1976 ( was a MCMLXXVI) leap year starting on Thursday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar, the 1976th year of the Common Era (CE) and (AD) designations, the 976th year of the Anno Domini 2nd millennium, the 76th year of the 20th century, and the 7th year of the 1970s decade.
In Europe the
summer of 1976 was particularly long, warm and dry. Events [edit ] January [edit ] February [edit ] March [edit ] April [edit ] May [edit ] May 1 – Neville Wran becomes Premier of New South Wales. May 4 The first LAGEOS (Laser Geodynamics Satellite) is launched. A train crash in Schiedam, the Netherlands, kills 24 people. May 6 – An earthquake hits the Friuli area in Italy, killing more than 900 people and making another 100,000 homeless. May 9 – Ulrike Meinhof of the Red Army Faction is found hanged in an apparent suicide, in her Stuttgart-Stammheim prison cell. May 11 May 21 - The Yuba City bus disaster, the worst bus crash in U.S. history to date, with 28 students and one teacher killed. May 24 – Washington, D.C. Concorde service begins. May 25 – U.S. President Gerald Ford defeats challenger Ronald Reagan in 3 Republican presidential primaries: Kentucky, Tennessee and Oregon. May 30 – Indianapolis 500-Mile Race: Johnny Rutherford wins the (rain-shortened) shortest race in event history to date, at 102 laps or 255 miles (408 km). May 31 – Syria intervenes in the Lebanese Civil War in opposition to the Palestine Liberation Organization, whom it had previously supported. June [edit ] June 1 – The UK and Iceland end the Cod War. June 2 – A car bomb fatally injures reporter Arizona Republic Don Bolles. June 4 – The Boston Celtics defeat the Phoenix Suns 128-126 in triple overtime in Game 5 of the NBA Finals at the Boston Garden. In 1997, the game is selected by a panel of experts as the greatest of the NBA's first 50 years. June 5 – The Teton Dam collapses in southeast Idaho in the U.S., killing 11 people. June 6 - The Double Six Crash, a plane crash in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, kills everyone on board, including Sabahan Chief Minister Tun Fuad Stephens. June 12 – Alberto Demicheli, a jurist, is inaugurated as a civilian de facto President of Uruguay after Juan María Bordaberry is deposed by the military. June 13 – Savage thunderstorms roll through the state of Iowa, spawning several tornadoes, including an F-5 tornado that destroys the town of Jordan, Iowa. June 14 – The trial begins at Oxford Crown Court of Donald Neilson, the killer known as the Black Panther. June 16 – The Soweto uprising in South Africa begins. June 17 – The National Basketball Association and the American Basketball Association agree on the ABA–NBA merger. June 20 Hundreds of Western tourists are moved from Beirut and taken to safety in Syria by the U.S. military, following the murder of the U.S. ambassador. General elections are held in Italy. Czechoslovakia beats West Germany 5–3 on penalties to win Euro 76, when the game had ended 2–2 after extra time. June 25 – Strikes start in Poland ( Ursus, Radom, Płock) after communists raise food prices; they end on June 30. June 26 – The CN Tower is built in Toronto; the tallest free-standing land structure opens to the public. June 27 June 29 – Seychelles gains independence from the United Kingdom. July [edit ] July 2 – North Vietnam and South Vietnam unite to form the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. July 3 – : The Gregg v. Georgia Supreme Court of the United States rules that the death penalty is not inherently cruel or unusual and is a constitutionally acceptable form of punishment overturning the Furman v. Georgia case of 1972. July 3 – The great heat wave in the United Kingdom, which is currently suffering from drought conditions, reaches its peak. July 4 July 6 – The first class of women is inducted at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. July 7 German left-wing terrorists Monika Berberich, Gabriella Rollnick, Juliane Plambeck and Inge Viett escape from the Lehrter Straße maximum security prison in West Berlin. David Steel becomes leader of the UK's Liberal Party in the aftermath of the scandal which forced out Jeremy Thorpe. July 10 Four mercenaries, three British and one American, are shot by firing squad in Angola. An explosion in Seveso, Italy, causes extended pollution to a large area in the neighborhood of Milano, with many