1976 in History



January 1 Liberty Bell moves to new home behind Independence Hall
January 1 "Musical Jubilee" closes at St. James Theater New York City after 92 performances
January 1 NBC replaces the peacock logo
January 1 Venezuela nationalizes oil fields
January 3 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
January 4 "Candide" closes at Broadway Theater New York City after 740 performances
January 4 "Home Sweet Homer" opens and closes at Palace Theater New York City
January 5 Cambodia is renamed "Democratic Kampuchea"
January 5 Greg Chappell scores 182* at SCG against West Indies
January 5 MacNeil-Lehrer Report premieres on PBS
January 6 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor PRC
January 6 Ted Turner purchases Atlanta Braves for reported $12 million
January 8 Franklin Mint strikes 1st gold coins for Netherlands Antilles
January 9 Bryan Trottier failed in 4th Islander penalty shot
January 9 CW McCall CB song "Convoy" hit #1 on the country music charts
January 9 Ringo releases "Oh My My" in UK
January 11 Dorothy Hamill wins her 3rd consec national figure skating champions
January 11 Military coup in Ecuador, President Guillermo Lara leaves
January 11 "Pacific Overtures" opens at Winter Garden Theater New York City for 193 performances
January 11 Stephen Sondheim's musical "Pacific Overtures," premieres in New York City
January 11 U.S. Female Figure Skating championship won by Dorothy Hamill
January 11 U.S. Male Figure Skating championship won by Terry Kubicka
January 12 U.N. Security Council votes 11-1 to seat Palestine Liberation Org
January 13 Sarah Caldwell is 1st woman to conduct at New York's Metropolitan Opera House as she led orchestra in a performance of "La Traviata"
January 14 "Bionic Woman" with Lindsay Wagner debuts on ABC (later NBC)
January 14 Ted Turner becomes CEO of Atlanta Braves
January 15 Sara Jane Moore sentenced to life for attempting to shoot President Ford
January 15 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
January 15 US-German Helios B solar probe launched into solar orbit
January 16 "Donny and Marie" [Osmond] musical variety show premieres on ABC TV
January 16 Peter Frampton released platinum live album "Frampton Comes Alive"
January 17 Hermes rocket launched by European Space Agency
January 17 "I Write the Songs" by Barry Manilow hits #1
January 18 Superbowl X: Pittsburgh Steelers beat Dallas Cowboys, 21-17 in Miami Superbowl MVP: Lynn Swann, Pittsburgh, WR
January 20 29th NHL All-Star Game: Wales beat Campbell 7-5 at Philadelphia
January 21 Supersonic Concorde, 1st commercial flights, by Britain and France
January 22 Bank robbery in Beirut nets a record $20-50 million
January 23 Ian Redpath hits his only 2 sixes in Cricket Tests, vs. WI Adelaide
January 23 Washington Caps end 25 game winless streak (0-22-3) beat New York Rangers 7-5
January 24 Cleveland Cavaliers biggest margin victory-43 pts (beat Milwaukee 132-89)
January 24 George Foreman KOs Ron Lyle in 5th round of a real slugfest
January 25 Surinder Amarnath scores 124 on Test debut Ind vs. New Zealand Auckland
January 26 6th AFC-NFC pro bowl, NFC wins 23-20
January 26 Belgium catholic elite start amnesty campaign for war criminals
January 26 David Mamet's "American Buffalo," premieres in New York City
January 26 Israel opens "Good Fence" to Lebanon
January 26 NFL Pro Bowl: NFC beats AFC 23-20
January 27 9th ABA All-Star Game: Denver 144 beats ABA 138 at Denver
January 27 "Laverne and Shirley" spinoff from "Happy Days" premieres on ABC TV
January 27 Morocco-Algeria battles in Westerly Sahara
January 27 Viv Richards scores his 1st Test century against Australia
January 28 Erapalli Prasanna takes 8-76 to rip through New Zealand at Eden Park
January 28 NBA Atlanta Hawks begin a 28 game road losing streak
January 29 Zeiss planetarium in Hague destroyed by fire
January 30 1st-class debut of Dav Whatmore, in Johannesburg
January 30 George Bush becomes 11th director of CIA (until 1977)
January 30 William E. Colby, ends term as 10th director of CIA
January 31 Lance Gibbs becomes highest Test wicket-taker at 308
January 31 "Love Rollercoaster" by Ohio Players hits #1
February 1 East Lansing police arrest Dodgers reliever Mike Marshall for taking batting practice at Michigan State University after he is warned not to
February 1 Judy Rankin wins LPGA Burdine's Golf Invitational
February 1 "Rich Man, Poor Man" mini-series premieres on ABC TV
February 1 Sonny and Cher resume TV show, despite real-life divorce
February 2 "Honeymooners Second Honeymoon" airs on TV
February 2 "Rich Little Show," debuts on NBC-TV
February 2 Roger Connor, Fred Lindstrom and ump Cal Hubbard elected to Hall of Fame
February 3 26th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 123-109 at Philadelphia
February 4 12th Winter Olympic games opens in Innsbruck, Austria
February 4 7.5 earthquake kills 22,778 in Guatemala and Honduras
February 4 Judge Oliver upholds Seitz's decision on Andy Messersmith free agency
February 4 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
February 5 Australia complete 5-1 series drubbing of West Indies
February 5 Last day of Test Cricket for Lance Gibbs and Ian Redpath
February 6 George Harrison releases "This Guitar (Can't Keep From Crying)"
February 7 Larry Groce's "Junk Food Junkie" peaks at #9
February 7 World's largest telescope (600 cm) begins operation (U.S.S.R.)
