1976 in History – What happened in year 1976

In history, year 1976 has its own importance and known for many memorable events like famous birthdays, inventions, natural disaster, treaties, change of rulers, special days etc. Find below a list of important historical events which happened during the year 1976.

Top Historical Events of the Year 1976:

Date/MonthEvent / Incidence / Incident
02 januaryThe Gale of January 1976 began, which resulted in coastalflooding around the southern North Sea coasts, leading to at least 82deaths and US$1.3 billion in damage.
03 januaryThe multilateral International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, part of the International Bill of Human Rights, came into effect.
04 januaryThe Troubles-Volunteers from the Ulster Volunteer Force shotdead five Irish Catholic civilians in County Armagh, Northern Ireland.
05 januaryThe Troubles: In response to the killings of six Catholics the night before, the South Armagh Republican Action Force killed ten Protestants in County Armagh, Northern Ireland.
21 januaryThe Concorde supersonic transports began scheduled commercial flights to London, Paris, Bahrain, and Rio de Janeiro.
06 februaryIn testimony before a U.S. Senate subcommittee, Lockheedpresident Carl Kotchian admitted that the company had paid outapproximately US$3 million in bribes to the office of Japanese PrimeMinister Kakuei Tanaka.
09 februaryThe Australian Defence Force was formed by the unification of the Australian Army, the Royal Australian Navy and the Royal Australian Air Force.
15 februaryThe current Constitution of Cuba, providing for a system of government and law based on those of the Soviet Union and Eastern Bloc countries, was adopted by a national referendum.
27 februaryThe formerly Spanish territory of Western Sahara, under the auspices of the Polisario Front declares independence as the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic.
19 marchCommonwealth restriction on the freedom of Australian residents to own, buy and sell gold was removed on May 19, 1976. Eelier no one was authorized of the ownership and trading of the gold in Australia except Reserve Bank or a person authorized by the bank.
27 marchThe Washington Metro, the second-busiest rapid transit system in the US, opened to commuters.
01 aprilApple Computer was originally founded to sell 'do-it-yourself' kits.
04 aprilNorodom Sihanouk abdicated from the role of leader of Cambodia and was arrested by the Khmer Rouge.
03 mayPan Am 747SP landed on May 3, 1976 in New York, setting a new round the world flight speed record of 46 hours, 50 seconds for its circumnavigation of the earth. On April 25 1976 Pan Am inaugurated Los Angles/ New York to Tokyo flight services. 747SP flew from New York to Tokyo via Delhi, India and returned to New York.
08 maySteel roller coaster Great American Revolution, world’s first modern roller coster with a vertical loop, was opened on May 8, 2015. It was designed by Werner Stengel and located in the Baja Ridge area of six Flags Magic Mountain.
19 mayCommonwealth restriction on the freedom of Australian residents to own, buy and sell gold was removed on May 19, 1976. Eelier no one was authorized of the ownership and trading of the gold in Australia except Reserve Bank or a person authorized by the bank.
24 mayConcorde service began from London to Washington DC. Concorde is a turbojet-powered supersonic passenger jet airliner that was in service from 1976 to 2003. It is one of only two supersonic transports to have entered commercial service. It featured a maximum speed over twice the speed of sound at Mach 2.04, with seating for 92 to 128 passengers.
24 mayIn a wine competition in Paris, French judges shocked the wine industry by rating California wines higher than French ones.
05 juneThe Teton Dam in eastern Idaho, US, collapsed as its reservoirwas being filled for the first time, resulting in the deaths of eleven people and 13, 000 cattle, and causing up to $2 billion in damage.
29 juneThe Seychelles became independent from the United Kingdom. Seychelles , officially the Republic of Seychelles is an archipelago in the Indian Ocean. The 115-island country, whose capital is Victoria, lies 1,500 kilometres (932 mi) east of mainland Southeast Africa. Other nearby island countries and territories include Zanzibar to the west and Comoros, Mayotte, Madagascar, Réunion, and Mauritius to the south.
02 julyFall of the Republic of Vietnam; Communist North Vietnam declared their union to form the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. The Democratic Republic of Vietnam generally known as North Vietnam, was a Marxist and Leninist government established in 1945. It was claiming all of Vietnam yet including most of North Vietnam
02 julyMore than a year after the end of the Vietnam War, North and South Vietnam officially united under communist rule to form the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.
04 julyIsrael Defense Forces raided Uganda's Entebbe InternationalAirport to free hostages taken by hijackers on Air France Flight 139.
10 julyThe Seveso disaster took place in Italy. It was an industrial disaster. It happened due to leak of 2, 3, 7, 8 - tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin in residential population. More than 3000 animals were found dead and many humans suffered from skin inflammation and irritation.
18 julyAt the Olympic Games in Montreal, Nadia Com?neci became thefirst person to score a perfect 10 in a modern Olympics gymnastics event.
28 julyAn earthquake measuring at least 8.2 on the Richter scale, oneof the deadliest in history, flattened Tangshan, China, killing at least240,000 people.
18 augustNorth Korean soldiers killed two American soldiers in the JointSecurity Area of the Korean Demilitarized Zone, heightening tensionsover a 100-foot (30 m) poplar tree that blocked the line of sightbetween a United Nations Command checkpoint and an observation post.
10 septemberThe collision of 2 passenger jets, British Airways Flight 476 and an Inex charter airline flight over Zagreb caused by the errors of air traffic controllers led to the death of 176 people.
17 septemberNASA publicly unveils its first space shuttle, called the Enterprise.
17 septemberEnterprise, the first Space Shuttle built for NASA, was rolledout of the manufacturing facilities in Palmdale, California.