evacuations and a large number of people affected by the toxic cloud. July 12 – Barbara Jordan is the first African-American to keynote a political convention. July 15 – Jimmy Carter is nominated for U.S. President at the Democratic National Convention in New York City. July 16– July 20 – Albert Spaggiari and his gang break into the vault of the Societe Generale Bank in Nice, France. July 17 July 18 – Nadia Comăneci earns the first of 7 perfect scores of 10 at the 1976 Summer Olympics. July 19 – Sagarmatha National Park in Nepal is created. July 20 – Viking program: The Viking 1 lander successfully lands on Mars. July 21 – A bomb kills Christopher Ewart-Biggs, British ambassador to the Irish Republic. July 26 – In Los Angeles, Ronald Reagan announces his choice of liberal U.S. Senator Richard Schweiker as his vice presidential running mate, in an effort to woo moderate Republican delegates away from President Gerald Ford. July 27 July 28 – The Tangshan earthquake flattens Tangshan, China, killing 242,769 people, and injuring 164,851. July 29 – In New York City, the " Son of Sam" pulls a gun from a paper bag, killing 1 and seriously wounding another, in the first of a series of attacks that terrorize the city for the next year. July 30 – In Santiago, Chile, Cruzeiro from Brazil beats River Plate from Argentina and are the Copa Libertadores de América champions. July 31 August [edit ] August 1 August 2 – A gunman murders Andrea Wilborn and Stan Farr and injures Priscilla Davis and Gus Gavrel, in an incident at Priscilla's mansion in Fort Worth, Texas. T. Cullen Davis, Priscilla's husband and one of the richest men in Texas, is tried and found innocent for Andrea's murder, involvement in a plot to kill several people (including Priscilla and a judge), and a wrongful death lawsuit. Cullen goes broke afterwards. August 5 – The Great Clock of Westminster (or Big Ben) suffers internal damage and stops running for over 9 months. August 6 – Former UK Postmaster General John Stonehouse is sentenced to 7 years' jail for fraud, theft and forgery. August 7 – Viking program: Viking 2 enters into orbit around Mars. August 8 – As part of the ABA- NBA merger agreement, a dispersal draft was conducted to assign teams for the players on the two ABA franchises which had folded. August 11 – A sniper rampage in Wichita, Kansas on a Holiday Inn results in 3 deaths while 7 others are wounded. [3 ] August 14 August 16 – The Ramones make their first "professional" performance at CBGB. August 18 – At Panmunjom, North Korea, 2 United States soldiers are killed while trying to chop down part of a tree in the Korean Demilitarized Zone which had obscured their view. August 19 – U.S. President Gerald Ford edges out challenger Ronald Reagan to win the Republican Party presidential nomination in Kansas City. August 24 – In Uruguay, the army captures Marcelo Gelman and his pregnant wife. Marcelo is later killed and his wife (and unborn child) disappear. August 25 August 26 August 30 – James Alexander George Smith "Jags" McCartney is sworn in as the first Chief Minister of the Turks and Caicos Islands. September [edit ] October [edit ] October 4 – The brand new InterCity 125 High Speed Train is introduced in the United Kingdom. October 6 October 10 – Taiwan Governor Hsieh Tung-ming is injured by a letter bomb from a pro-independence activist. October 12 – The People's Republic of China announces that Hua Guofeng is the successor to Mao Zedong, as Chairman of the Communist Party of China. October 13 – The United States Commission on Civil Rights releases the report, Puerto Ricans in the Continental United States: An Uncertain Future, that documents that Puerto Ricans in the United States have a poverty rate of 33 percent in 1974 (up from 29 percent in 1970), the highest of all major racial-ethnic groups in the country (not including Puerto Rico, a U.S. territory). October 18 – Ford officially launches volume production of the Fiesta car at its Valencia plant. October 19 October 20 – The Mississippi River ferry MV is struck by a ship while crossing from George Prince Destrehan, Louisiana to Luling, Louisiana, killing 78 passengers and crew. October 21 – The Cincinnati Reds sweep the New York Yankees in 4 games to win the 1976 World Series. October 22 – Cearbhall Ó Dálaigh, the 5th President of Ireland, resigns after being publicly insulted by the Minister