February 8 Hua Guofeng becomes premier of China PR
February 8 Jan Stephens wins LPGA Sarah Coventry Naples Golf Classic
February 8 Largest crowd at Cleveland Coliseum (Cavs vs Wash-21,130)
February 9 Oscar Charleston selected to baseball's the Hall of Fame
February 11 Clifford Alexander, Jr. confirmed as 1st black secretary of Army
February 12 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
February 13 Dorothy Hamill wins Olympic figure-skating gold, Innsbruck, Austria
February 13 Peter Casserly of New Zealand hand-sheers record 353 lambs in 9 holes
February 14 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
February 15 12th Winter Olympic games close at Innsbruck, Austria
February 15 Joanne Carner wins LPGA Orange Blossom Golf Classic
February 17 Macau adopts constitution (Organic Law of Macau)
February 17 New Zealand scores their 1st innings win in Test Cricket, vs. India
February 17 Richard Hadlee takes 7-23 vs. India, his 1st match-winning spell
February 17 "Rockabye Hamlet" opens at Minskoff Theater New York City for 7 performances
February 19 Frente Polisario forms Democratic Republic of Sahara
February 20 Muhammad Ali KOs Jan Pierre Coopman in 5 for heavyweight boxing title
February 21 Cardinal Willebrands installed as archbishop of Utrecht
February 21 "Rockabye Hamlet" closes at Minskoff Theater New York City after 7 performances
February 22 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Bent Tree Golf Classic
February 23 Owners announce spring training won't open without a labor contract
February 24 Cuba adopts its constitution
February 24 Jules Feiffer's "Knock Knock," premieres in New York City
February 24 Leonid Brezhnev opens 25th congress of CPSU
February 26 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
February 27 Final meeting between Mao tse Tung and Richard Nixon
February 28 18th Grammy Awards: 'Love Will Keep Us Together' Record of the Year, Natalie Cole wins as best New Artist
February 28 Ceuta and Melilla (Spanish Morocco) are last European African possession
February 28 Spain withdraws from Western Sahara
March 2 Bob Lurie becomes CEO of San Francisco Giants
March 2 "Bubbling Brown Sugar" opens at ANTA Theater New York City for 766 performances
March 2 Holgate, Kemp and Lopez' musical premieres in New York City
March 2 Walt Disney World logged its 50 millionth guest
March 3 Mozambique closes border with Rhodesia
March 4 John Pezzin bowls 33 consecutive strikes at Toledo, Ohio
March 4 San Francisco Giants are bought for $8 million by Bob Lurie and Bud Herseth
March 5 British pounds falls below $2 for 1st time
March 6 Ice Dance Championship at Gothenburg won by Pakhomova and Gorshkov (URS)
March 6 Ice Pairs Championship at Gothenburg won by Rodnina and Zaitsev (URS)
March 6 Men's Figure Skating Championship in Gothenburg won by John Curry (GRB)
March 6 Worlds Ladies Figure Skating Champ in Gothenburg won by Dorothy Hamill
March 7 Morocco and Mauretania break diplomatic relations with Algeria
March 8 1,774 kg (largest observed) stony meteorite falls in Jilin, China
March 9 1st female cadets accepted to West Point Military Academy
March 9 Islander Glenn Resch's 10th shut-out opponent-Blues 4-0
March 12 South African troops leave Angola
March 14 Jockey Bill Shoemaker wins his 7,000th race
March 14 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
March 15 Failed coup in Niger
March 16 British premier Harold Wilson resigns
March 17 Malikov skates world record 1000m (1:15.76)
March 17 Rubin "Hurricane" Carter is retried
March 17 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
March 19 Princess Margaret separates from the Earl of Snowdon, after 16 years
March 20 Jevgeni Kulikov skates world record 1000m (1:15.70)
March 20 Patricia Hearst convicted of armed robbery
March 23 International Bill of Rights goes into effect (35 nations ratifying)
March 24 Argentine President Isabel Peron deposed by country's military
March 25 Argentine military junta bans leftist political parties
March 25 "My Fair Lady" opens at St. James Theater New York City for 384 performances
March 25 "Rex" opens at Lunt-Fontaine Theater New York City for 48 performances
March 26 AL approves purchase of Toronto franchise by LaBatt Brewing for $7M
March 26 Wings release "Wings at the Speed of Sound" album
March 27 Delta States beat Immaculata, 69-64, for AIWA basketball title
March 27 Washington D.C. underground Metro opens
March 29 38th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Indiana beats Michigan 86-68
March 29 8 Ohio National Guardsmen indicted for shooting 4 Kent State students
March 30 Israel kills 6 Palestinians protesting land confiscation
March 31 Cleveland Cavaliers clinch their 1st ever NBA playoff bearth
March 31 New Jersey Court rules Karen Anne Quinlan may be disconnected from respirator
April 1 Stephen Wozniak and Steven Jobs founded Apple Computer
