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1976 ( MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday 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.
January January - The
Cray-1, the first commercially developed supercomputer, is released by Seymour Cray's Cray Research.
January 3 - International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights entered into force.
January 5 - The Pol Pot regime proclaims a new constitution for Democratic Kampuchea.
January 11 - The 1976 Philadelphia Flyers-Red Army game results in a 4-1 victory for the National Hockey League's Philadelphia Flyers over HC CSKA Moscow of the Soviet Union.
January 12 - Crime author Agatha Christie dies aged 85 in Oxfordshire, UK
January 14 - The Lutz family flees from 112 Ocean Avenue in Amityville, Long Island, New York, in the United States, 28 days after having moved in on December 18, 1975, leading to the story of The Amityville Horror.
January 15 - Would-be Gerald Ford presidential assassin Sara Jane Moore is sentenced to life in prison.
January 16 - The trial against jailed members of the Red Army Faction begins in Stuttgart, West Germany.
January 19 - Jimmy Carter wins the Iowa Democratic Caucus.
January 21 - The first commercial flight takes off. Concorde
January 29 - Twelve Provisional Irish Republican Army bombs explode in the West End of London. January 30 - debuts on Live from Lincoln Center PBS.
May 1 - Neville Wran becomes Premier of New South Wales.
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 16 - The Montreal Canadiens sweep the Philadelphia Flyers in four games to win the Stanley Cup. Flyers' forward Reggie Leach became the only non-goaltender from a finals losing team to win the Conn Smythe Trophy as MVP of the playoffs after scoring a record 19 goals in 16 playoff games.
May 21 - The Yuba City bus disaster, the worst bus crash in U.S. history to date, with 28 students and one teacher killed.
Concorde service begins. The Judgment of Paris pits French vs. California wines in a blind taste-test in Paris, France. California wines win the contest, surprising the wine world and opening the wine industry to newcomers in several countries.
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 408 kilometres (254 mi). May 31 - Syria intervenes in the Lebanese Civil War in opposition to the Palestine Liberation Organization, whom it had previously supported.
June 1 - The UK and Iceland end the Cod War.
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 US, 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 17 - The National Basketball Association and the American Basketball Association agree on the ABA-NBA merger.
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, P?ock) 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.
July 2 - North Vietnam dissolves the Provisional Government of South Vietnam and unites the two countries to form the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.
July 6 - The first class of women is inducted at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.
German left-wing women 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.
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 16 - 20 - Albert Spaggiari and his gang break into the vault of the Société Generale Bank in Nice, France.
July 18 - Nadia Com?neci earns the first of seven perfect scores of 10 at the 1976 Summer Olympics.
July 19 - Sagarmatha National Park in Nepal is created.
July 21 - An IRA bomb kills Christopher Ewart-Biggs, British ambassador to the Irish Republic, and Judith Cooke, a Northern Ireland Office private secretary; two others are seriously wounded but survive.
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 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 one and seriously wounding another, in the first of a series of attacks that terrorize the city for the next year.
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 American Basketball Association-National Basketball Association merger, 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. 
August 16 - The Ramones make their first "professional" performance at CBGB.
August 18 - At Panmunjom, North Korea, two 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. Gelman is later killed and his wife disappears.
August 28 - Actress Anissa Jones, famous for playing Buffy Davis in the TV series , was found dead of an accidental overdose in Family Affair Oceanside, California. August 30 - James Alexander George Smith McCartney is sworn in as the first Chief Minister of the Turks and Caicos Islands.
Cigarette and tobacco advertising is banned on Australian television and radio.
Aparicio Méndez, a jurist, is inaugurated as a civilian de facto President of Uruguay in the framework of a dictatorship. The state of emergency, being in force since 1939, is lifted in the Republic of Ireland.
September 3 - Viking program: The Viking 2 spacecraft lands at Utopia Planitia on Mars, taking the first close-up color photos of the planet's surface.
September 4 - The 1500th anniversary of the Fall of the Western Roman Empire
September 13 - is broadcast for the first time on The Muppet Show ITV.
September 15 - Darryl Sittler scores the winning goal in the 1976 Canada Cup for Canada to win over Czechoslovakia in overtime, to win the first Canada Cup, which stayed in Canada.
September 17 - The space shuttle is rolled out of a Enterprise Palmdale, California hangar.
September 20 - The International Organization of Space Communications (Intersputnik) is founded.
September 20 - 21 - The semi-legendary 100 Club Punk Festival ignites the careers of several influential punk and post-punk bands, arguably sparking the punk movement's introduction into mainstream culture.
