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1976Balt Oriole Reggie Jackson homers in 6th straight game

1976OJ Simpson gains 273 yards for Buffalo vs Detroit

1976Hank Aaron singles in his last at bat & drives in his 2,297th run

1976A&M sues George Harrison who fails to meet deadline for LP completion

1976Beijing reports arrest of Mao Zedong's widow

1976Bryan Trottier failed in 4th Islander penalty shot

1976Final meeting between Mao Zedong & Richard Nixon

197640th Golf Masters Championship: Ray Floyd wins, shooting a 271

1976Stephen Wozniak & steven jobs found Apple Computer

1976US Pres Gerald Ford says there is "no Soviet domination in Eastern Europe"

1976Ringo Starr releases "A Dose of Rock 'n' Roll"

1976Donna Caponi Young wins LPGA Carlton Golf

1976Mao Zedong's widow Jiang Qing & "Gang of Four" arrested & charged with plotting a coup

1976Chinese Politburo fires vice-premier Deng Xiaoping

1976Playboy releases Jimmy Carter's interview that he lusts for women

1976Rick Barry (SF), begins then longest NBA free throw streak of 60

1976Tom Stoppard's "Dirty Linen" premieres in London

1976Buffalo Bill OJ Simpson rushes 203 yards

19764th du Maurier Golf Classic (Peter Jackson Classic): Donna Caponi

1976Pat Bradley wins LPGA Girl Talk Golf Classic

1976Pulitzer prize awarded to Saul Bellow (Humboldt's Gift)

1976George Harrison appears on Saturday Night Live

1976Director Ingmar Bergman leaves Sweden due to taxation

1976Keith Moon, drummer for Who, collapses & is hospitalized in Miami

1976Donna Caponi Young wins LPGA/Japan Mizuno Golf

1976George Harrison releases "This Guitar (Can't Keep From Crying)"

1976NL greatest comeback, trailing 12-1 Phils win 18-16 in 10, Mike Schmidt hits 4 consecutive HRs

1976A's trade prospective free agents Reggie Jackson & Ken Holtzman, to Orioles for Don Baylor, Mike Torrez & Paul Mitchell

1976Jimmy Carter wins Democratic pres nomination in NYC

1976Bob Marley performs in Amsterdam

1976After 45 years of coaching, Paul Brown announces his retirement from the National Football League

197683rd Wimbledon Womens Tennis: Chris Evert beats E Goolagong (63 46 86)

1976Fidel Castro becomes President of Cuba replacing Osvaldo Dorticós Torrado.

1976Nobel prize for literature awarded to American Saul Bellow

1976Bobby Orr signs a five-year contract with the Chicago Blackhawks

1976Bono, David Evans, his brother Dik and Adam Clayton respond to an advertisement on a bulletin board at Mount Temple posted by fellow student Larry Mullen Jr. to form a rock band, which would eventually become U2

1976Donna Caponi Young wins LPGA Portland Golf Classic

1976Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Bent Tree Golf Classic

19762nd People's Choice Awards: John Wayne & Katharine Hepburn win (Motion Picture) and Telly Savalas & Carol Burnett win (TV)

197696th US Mens Tennis: Jimmy Connors beats Bjorn Borg (64 36 76 64)

19761st mass-market free-agent reentry draft, Reggie Jackson, Joe Rudi, Gullett, Tenace, Fingers, Baylor, Grich & McCovey, available

1976"One Piece At A Time" by Johnny Cash hits #29

1976"Charlie's Angels" starring Farrah Fawcett debuts

197658th PGA Championship: Dave Stockton shoots a 281 at Congressional MD

1976US courts find George Harrison guilty of plagiarism (He's So Fine)

1976Nobel prize for economy awarded to Milton Friedman

1976"Taxi Driver", starring Robert De Niro and Jodie Foster, is released

1976Mao Zedong's funeral takes place in Beijing.