April 2 A's trade prospective free agents Reggie Jackson and Ken Holtzman, to Orioles for Don Baylor, Mike Torrez and Paul Mitchell
April 2 Cambodia Khieu Sampan succeeds prince Sihanouk as premier
April 2 Portuguese constitution assumed
April 3 France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
April 3 Philadelphia Flyers win record tying 20th straight NHL home game
April 4 5th Colgate Dinah Shore Golf Championship won by Judy Rankin
April 4 Seni Pramoj's Democratic Party wins elections in Thailand
April 5 Harold Wilson resigns as James Callaghan becomes Prime Minister of England
April 5 Tom Stoppard's "Dirty Linen," premieres in London
April 6 1st quadrophonic movie track: "Ladies and Gentlemen the Rolling Stones"
April 7 Chinese Politburo fires vice-premier Deng Xiaoping
April 9 U.S. and Russia agreed on size of nuclear tests for peaceful use
April 10 Brewers' Don Money's grand slammer disallowed - Yankees win 9-7
April 10 Cleveland Cavaliers win their 1st NBA Central Division title
April 11 40th Golf Masters Championship: Ray Floyd wins, shooting a 271
April 12 India set 403 to win by WI They get them, 6 wkts 7 overs spare
April 13 1st NBA playoff game for Cleveland Cavliers, they lose 100-95 to Wash
April 13 Federal Reserve begins issuing $2 bicentennial notes
April 15 Yankee stadium reopens, Yankees beat Twins after trailing 4-0
April 17 NL greatest comeback, trailing 12-1 Phillies win 18-16 in 10, Mike Schmidt hits 4 consecutive home runs
April 18 30th Tony Awards: Travesties and Chorus Line win
April 18 Judy Rankin wins LPGA Karsten- Ping Golf Open
April 19 5th Boston Women's Marathon won by Kim Merritt of Wis in 2:47:10
April 19 80th Boston Marathon won by Jack Fultz of Wash, DC in 2:20:19
April 20 George Harrison sings lumberjack song with Monty Python
April 21 Swine Flu vaccine, for non-epidemic, enters testing
April 21 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
April 22 Barbara Walters becomes 1st female nightly network news anchor
April 25 Cub centerfielder Rick Monday rescues U.S. flag from 2 fans trying to set it on fire
April 25 Elections in Vietnam for a National Assembly to reunite the country
April 25 India all out for 97 vs. West Indies
April 25 Jan Stephenson wins LPGA Birmingham Golf Classic
April 25 Portugal adopts constitution
April 26 Pan Am begins non-stop flights New York City - Tokyo
April 27 Arabic Monetary Fund established in Abu Dhabi
April 27 "So Long 174th St" opens at Harkness Theater New York City for 16 performances
April 29 Minister Irene Vorrink begins fluoridating Dutch drinking water
April 30 Muhammad Ali beats Jimmy Young in 15 for heavyweight boxing title
April 30 Royal Canadian Mint opens a branch in Winnipeg Manitoba
April 30 Wings release "Silly Love Songs"
May 1 102nd Kentucky Derby: Angel Cordero, Jr. on Bold Forbes wins in 2:01.6
May 1 Jos Hermens, runs Dutch record for 20K (57:24.2)
May 2 Joanne Carner wins LPGA Lady Tara Golf Classic
May 3 Panama 747SP lands after record flight around world (46:26)
May 3 Pulitzer prize awarded to Saul Bellow (Humboldt's Gift)
May 4 "1600 Pennsylvania Avenue" opens at Mark Hellinger New York City for 7 performances
May 4 Kiss performs their 1st concert
May 5 Anderlecht wins 16th soccer Europe Cup II
May 5 Train collision at Schiedam Netherlands, kills 24
May 8 "1600 Pennsylvania Avenue" closes at Mark Hellinger New York City after 7 performances
May 9 Sally Little wins LPGA Ladies Masters at Moss Creek Golf Tournament
May 9 "So Long 174th St" closes at Harkness Theater New York City after 16 performances
May 11 Emmy 3rd Daytime Award presentation
May 11 Last broadcast of "Marcus Welby, MD" on ABC-TV
May 12 Bayern Munich wins 21st Europe Cup 1
May 13 9th and final ABA championship: New York Nets beat Denv Nuggets, 4 games to 2
May 14 Lowell Thomas ends 46 years as radio network reporter
May 14 Oil tanker Urqui Ola explodes off Spanish coast
May 15 102nd Preakness: John Lively aboard Elocutionist wins in 1:55
May 15 Emmy Creative Arts Award presentation
May 15 Fonz Song by Heyettes hits #91
May 15 Kentucky Moonrunner by Cledus Maggard hits #85
May 16 Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens sweep Philadelphia Flyers in 4 games
May 16 Sue Roberts wins LPGA American Defender Golf Classic
May 17 28th Emmy Awards: Mary Tyler Moore Show, Jack Albertson and M Learned
May 17 Earthquake in Uzbekistan: 1000's killed
May 19 Gold ownership legalized in Australia
May 19 Liverpool wins 5th UEFA Cup at Bridge
May 19 Senate establishes permanent Select Committee on Intelligence
May 19 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
May 20 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Sary Shagan U.S.S.R.
May 22 NASA launches space vehicle S-179
May 22 St. Louis Cardinal Reggie Smith hits 3 home run
May 23 Amy Alcott wins '76 LPGA Golf Classic
May 24 1st commercial SST flight to North America (Concorde to Washington D.C.)
