Events in History in 1976 (Part 2)

Events 201 - 358 of 358

  • Aug 1 Flash flood in Big Thompson Canyon Colo on Route 34, kills 139
  • Aug 4 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Aug 6 Zulfikar Ali Bhutto lays the foundation stone of Port Qasim, Karachi
  • Aug 7 Scientists in Pasadena, California, announce Viking I found strongest indications to date of possible life on Mars
  • Aug 7 US Viking 2 goes into Martian orbit after 11-month flight from Earth
  • Aug 9 USSR launches Luna 24, last Lunar flight to date from Earth
  • Aug 10 Provisional Irish Republican Army volunteer shot dead by the British Army as he drove in Belfast; his car out of control and kills 3 children, sparking "peace rallies" throughout the month by the 'Peace People'
  • Aug 11 Race riot in Cape Town, South Africa; 17 die
  • Aug 12 1st approach & lands test (ALT) of orbiter Enterprise
  • Aug 12 Christian militia conquer Palestinian camp Tell al-Za'tar, 2000 killed
  • Aug 13 South Africa pledges support for a negotiated settlement in Rhodesia
  • Aug 14 10,000 Northern Ireland women demonstrate for peace in Belfast
  • Aug 17 An earthquake & tsunami in the Philippines kills up to 8,000
  • Aug 17 Big win for WI at The Oval Michael Holding 14-149 for match

Murder of Interest

Aug 18 Korean axe murder incident: 2 US soldiers tasked with cutting down a poplar tree blocking the view of UN observers are killed by North Koreans claiming it was planted by Kim Il-sung in the Korean Demilitarized Zone

  • Aug 18 USSR's Luna 24 soft-lands on Moon

Presidential Convention

Aug 19 President Gerald Ford wins Republican presidential nomination at KC convention

  • Aug 21 "Operation Paul Bunyan" begins in retaliation for the "Korean axe murder incident" 3 days prior. 110 troops, 27 helicopters, 3 B-52 bombers are deployed to the Korean Demilitarized Zone to cut down a poplar blocking the view of UN observers
  • Aug 21 Al Bumbry hits 17th inside-the-park HR in Oriole history
  • Aug 21 Battle, East Sussex: Mary Langdon becomes 1st British firewoman
  • Aug 23 Heavy earthquake strikes China, 1,000s die
  • Aug 24 Soyuz 21 returns to Earth
  • Aug 25 Harm Wiersma becomes world checker champion
  • Aug 28 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Aug 30 Turks & Caicos Islands adopts constitution
  • Aug 31 Mexican peso devalued
  • Aug 31 Trinidad & Tobago adopts constitution
  • Sep 1 American politician Wayne L Hays, (Rep-D-Oh), resigns amid scandal with Elizabeth Ray
  • Sep 1 NASA launches space vehicle S-197
  • Sep 1 The Meadowlands Race Track opens in East Rutherford, New Jersey
  • Sep 3 Viking 2 soft lands on Mars (Utopia), returns photos
  • Sep 4 Palestinians hijack KLM DC-9 to Cyprus
  • Sep 6 "The Robert MacNeil Report" becomes "The MacNeil-Lehrer Report" (currently known as "PBS NewsHour") on PBS
  • Sep 6 Russian pilot Belenko defects to Japan in a Mig 25 jet
  • Sep 8 Fons Rademakers' film "Max Havelaar" premieres in Amsterdam
  • Sep 9 New Zealand government establishes the country’s first centralised electronic database through the Wanganui Computer Act, raising questions about the state’s ability to gather information on its citizens
  • Sep 10 2 airliners collide over Yugoslavia, kills all 176 aboard
  • Sep 10 5 Croatian terrorists capture TWA-plane at La Guardia Airport, NY
  • Sep 15 Ntozake Shange's "For Colored Girls Who ...," premieres in NYC
  • Sep 15 Soyuz 22 carries 2 cosmonauts into Earth orbit for 8 days
  • Sep 16 American Episcopal Church approves ordination of women as priests & bishop
  • Sep 16 Egyptian president Sadat re-elected
  • Sep 16 Shavarsh Karapetyan saves 20 people from the trolleybus that had fallen into Erevan reservoir.
  • Sep 17 Amnesty International receives Erasmus-prize

