Events in History in 1976

Events 1 - 200 of 360

Liberty Bell

Jan 1 Liberty Bell moves to new home across the street from Independence Hall, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

  • Jan 1 Venezuela nationalizes oil fields
  • Jan 3 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Jan 4 "Home Sweet Homer" opens & closes at Palace Theater NYC
  • Jan 4 The Ulster Volunteer Force shoot dead 6 Catholic civilians in 2 coordinated attacks in County Armagh, North Ireland
  • Jan 5 Cambodia is renamed "Democratic Kampuchea"
  • Jan 5 In retaliation for the Reavey and O'Dowd killings, the South Armagh Republican Action Force shoot dead 10 Protestant civilians after stopping their minibus in County Armagh
  • Jan 6 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC
  • Jan 8 Franklin Mint strikes 1st gold coins for Netherlands Antilles
  • Jan 11 Military coup in Ecuador, President Guillermo Lara leaves
  • Jan 11 US male Figure Skating championship won by Terry Kubicka
  • Jan 12 UN Security Council votes 11-1 to seat Palestine Liberation Organization

Historic Invention

Jan 13 American inventor Ray Kurzweil and the National Federation of the Blind unveil the Kurzweil Reading Machine, the first omni-font optical character recognition system

Historic Event

Jan 15 Sara Jane Moore sentenced to life for attempting to shoot US President Gerald Ford

  • Jan 15 US-German Helios B solar probe launched into solar orbit
  • Jan 15 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Jan 16 Peter Frampton released platinum live album "Frampton Comes Alive"
  • Jan 17 Hermes rocket launched by European Space Agency
  • Jan 21 Supersonic Concorde has its 1st commercial flights
  • Jan 22 Bank robbery in Beirut nets $20-50 million (record)
  • Jan 23 The Provisional Irish Republican Army truce of February 1975 is officially brought to an end
  • Jan 23 The results to U.S. advice columnist Ann Landers' question (if they could do it all over, would parents still become parents) state that 70% of 10,000 responding parents were negative about being parents
  • Jan 25 Surinder Amarnath scores 124 on Test debut Ind v NZ Auckland
  • Jan 26 Belgium Catholic elite starts amnesty campaign for war criminals

Historic Event

Jan 26 David Mamet's "American Buffalo" premieres in NYC

  • Jan 26 Israel opens "Good Fence" to Lebanon
  • Jan 27 9th ABA All-Star Game: Denver 144 beats ABA 138 at Denver
  • Jan 27 Morocco-Algeria battles in West Sahara
  • Jan 28 E. A. S. Prasanna takes 8-76 to rip through NZ at Eden Park
  • Jan 29 Bombs set off in London's West End by the IRA; 1 person is injured
  • Jan 29 Zeiss planetarium in the Hague destroyed by fire
  • Jan 30 1st-class debut of Dav Whatmore, in Johannesburg
  • Jan 30 George H. W. Bush becomes 11th director of CIA (until 1977)
  • Jan 30 William E Colby, ends term as 10th director of CIA
  • Feb 2 "The Honeymooners Second Honeymoon" airs on TV
  • Feb 4 7.5 earthquake kills 22,778 in Guatemala & Honduras

Historic Event

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

Historic Event

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
  • Mar 3 5 workers are killed by the police in a demonstration in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain
  • Mar 3 Mozambique closes border with Rhodesia
  • Mar 4 John Pezzin bowls 33 consecutive strikes at Toledo, Ohio
  • Mar 5 British pound falls below $2 for 1st time
  • Mar 6 Ice Pairs Championship at Gothenburg won by Rodnina & Zaitsev (Soviet Union)
  • Mar 7 Morocco & Mauretania break diplomatic relations with Algeria
  • Mar 8 1,774 kg (largest observed) stony meteorite falls in Jilin, China
  • Mar 12 South African troops leave Angola
  • Mar 14 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Mar 15 Failed coup in Niger

Historic Event

Mar 16 British Prime Minister Harold Wilson announces his resignation

  • Mar 17 4 Catholic civilians (including 2 children) are killed and twelve wounded when the Ulster Volunteer Force explode a car bomb at Hillcrest Bar, Dungannon
  • Mar 17 Malikov skates world record 1000m (1:15.76)
  • Mar 17 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Mar 20 Jevgeni Kulikov skates world record 1000m (1:15.70)