for Defense. October 25 – Clarence Norris, the last known survivor of the Scottsboro Boys, is pardoned. November [edit ] December [edit ] Date unknown [edit ] Births [edit ] January [edit ] January 2 January 4 – Shiro Amano, Japanese manga artist/writer January 6 – Johnny Yong Bosch, American actor January 7 January 8 – Jenny Lewis, American actress and singer ( Rilo Kiley) January 10 – Adam Kennedy, American baseball player January 13 January 19 – Marsha Thomason, English actress January 20 January 21 – Emma Bunton, English musician ( Spice Girls) January 22 January 23 January 27 – Mohamed Aly, Egyptian reformist & writer January 28 – Mark Madsen, American basketball player January 30 – Andy Milonakis, American Internet and MTV star January 31 – Buddy Rice, American race car driver February [edit ] February 1 – Muteba Kidiaba, Congolese football goalkeeper February 2 February 4 - Cam'ron, African-American rapper February 5 February 6 – Kim Zmeskal, American Olympic gymnast February 10 – Lance Berkman, American baseball player February 12 February 14 – Erica Leerhsen, American actress February 15 – Brandon Boyd, American rock musician ( Incubus) February 16 – Kyo, Japanese rock musician ( Dir En Grey) February 20 February 21 – Michael McIntyre, British stand-up comedian February 23 – Jeff O'Neill, Canadian hockey player February 24 – Zach Johnson, American golfer February 25 – Rashida Jones, American actress, writer, model, and musician February 27 – Tamura Yukari, Japanese voice actress and songwriter February 28 February 29 - Ja Rule, African-American rapper March [edit ] March 1 – Luke Mably, English actor March 3 – Fraser Gehrig, Australian rules footballer March 4 March 5 – Šarūnas Jasikevičius, Lithuanian basketball player March 6 – Ken Anderson, American professional wrestler (Mr. Anderson) March 8 March 9 – Yamila Diaz-Rahi, Argentinean model March 10 – Haifa Wehbe, Lebanese model, actress and singer March 12 – Zhao Wei, Chinese singer and actress March 13 – Danny Masterson, American actor March 14 – Merlin Santana, American actor (d. 2002) March 16 March 17 March 19 March 20 – Chester Bennington, American singer Linkin Park March 21 – Dariush Ramezani, Iranian cartoonist March 22 March 23 March 24 March 26 – Amy Smart, American actress March 27 – Carl Ng, Hong Kong/British actor and model March 29 - Daisuke Namikawa, Japanese voice actor March 30 April [edit ] April 2 April 3 – Will Mellor, English Actor April 4 – James Roday, American actor, director and screenwriter April 5 – Henrik Stenson, Swedish golfer April 6 – Candace Cameron, American actress April 9 – Kris Radlinski, English rugby league player April 10 – Jan Werner Danielsen, Norwegian singer (d. 2006) April 12 – Andrei Lipanov, Russian ice skater April 13 – Yoo Ji-tae, South Korean actor April 14 – Anna DeForge, American basketball player April 15 April 16 – Shu Qi, Taiwanese actress and singer April 17 - Kim Young-oh, South Korean illustrator April 18 April 20 – Joey Lawrence, American actor April 21 – Rommel Adducul, Filipino basketball player April 22 – Michał Żewłakow, Polish footballer April 23 – Darren Huckerby, English footballer April 25 April 29 – Jay Orpin, Swedish composer and record producer May [edit ] June [edit ] June 1 – Angela Perez Baraquio, Miss America 2001 June 2 June 3 - Jamie McMurray, American race car driver June 5 – Ian Bavitz, (Aesop Rock), American hip-hop artist June 6 – Geoff Rowley, English skateboarder June 8 – Lindsay Davenport, American tennis player June 10 June 11 – Gran Naniwa, Japanese professional wrestler June 13 June 14 – Alan Carr, English comedian June 17 – Peter Svidler, Russian chess grandmaster June 18 – Blake Shelton, American singer June 20 – Juliano Haus Belletti, Brazilian footballer June 21 – Antonio Cochran, American football player June 23 June 26 – Chad Pennington, American football quarterback July [edit ] July 1 July 2 – Krisztián Lisztes, Hungarian footballer July 3 July 4 – Daijiro Kato, Japanese motorcycle racer (d. 2003) July 5 – Nuno Gomes, Portuguese footballer July 7 - Bérénice Bejo, Argentine actress July 8 – Ellen MacArthur, English yachtswoman July 9 July 10 July 11 – Eduardo Nájera, Mexican basketball player July 12 - Tracie Spencer, American R&B singer July 13 - Lisa Riley, British actress and presenter July 15 - Diane Kruger, German actress July 16 July 17 – Marcos Senna, Brazilian