May 24 Muhammad Ali TKOs Richard Dunn in 5 for heavyweight boxing title
May 25 Heavyweight Muhammad Ali KOs Richard Dunn in Munich
May 27 "Something's Afoot" opens at Lyceum Theater New York City for 61 performances
May 29 "One Piece At A Time" by Johnny Cash hits #29
May 29 Only home run of Joe Niekro's 22-year career, comes off brother Phil
May 30 22nd LPGA Championship won by Betty Burfeindt
May 30 Bobby Unser sets world record for fastest pit stop (4 seconds)
May 31 Loudest Pennsylvania (76 KW) for Who's Quadrophenia in London
June 2 East-Timor People's Assembly accepts annexation through Indonesia
June 3 Queen's "Bhoemian Rhapsody" goes gold
June 3 Test Cricket debut of Mike Brearley vs. West Indies (0 and 17)
June 3 U.S. presented with oldest known copy of Magna Carta
June 5 108th Belmont: Angel Cordero, Jr. aboard Bold Forbes wins in 2:29
June 5 "Bigfoot" by Bro Smith hits #57
June 5 Teton Dam in Idaho burst causing $1 billion damage, 14 die
June 6 30th NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat Phoenix Suns, 4 games to 2
June 6 Pat Bradley wins LPGA Girl Talk Golf Classic
June 7 NBC Nightly News with John Chancellor and David Brinkley, premieres
June 8 Houston Astros draft Floyd Bannister #1
June 10 49th National Spelling Bee: Tim Kneale wins spelling narcolepsy
June 10 67,000 fans attends Wings concert at Seattle's Kingdome
June 11 Anti-apartheid advocate Dumisa Ntsebeza arrested in South Africa
June 11 Australian band AC/DC begin their 1st headline tour of Britain
June 11 Beatles "Rock and Roll Music" LP is released in USA
June 11 "Magnificent Marble Machine," last airs on NBC-TV
June 13 4th du Maurier Golf Classic (Peter Jackson Classic): Donna Caponi
June 13 Bob Marley performs in Amsterdam
June 13 Inge Helten runs female European record 100m (11.04)
June 14 12th Mayor's Trophy Game Yankees beat Mets 8-4
June 14 "Gong Show" premieres on TV, syndication
June 15 Rain out! Astrodome cancels game heavy rains make it difficult for visiting team and umpires to get through flooded streets to the stadium
June 15 Yankees trade May, Martinez, Pagan, MacGregor and Demsey to Baltimore for Holtzman, Alexander, Grant Jackson, Elrod Henrick and Jim Freeman
June 16 Student uprisings begin in Soweto, South Africa, Soweto Day
June 17 ABA (Nets, Pacers, Nuggets and Spurs) merges into NBA
June 17 Indonesia annexes Portuguese East-Timor
June 18 Bowie Kuhn voids A's sales, totaling $35 million, of Joe Rudi and Rollie Fingers to Red Sox, and Vida Blue to Yankees
June 18 Joseph William Turner watercolor auctioned for 340,000 pounds
June 18 St. Louis Cardinals Lou Brock and Hector Cruz hit inside-the-park home runs
June 19 King Charles XVI Gustaf of Sweden marries Dutchess Silvia Sommerlath
June 19 U.S. Viking 1 goes into Martian orbit after 10-month flight from Earth
June 20 76th U.S. Golf Open: Jerry Pate shoots a 277 at Atlanta AC in Duluth Ga
June 20 Carl Fugate, Starkwether accomplice, paroled
June 20 Czechoslovakia becomes European soccer champ
June 20 Joanne Carner wins LPGA Hoosier Golf Classic
June 21 Berlinguers PCI wins election in Italy
June 22 "Godspell" opens at Broadhurst Theater New York City for 527 performances
June 22 San Diego Padre pitcher Randy Jones ties record of 68 innings without a walk
June 23 CCN Tower in Toronto, tallest free-standing structure, 555 m, opens
June 24 1975 movie "Rocky Horror Picture Show" released in Germany
June 25 Ranger Toby Harrah is only shortstop not to handle a fielding chance in doubleheader
June 26 WS shortstop Toby Harrah plays DH without touching a batted ball
June 27 Air France Airbus hijacked in Germany to Uganda
June 27 Israeli raid on Entebbe, Uganda
June 27 Judy Rankin wins LPGA Babe Didrikson Zaharias Golf Invitational
June 27 "Pacific Overtures" closes at Winter Garden New York City after 193 performances
June 27 Portuguese general Antonio Eanes elected president
June 28 1st woman was admitted to Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs Colo
June 28 Hijacked French Airbus lands in Entebbe, Uganda
June 29 Seychelles gains independence from Britain
June 30 John Walker of New Zealand sets record for 2000 m, 4:51.4
July 1 Kenneth Gibson, is 1st black president of U.S. Conference of Mayors
July 2 83rd Wimbledon Womens Tennis: Chris Evert beats E Goolagong (63 46 86)
July 2 Formal reunification of North and South Vietnam
July 2 Supreme Court rules death penalty not inherently cruel or unusual
July 3 90th Wimbledon Mens Tennis: Bjorn Borg beats Ilse Nastase (64 62 97)
July 3 Adolfo Suarez becomes premier of Spain
July 3 After 12 years, Brian Wilson performs with the Beach Boys
July 3 Israel launches rescue of 103 Air France crew and passengers being held at Entebbe Airport in Uganda by pro-Palestinian hijackers
July 4 Opening ceremony of the Dai Bosatsu monastery Catskill Mt., New York
July 4 Raid on Entebbe-Israel rescues 229 Air France passengers
July 4 Sandra Palmer wins LPGA Bloomington Golf Classic Bicentennial
July 6 Soyuz 21 carries 2 cosmonauts to Salyut 5 space station
July 7 E. Henry Knoche, becomes deputy director of CIA
July 7 Vernon A. Walters, USA, ends term as deputy director of CIA
July 7 Viking 2 goes into orbit around Mars
July 8 Randy Jones wins NL record 16 games before All Star break