September 24 - Patty Hearst is sentenced to seven years in prison for her role in a 1974 bank robbery (an executive clemency order from U.S. President Jimmy Carter will set her free after only 22 months).
September 25 - Irish rock band U2 is formed after drummer Larry Mullen, Jr. posts a note seeking members for a band on the notice board of his Dublin school. September 28 - American singer Stevie Wonder releases his hit album . Songs in the Key of Life
October 4 - The InterCity 125 high-speed train is introduced in the United Kingdom.
October 8 - Thorbjörn Fälldin replaces Olof Palme as Prime Minister of Sweden.
October 9 - Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Bob Moose is killed in a car crash on his 29th birthday in Ohio.
October 10 - Taiwan Governor Hsieh Tung-min 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 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 22 - Cearbhall Ó Dálaigh, the 5th President of Ireland, resigns after being publicly insulted by the Minister for Defense.
October 24 - James Hunt wins a very political Formula One World Championship by just 1 point driving a McLaren M23-D as rival Niki Lauda retires from the Japanese Grand Prix due to heavy rain.
October 25 - Clarence Norris, the last known survivor of the Scottsboro Boys, is pardoned. October 26 - Transkei gains independence from South Africa.
February 4 - Cam'ron, African-American rapper
February 9 - Charlie Day, American actor
February 10 - Lance Berkman, American baseball player
February 11 - Brice Beckham, American actor
February 14 - Erica Leerhsen, American actress
February 15 - Brandon Boyd, American singer-songwriter and author
February 17 - Svein Berge, Norwegian musician ( Röyksopp)
February 21 - Michael McIntyre, British stand-up comedian
February 25 - Rashida Jones, American actress, writer, model and musician
February 27 - Yukari Tamura, Japanese voice actress and songwriter
March 1 - Luke Mably, British actor
March 5 - ?ar?nas Jasikevi?ius, Lithuanian basketball player
March 6 - Ken Anderson, American professional wrestler (Mr. Anderson)
March 9 - Yamila Diaz-Rahi, Argentinean model
March 12 - Zhao Wei, Chinese singer and actress
March 15 - Abhay Deol, Indian actor
Emma Willis, English television presenter and former model FanFan, American-born Taiwanese singer-songwriter
March 20 - Chester Bennington, American singer ( Linkin Park) (d. 2017)
March 27 - Carl Ng, Hong Kong/British actor and model
March 29 - Jennifer Capriati, American tennis player
April 3 - Will Mellor, English actor
April 4 - James Roday, American actor, director and screenwriter
April 6 - Candace Cameron Bure, American actress
April 7 - Eric Wareheim, American comedian
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 14 - Anna DeForge, American basketball player
April 21 - Rommel Adducul, Filipino basketball player
April 22 - Micha? ?ew?akow, Polish footballer
April 23 - Darren Huckerby, English footballer
April 24 - George P. Bush, American attorney and politician
April 26 - Elisabet Reinsalu, Estonian actress
April 27 - Sally Hawkins, English actress April 29
Jason Michaels, American baseball player Anza, Japanese actress and singer best known for playing the character of in some Sailor Moon musical Sailor Moon
May 5 - Sage Stallone, American actor, film director, producer, and distributor (d. 2012)
May 7 - Michael P. Murphy, U.S. Navy SEAL, First recipient of the Medal of Honor in the Afghanistan War (d. 2005)
May 14 - Martine McCutcheon, British actress and singer
May 19 - Kevin Garnett, African-American basketball player
May 20 - Ramón Hernández, Venezuelan baseball player
May 26 - Paul Collingwood, English cricketer
June 1 - Angela Perez Baraquio, Miss America 2001
June 3 - Jamie McMurray, American race car driver
June 4 - Alexei Navalny, Russian lawyer and political activist
Ian Bavitz (Aesop Rock), American hip-hop artist
Marc Worden, Canadian actor and voice actor Joe Gatto, American Comedian
June 7 - Nora Salinas, Mexican actress and model
June 8 - Lindsay Davenport, American tennis player
June 14 - Alan Carr, English comedian
June 18 - Blake Shelton, American singer
June 20 - Juliano Belletti, Brazilian footballer
June 21 - Antonio Cochran, American football player
June 24 - Suhaimi Mat Hassan, Malaysian football referee
June 25 - Hennie Otto, South African professional golfer