1976George Harrison releases "This Song"

1976Darryl Sittler, Toronto, sets NHL record with 10 points in a game

1976George Foreman KOs Ron Lyle in 5th round of a real slugfest

1976Rick Barry (SF), ends then longest NBA free throw streak of 60

197628th Emmy Awards: Mary Tyler Moore Show, Jack Albertson & M Learned win

1976"Yes, Yes, Yes" by Bill Cosby hits #46

1976Ringo Starr releases "Ringo's Rotogravure" album

1976Hank Aaron hits 755th & last home run off Angels Dick Drago

1976George Harrison found guilty of plagiarising "My Sweet Lord"

1976NY Knicks retire 1st number, # 19, Willis Reed

1976"I Write the Songs" by Barry Manilow hits #1

1976Queen Elizabeth II sent out the first royal email, from the Royal Signals and Radar Establishment.

1976Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Patty Berg Golf Classic

1976President Gerald R Ford wins Republican presidential nomination at KC convention

1976Jimmy Carter (D) defeats Gerald Ford (R) for US President

1976Jerry Lee Lewis, attempting to shoot soda bottles hits his bass player Norman Owens twice in the chest

19763rd American Music Award: Olivia Newton-John & John Denver win

197648th Academy Awards - "One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest", Jack Nicholson & Louise Fletcher wins

1976Jerry Lewis' 11th Muscular Dystrophy telethon, Dean Martin appears

1976NY Yankees sign free agent Reggie Jackson to 5-year contract

197690th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Bjorn Borg beats Ilie Nastase (64 62 97)