footballer July 19 July 20 July 23 – Judit Polgár, Hungarian chess player July 25 July 26 – Martha Roby, American U.S. Representative for Alabama's 1st congressional district July 28 – Jacoby Shaddix, American singer July 31 – Annie Parisse, American actress August [edit ] September [edit ] September 1 September 3 – Jevon Kearse, American football player September 4 – Brian Myrow, American baseball player September 5 – Carice van Houten, Dutch actress September 6 – Naomie Harris, British actress September 7 – Stevie Case, American video game celebrity September 8 – Sjeng Schalken, Dutch tennis player September 10 – Gustavo Kuerten, Brazilian tennis player September 12 – Maciej Żurawski, Polish footballer September 16 – Tina Barrett, English singer ( S Club 7) September 19 September 20 September 22 – Ronaldo, Brazilian footballer September 23 – Rob James-Collier, British actor and model September 24 – Stephanie McMahon-Levesque, American wrestling promoter September 25 – Chauncey Billups, American basketball player September 26 – Michael Ballack, German footballer September 27 – Francesco Totti, Italian footballer September 28 – Fedor Emelianenko, Russian mixed martial arts fighter September 29 – Andriy Shevchenko, Ukrainian footballer October [edit ] November [edit ] November 1 – Chad Lindberg, American actor November 5 – Sean Brown, Canadian ice-hockey player November 6 November 7 – Mark Philippoussis, Australian tennis player November 8 – Brett Lee, Australian cricket player November 11 – Mike Leon Grosch, German singer November 12 – Mirosław Szymkowiak, Polish footballer November 16 – Mario Barravecchia, Italian singer November 17 – Diane Neal, American actress November 18 – Shagrath, Norwegian black metal musician ( Dimmu Borgir) November 19 Jack Dorsey, American software architect, businessman, creator of Twitter Jun Shibata, Japanese singer and songwriter November 20 November 22 November 24 November 25 – Grégory Havret, French golfer November 26 - Maia Campbell, American actress and singer November 27 – Jaleel White, African-American actor November 29 – Anna Faris, American actress December [edit ] December 1 – Matthew Shepard, American murder victim (d. 1998) December 3 December 4 – Kristina Groves, Canadian speed skater December 6 – Alicia Machado, Miss Universe 1996 December 7 – Georges Laraque, Canadian ice-hockey player December 8 – Dominic Monaghan, English actor December 13 – Radosław Sobolewski, Polish footballer December 14 – Leland Chapman, American bail bondsman December 15 – Baichung Bhutia, Indian footballer December 17 – Takeo Spikes, American football player December 18 December 23 – Jamie Noble, American professional wrestler December 24 – Ángel Matos, Cuban former taekwondo athlete December 25 December 27 – Fernando Pisani, Canadian ice-hockey player December 28 - Joe Manganiello, American actor Date unknown [edit ] Deaths [edit ] January [edit ] January 5 – John A. Costello, former Taoiseach of the Republic of Ireland (b. 1891) January 8 – Zhou Enlai, Premier of the People's Republic of China (b. 1898) January 10 – Howlin' Wolf, African-American musician (b. 1910) January 12 – Agatha Christie, English writer ( Murder On The Orient Express) (b. 1890) January 13 – Margaret Leighton, English actress (b. 1922) January 19 – Hidetsugu Yagi, Japanese electrical engineer (b. 1886) January 21 – John Gould Moyer, American naval officer, 31st Governor of American Samoa (b. 1893) January 23 – Paul Robeson, African-American actor, singer, writer, and activist (b. 1898) January 26 January 29 – James Edmonson, American vaudevillian and comedian (b. 1910) January 30 – Mance Lipscomb, American singer (b. 1895) January 31 – Ernesto Miranda, American defendant in the court case (b. Miranda v. Arizona 1941) February [edit ] February 1 February 2 – Zlatyu Boyadzhiev, Bulgarian painter (b. 1903) February 4 – Roger Livesey, Welsh actor (b. 1906) February 6 – Vince Guaraldi, American musician ( Linus and Lucy) (b. 1928) February 7 – Eliyahu Kitov, Jewish political activist (b. 1912) February 9 – Percy Faith, Canadian-born musician and composer (b. 1908) February 11 February 12 – Sal Mineo, American actor (b. 1939) February 13 – Lily Pons, American soprano (b. 1898) February 17 February 18 – Joseph Henabery, American actor (b. 1888) February 20 February 22 – Florence Ballard, American singer ( ) (b. The Supremes 1943) February 