July 9 England all out for 71 vs. WI at Old Trafford, Holding 14 5-7-17-5
July 9 Houston Astro Larry Dierker no-hits Montreal Expos, 6-0
July 9 Uganda asks United Nations to condemn Israeli hostage rescue raid on Entebbe
July 10 105th British Golf Open: Johnny Miller shoots a 279 at Royal Birkdale
July 10 Chemical factory in Milan explodes (dioxane cloud)
July 11 1st U.S. football club in Austria forms (FAAFC-1st Austrian American)
July 11 31st U.S. Women's Open Golf Championship won by JoAnne Carner
July 11 France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
July 11 In pre-game promo at Atlanta County Stadium, 34 couples wed at home plate followed by Championship Wrestling "Headlocks and Wedlocks"
July 12 Ian Dury and Kilburns disband
July 13 47th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 7-1 at Veterans Stadium, Philadelphia
July 13 All star MVP: George Foster (Cincinnati Reds)
July 13 Last day of Test Cricket for Brian Close, aged 45
July 14 Jimmy Carter wins Democratic President nomination in New York City
July 14 U.S.S.R. banishes dissident Andrei Amalrik to Netherlands
July 15 36-hour kidnap of 26 school children and their bus driver in California
July 16 Rock duo Loggins and Messina break-up after 6 years
July 17 21st modern Olympic games opens in Montreal
July 17 Indonesian president Suharto annexes East Timor
July 18 Judy Rankin wins LPGA Borden Golf Classic
July 18 Lucien van Impe wins Tour de France
July 18 "Something's Afoot" closes at Lyceum Theater New York City after 61 performances
July 18 Stockhausens "Sirius," premieres in New York City
July 18 Thiokol conducts 2-minute firing of space shuttle's SRB at Brigham, Utah
July 19 Allman Brother's roadie Scooter Herring sentenced to 75 years for providing drugs for the group, based on Gregg Allman's testimony
July 19 Rock group Deep Purple disbands
July 20 Last U.S. troops leave Thailand
July 20 U.S. Viking 1 lands on Mars at Chryse Planitia, 1st Martian landing
July 21 1st outbreak of "Legionnaire's Disease" kills 29 in Philadelphia
July 21 "Guys and Dolls" opens at Broadway Theater New York City for 239 performances
July 22 "Let My People Come" opens at Morosco Theater New York City for 106 performances
July 23 42nd NFL Chicago All Star Game: Pittsburgh 24, All Stars 0 (52,895)
July 23 Baltimore Oriole Reggie Jackson homers in 6th straight game
July 23 France performs nuclear Test at Muruora Island
July 23 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear Test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
July 23 Wings release "Let 'em In"
July 24 John Naber is 1st to swin 200m backstroke under 2 minutes
July 25 Annegret Richter runs 100m (11.01)
July 25 Susie Berning wins LPGA Lady Keystone Golf Open
July 27 8.2 Tangshan earthquake kills estimated 240,000 Chinese
July 27 Japanese ex-premier Tanaka arrested, Lockheed Affair
July 28 242,000 die in Tientsin-Tangshan (China) 8.2 earthquake
July 28 8.2 and 7.4 earthquake devastate Tangsha, China (240-750,000 die)
July 28 Eldon Joersz and Geo Morgan set world air speed record of 3,530 kph
July 28 White Sox John Odom (5 inn) and Francisco Barrios (4 inn) no-hits A's
July 29 U.S.S.R. performs underground nuclear Test
July 30 Giulio Andreotti sworn in as premier of Italy
July 30 Japanese beat Russian for Olympic gold in woman's volleyball
July 31 Seychelles Independence, Independence day
July 31 Waldemar Cierpinski runs Olympic marathon (2:09:55.0)
August 1 21st Olympic games close at Montreal Canada
August 1 Flash flood in Big Thompson Canyon Colorado on Route 34, kills 139
August 1 Liz Taylor's 6th divorce (re-divorces Richard Burton)
August 1 Seattle Seahawks play 1st (preseason) game (SF 27, Seattle 20)
August 4 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
August 7 Chako Higuchi wins LPGA Colgate-European Golf Open
August 7 Scientists in Pasadena, California, announce Viking I found strongest indications to date of possible life on Mars
August 7 U.S. Viking 2 goes into Martian orbit after 11-month flight from Earth
August 8 Chicago White Sox suit up in shorts
August 9 Clive Lloyd scores double-ton in 120 minutes, WI vs. Glamorgan
August 9 Pitt Pirate John Candelaria no-hits Los Angeles Dodgers, 2-0
August 9 U.S.S.R. launches Luna 24, last Lunar flight to date from Earth
August 11 Keith Moon, drummer for Who, collapses and is hospitalized in Miami
August 11 Race riot in Cape Town, South Africa; 17 die
August 12 Christian militia conquer Palestinian camp Tell al-Za'tar, 2000 killed
August 14 10,000 Northern Ireland women demonstrate for peace in Belfast
August 15 Jane Blalock wins LPGA Wheeling Golf Classic
August 16 58th PGA Championship: Dave Stockton shoots a 281 at Congressional MD
August 16 St. Louis Cardinals beat San Diego Chargers 20-10 in Tokyo (NFL expo)
August 17 An earthquake and tidal wave in the Philippines kills up to 8,000
August 17 Big win for WI at The Oval Michael Holding 14-149 for match
August 18 U.S.S.R.'s Luna 24 soft-lands on Moon
August 19 President Gerald R. Ford won Republican President nomination at Kansas City convention
August 21 Al Bumbry hits 17th inside-the-park home run in Oriole history
August 21 Battle East Sussex: Mary Langdon becomes 1st British firewoman