June 27 - Joseph Sikora, American actor
Gino D'Acampo, Italian celebrity chef
July 6 - Dimitrije Banjac, Serbian actor, comedian and screenwriter
July 11 - Eduardo Nájera, Mexican basketball player
July 13 - Lisa Riley, British actress and presenter
July 14 - Geraint Jones, Papua New Guinea cricketer
July 23 - Judit Polgár, Hungarian chess player
July 24 - Laura Fraser, Scottish actress
July 26 - Martha Roby, American politician
July 28 - Jacoby Shaddix, American singer July 31 - Rod Monroe, American football player (d. 2017)
August 2 - Sam Worthington, English-born Australian actor
August 4 - David Lewis, Canadian actor
August 5 - Napoleon Beazley, convicted juvenile offender, executed by lethal injection in Texas. (d. 2002)
August 11 - Will Friedle, American actor, voice actor, writer and comedian
August 16 - Kadri Rämmeld, Estonian actress
August 17 - Scott Halberstadt, American actor
August 19 - Michael M. Wartella, American underground cartoonist
August 24 - Yang Yang, Chinese short track skater
August 25 - Alexander Skarsgård, Swedish actor
August 29 - Luana Piovani, Brazilian actress and model August 30
September 4 - Brian Myrow, American baseball player
September 5 - Carice van Houten, Dutch 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 ?urawski, Polish footballer
September 13 - Puma Swede, Swedish pornographic actress
September 15 - Rob Wiethoff, American actor
September 16 - Tina Barrett, English singer ( S Club 7)
September 17 - Nicole Reinhart, American professional track and road racing cyclist (d. 2000)
September 18 - Ronaldo, Brazilian footballer
September 23 - Rob James-Collier, British actor and model
September 24 - Stephanie McMahon-Levesque, American wrestling promoter
September 27 - Francesco Totti, Italian footballer
September 28 - Fedor Emelianenko, Russian mixed martial arts fighter September 29 - Andriy Shevchenko, Ukrainian footballer
October 2 - Anita Kulcsár, Hungarian handball player (d. 2005)
October 3 - Seann William Scott, American actor and producer
October 5 - Mauro Colagreco, Italian Argentine chef
October 11 - Emily Deschanel, American actress
October 14 - Chang Chen, Taiwanese actor
October 15 - Yoon Son-ha, South Korean actress
October 18 - Galder, Norwegian musician
Dan Fogler, American actor, comedian and writer Plamen Goranov, Bulgarian photographer, mountain climber and a Varna-based local protest leader (d. 2013)
October 25 - Steve Jones, Northern Irish footballer
October 29 - Stephen Craigan, Northern Irish footballer October 31 - Piper Perabo, American actress
Sal Vulcano, American Comedian
November 7 - Mark Philippoussis, Australian tennis player
November 8 - Brett Lee, Australian cricket player
November 9 - Josh Kaufman, American singer-songwriter; winner of The Voice season 6
November 12 - Miros?aw Szymkowiak, Polish footballer
November 15 - Sule, Indonesian comedian and actor
November 16 - Mario Barravecchia, Italian singer
November 17 - Diane Neal, American actress
November 23 - Tony Renna, American race car driver (d. 2003)
November 27 - Jaleel White, African-American actor
November 30 - Marco Castro, Peruvian-American director and cinematographer
December 4 - Amie Comeaux, American country music singer (d. 1997)
December 6 - Alicia Machado, Venezuelan beauty queen, Miss Universe 1996
December 13 - Rados?aw Sobolewski, Polish footballer
December 14 - Leland Chapman, American bail bondsman
December 15 - Baichung Bhutia, Indian footballer
December 17 - Takeo Spikes, American football player
December 21 - Mirela Maniani, Greek javelin thrower
December 24 - Ángel Matos, Cuban taekwondo athlete
December 27 - Fernando Pisani, Canadian ice-hockey player
December 28 - Joe Manganiello, American actor December 29
January 3 - John Ainsworth-Davis, Welsh surgeon and athlete (b. 1895)
January 8 - Zhou Enlai, 1st Premier of the People's Republic of China (b. 1898)
January 10 - Howlin' Wolf, American blues singer (b. 1910)
January 12 - Agatha Christie, English detective fiction writer (b. 1890)
January 13 - Margaret Leighton, English actress (b. 1922)
January 14 - Abdul Razak Hussein, Malaysian politician, 2nd Prime Minister of Malaysia (b. 1922)
January 19 - Hidetsugu Yagi, Japanese electrical engineer (b. 1886)
January 22 - Hermann Jónasson, Icelandic politician, 7th Prime Minister of Iceland (b. 1896)
