 24 1975 movie "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" released in Germany

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

Film Premiere

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

  • Jul 12 1st "Family Feud" game show debuts on ABC hosted by Richard Dawson
  • Jul 21 9th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at El Cortez Hotel

Olympic Gold

Jul 30 Future TV personality ('Keeping Up with the Kardashians') and transgender figure, Bruce Jenner (now Caitlin Jenner) sets WR 8,618 points to win decathlon gold at Montreal Olympics

  • Aug 30 Tom Brokaw becomes news anchor of NBC's "Today Show"

Television Premiere

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

  • Sep 11 Dorothy Kathleen Benham (Minn), 20, crowned 49th Miss America 1977
  • Sep 17 NASA publicly unveils space shuttle Enterprise in Palmdale, California, named after Star Trek Enterprise with cast attending
  • Sep 17 Polydor/Atlantic releases Ringo Starr' fifth studio album "Ringo's Rotogravure"

Television Debut

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

Film & TV History

Sep 23 US televised presidential debate between Republican incumbent Gerald Ford and Democratic challenger Jimmy Carter

  • Sep 27 TV drama “Dawn: Portrait of A Teenage Runaway", starring Eve Plumb premieres on US network NBC
  • Sep 29 "Alice" debuts on CBS-TV
  • Oct 15 Ringo Starr releases single "A Dose of Rock 'n' Roll"; peaks at 26 in US, fails to chart in UK
  • Oct 24 1st Toronto International Film Festival opens

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

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 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)

Music Concert

Nov 25 The Band's farewell concert at San Francisco's Winterland Ballroom, San Francisco, California; guest performers include Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison, Ringo Starr, and the Staples Singers; concert film "The Last Waltz" directed by Martin Scorcese

Film Premiere

Dec 18 Second remake of "A Star is Born" film, directed by Frank Pierson and starring Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson, premieres