Events in History in 1976

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  • Jan 1 Liberty Bell moves to new home behind Independence Hall
  • Jan 1 Venezuela nationalizes oil fields

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Jan 1 After 45 years of coaching, Paul Brown announces his retirement from the National Football League

American Football Coach Paul Brown
American Football Coach
Paul Brown
  • 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 co-ordinated attacks in County Armagh, North Ireland
  • Jan 5 "MacNeil-Lehrer Report" premieres on PBS
  • Jan 5 Cambodia is renamed "Democratic Kampuchea"
  • Jan 5 Greg Chappell scores 182* for Australia at SCG against West Indies
  • 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 9 Ringo Starr releases "Oh My My" in UK
  • Jan 11 Dorothy Hamill wins her 3rd consecutive national figure skating championship
  • 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 Organisation

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

38th US President Gerald Ford
38th 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
  • 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 27 Viv Richards scores his 1st Test century against Australia
  • Jan 28 Erapalli Prasanna takes 8-76 to rip through NZ at Eden Park
  • Jan 29 Zeiss planetarium in Hague destroyed by fire
  • Jan 29 Bombs set off in London's West End by the IRA; 1 person is injured
  • 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
  • Jan 31 Lance Gibbs becomes highest Test wicket-taker at 308
  • Feb 2 "Honeymooners Second Honeymoon" airs on TV
  • Feb 4 7.5 earthquake kills 22,778 in Guatemala & Honduras
  • Feb 4 US Federal Judge Judge Oliver upholds Seitz's decision on Andy Messersmith free agency
  • Feb 4 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

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

Paramount Leader of China Hua Guofeng
Paramount Leader of China
Hua Guofeng
  • 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 Larry Groce's "Junk Food Junkie" peaks at #9
  • 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 Peter Casserly of NZ hand-sheers record 353 lambs in 9 hours
  • Feb 13 Major-General Olusegun Obasanjo becomes military ruler of Nigeria
  • Feb 14 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Feb 15 18th Daytona 500: David Pearson wins (152.181 MPH)
  • 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

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Feb 24 Leonid Brezhnev opens 25th congress of CPSU

Soviet General Secretary Leonid Brezhnev
Soviet General Secretary
Leonid Brezhnev
  • Feb 26 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

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Feb 27 Final meeting between Mao Zedong & Richard Nixon

Chinese Revolutionary and Chairman of the Communist Party Mao Zedong
Chinese Revolutionary and Chairman of the Communist Party
Mao Zedong
37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon
  • Feb 28 Ceuta & Melilla (Spanish Morocco) are last European African possession
  • Feb 28 Spain withdraws from Western Sahara
  • Mar 2 Walt Disney World logs its 50 millionth guest
  • Mar 3 Mozambique closes border with Rhodesia
  • Mar 3 5 workers are killed by the police in a demonstration in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain
  • 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 9 1st female cadets accepted to West Point Military Academy
  • Mar 12 South African troops leave Angola
  • Mar 14 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Mar 15 Failed coup in Niger

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Mar 16 British Prime Minister Harold Wilson announces his resignation

British Prime Minister Harold Wilson
British Prime Minister
Harold Wilson
  • Mar 17 Malikov skates world record 1000m (1:15.76)
  • Mar 17 Rubin "Hurricane" Carter is retried
  • Mar 17 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 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 20 Jevgeni Kulikov skates world record 1000m (1:15.70)
  • Mar 20 Patricia Hearst convicted of armed robbery
  • Mar 23 International Bill of Rights goes into effect (35 nations ratifying)
  • Mar 24 Argentine President Isabel Martínez de Perón is deposed in a military coup
  • Mar 25 Argentine milt junta bans leftist political parties
  • Mar 26 AL approves purchase of Toronto franchise by LaBatt Brewing for $7M

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

Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II
  • 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

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

Co-founder of Apple Steve Wozniak
Co-founder of Apple
Steve Wozniak
Apple Co-founder Steve Jobs
Apple Co-founder
Steve Jobs
  • 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.
  • 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

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

British Prime Minister James Callaghan
British Prime Minister
James Callaghan
British Prime Minister Harold Wilson
British Prime Minister
Harold Wilson

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Apr 5 Tom Stoppard's "Dirty Linen" premieres in London

Playwright Tom Stoppard
Playwright
Tom Stoppard

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Apr 7 Chinese Politburo fires vice-premier Deng Xiaoping

Paramount Leader of China Deng Xiaoping
Paramount Leader of China
Deng Xiaoping
  • Apr 9 US & Russia agreed on size of nuclear tests for peaceful use
  • Apr 11 The Apple I computer, created by Steve Wozniak is released
  • Apr 12 India set 403 to win by WI They get them, 6 wkts 7 overs spare