Event of Interest

Sep 18 Chinese Communist Party Chairman Mao Zedong's funeral takes place in Beijing, China

  • Sep 18 Dom Mintoff's Labour Party wins Malta election
  • Sep 18 Rev Sun Myung Moon holds "God Bless America" convention at Yankee Stadium in New York City
  • Sep 20 Metroliner official opens in Brussels

Event of Interest

Sep 20 Playboy releases US presidential candidate Jimmy Carter's interview which includes the quote “I’ve looked on a lot of women with lust."


Sep 21 Orlando Letelier is assassinated in Washington, D.C. He was a member of the Chilean socialist government of Salvador Allende, overthrown in 1973 by Augusto Pinochet.

  • Sep 21 Wings performs in Zagreb Yugoslavia
  • Sep 23 South Africa decides to allow multi-racial teams to represent them
  • Sep 23 Soyuz 22 returns to Earth
  • Sep 24 American newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst sentenced to 7 years for her part in a 1974 bank robbery; released after 22 months by US President Jimmy Carter and pardoned by US President Bill Clinton in 2001
  • Sep 25 Expo's last game at Montreal's Jarry Park
  • Sep 26 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC
  • Sep 26 Denver's Rick Upchurch returns 2 punts for TDs against Cleveland
  • Sep 28 US Congress passes Toxic Substances Control Act
  • Sep 29 2nd Chamber recognizes Dutch Liberals/social democratic abortion law
  • Sep 29 Syria drives Palestinian guerrillas out of Lebanon
  • Sep 29 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • Oct 1 1st Dutch casino opens
  • Oct 3 Helmuth Kohl's CDU wins German parliament election
  • Oct 4 Official launch of the Intercity 125 High Speed Train (HST).
  • Oct 4 Supreme Court lifts 1972 ban on death penalty for convicted murderers
  • Oct 4 US Agriculture Secretary Earl Butz resigns after telling a racial joke
  • Oct 6 "Gang of Four" arrested in Beijing
  • 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
  • Oct 6 US President Gerald Ford says there is "no Soviet domination in Eastern Europe"

Event of Interest

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

Event of Interest

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

  • 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

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

Event of Interest

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

  • 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 Battle of Aishiya, Lebanon during Lebanese Civil War.
  • Oct 19 US President Gerald Ford signs 1st major revision of copyright law since 1909
  • 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

  • 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
  • Nov 1 Britain gives Gilbert Island (Kiribati) self rule
  • Nov 1 W German Generals Krupinski and Franke admit to having been Nazis
  • Nov 2 Democrat candidate Jimmy Carter is elected President of the United States, defeating incumbent Republican President Gerald Ford; Walter Mondale elected vice president
  • Nov 5 New AL franchises in Seattle & Toronto fill up their rosters
  • Nov 5 Pirates trade Manny Sanguillen & $100,000 to A's for mgr Chuck Tanner
  • Nov 5 USSR performs nuclear test
  • Nov 6 Benjamin Hooks elected to succeed Roy Wilkins as executive director of NAACP
  • Nov 8 A series of earthquakes spreads panic in the Greek city of Thessaloniki, which is evacuated
  • Nov 9 UN General Assembly condemns apartheid in South Africa
  • Nov 10 Utah Supreme Court approves execution of convicted murderer Gary Gilmore

Event of Interest

Nov 14 Dutch war criminal Pieter Menten captured one day after fleeing

  • Nov 15 Syrian army conquers Beirut
  • Nov 16 René Levesque's Parti Québécois wins elections in Quebec
  • Nov 17 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC
  • Nov 18 Spain's parliament establishes democracy after 37 yrs of dictatorship