1976George Harrison sings lumberjack song with Monty Python

1976 Historical Events
Date Event
Jan 1
"Musical Jubilee" closes at St James Theater NYC after 92 performances 
Jan 1
Liberty Bell moves to new home behind Independence Hall 
Jan 1
NBC replaces the peacock logo 
Jan 1
Venezuela nationalizes oil fields 
Jan 1
After 45 years of coaching, Paul Brown announces his retirement from the National Football League 
Jan 3
US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
Jan 4
"Candide" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 740 performances 
Jan 4
"Home Sweet Homer" opens & closes at Palace Theater NYC 
Jan 4
Reavey and O'Dowd killings: the Ulster Volunteer Force shoot dead 6 Catholic civilians in 2 co-ordinated attacks in County Armagh, North Ireland 
Jan 5
"MacNeil-Lehrer Report" premieres on PBS 
Jan 5
Cambodia is renamed "Democratic Kampuchea" 
Jan 5
Greg Chappell scores 182* at SCG against West Indies 
Jan 5
Kingsmill massacre: in retaliation for the Reavey and O'Dowd killings, the South Armagh Republican Action Force shoot dead 10 Protestant civilians after stopping their minibus at Kingsmill, County Armagh 
Jan 6
China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC 
Jan 6
Ted Turner purchases Atlanta Braves for reported $12 million 
Jan 8
Franklin Mint strikes 1st gold coins for Netherlands Antilles 
Jan 9
Bryan Trottier failed in 4th Islander penalty shot 
Jan 9
CW McCall CB song "Convoy" hit #1 on the country music charts 
Jan 9
Ringo releases "Oh My My" in UK 
Jan 11
"Pacific Overtures" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 193 perfs 
Jan 11
Dorothy Hamill wins her 3rd consec natl figure skating champions 
Jan 11
Military coup in Ecuador, Pres Guillermo Lara leaves 
Jan 11
Stephen Sondheim's musical "Pacific Overtures," premieres in NYC 
Jan 11
US female Figure Skating championship won by Dorothy Hamill 
Jan 11
US male Figure Skating championship won by Terry Kubicka 
Jan 12
UN Security Council votes 11-1 to seat Palestine Liberation Org 
Jan 13
Sarah Caldwell is 1st woman to conduct at NY's Metropolitan Opera House as she led orchestra in a performance of "La Traviata" 
Jan 14
"Bionic Woman" with Lindsay Wagner debuts on ABC (later NBC) 
Jan 14
Ted Turner becomes CEO of Atlanta Braves 
Jan 15
Sara Jane Moore sentenced to life for attempting to shoot Pres Ford 
Jan 15
US-German Helios B solar probe launched into solar orbit 
Jan 15
USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR 
Jan 16
"Donny & Marie" [Osmond] musical variety show premieres on ABC TV 
Jan 16
Peter Frampton released platinum live album "Frampton Comes Alive" 
Jan 17
"I Write the Songs" by Barry Manilow hits #1 
Jan 17
Hermes rocket launched by European Space Agency 
Jan 18
Super Bowl X: Pittsburgh Steelers beat Dallas Cowboys, 21-17 in Miami Super Bowl MVP: Lynn Swann, Pittsburgh, WR 
Jan 20
29th NHL All-Star Game: Wales beat Campbell 7-5 at Phila 
Jan 21
Supersonic Concorde, 1st commercial flights, by Britain & France 
Jan 22
Bank robbery in Beirut nets $20-50 million (record) 
Jan 23
Ian Redpath hits his only 2 sixes in Cricket Tests, v WI Adelaide 
Jan 23
Wash Caps end 25 game winless streak (0-22-3) beat NY Rangers 7-5 
Jan 23
The Provisional Irish Republican Army truce of February 1975 is officially brought to an end 
Jan 24
Cleveland Cavaliers biggest margin victory-43 pts (beat Milwaukee 132-89) 
Jan 24
George Foreman KOs Ron Lyle in 5th round of a real slugfest 
Jan 25
Surinder Amarnath scores 124 on Test debut Ind v NZ Auckland 
Jan 26
6th AFC-NFC pro bowl, NFC wins 23-20 
Jan 26
Belgium Catholic elite starts amnesty campaign for war criminals 
Jan 26
David Mamet's "American Buffalo," premieres in NYC 
Jan 26
Israel opens "Good Fence" to Lebanon 
Jan 26
NFL Pro Bowl: NFC beats AFC 23-20 
Jan 27
"Laverne & Shirley" spinoff from "Happy Days" premieres on ABC TV 
Jan 27
9th ABA All-Star Game: Denver 144 beats ABA 138 at Denver 
Jan 27
Morocco-Algeria battles in West Sahara 
Jan 27
Viv Richards scores his 1st Test century against Australia 
Jan 28
Erapalli Prasanna takes 8-76 to rip through NZ at Eden Park 
Jan 28
NBA Atlanta Hawks begin a 28 game road losing streak 