23 – L. S. Lowry, British artist (b. 1887) March [edit ] April [edit ] April 1 – Max Ernst, German artist (b. 1891) April 4 – Harry Nyquist, American information theory pioneer (b. 1889) April 5 – Howard Hughes, American aviation pioneer, film director, and eccentric (b. 1905) April 9 April 12 April 14 - Maudie Prickett, American actress (b. 1914) April 18 – Henrik Dam, Danish biochemist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1895) April 25 April 26 – Sid James, South African actor (b. 1913) April 28 – Hilde Hildebrand, German actress (b. 1897) May [edit ] June [edit ] June 2 June 6 June 7 – Bobby Hackett, American jazz musician (b. 1915) June 9 – Sybil Thorndike, British actress (b. 1882) June 10 – Adolph Zukor, Hungarian-born film producer (b. 1873) June 11 – Toots Mondt, American WWF promoter (b. 1886) June 14 – Knud, Hereditary Prince of Denmark (b. 1900) June 15 – Jimmy Dykes, American baseball player and manager (b. 1896) June 17 – Francisco Urondo, Argentine writer (b. 1930) June 23 – DeHart Hubbard, American Olympic athlete (b. 1903) June 24 – Imogen Cunningham, American photographer (b. 1883) June 25 – Johnny Mercer, American songwriter (b. 1909) June 28 – Stanley Baker, British actor (b. 1928) June 30 – Firpo Marberry, American baseball player (b. 1898) July [edit ] August [edit ] August 2 Cecilia, Spanish singer-songwriter (b. 1948) Fritz Lang, Austrian-German-American filmmaker, screenwriter and occasional film producer (b. 1890) August 3 – Valery Sablin, Soviet mutineer (executed) (b. 1939) August 4 – Enrique Angelelli, Argentine bishop (assassinated in the " Dirty War") (b. 1923) August 6 August 10 August 19 – Alastair Sim, Scottish actor (b. 1900) August 22 – Juscelino Kubitschek, President of Brazil (b. 1902) August 25 – Eyvind Johnson, Swedish writer, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1900) August 26 August 27 – Mukesh, Indian singer (b. 1923) August 28 – Anissa Jones, American actress (b. 1958) September [edit ] September 2 – Stanisław Grochowiak, Polish writer (b. 1934) September 5 – Arthur Gilligan, English cricket captain (b. 1894) September 9 September 10 – Dalton Trumbo, American screenwriter, one of the Hollywood Ten (b. 1905) September 11 – Prince Paul of Yugoslavia (b. 1893) September 19 – Choi Yong-kun, North Korean general and defense minister (b. 1900) September 21 – Orlando Letelier, Chilean former minister of Salvador Allende (assassinated in Washington, D.C.) (b. 1932) September 25 – Red Faber, American baseball player ( Chicago White Sox) and a member of the MLB Hall of Fame (b. 1888) September 26 – Lavoslav Ružička, Croatian chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1887) September 28 – Raymond Collishaw, Canadian World War I fighter ace (b. 1893) September 30 – Paul Dehn, British screenwriter (b. 1912) October [edit ] November [edit ] November 8 – Gottfried von Cramm, German tennis champion (b. 1909) November 9 – Billy Halop, American actor (b. 1920) November 10 – Syd Coventry, Australian footballer (b. 1899) November 11 – Alexander Calder, American sculptor (b. 1898) November 12 – Walter Piston, American composer (b. 1894) November 15 – Jean Gabin, French actor (b. 1904) November 18 – Man Ray, American artist (b. 1890) November 19 - Wayne Millner, American football player ( Washington Redskins) and a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame (b. 1913) November 21 – Walter Stuart Diehl, American naval officer and aeronautical engineer (b. 1893) November 23 – André Malraux, French writer and statesman (b. 1901) November 28 – Rosalind Russell, American actress (b. 1907) November 29 December [edit ] December 2 – Danny Murtaugh, American baseball player and manager (b. 1917) December 3 December 4 December 6 – João Goulart, President of Brazil (b. 1918) December 8 – Henryk Jasiczek, Polish writer and political activist (b. 1919) December 12 – Jack Cassidy, American actor of stage, film, and screen (b. 1927) December 15 – Grégoire Kayibanda, former President of Rwanda (b. 1924) December 20 – Richard J. Daley, American Mayor of Chicago (b. 1902) December 24 – Duarte Nuno, Duke of Braganza, claimant to the throne of Portugal (b. 1907) December 25 December 26 – Phil Hart, U.S. Senator (b. 1912) December 28 – Katharine Byron, U.S. Congresswoman (b. 1903) Date unknown [edit ] Nobel Prizes [edit ] In fiction [edit ] References [edit ]