August 22 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Patty Berg Golf Classic
August 23 Heavy earthquake strikes China, 1,000s die
August 24 Soyuz 21 returns to Earth
August 25 Harm Wiersma becomes world checker champion
August 25 Yankees beat Twins 5-4 in 19 innings
August 28 N.Y. Cosmos beat Seattle Sounders 2-1 for NASL cup
August 28 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
August 29 Sandra Palmer wins LPGA National Jewish Hospital Golf Open
August 30 Tom Brokaw becomes news anchor of Today Show
August 30 Turks and Caicos Islands adopts constitution
August 31 George Harrison found guilty of plagurizing "My Sweet Lord"
August 31 Mexican peso devalued
August 31 Trinidad and Tobago adopts constitution
August 31 Waldemar Cierpinski wins 18th Olympics Marathon (2:09:55.0)
September 1 NASA launches space vehicle S-197
September 1 New Jersey Meadowlands racetrack opens
September 1 Wayne Hays, Representative-D-Ohio 1949 - 1976, resigns after scandal with Elizabeth Ray
September 3 Viking 2 soft lands on Mars and returns photos
September 4 Palestinians hijack KLM DC-9 to Cyprus
September 5 "Rex" closes at Lunt-Fontaine Theater New York City after 48 performances
September 5 Sandra Palmer wins LPGA Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Golf Classic
September 5 "Very Good Eddie" closes at Booth Theater New York City after 307 performances
September 6 Jerry Lewis' 11th Muscular Dystrophy telethon, Dean Martin appears
September 6 Russian pilot Belenko defects to Japan in a Mig 25 jet
September 7 U.S. courts find George Harrison guilty of plagiarism for 'He's So Fine'
September 8 Fons Rademakers' film "Max Havelaar" premieres in Amsterdam
September 10 2 airliners collide over Yugoslavia, kills all 176 aboard
September 10 5 Croatian terrorists capture TWA-plane at La Guardia Airport, New York
September 11 90th U.S. Womens Tennis: C E L Mills beats E Goolagong Cawley (63 60) Evonne Goolagong loses her 4th straight U.S. Open Final (Evert wins)
September 11 Dorothy Kathleen Benham (Minn), 20, crowned 49th Miss America 1977
September 11 Minnie Minoso bats for White Sox after a 12-year hiatus (hitless)
September 12 96th U.S. Mens Tennis: Jimmy Connors beats Bjorn Borg (64 36 76 64)
September 12 Jane Blalock wins LPGA Dallas Civitan Golf Open
September 12 Seattle Seahawks play 1st regular-season game (St. L 30, Sea 24)
September 12 White Sox Minnie Minoso, 53, is oldest to get a hit in majors
September 13 2nd Enterprise, approach and lands Test Cricket (ALT) flight (5m28s)
September 15 Ntozake Shange's "For Colored Girls Who ...," premieres in New York City
September 15 Soyuz 22 carries 2 cosmonauts into Earth orbit for 8 days
September 16 Egypt president Sadat re-elected
September 16 Episcopal Church approves ordination of women as priests and bishop
September 17 Amnesty International receives Erasmus-prize
September 17 NASA publicly unveils space shuttle Enterprise in Palmdale, California
September 17 Ringo releases "Ringo's Rotogravure" album
September 18 Cleveland manager Frank Robinson last game as a player
September 18 Dom Mintoff's Labour Party wins Malta election
September 18 Reverend Sun Myung Moon holds "God Bless America" convention
September 19 Donna Caponi Young wins LPGA Portland Golf Classic
September 19 "Going Up" opens at John Golden Theater New York City for 49 performances
September 20 Metroliner official opens in Brussels
September 20 Playboy releases Jimmy Carter's interview that he lusts for women
September 20 Sid Berstein offers $230 million charity concert for Beatle reunion
September 21 Wings performs in Zagreb Yugoslavia
September 23 Ford-Carter TV debate
September 23 South Africa decides to allow multi-racial teams to represent them
September 23 Soyuz 22 returns to Earth
September 24 Newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst sentenced to 7 years for her part in a 1974 bank robbery. Released after 22 months by President Carter
September 24 "Oh! Calcutta!" opens at Edison Theater New York City for 5959 performances
September 25 Expo's last game at Montreal's Jarry Park
September 25 "Porgy and Bess" opens at Uris Theater New York City for 122 performances
September 26 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor PRC
September 26 Denver's Rick Upchurch returns 2 punts for TDs against Cleveland
September 26 Donna Caponi Young wins LPGA Carlton Golf
September 26 Phillies clinch their 1st NL East Division title
September 28 A&M sues George Harrison who fails to meet deadline for LP completion
September 28 Congress passes Toxic Substances Control Act
September 28 Muhammad Ali beats Ken Norton in 15 for heavyweight boxing title
September 29 2nd Chamber recognizes Dutch Liberals/social democratic abortion law
September 29 "Alice," debuts on CBS-TV
September 29 Boy George expelled from school
September 29 Jerry Lee Lewis, attempting to shoot soda bottles hits his bass player Norman Owens twice in the chest
September 29 San Francisco Giant John Montefusco no-hits Atlanta Braves, 9-0
September 29 Syria drives Palestinian guerrillas out of Lebanon
September 29 Tommy Lasorda replaces Walter Alston as Dodger manager
September 29 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya U.S.S.R.
