Year 1976 in History

Events in History

  • Jul 20 US Viking 1 lands on Mars at Chryse Planitia, 1st Martian landing
  • Jul 28 Tangshan Earthquake, 8.2 in magnitude kills over 240,000 Northern China in the largest loss of life from an earthquake in the 20th century
  • Sep 18 Chinese Communist Party Chairman Mao Zedong's funeral takes place in Beijing, China
  • Dec 2 Communist revolutionary Fidel Castro becomes President of Cuba, replacing Osvaldo Dorticós Torrado
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Historical Marriages

  • Jun 19 King Charles XVI Gustaf of Sweden marries Silvia Renate Sommerlath in Stockholm Cathedral, 1st Swedish reigning monarch to marry since 1797
  • Aug 21 Magazine publisher Larry Flynt (33) weds Althea Leasure (23) (his fourth time)
  • Oct 24 Pediatrician Benjamin Spock (73) weds Mary Morgan

Historical Divorces

  • Mar 2 Second wife Carole Hoff divorces serial killer John Wayne Gacy (33) after 3 years of marriage
  • Mar 19 Princess Margaret separates from the Earl of Snowdon, after 16 years