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

Author Anne Rice
Author
Anne Rice
  • Apr 13 US Federal Reserve begins issuing $2 bicentennial notes
  • Apr 15 Yankee stadium reopens, Yanks beat Twins after trailing 4-0
  • Apr 18 30th Tony Awards: Travesties & 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 22 Barbara Walters becomes 1st female nightly network news anchor
  • 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 25 Cub centerfielder Rick Monday rescues US flag from 2 fans trying to set it on fire
  • 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
  • May 1 Jos Hermens, runs Dutch record for 20K (57:24.2)
  • May 1 Empress Lilly, replica of a paddle steamer, dedicated at Walt Disney World, Florida
  • May 3 Panama 747SP lands after record flight around world (46:26)

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

Novelist Saul Bellow
Novelist
Saul Bellow
  • May 5 Train collision at Schiedam, Netherlands, kills 24
  • May 6 An earthquake strikes Friuli in Northern Italy, causing 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 11 Emmy 3rd Daytime Award presentation
  • May 14 Lowell Thomas ends 46 years as radio network reporter
  • May 14 Oil tanker Urqui Ola explodes off Spanish coast
  • May 15 Fonz Song by Heyettes hits #91
  • 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 15 The Provisional Irish Republican Army kill 3 Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) officers in County Fermanagh and 1 in County Down
  • 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.
  • May 29 Only HR of Joe Niekro's 22-year career, comes off brother Phil
  • May 30 Bobby Unser sets world record for fastest pit stop (4 seconds)
  • Jun 1 Great Britain & Iceland end the "cod war"
  • Jun 2 East Timor People's Assembly accepts annexation by Indonesia
  • Jun 3 Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" goes gold

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Jun 3 US presented with oldest known copy of Magna Carta

  • Jun 5 "Bigfoot" by Bro Smith hits #57
  • Jun 5 Teton Dam in Idaho burst causing $1 billion damage (14 die)
  • 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 6 "The Omen" premieres in the UK
  • Jun 10 49th National Spelling Bee: Tim Kneale wins spelling narcolepsy
  • Jun 10 67,000 fans attends Wings concert at Seattle's Kingdome
  • 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 14 12th Mayor's Trophy Game Yanks beat Mets 8-4
  • Jun 15 Yankees trade May, Martinez, Pagan, MacGregor & Demsey to Baltimore for Holtzman, Alexander, Grant Jackson, Elrod Henrick & Jim Freeman
  • Jun 16 Students in Soweto, South Africa, march against the use of Afrikaans as a medium of instruction in Black secondary schools
  • Jun 17 Indonesia annexes Portuguese East-Timor
  • Jun 18 A Joseph William Turner watercolor auctioned for £340,000
  • Jun 18 St Louis Cards Lou Brock & Hector Cruz hit inside-the-park HRs
  • Jun 19 US Viking 1 goes into Martian orbit after 10-month flight from Earth
  • Jun 20 Carl Fugate, Starkweather accomplice, paroled
  • Jun 20 Disney's River Country opens at Bay Lake (closed 2001)
  • Jun 21 Berlinguers PCI wins election in Italy
  • Jun 23 CCN Tower in Toronto, tallest free-standing structure (555 m) opens
  • 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 The Soweto Uprising in South Africa leaves 174 blacks and two whites dead following 10 days of rioting
  • Jun 25 "The Omen" premieres in the US

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Jun 25 26th Berlin International Film Festival: "Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull's History Lesson" wins the Golden Bear

Lakota Sioux Chief Sitting Bull
Lakota Sioux Chief
Sitting Bull
  • Jun 27 Air France Airbus hijacked in Germany to Uganda
  • Jun 27 Portuguese general Antonio Eanes elected president
  • 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 Air France A-300B Airbus hijacked from Athens arrives at Entebbe, Uganda; four hijackers members Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and Bader-Meinhof Gang in Germany
  • 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 m, 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 & South Vietnam
  • Jul 2 Supreme Court rules death penalty not inherently cruel or unusual
  • 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 3 Adolfo Suarez becomes premier of Spain
  • Jul 3 Brian Wilson performs with the Beach Boys after 12 years apart
  • Jul 3 Israel launches rescue of 103 Air France crew & passengers being held at Entebbe Airport in Uganda by pro-Palestinian hijackers
  • Jul 4 Opening ceremony of the Dai Bosatsu monastery Catskill Mt NY
  • Jul 4 Operation Entebbe - Israel rescues 229 Air France hostage passengers In Uganda (3 hostages die along with Ugandan soldiers and Israeli soldier)
  • Jul 6 Soyuz 21 carries 2 cosmonauts to Salyut 5 space station
  • 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