Jan 29
Zeiss planetarium in Hague destroyed by fire 
Jan 30
1st-class debut of Dav Whatmore, in Johannesburg 
Jan 30
George H W Bush becomes 11th director of CIA (until 1977) 
Jan 30
William E Colby, ends term as 10th director of CIA 
Jan 31
"Love Rollercoaster" by Ohio Players hits #1 
Jan 31
Lance Gibbs becomes highest Test wicket-taker at 308 
Jan 31
3rd American Music Award: Olivia Newton-John & John Denver win 
Feb 1
"Rich Man, Poor Man" mini-series premieres on ABC TV 
Feb 1
Judy Rankin wins LPGA Burdine's Golf Invitational 
Feb 1
Sonny & Cher resume TV show, despite real-life divorce 
Feb 1
East Lansing police arrest Dodgers reliever Mike Marshall for taking batting practice at Mich State U after he is warned not to 
Feb 2
"Honeymooners Second Honeymoon" airs on TV 
Feb 2
"Rich Little Show," debuts on NBC-TV 
Feb 2
Roger Connor, Fred Lindstrom & ump Cal Hubbard elected to Hall of Fame 
Feb 3
26th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 123-109 at Philadelphia 
Feb 4
12th Winter Olympic games opens in Innsbruck, Austria 
Feb 4
7.5 earthquake kills 22,778 in Guatemala & Honduras 
Feb 4
US Federal Judge Judge Oliver upholds Seitz's decision on Andy Messersmith free agency 
Feb 4
US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
Feb 5
Australia complete 5-1 series drubbing of West Indies 
Feb 5
Last day of Test Cricket for Lance Gibbs & Ian Redpath 
Feb 6
George Harrison releases "This Guitar (Can't Keep From Crying)" 
Feb 7
Darryl Sittler, Toronto, sets NHL record with 10 points in a game 
Feb 7
FCC raids & shuts down pirate radio station WCPR (Brooklyn New York) 
Feb 7
Larry Groce's "Junk Food Junkie" peaks at #9 
Feb 7
World's largest telescope (600 cm) begins operation (USSR) 
Feb 8
Hua Guofeng becomes premier of China PR 
Feb 8
Jan Stephens wins LPGA Sarah Coventry Naples Golf Classic 
Feb 8
Largest crowd at Cleveland Coliseum (Cavs vs Wash-21,130) 
Feb 8
"Taxi Driver", starring Robert De Niro and Jodie Foster, is released 
Feb 9
Oscar Charleston selected to baseball's the Hall of Fame 
Feb 11
Clifford Alexander Jr confirmed as 1st black US Secretary of Army 
Feb 12
US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
Feb 13
Dorothy Hamill wins Olympic figure-skating gold, Innsbruck, Austria 
Feb 13
Peter Casserly of NZ hand-sheers record 353 lambs in 9 hours 
Feb 14
US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
Feb 15
12th Winter Olympic games close at Innsbruck, Austria 
Feb 15
Joanne Carner wins LPGA Orange Blossom Golf Classic 
Feb 17
"Rockabye Hamlet" opens at Minskoff Theater NYC for 7 performances 
Feb 17
Macau adopts constitution (Organic Law of Macau) 
Feb 17
NZ scores their 1st innings win in Test Cricket, v India 
Feb 17
Richard Hadlee takes 7-23 v India, his 1st match-winning spell 
Feb 19
Frente Polisario forms Democratic Republic of Sahara 
Feb 20
Muhammad Ali KOs Jan Pierre Coopman in 5 for heavyweight boxing title 
Feb 20
The Southeast Asia Treaty Organization disbands. 
Feb 21
"Rockabye Hamlet" closes at Minskoff Theater NYC after 7 perfs 
Feb 21
Cardinal Willebrands installed as archbishop of Utrecht 
Feb 22
Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Bent Tree Golf Classic 
Feb 23
Owners announce spring training won't open without a labor contract 
Feb 24
Cuba adopts its constitution 
Feb 24
Jules Feiffer's "Knock Knock," premieres in NYC 
Feb 24
Leonid Brezhnev opens 25th congress of CPSU 
Feb 26
US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
Feb 27
Final meeting between Mao Zedong & Richard Nixon 
Feb 28
18th Grammy Awards: Love Will Keep Us Together, Natalie Cole wins 
Feb 28
Ceuta & Melilla (Spanish Morocco) are last European African possession 
Feb 28
Spain withdraws from Western Sahara 
Mar 2
"Bubbling Brown Sugar" opens at ANTA Theater NYC for 766 performances 
Mar 2
Bob Lurie becomes CEO of SF Giants 
Mar 2
Holgate, Kemp & Lopez' musical premieres in NYC 
Mar 2
Walt Disney World logged its 50 millionth guest 
Mar 3
Mozambique closes border with Rhodesia 
Mar 3
5 workers are killed by the police in a demonstration in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain. 
Mar 4