October 1 1st Dutch casino opens
October 2 "Let My People Come" closes at Morosco Theater New York City after 106 performances
October 3 Hank Aaron singles in his last at bat and drives in his 2,297th run
October 3 Helmuth Kohl's CDU wins German parliament election
October 4 Agriculture Secretary Earl Butz resigns due to telling a racial joke
October 4 Supreme Court lifts 1972 ban on death penalty for convicted murderers
October 5 Seattle and Toronto picks 30 unprotected players on other AL rosters Ruppert Jones (Seattle) and Bob Bailor (Toronto) are picked 1st
October 6 Cubans DC-8 crashes after bomb attack
October 6 "Gang of Four" arrested in Beijing
October 6 John Hathaway completes 50,600 mile bicycle tour of every continent
October 6 President Ford says there is "no Soviet domination in Eastern Europe"
October 8 Sex Pistols sign with EMI
October 9 Peter Petherick takes hat-trick on debut New Zealand vs. Pak Javed 1st wkt
October 9 "Robber Bridegroom" opens at Biltmore Theater New York City for 145 performances
October 9 TCricket est debut of Javed Miandad, scores 163 on 1st day
October 9 Yankees 1st AL Championship game, beat Royals 4-1
October 10 Beijing reports arrest of Mao Tse Tung's widow
October 10 Greece's 98 year-old Dimitrion Yordanidis, is oldest man to compete in a marathon; he finishes in 7:33
October 10 New Jersey Meadowlands' Giant's Stadium opens
October 11 10th Country Music Association Award: Mel Tillis wins
October 11 Mao Tse-Tung's widow Jiang Qing and "Gang of Four," arrested and charged with plotting a coup
October 12 4th Space Shuttle Enterprise, approach and land test (ALT) flight
October 12 Hua Guo-feng succeeds Mao Tse-tung as chairman of Communist Party
October 14 Chris Chambliss' 9th inning lead off homer gives New York Yankees pennant #30
October 14 Nobel prize for economy awarded to Milton Friedman
October 14 Soyuz 23 carries 2 to Salyut 6, but returns without docking
October 15 1st debate of major-ticket Vice President nominees Mondale (D) vs Dole (R)
October 15 Ringo releases "A Dose of Rock 'n' Roll"
October 16 Soyuz 23 returns to Earth
October 16 Toronto Maple Leaf Lanny McDonald scores a hat trick in 2 minutes 54 seconds
October 17 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor PRC
October 17 Coldest World Series game Yankees vs Cincinnati, 39 degrees F (until 1997)
October 18 Nobel prize for chemistry awarded to William N Lipscomb Jr
October 20 70 die as Norwegian tanker Frosta collides with George Prince
October 20 New York Nets Julius "Dr. J" Erving sold to Philadelphia 76ers
October 21 American Saul Bellow wins Nobel Prize for Literature
October 21 Cincinnati Reds sweep New York Yankees, in 73rd World Series
October 21 New York Knicks retire 1st number, # 19, Willis Reed
October 21 New York Yankee Thurman Munson ties World Series mark of 6 straight singles
October 21 Nobel prize for literature awarded to Saul Bellow
October 22 Rick Barry (SF), begins then longest NBA free throw streak of 60
October 24 1st Jewish film and TV festival
October 24 6th New York City Women's Marathon won by Miki Gorman in 2:39:11
October 24 7th New York City Marathon won by Bill Rodgers in 2:10:10
October 24 Hua Guofeng succeeds Mao as China's party leader
October 24 Sadiq and Mushtaq Mohammad score tons in same Test Cricket innings vs. New Zealand
October 25 5th Enterprise, approach and lands test (ALT) flight
October 26 Transkei gains independence, not recognized outside of South Africa
October 26 Trinidad and Tobago becomes a republic
October 28 Billy Martin named AL Manager of Year (New York Yankees)
October 28 Train collision at Goes, Netherlands, 7 die
October 30 "Going Up" closes at John Golden Theater New York City after 49 performances
October 30 Jane Pauley becomes news co-anchor of Today Show
October 30 Reverend Joseph Evans elected president of United Church of Christ
October 31 Javed Miandad, 206 vs. New Zealand, age 19 years 141 days (29 fours 1 six)
November 1 Britain gives Gilbert Island (Kiribati) self rule
November 1 "Don't Step on My Olive Branch" opens at Playhouse New York City for 16 performances
November 1 West German Gens Krupinski/Franke admit to being Nazis
November 2 Jimmy Carter defeats Gerald Ford for president
November 2 New Jersey voters approve gambling for Atlantic City
November 2 San Diego Padre Randy Jones wins NL Cy Young
November 3 Donna Caponi Young wins LPGA/Japan Mizuno Golf
November 4 1st mass-market free-agent reentry draft, Reggie Jackson, Joe Rudi, Gullett, Tenace, Fingers, Baylor, Grich and McCovey, available
November 5 Baltimore Jim Palmer wins AL Cy Young Award
November 5 New AL franchises in Seattle and Toronto fill up their rosters
November 5 Pirates trade Manny Sanguillen and $100,000 to A's for manager Chuck Tanner
November 5 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test
November 6 Benjamin Hooks, succeeds Roy Wilkins as executive director of NAACP
November 6 Former Twins relief ace Bill Campbell is 1st free-agent to sign with a new team, joining the Red Sox for $1 million over 4 years
November 7 'Gone With the Wind' televised
November 9 Oakland releases Billy Williams, ending his Hall of Fame career
November 9 U.N. General Assembly condemns apartheid in South Africa
November 10 Utah Supreme Court OKs execution of convicted murderer Gary Gilmore
November 14 Cleveland Browns' Jerry Sherk sets club record with 4 sacks