Famous birthdays in the year 1976:

Date/MonthName / Profession / Country
02 AugustJay Heaps / Footballer / United States of America
03 January Angelos Basinas / Footballer / Greece
05 OctoberJ. J. Yeley / Racing Car Driver / United States of America
06 JuneGeoff Rowley / Business Man / United Kingdom
10 SeptemberGustavo Kuerten / Tennis Player / Brazil
10 AugustRoadkill / Wrestler / United States of America
10 JuneHadi Saei / Martial Artist / Iran
11 DecemberYujiro Shirakawa / Actor / Japan
12 AugustAntoine Walker / Basketball Player / United States of America
14 March Phil Vickery / Rugby Player / United Kingdom
15 MayJacek Krzynówek / Footballer / Poland
18 AprilJustin Ross / Politician / United States of America
19 January Tarso Marques / Racing Car Driver / Brazil
20 OctoberNikolaos Bacharidis / Footballer / Greece
21 AprilPetero Civoniceva / Rugby Player / Australia
21 February Ryan Smyth / Ice Hockey Player / Canada
25 March Francie Bellew / Footballer / Ireland
29 DecemberDanny McBride / Actor / United States of America
30 OctoberÜmit Özat / Footballer / Turkey
30 MayRadoslav Nesterović / Basketball Player / Slovenia

Famous Indian Personalities Birthdays in the year 1976:

YearName / Profession / Country
19 SeptemberIsha Kopikar / Actress / India
23 March Smriti Irani / Politician / India
29 OctoberRaghava Lawrence / Actor / India
15 DecemberBaichung Bhutia / Footballer / India
15 MarchAbhay Deol / Actor / India
09 JuneAmisha Patel / Actress / India
11 SeptemberMurali Kartik / Cricketer / India
05 FebruaryAbhishek Bacchan / Actor / India
27 AprilFaisal Saif / Writer / India
20 JulyDebashish Mohanty / Cricketer / India
15 DecemberBhaichung Bhutia / Player / India
03 MarchRifleman Sanjay Kumar / Soldier / India
10 SeptemberRavi Kant Anmol / Writer / India
30 AugustChitrangada Singh / Actress / India
04 JulyAryan Vaidya / Actor / India
04 AprilPunit Vashishta / Actor / India
20 NovemberTushar Kapoor / Actor / India

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