John Pezzin bowls 33 consecutive strikes at Toledo, Ohio 
Mar 4
SF Giants are bought for $8 million by Bob Lurie & Bud Herseth 
Mar 4
2nd People's Choice Awards: John Wayne & Katharine Hepburn win (Motion Picture) and Telly Savalas & Carol Burnett win (TV) 
Mar 5
British pound falls below $2 for 1st time 
Mar 6
Ice Dance Championship at Gothenburg won by Pakhomova & Gorshkov (URS) 
Mar 6
Ice Pairs Championship at Gothenburg won by Rodnina & Zaitsev (URS) 
Mar 6
Men's Fig Skating Championship in Gothenburg won by John Curry (GRB) 
Mar 6
Worlds Ladies Fig Skating Champ in Gothenburg won by Dorothy Hamill 
Mar 7
Morocco & Mauretania break diplomatic relations with Algeria 
Mar 8
1,774 kg (largest observed) stony meteorite falls in Jilin, China 
Mar 9
1st female cadets accepted to West Point Military Academy 
Mar 9
Islander Glenn Resch's 10th shut-out opponent-Blues 4-0 
Mar 12
South African troops leave Angola 
Mar 14
Jockey Bill Shoemaker wins his 7,000th race 
Mar 14
US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
Mar 15
Failed coup in Niger 
Mar 16
British premier Harold Wilson resigns 
Mar 17
Malikov skates world record 1000m (1:15.76) 
Mar 17
Rubin "Hurricane" Carter is retried 
Mar 17
US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
Mar 17
4 Catholic civilians (including 2 children) are killed and twelve wounded when the Ulster Volunteer Force explode a car bomb at Hillcrest Bar, Dungannon 
Mar 20
Jevgeni Kulikov skates world record 1000m (1:15.70) 
Mar 20
Patricia Hearst convicted of armed robbery 
Mar 23
International Bill of Rights goes into effect (35 nations ratifying) 
Mar 24
Argentine President Isabel Peron deposed by country's military 
Mar 25
"My Fair Lady" opens at St James Theater NYC for 384 performances 
Mar 25
"Rex" opens at Lunt-Fontaine Theater NYC for 48 performances 
Mar 25
Argentine milt junta bans leftist political parties 
Mar 26
AL approves purchase of Toronto franchise by LaBatt Brewing for $7M 
Mar 26
Wings release "Wings at the Speed of Sound" album 
Mar 26
Queen Elizabeth II sent out the first royal email, from the Royal Signals and Radar Establishment. 
Mar 27
Delta States beat Immaculata, 69-64, for AIWA basketball title 
Mar 27
Washington DC underground Metro opens 
Mar 29
38th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Indiana beats Michigan 86-68 
Mar 29
8 Ohio National Guardsmen indicted for shooting 4 Kent State students 
Mar 29
48th Academy Awards - "One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest", Jack Nicholson & Louise Fletcher wins 
Mar 30
Israel kills 6 Palestinians protesting land confiscation 
Mar 31
Cleveland Cavaliers clinch their 1st ever NBA playoff bearth 
Mar 31
NJ Court rules Karen Anne Quinlan may be disconnected from respirator 
Apr 1
Stephen Wozniak & steven jobs found Apple Computer 
Apr 1
Conrail takes over operations from six bankrupt railroads in the northeastern U.S.. 
Apr 1
Jovian-Plutonian gravitational effect is first reported by the astronomer Patrick Moore. 
Apr 2
Cambodia Khieu Sampan succeeds Prince Sihanouk as Premier 
Apr 2
Portuguese constitution assumed 
Apr 2
A's trade prospective free agents Reggie Jackson & Ken Holtzman, to Orioles for Don Baylor, Mike Torrez & Paul Mitchell 
Apr 3
France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island 
Apr 3
Phila Flyers win record tying 20th straight NHL home game 
Apr 4
5th Colgate Dinah Shore Golf Championship won by Judy Rankin 
Apr 4
Seni Pramoj's Democratic Party wins elections in Thailand 
Apr 5
Harold Wilson resigns as James Callaghan becomes PM of England 
Apr 5
Tom Stoppard's "Dirty Linen" premieres in London 
Apr 6
1st quadrophonic movie track: "Ladies & Gentlemen the Rolling Stones" 
Apr 7
Chinese Politburo fires vice-premier Deng Xiaoping 
Apr 9
US & Russia agreed on size of nuclear tests for peaceful use 
Apr 10
Brewers' Don Money's grand slammer disallowed-Yanks win 9-7 
Apr 10
Cleveland Cavaliers win their 1st NBA Central Division title 
Apr 11
40th Golf Masters Championship: Ray Floyd wins, shooting a 271 
Apr 11
The Apple I is created. 
Apr 12
India set 403 to win by WI They get them, 6 wkts 7 overs spare 
Apr 13