November 14 "Don't Step on My Olive Branch" closes at Playhouse New York City after 16 performances
November 14 War criminal Pieter Menten captured 1 day after fleeing
November 15 Syrian army conquerors Beirut
November 16 Rene Levesque's "Parti Quebecois" wins elections in Quebec
November 16 Rick Barry (SF), ends then longest NBA free throw streak of 60
November 17 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor PRC
November 18 Spain's parliament establishes democracy after 37 years of dictatorship
November 18 Yankees sign free agent Don Gullett
November 19 George Harrison releases "This Song"
November 19 Patty Hearst is freed on $15 million bail
November 20 George Harrison appears on Saturday Night Live
November 20 Judy Rankin wins LPGA Colgate-Hong Kong Golf Open
November 22 Algeria Constitution goes into effect
November 22 Comic strip "Cathy," by Cathy Guisewhite, debuts
November 23 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
November 23 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
November 24 NBA Atlanta Hawks end a 28 game road losing streak
November 24 Reds Joe Morgan wins his 2nd straight NL MVP Award
November 25 O. J. Simpson gains 273 yards for Buffalo vs. Detroit
November 25 The Band's farewell concert at SF's Winterland Ballroom
November 25 Viking 1 radio signal from Mars help prove general theory of relativity
November 26 East Germany deprives singer/poet Wolf Biermann citizenship
November 26 Ringo releases "Hey Baby" single
November 26 Sex Pistols release their debut single "Anarchy In The UK"
November 26 Willy Burns elected chairman of Social International
November 27 Amy Alcott wins LPGA Colgate-Far East Golf Championship
November 27 Miss Teenage America Pageant
November 28 64th CFL Grey Cup: Ottawa Rough Riders defeats Saskatchewan, 23-20
November 29 Free agent Reggie Jackson signs 5 year pact with New York Yankees
November 30 42nd Heisman Trophy Award: Tony Dorsett, Pittsburgh (RB)
December 1 Angola admitted to UN
December 1 Bangladesh General Ziaur Rahman declares himself president
December 1 Sex Pistols using profanity on TV, gets them branded as "rotten punks"
December 3 Dr. Patrick J Hillery elected president of Iraq
December 4 Liz Taylor's 7th marriage to John Warner
December 5 Buffalo Bill OJ Simpson rushes 203 yards
December 6 War criminal Pieter Menten arrested in Zurich
December 7 U.N. Security Council endorses Kurt Waldheim, Secretary-General for 2nd 5 yr term
December 8 U.N. General Assembly re-elects Kurt Waldheim secretary-General
December 8 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
December 10 Wings release triple album "Wings Over America"
December 12 Quarterback Joe Namath last game as a New York Jet
December 13 Golden Gate Bridge District starts ferry service to Larkspur
December 13 Longest non-stop passenger airflight (Sydney to San Francisco 13h14m)
December 14 Dutch 1st Chamber condemns Dutch Liberal/social dem abortion laws
December 15 Argo Merchant tanker off Massachusetts' SE coast, spills 7.6 m gallons of crude when ship ran aground
December 15 Jamaica premier Manley wins elections
December 16 Andrew Young named Ambassador and Chief U.S. Delegate to UN
December 16 Charlie Finley's $10 million damage suit against Bowie Kuhn begins
December 16 Government halts swine flu vaccination prog following reports of paralysis
December 16 Liberian tanker stranded at Nantucket, 180,000 barrels oil in sea
December 17 Superstation WTBS in Atlanta went national
December 18 "A Star is Born," with Barbra Striesand, premieres
December 18 Soviet dissident Viktor Bukovskiexchanged for Chile CP-leader Corvalan
December 18 Wonder Woman debuts on ABC
December 19 Jo Ann Washam/Chi Chi Rodriguez wins Pepsi-Cola Mixed Team Golf Champ
December 19 John Lever takes 7-46 in 1st Test Cricket innings, vs. India Delhi
December 19 Piper Cherokee crashes into Baltimore Memorial Stadium upper stands, 10 minutes after Colts lose 40-14 to Steelers. No one seriously hurt
December 19 President Brezhnev receives his 5th Lenin order
December 20 Israel's Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin resigns
December 20 "Music Is" opens at St. James Theater New York City for 8 performances
December 21 20th Islander shut-out opponent-Billy Smith 3-0 vs Bruins
December 21 Patricia R. Harris named secretary of Housing and Urban Development
December 21 U.N. General Assembly passes a resolution declaring 1979 - Year of Child
December 21 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
December 22 35 Unification church couples wed in New York City
December 22 East Germany banishes singer Nina Hagen
December 22 "Your Arm's Too Short..." opens at Lyceum New York City for 429 performances
December 25 Egyptian SS Patria sinks in Red Sea, about 100 killed
December 25 Takeo Fukuda becomes Japanese premier
December 26 "Music Is" closes at St. James Theater New York City after 8 performances
December 27 Albania constitution goes into effect
December 28 "Fiddler on the Roof" opens at Winter Garden Theater New York City for 167 performances
December 28 Genie Francis joind "General Hospital" as Laura Vining
December 28 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
December 28 Winnie Mandela banished in South Africa
December 30 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
December 31 The Cars played their 1st gig
December 31 TV soap "Somerset" ends 6 year run












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