Historic Event

Mar 20 Patricia Hearst convicted of armed robbery

  • Mar 23 International Bill of Rights goes into effect (35 nations ratifying)

Coup d'état

Mar 24 Argentine President Isabel Martínez de Perón is deposed in a military coup headed by Jorge Rafael Videla

  • Mar 25 Argentine military junta bans leftist political parties
  • Mar 26 AL approves purchase of Toronto franchise by LaBatt Brewing for $7M

Historic Event

Mar 26 Queen Elizabeth II sent out the first royal email, from the Royal Signals and Radar Establishment

  • Mar 27 Washington, D.C. underground Metro opens
  • Mar 29 8 Ohio National Guardsmen indicted for shooting 4 Kent State students
  • Mar 30 Israel kills 6 Palestinians protesting land confiscation
  • Mar 31 NJ Court rules Karen Anne Quinlan may be disconnected from respirator
  • Apr 1 Conrail takes over operations from six bankrupt railroads in the northeastern U.S..
  • Apr 1 Jovian-Plutonian gravitational effect is first reported by the astronomer Patrick Moore.

Apple Macintosh Personal Computer

Apr 1 Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs found Apple Computer in the garage of Jobs' parents house in Cupertino, California

  • Apr 2 Cambodia Khieu Sampan succeeds Prince Sihanouk as Premier
  • Apr 2 Portuguese constitution assumed
  • Apr 3 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • Apr 4 Seni Pramoj's Democratic Party wins elections in Thailand

Election of Interest

Apr 5 Harold Wilson resigns as James Callaghan becomes Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

Historic Event

Apr 7 Chinese Politburo fires vice-premier Deng Xiaoping

  • Apr 9 US & Russia agreed on size of nuclear tests for peaceful use

Historic Event

Apr 11 The Apple I computer, created by Steve Wozniak is released

Historic Publication

Apr 12 Anne Rice's debut novel "Interview with a Vampire" is published by Knopf

  • Apr 12 India set 403 to win by WI They get them, 6 wkts 7 overs spare
  • Apr 13 US Federal Reserve begins issuing $2 bicentennial notes
  • Apr 18 30th Tony Awards: "Travesties" & "A Chorus Line" win
  • Apr 21 Swine Flu vaccine, for non-epidemic, enters testing
  • Apr 21 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Apr 25 Cub centerfielder Rick Monday rescues US flag from 2 fans trying to set it on fire
  • Apr 25 Elections in Vietnam for a National Assembly to reunite the country
  • Apr 25 India all out for 97 v West Indies
  • Apr 25 Portugal adopts new constitution
  • Apr 26 Pan Am begins non-stop flights NYC-Tokyo
  • Apr 27 Arabic Monetary Fund established in Abu Dhabi
  • Apr 29 Minister Irene Vorrink begins fluoridating Dutch drinking water
  • Apr 30 Royal Canadian Mint opens a branch in Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • Apr 30 The Betsy Ross Bridge, spanning the Delaware River from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Pennsauken, New Jersey opens
  • May 3 Panama 747SP lands after record flight around world (46:26)

Historic Event

May 3 Pulitzer prize awarded to Saul Bellow (Humboldt's Gift)