$2 bill re-introduced as US currency 
Apr 13
1st NBA playoff game for Cleve Cavliers, they lose 100-95 to Wash 
Apr 13
Federal Reserve begins issuing $2 bicentennial notes 
Apr 15
Yankee stadium reopens, Yanks beat Twins after trailing 4-0 
Apr 17
NL greatest comeback, trailing 12-1 Phils win 18-16 in 10, Mike Schmidt hits 4 consecutive HRs 
Apr 18
30th Tony Awards: Travesties & Chorus Line win 
Apr 18
Judy Rankin wins LPGA Karsten- Ping Golf Open 
Apr 19
5th Boston Women's Marathon won by Kim Merritt of Wis in 2:47:10 
Apr 19
80th Boston Marathon won by Jack Fultz of Wash, DC in 2:20:19 
Apr 20
George Harrison sings lumberjack song with Monty Python 
Apr 21
Swine Flu vaccine, for non-epidemic, enters testing 
Apr 21
USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR 
Apr 22
Barbara Walters becomes 1st female nightly network news anchor 
Apr 22
Director Ingmar Bergman leaves Sweden due to taxation 
Apr 25
Elections in Vietnam for a National Assembly to reunite the country 
Apr 25
India all out for 97 v West Indies 
Apr 25
Jan Stephenson wins LPGA Birmingham Golf Classic 
Apr 25
Portugal adopts constitution 
Apr 25
Cub centerfielder Rick Monday rescues US flag from 2 fans trying to set it on fire 
Apr 26
Pan Am begins non-stop flights NYC-Tokyo 
Apr 27
"So Long 174th St" opens at Harkness Theater NYC for 16 performances 
Apr 27
Arabic Monetary Fund established in Abu Dhabi 
Apr 29
Minister Irene Vorrink begins fluoridating Dutch drinking water 
Apr 30
Muhammad Ali beats Jimmy Young in 15 for heavyweight boxing title 
Apr 30
Royal Canadian Mint opens a branch in Winnipeg, Manitoba 
Apr 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 1
Empress Lilly, replica of a paddle steamer, dedicated at Disney World Florida 
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 NYC for 7 perfs 
May 5
Anderlecht wins 16th soccer Europe Cup II 
May 5
Train collision at Schiedam Neth, kills 24 
May 6
An earthquake strikes Friuli in Northern Italy, causing 989 deaths and the destruction of entire villages. 
May 8
"1600 Pennsylvania Avenue" closes at Mark Hellinger NYC after 7 perfs 
May 8
The rollercoaster Revolution (roller coaster), the first steel coaster with a vertical flip, opens at Six Flags Magic Mountain 
May 9
"So Long 174th St" closes at Harkness Theater NYC after 16 perfs 
May 9
Sally Little wins LPGA Ladies Masters at Moss Creek Golf Tournament 
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 & final ABA championship: NY Nets beat Denver 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 15
The Ulster Volunteer Force launch gun and bomb attacks on 2 pubs in County Armagh, killing 4 Catholic civilians and wounding many more; a British Army soldier is later convicted for taking part in the attacks 
May 15
The Provisional Irish Republican Army kill 3 Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) officers in County Fermanagh and 1 in County Down 
May 16
Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens sweep Phila 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 & M Learned win 
May 17
Earthquake in Uzbekistan: thousands 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
USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR 
May 20
USSR performs nuclear test at Sary Shagan USSR 
May 22
NASA launches space vehicle S-179 
May 22
St Louis Cardinal Reggie Smith hits 3 HR 
May 23
Amy Alcott wins '76 LPGA Golf Classic 
May 24
1st commercial SST flight to North America (Concorde to Wash DC) 
May 24
Muhammad Ali TKOs Richard Dunn in 5 for heavyweight boxing title in Munich 
May 24
In the Judgment of Paris, wine testers rate wines from California higher than their French counterparts, challenging the notion of France being the foremost producer of the world's best wines. 
May 27
"Something's Afoot" opens at Lyceum Theater NYC for 61 performances 
May 29
"One Piece At A Time" by Johnny Cash hits #29 
May 29
Only HR 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 30
Indianapolis 500: Johnny Rutherford wins in 1:42:52.466 (239.350 km/h) 
May 31
Loudest PA (76 KW) for Who's Quadrophenia in London 
Jun 1
Great Britain & Iceland end the "cod war" 
Jun 2
