February 1976 in History

Events in History

  • Feb 4 7.5 earthquake kills 22,778 in Guatemala & Honduras

Event of Interest

Feb 4 Hua Guofeng becomes Premier of the People's Republic of China

  • Feb 4 US Federal Judge Oliver upholds Seitz's decision on Andy Messersmith free agency
  • Feb 4 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Feb 5 Australia complete 5-1 series drubbing of West Indies
  • Feb 7 FCC raids & shuts down pirate radio station WCPR (Brooklyn New York)
  • Feb 7 World's largest telescope (600 cm) begins operation (USSR)
  • Feb 8 Largest crowd at Cleveland Coliseum (Cavs vs Wash-21,130)
  • Feb 11 Clifford Alexander Jr confirmed as 1st African American US Secretary of Army
  • Feb 12 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Feb 13 Major-General Olusegun Obasanjo becomes military ruler of Nigeria
  • Feb 13 Peter Casserly of NZ hand-sheers record 353 lambs in 9 hours
  • Feb 14 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Feb 17 Macau adopts constitution (Organic Law of Macau)
  • Feb 19 Frente Polisario forms Democratic Republic of Sahara
  • Feb 20 The Southeast Asia Treaty Organization disbands.
  • Feb 21 Cardinal Willebrands installed as Archbishop of Utrecht
  • Feb 23 Owners announce spring training won't open without a labor contract
  • Feb 24 Cuba adopts its constitution
  • Feb 24 Jules Feiffer's "Knock Knock" premieres in NYC

Event of Interest

Feb 24 Leonid Brezhnev opens 25th congress of CPSU

  • Feb 25 Educational series "The Letter People" concludes on KETC-TV (PBS) in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Feb 26 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Feb 28 Spain withdraws from Western Sahara, leaving Ceuta & Melilla (Spanish Morocco) as the last European possessions in Africa

Birthdays in History

  • Feb 13 Martin Sastre, Uruguayan artist, born in Montevideo, Uruguay

Deaths in History

  • Feb 1 Edgar Pangborn, American sci-fi author (Judgment of Eve, Davy), dies at 66
  • Feb 1 George Whipple, American scientist & Nobel Prize Laureate, dies at 97

Werner Heisenberg (1901-1976)

Feb 1 German physicist who discovered the uncertainty principle (Nobel 1932), dies of kidney cancer at 74

  • Feb 1 William Lawther, English union leader (National Union of Mine Workers 1939-54), dies at 86
  • Feb 11 Alexander Lippisch, German scientist and pioneer of aerodynamics, dies at 81
  • Feb 11 Frank Arnau [Heinrich Schmitt], German crime fiction writer, dies at 81
  • Feb 13 Murtala Mohammed, Nigerian military ruler, is assassinated at 37
  • Feb 18 Anton Betzner, writer, dies at 81
  • Feb 20 Kathryn Kuhlman, religious leader/faith healer, dies
  • Feb 20 RenĂ© Cassin, French jurist and judge (Nobel Peace Prize 1968), dies at 88
  • Feb 22 Michael Polanyi, Hungarian-English chemist, economist and philosopher (claimed all knowledge relied on personal judgments), dies at 84
  • Feb 23 L. S. Lowry, British painter of industrial scenes, dies at 88