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October 1976 in History

Events in History

  • Oct 1 1st Dutch casino opens
  • Oct 3 Helmuth Kohl's CDU wins German parliament election
  • Oct 4 US Agriculture Secretary Earl Butz resigns after telling a racial joke
  • Oct 4 Supreme Court lifts 1972 ban on death penalty for convicted murderers
  • Oct 4 Official launch of the Intercity 125 High Speed Train (HST).
  • Oct 6 "Gang of Four" arrested in Beijing

Historic Event

Oct 6 US President Gerald Ford says there is "no Soviet domination in Eastern Europe"

38th US President Gerald Ford
38th US President
Gerald Ford
  • Oct 6 Cubana Flight 455 crashes into the Atlantic Ocean after two bombs, placed by terrorists with connections to the CIA, explode onboard shortly after taking off from Bridgetown, Barbados, killing all 73 people on board

Historic Event

Oct 7 Hua Guofeng succeeds Mao as Chairman of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China

Paramount Leader of China Hua Guofeng
Paramount Leader of China
Hua Guofeng

Historic Event

Oct 10 Beijing reports arrest of Mao Zedong's widow

Revolutionary and Chairman of the Communist Party Mao Zedong
Revolutionary and Chairman of the Communist Party
Mao Zedong

Historic Event

Oct 11 Mao Zedong's widow Jiang Qing and the "Gang of Four" are arrested and charged with plotting a coup

Communist and Wife of Mao Zedong Jiang Qing
Communist and Wife of Mao Zedong
Jiang Qing
Revolutionary and Chairman of the Communist Party Mao Zedong
Revolutionary and Chairman of the Communist Party
Mao Zedong
  • Oct 12 Hua Guo-feng succeeds Mao Zedong as chairman of Communist Party
  • Oct 13 A Bolivian Boeing 707 cargo jet crashes in Santa Cruz, Bolivia killing 100 (97, mostly children, killed on the ground)
  • Oct 13 First electron micrograph of an Ebola viral particle obtained by Dr. F.A. Murphy, working at the C.D.C.

Nobel Prize

Oct 14 Nobel Prize in Economics awarded to American economist Milton Friedman

Economist Milton Friedman
Economist
Milton Friedman
  • Oct 14 Soyuz 23 carries 2 to Salyut 6, but returns without docking

Historic Event

Oct 15 1st debate of major-ticket US Vice President nominees, Walter Mondale (D) vs Bob Dole (R)

42nd Vice President of the United States Walter Mondale
42nd Vice President of the United States
Walter Mondale
US Senator and Presidential Candidate Bob Dole
US Senator and Presidential Candidate
Bob Dole
  • Oct 16 Soyuz 23 returns to Earth
  • Oct 17 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC
  • Oct 18 Nobel prize for chemistry awarded to American William Lipscomb
  • Oct 19 US President Gerald Ford signs 1st major revision of copyright law since 1909
  • Oct 19 Battle of Aishiya, Lebanon during Lebanese Civil War.
  • Oct 20 70 die as Norwegian tanker Frosta collides with George Prince

Nobel Prize

Oct 21 Nobel prize for literature awarded to American Saul Bellow

Novelist Saul Bellow
Novelist
Saul Bellow
  • Oct 22 Red Dye No. 4 is banned by the US Food and Drug Administration after it is discovered that it causes tumors in the bladders of dogs. The dye is still used in Canada.
  • Oct 24 1st Jewish film & TV festival
  • Oct 25 5th Enterprise, approach & lands test (ALT) flight
  • Oct 25 Governor Wallace grants full pardon to Clarence Norris, last known survivor of 9 Scottsboro Boys who were convicted in 1931 rape
  • Oct 26 Transkei gains independence, not recognized outside of South Africa
  • Oct 26 Trinidad & Tobago becomes a republic
  • Oct 28 Train collision at Goes Neth, 7 die
  • Oct 30 Jane Pauley becomes news co-anchor of Today Show
  • Oct 30 Rev Joseph Evans elected president of United Church of Christ

Birthdays in History

  • Oct 1 Antonio Roybal, American painter and sculptor
  • Oct 2 Jason Dodson, American political consultant and teacher of esotericism
  • Oct 2 Anita Kulcsár, Hungarian handball player (d. 2005)
  • Oct 4 Ueli Steck, Swiss mountain climber, born in Emmental (d. 2017)
  • Oct 5 Ramzan Kadyrov, Chechen President, born in Tsentaroy, Russia
  • Oct 14 Ben Pridmore, World Memory Champion
  • Oct 16 Ryan Fitzgerald, Australian football (AFL) player and media personality
  • Oct 21 Mélanie Turgeon, French Canadian alpine skier
  • Oct 29 Mohsen Emadi, Iranian-Mexican Poet, born in Sari, Iran

Weddings in History

Benjamin Spock

Oct 24 Pediatrician Benjamin Spock (73) weds Mary Morgan

Pediatrician Benjamin Spock
Pediatrician
Benjamin Spock

Deaths in History

  • Oct 5 Lars Onsager, Norwegian chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1903)
  • Oct 6 Gilbert Ryle, British philosopher (b. 1900)
  • Oct 9 Walter Warlimont, German General WWII, dies at 82
  • Oct 11 Alfredo Bracchi, Italian author (b. 1897)

Carlo Gambino

Oct 15 Carlo Gambino, Italian-American gangster, dies of a heart attack at 74

Gangster Carlo Gambino
Gangster
Carlo Gambino
  • Oct 18 Viswanatha Satyanarayana, Indian Telugu writer (Ramayana Kalpa Vrukshamu, Veyipadagalu), dies at 81
  • Oct 25 Raymond Queneau [M Presle], French writer (Last Days), dies at 73