December 1976 in History

Events in History

  • Dec 1 Angola admitted to the UN
  • Dec 1 Bangladesh General Ziaur Rahman declares himself president

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Dec 2 Fidel Castro becomes President of Cuba, replacing Osvaldo Dorticós Torrado

Cuban Revolutionary and President Fidel Castro
Cuban Revolutionary and President
Fidel Castro
  • Dec 3 Patrick J Hillery elected President of Ireland
  • Dec 6 War criminal Pieter Menten arrested in Zurich
  • Dec 7 UN Security Council endorses Kurt Waldheim, Secretary-General for second 5 year term
  • Dec 8 UN General Assembly re-elects Kurt Waldheim Secretary-General
  • Dec 8 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Dec 10 Wings release triple album "Wings Over America"
  • Dec 12 QB Joe Namath last game as a NY Jet
  • Dec 13 Golden Gate Bridge District starts ferry service to Larkspur
  • Dec 13 Longest non-stop passenger airflight (Sydney to SF 13h14m)
  • Dec 14 Dutch 1st Chamber condemns Dutch Liberal/social dem abortion laws
  • Dec 15 Oil tanker Argo Merchant runs aground on the Nantucket Shoals, spilling 7.6 m million gallons of fuel oil - one of the largest oil spills at sea
  • Dec 15 Jamaica premier Manley wins elections
  • Dec 15 Samoa becomes a member of the UN
  • Dec 16 Andrew Young named Ambassador & Chief US Delegate to UN
  • Dec 16 Charlie Finley's $10 million damage suit against Bowie Kuhn begins
  • Dec 16 Government halts swine flu vaccination prog following reports of paralysis
  • Dec 16 Liberian tanker stranded at Nantucket, 180,000 barrels oil in sea
  • Dec 17 Superstation WTBS in Atlanta went national
  • Dec 18 Soviet dissident Viktor Bukovskiexchanged for Chile CP-leader Corvalan

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Dec 19 Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev receives his 5th Order of Lenin

Soviet General Secretary Leonid Brezhnev
Soviet General Secretary
Leonid Brezhnev

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Dec 20 Israeli PM Yitzhak Rabin resigns

5th Prime Minister of Israel Yitzhak Rabin
5th Prime Minister of Israel
Yitzhak Rabin
  • Dec 21 20th Islander shut-out opponent-Billy Smith 3-0 vs Bruins
  • Dec 21 Patricia R Harris named secretary of HUD
  • Dec 21 UN General Assembly passes a resolution declaring 1979-Year of Child
  • Dec 21 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Dec 22 35 Unification church couples wed in NYC
  • Dec 25 Egyptian SS Patria sinks in Red Sea, about 100 killed
  • Dec 25 Takeo Fukuda becomes Japanese premier
  • Dec 26 The Communist Party of Nepal (Marxist-Leninist) is founded.
  • Dec 27 Albania constitution goes into effect
  • Dec 28 Genie Francis joins "General Hospital" as Laura Vining
  • Dec 28 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Dec 28 Winnie Mandela banished in South Africa
  • Dec 30 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Dec 31 TV soap "Somerset" ends 6 year run
  • Dec 31 The Cars played their 1st gig

Birthdays in History

  • Dec 1 Konerak Sinthasomphone, Jeffrey Dahmer's victim, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Dec 1 Brently Heilbron, American satirist
  • Dec 1 Matthew Shepard, American murder victim (d. 1998)
  • Dec 2 Jennifer Robinson, Barrie Ontario, (1996 Canadian Champ)
  • Dec 14 Leland Chapman, American bounty hunter
  • Dec 20 Adam Powell, Neopets creator
  • Dec 20 Ramon Stoppelenburg, world traveler and Dutch author
  • Dec 25 Armin van Buuren, Dutch DJ & Producer

Deaths in History

  • Dec 4 W. F. McCoy, Northern Irish politician (b. 1886)
  • Dec 6 João Goulart, President of Brazil (b. 1918)
  • Dec 13 Eduard Claudius, writer, dies
  • Dec 16 George, a goose that lived to 49 years 8 months, dies
  • Dec 16 Réal Caouette, French Canadian politician (Social Credit Party of Canada) (b. 1917)
  • Dec 20 Richard J Daley, American politician (38th Mayor-Chicago-D:1955-76), dies of a heart attack at 74
  • Dec 23 Paul M Frank Forest, dies at 80
  • Dec 23 Walter Bauer, German Canadian writer, dies at 72
  • Dec 24 Duarte Nuno, Duke of Braganza, heir to the throne of Portugal (b. 1907)
  • Dec 26 Philip A Heart, (Sen-D-Mich), dies at 64
  • Dec 28 Katharine Byron, U.S. Congresswoman, dies at 73