  • May 5 Train collision at Schiedam, Netherlands, kills 24
  • May 6 An earthquake strikes Friuli in Northern Italy, causes 989 deaths and the destruction of entire villages
  • May 8 The rollercoaster Revolution (roller coaster), the first steel coaster with a vertical flip, opens at Six Flags Magic Mountain
  • May 14 Lowell Thomas ends 46 years as radio network reporter
  • May 14 Oil tanker Urqui Ola explodes off Spanish coast
  • May 15 The Provisional Irish Republican Army kill 3 Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) officers in County Fermanagh and 1 in County Down
  • May 15 The Ulster Volunteer Force launch gun and bomb attacks on 2 pubs in County Armagh, killing 4 Catholic civilians and wounding many more; a British Army soldier is later convicted for taking part in the attacks
  • May 17 Earthquake in Uzbekistan: thousands killed
  • May 19 Gold ownership legalized in Australia
  • May 19 Senate establishes permanent Select Committee on Intelligence
  • May 19 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • May 20 USSR performs nuclear test at Sary Shagan USSR
  • May 22 NASA launches space vehicle S-179
  • May 24 1st commercial SST flight to North America (Concorde to Washington, D.C.)
  • May 24 In the Judgment of Paris, wine testers rate wines from California higher than their French counterparts, challenging the notion of France being the foremost producer of the world's best wines
  • 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 11 Australian band AC/DC begin their 1st headline tour of Britain
  • Jun 13 Inge Helten runs female European record 100m (11.04)
  • 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 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
  • Jul 1 Kenneth Gibson, is 1st black president of US Conference of Mayors
  • Jul 1 Portugal grants autonomy to Madeira.
  • Jul 2 Formal reunification of North and South Vietnam
  • Jul 2 Ramble Inn attack: the Ulster Volunteer Force killed 6 civilians (5 Protestants, 1 Catholic) in a gun attack at a pub near Antrim; the pub was targeted because it was owned by Catholics
  • Jul 2 US Supreme Court rules death penalty not inherently cruel or unusual
  • Jul 3 Adolfo Suárez becomes premier of Spain
  • Jul 4 Israel launches hostage rescue mission of 106 Air France crew and passengers held at Entebbe Airport in Uganda by pro-Palestinian hijackers. Three hostages die along with all the hijackers, numerous Ugandan soldiers and Yonatan Netanyahu, an Israeli soldier
  • Jul 4 Opening ceremony of the Dai Bosatsu monastery Catskill Mt NY
  • Jul 6 Soyuz 21 carries 2 cosmonauts to Salyut 5 space station
  • Jul 7 119 women joined the Corps of Cadets, establishing the first class of women in the US Military Academy at West Point
  • Jul 7 Lt General Vernon A Walters, USA, ends term as deputy director of CIA; succeeded by E Henry Knoche
  • Jul 8 Randy Jones wins NL record 16 games before All Star break
  • Jul 9 England all out for 71 v WI at Old Trafford, Holding 14 5-7-17-5
  • Jul 9 Houston Astro Larry Dierker no-hits Montreal Expos, 6-0
  • Jul 9 Uganda asks UN to condemn Israeli hostage rescue raid on Entebbe - it does not
  • Jul 10 Chemical factory in Seveso, near Milan explodes covering the surrounding area in dioxin
  • Jul 10 One American and three British mercenaries are executed in Angola following the Luanda Trial
  • Jul 11 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • Jul 11 In pre-game promo at Atlanta County Stadium, 34 couples wed at home plate followed by Championship Wrestling "Headlocks & Wedlocks"
  • Jul 13 Court martial begins in USSR for Valery Sablin (Hunt for Red Oct)

Presidential Convention

Jul 14 Democratic Convention in NYC nominates former Georgia governor Jimmy Carter for president and US Senator Walter Mondale, from Minnesota, for vice president

  • Jul 14 USSR banishes dissident Andrei Amalrik to Netherlands
  • Jul 15 36-hr kidnap of 26 school children and their bus driver in California
  • Jul 16 Rock duo Loggins & Messina break-up after 6 years

Historic Event

Jul 17 Indonesian president Suharto annexes East Timor

  • Jul 18 Stockhausens "Sirius" premieres in NYC
  • Jul 18 Thiokol conducts 2-min firing of space shuttle's SRB at Brigham, Ut
  • Jul 19 Sagarmatha National Park in Nepal is created.
  • Jul 20 US Viking 1 lands on Mars at Chryse Planitia, 1st Martian landing
  • Jul 20 Vietnam War: The US military completes its troop withdrawal from Thailand.
  • Jul 21 1st outbreak of "Legionnaire's Disease" kills 29 in Philadelphia
  • Jul 21 Christopher Ewart-Biggs, British Ambassador to the Republic of Ireland, and his secretary Judith Cook are assassinated by a bomb planted by the Provisional IRA in his car in Dublin
  • Jul 23 France performs nuclear Test at Mururoa atoll
  • Jul 23 USSR performs nuclear Test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Jul 24 John Naber is 1st to swim 200m backstroke under 2 minutes
  • Jul 25 Annegret Richter runs 100m (11.01)
  • Jul 27 Japanese ex-premier Tanaka arrested (Lockheed Affair)
  • Jul 28 Eldon Joersz & Geo Morgan set world air speed record of 3,530 kph
  • 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
  • Jul 29 In New York City, the "Son of Sam" kills one person and seriously wounds another in first of a series of attacks
  • Jul 29 USSR performs underground nuclear Test
  • Jul 30 4 Protestant civilians were shot dead at a pub off Milltown Road, Belfast; the attack was claimed by the Republican Action Force