June 1976 in History

Events in History

  • Jun 1 Great Britain and Iceland end the "cod war"
  • Jun 2 East Timor People's Assembly accepts annexation by Indonesia
  • Jun 4 "The Architecture of Luis Barragán" exhibition opens at MOMA, New York bring the Mexican architect's work to international notice
  • Jun 5 After a suspected republican bombing kills 2 Protestant civilians in a pub, the Ulster Volunteer Force kill 5 civilians in a gun and bomb attack at the Chlorane Bar, North Ireland
  • Jun 5 Teton Dam in Idaho burst causing $1 billion damage (14 die)
  • Jun 6 "The Omen" premieres in the UK
  • Jun 10 49th National Spelling Bee: Tim Kneale wins spelling narcolepsy
  • Jun 11 Anti-apartheid advocate Dumisa Ntsebeza arrested in South Africa
  • Jun 14 "Gong Show" premieres on TV (syndication)
  • Jun 16 Soweto Uprising: Over 10,000 students in Soweto, South Africa, march against the use of Afrikaans as a medium of instruction in Black secondary schools; clashes with police kills dozens
  • Jun 17 Indonesia annexes Portuguese East-Timor
  • Jun 17 Soweto Uprising: Government deploys armed military to quell student protests; hundreds of civilians and children killed
  • Jun 18 A Joseph William Turner watercolor auctioned for £340,000
  • Jun 19 US Viking 1 goes into Martian orbit after 10-month flight from Earth
  • Jun 20 Carol Fugate, Starkweather accomplice, is paroled
  • Jun 21 Italian General Election; Enrico Berlinguer's Communist party win their greatest-ever share of the vote (34.4%)
  • Jun 23 CN Tower, world's tallest free-standing structure (555 m/1,815.3 ft), built by Canadian National Railway, opens in downtown Toronto, Ontario (surpassed in 2007)
  • Jun 23 The U.S. vetoes Angola’s application for membership of the United Nations Security
  • Jun 24 A Principal's office in Hlengisi Primary, Nyanga, outside Cape Town, South Africa, is burnt down; part of the broader resistance against the oppressive new Bantu Education policy of Afrikaans as a teaching medium in their schools
  • Jun 25 Soweto Uprising: in South Africa leaves an estimated 200 to 700 blacks and 2 whites dead following 10 days of rioting
  • Jun 26 CN Tower opens in Toronto - at 553 metres (1,815 feet), the tallest freestanding structure in the world (surpassed by Dubai’s Burj Khalifa 2009) [1]
  • Jun 27 Air France A-300B Airbus hijacked from Athens arrives at Entebbe, Uganda; four hijackers, members of Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and Bader-Meinhof Gang in Germany
  • Jun 27 In South Africa, the National President of the Black People's Convention, Kenneth Hlaku Rachidi, declares that riots in Soweto have lead to a new era of political consciousness
  • Jun 27 Portuguese general Antonio Eanes elected president
  • Jun 28 1st woman was admitted to Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • Jun 28 Three British mercenaries are sentenced to death for their part in the Angolan civil war
  • Jun 29 The Seychelles become independent from the United Kingdom.
  • Jun 30 John Walker of NZ sets record for 2000 meters, 4:51.4

Birthdays in History

  • Jun 2 Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira, Brazilian mixed martial artist
  • Jun 2 Queen 'Masenate Mohato Seeiso, Queen consort of Lesotho

Alexei NavalnyAlexei Navalny (47 years old)

Jun 4 Russian political activist (leader of Progress Party), born in Butyn, Soviet Union

  • Jun 10 Esther Ouwehand, Dutch politician, parliamentarian for the Party for the Animals
  • Jun 10 Hadi Saei Bonehkohal, Persian taekwondoka
  • Jun 18 Witte Wartena, Dutch artist
  • Jun 24 Louisa Leaman, English author

Weddings in History

  • Jun 19 King Charles XVI Gustaf of Sweden marries Silvia Renate Sommerlath in Stockholm Cathedral, 1st Swedish reigning monarch to marry since 1797

Deaths in History

  • Jun 1 Pierre Balledux, Dutch stage manager and resistance fighter, dies at 89
  • Jun 2 Bartoes [Albertus J Wijstma], cabaret performer, dies at 73
  • Jun 2 Juan José Torres, former President of Bolivia, assassinated in the frame of Operation Condor
  • Jun 5 Walter Field, entertainer, dies at 101

J. Paul GettyJ. Paul Getty (1892-1976)

Jun 6 American oil magnate and billionaire (Getty Oil), dies at 83

  • Jun 9 Gerd Gaiser, German writer (Ship in the Mountain), dies at 67
  • Jun 9 James A. Farley, American politician (ran Franklin Roosevelt's presidential campaign, US Postmaster General 1932-38), dies at 88
  • Jun 9 Paul Rodenko, Dutch poet and writer (Never Marry a Witch), dies at 55
  • Jun 12 Nguyễn Ngọc Thơ, Prime Minister of South Vietnam, dies at 68
  • Jun 13 Don Bolles, American journalist (against Arizona), dies
  • Jun 16 Francis E. Meloy Jr, US ambassador to Lebanon, kidnapped & killed at 59
  • Jun 21 Margaret Herrick, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences director (b. 1902)
  • Jun 23 Imogen Cunningham, American photographer (1965 ASMP award), dies at 93
  • Jun 29 Christos Papakyriakopoulos, Greek mathematician, dies at 62