Event of Interest

Nov 19 American publishing heiress Patty Hearst is freed on $15 million bail, pending appeal of bank robbery conviction

  • Nov 19 Jaime Ornelas Camacho takes office as the first President of the Regional Government of Madeira, Portugal
  • Nov 22 Algeria Constitution goes into effect
  • Nov 22 Comic strip "Cathy" by Cathy Guisewite debuts
  • Nov 23 Apneist Jacques Mayol is the first man to reach a depth of 100m undersea without breathing equipment.
  • Nov 23 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Nov 23 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Nov 25 NYPD officer Robert Torsney shoots unarmed youth Randolph Evans while answering response at youth's Brooklyn home
  • Nov 25 Viking 1 radio signals from Mars help prove the general theory of relativity

Election of Interest

Nov 26 Former West German Chancellor Willy Brandt is elected chairman of the Socialist International (1976-92)

  • Dec 1 Angola admitted to the UN
  • Dec 1 Bangladesh General Ziaur Rahman declares himself president

Event of Interest

Dec 2 Communist revolutionary Fidel Castro becomes President of Cuba, replacing Osvaldo Dorticós Torrado

  • Dec 3 Patrick J Hillery elected President of Ireland
  • Dec 6 Dutch war criminal Pieter Menten arrested in Zurich, Switzerland

Event of Interest

Dec 7 UN Security Council endorses Kurt Waldheim, Secretary-General for second 5 year term

  • Dec 8 Asylum Records releases The Eagles fifth studio album "Hotel California"; it spawns two #1 singles and sells over 30 million copies
  • Dec 8 UN General Assembly re-elects Kurt Waldheim Secretary-General
  • Dec 8 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

Nobel Prize

Dec 10 Samuel C. C. Ting is the first person to deliver a Nobel Prize lecture in Mandarin, during the ceremony to award him and Burton Richter the Nobel Prize for Physics for discovering the J/ψ particle

  • Dec 10 Wings release triple album "Wings Over America"
  • Dec 13 Golden Gate Bridge District starts ferry service to Larkspur
  • Dec 13 Longest non-stop passenger airflight (Sydney to San Francisco 13h 14m)
  • Dec 14 Dutch 1st Chamber condemns Dutch Liberal/social dem abortion laws
  • Dec 15 Jamaica premier Manley wins elections
  • Dec 15 Oil tanker Argo Merchant runs aground on the Nantucket Shoals, spilling 7.6 m million gallons of fuel oil - one of the largest oil spills at sea
  • Dec 15 Samoa becomes a member of the UN
  • Dec 16 Andrew Young named Ambassador & Chief US Delegate to UN
  • Dec 16 Government halts swine flu vaccination program following reports of paralysis
  • Dec 16 Liberian tanker stranded at Nantucket, 180,000 barrels oil in sea
  • Dec 17 Superstation WTBS in Atlanta went national
  • Dec 18 Soviet dissident Viktor Bukovskiexchanged for Chile CP-leader Corvalan

Event of Interest

Dec 19 Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev receives his 5th Order of Lenin

  • Dec 21 20th Islander shut-out opponent-Billy Smith 3-0 vs Bruins
  • Dec 21 Patricia R Harris named secretary of HUD
  • Dec 21 UN General Assembly passes a resolution declaring 1979-Year of Child
  • Dec 21 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Dec 22 35 Unification church couples wed in NYC
  • Dec 25 Egyptian SS Patria sinks in Red Sea, about 100 killed
  • Dec 25 Takeo Fukuda becomes Japanese premier
  • Dec 26 The Communist Party of Nepal (Marxist-Leninist) is founded.
  • Dec 27 Albania constitution goes into effect
  • Dec 28 Genie Francis joins "General Hospital" as Laura Vining
  • Dec 28 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Dec 30 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Dec 31 The Cars played their 1st gig
  • Dec 31 TV soap "Somerset" ends 6 year run