January 23 - Paul Robeson, American actor, singer, writer and activist (b. 1898)
January 26 - Gabriele Allegra, Italian Roman Catholic priest and blessed (b. 1907) January 29 - Jesse Fuller, American one-man band musician (b. 1896)
February 4 - Roger Livesey, Welsh actor (b. 1906)
February 6 - Ritwik Ghatak, Bengali filmmaker and script writer (b. 1925)
February 9 - Percy Faith, Canadian bandleader, orchestrator, composer and conductor (b. 1908)
February 12 - Sal Mineo, American actor (b. 1939)
February 17 - Jean Servais, Belgian actor (b. 1910)
February 21 - Frieda Inescort, Scottish-born actress (b. 1901)
February 22 - Florence Ballard, American singer ( ) (b. The Supremes 1943) February 23 - L. S. Lowry, British artist (b. 1887)
March 4 - Walter H. Schottky, German physicist (b. 1886)
March 5 - Otto Tief, Estonian politician and military commander (b. 1889)
March 6 - Max 'Slapsie Maxie' Rosenbloom, American boxer and actor (b. 1907)
March 8 - Alfons Rebane, Estonian military commander (b. 1908)
March 10 - Haddon Sundblom, Swedish illustrator and American artist (b. 1899)
March 14 - Busby Berkeley, American choreographer and director (b. 1895)
March 17 - Luchino Visconti, Italian theatre and film director (b. 1906)
March 19 - Paul Kossoff, British rock guitarist ( ) (b. Free 1950)
March 25 - Josef Albers, German-American artist (b. 1888)
March 28 - Richard Arlen, American actor (b. 1899) March 31 - Paul Strand, American photographer (b. 1890)
April 4 - Harry Nyquist, American information theory pioneer (b. 1889)
April 5 - Howard Hughes, American aviation pioneer, film director and eccentric (b. 1905)
April 8 - Renato Petronio, Italian rower (b. 1891)
April 9 - Phil Ochs, American singer-songwriter (b. 1940)
April 12 - Miriam Cooper, American actress (b. 1891)
April 13 - Sabri al-Asali, Syrian politician, 3-time Prime Minister of Syria (b. 1903)
April 14 - Mariano Ospina Pérez, Colombian politician, 17th President of Colombia (b. 1891)
April 18 - Henrik Dam, Danish biochemist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1895)
April 26 - Andrei Grechko, Soviet general, Minister of Defence (b. 1903)
May 3 - Ernie Nevers, American football player (b. 1902)
May 11 - Alvar Aalto, Finnish architect (b. 1898)
May 14 - Keith Relf, British rock musician ( ) (b. The Yardbirds 1943)
May 24 - Hugo Wieslander, Swedish Olympic athlete (b. 1889)
May 27 - Ruth McDevitt, American actress (b. 1895)
May 28 - Zainul Abedin, Bangladeshi painter (b. 1914)
May 30 - Mitsuo Fuchida, Japanese aviator, naval officer and Christian evangelist (b. 1902) May 31 - Jacques Monod, French biologist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1910)
July 4 - Yonatan Netanyahu, Israeli commando leader (b. 1946)
July 6 - Zhu De, Head of State of China, China Red Army Commander-in-Chief (b. 1886)
July 11 - León de Greiff, Colombian poet (b. 1895)
July 12 - James Wong Howe, American cinematographer (b. 1899)
July 14 - Joachim Peiper, German military leader (b. 1915)
July 15 - Paul Gallico, American novelist, short story and sports writer (b. 1897)
July 20 - Tom Lowry, New Zealand cricketer (b. 1898)
July 21 - Christopher Ewart-Biggs, British diplomat, ambassador to Ireland (b. 1921; assassinated)
July 22 - Sir Mortimer Wheeler, British archaeologist (b. 1890)
July 24 - Afro Basaldella, Italian painter (b. 1912)
July 28 - Lucie Mannheim, German singer and actress (b. 1899)
July 29 - Mickey Cohen, American gangster (b. 1913) July 30 - Rudolf Bultmann, German Lutheran theologian (b. 1884)
September 5 - Arthur Gilligan, English cricket captain (b. 1894)
September 9 - Mao Zedong, Chinese revolutionary and political theorist, Chairman of the Communist Party of China (b. 1893)
September 10 - Dalton Trumbo, American screenwriter and novelist (b. 1905)
September 13 - Camilo Ponce Enríquez, Ecuadorian political figure, 30th President of Ecuador (b. 1912)
September 14 - Prince Paul of Yugoslavia (b. 1893)
September 15 - Josef Sudek Czech photographer (b. 1896)
September 16 - Bertha Lutz, Brazilian zoologist, politician, diplomat and feminist (b. 1894)
September 26 - Leopold Ru?i?ka, Yugoslav chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1887) September 28 - Raymond Collishaw, Canadian World War I fighter ace (b. 1893)
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