East Timor People's Assembly accepts annexation by Indonesia 
Jun 3
Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" goes gold 
Jun 3
Test Cricket debut of Mike Brearley v West Indies (0 & 17) 
Jun 3
US presented with oldest known copy of Magna Carta 
Jun 5
"Bigfoot" by Bro Smith hits #57 
Jun 5
108th Belmont: Angel Cordero Jr riding Bold Forbes wins in 2:29 
Jun 5
Teton Dam in Idaho burst causing $1 billion damage (14 die) 
Jun 5
After a suspected republican bombing kills 2 Protestant civilians in a pub, the Ulster Volunteer Force kill 5 civilians in a gun and bomb attack at the Chlorane Bar, North Ireland 
Jun 6
30th NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat Phoenix Suns, 4 games to 2 
Jun 6
Pat Bradley wins LPGA Girl Talk Golf Classic 
Jun 7
NBC Nightly News with John Chancellor & David Brinkley, premieres 
Jun 8
Houston Astros draft Floyd Bannister #1 
Jun 8
Bobby Orr signs a five-year contract with the Chicago Blackhawks 
Jun 10
49th National Spelling Bee: Tim Kneale wins spelling narcolepsy 
Jun 10
67,000 fans attends Wings concert at Seattle's Kingdome 
Jun 11
"Magnificent Marble Machine" last airs on NBC-TV 
Jun 11
Anti-apartheid advocate Dumisa Ntsebeza arrested in South Africa 
Jun 11
Australian band AC/DC begin their 1st headline tour of Britain 
Jun 11
Beatles "Rock & Roll Music" LP is released in USA 
Jun 12
"Yes, Yes, Yes" by Bill Cosby hits #46 
Jun 13
4th du Maurier Golf Classic (Peter Jackson Classic): Donna Caponi 
Jun 13
Bob Marley performs in Amsterdam 
Jun 13
Inge Helten runs female European record 100m (11.04) 
Jun 14
"Gong Show" premieres on TV (syndication) 
Jun 14
12th Mayor's Trophy Game Yanks beat Mets 8-4 
Jun 15
Yankees trade May, Martinez, Pagan, MacGregor & Demsey to Baltimore for Holtzman, Alexander, Grant Jackson, Elrod Henrick & Jim Freeman 
Jun 15
Rain out! Astrodome cancels game heavy rains make it difficult for visiting team & umpires to get through flooded streets to the stadium 
Jun 16
Students in Soweto, South Africa, march against the use of Afrikaans as a medium of instruction in Black secondary schools. 
Jun 17
ABA (Nets, Pacers, Nuggets & Spurs) merges into NBA 
Jun 17
Indonesia annexes Portuguese East-Timor 
Jun 18
A Joseph William Turner watercolor auctioned for £340,000 
Jun 18
St Louis Cards Lou Brock & Hector Cruz hit inside-the-park HRs 
Jun 18
Bowie Kuhn voids A's sales, totaling $35 million, of Joe Rudi & Rollie Fingers to Red Sox, & Vida Blue to Yankees 
Jun 19
US Viking 1 goes into Martian orbit after 10-month flight from Earth 
Jun 20
76th US Golf Open: Jerry Pate shoots a 277 at Atlanta AC in Duluth Ga 
Jun 20
Carl Fugate, Starkweather accomplice, paroled 
Jun 20
Czechoslovakia becomes European soccer champ 
Jun 20
Joanne Carner wins LPGA Hoosier Golf Classic 
Jun 20
River Country opens 
Jun 21
Berlinguers PCI wins election in Italy 
Jun 22
"Godspell" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 527 performances 
Jun 22
SD Padre pitcher Randy Jones ties record of 68 innings without a walk 
Jun 23
CCN Tower in Toronto, tallest free-standing structure (555 m) opens 
Jun 23
The U.S. vetoes Angola's application for membership of the United Nations Security 
Jun 24
1975 movie "Rocky Horror Picture Show" released in Germany 
Jun 24
A Principal's office in Hlengisi Primary, Nyanga, outside Cape Town, South Africa, is burnt down; part of the broader resistance against the oppressive new Bantu Education policy of Afrikaans as a teaching medium in their schools 
Jun 25
Ranger Toby Harrah is only shortstop not to handle a fielding chance in doubleheader 
Jun 25
The Soweto Uprising in South Africa leaves 174 blacks and two whites dead following 10 days of rioting 
Jun 26
WS shortstop Toby Harrah plays DH without touching a batted ball 
Jun 27
"Pacific Overtures" closes at Winter Garden NYC after 193 perfs 
Jun 27
Air France Airbus hijacked in Germany to Uganda 
Jun 27
Judy Rankin wins LPGA Babe Didrikson-Zaharias Golf Invitational 
Jun 27
Portuguese general Antonio Eanes elected president 
Jun 27
In South Africa, the National President of the Black People's Convention, Kenneth Hlaku Rachidi, declares that riots in Soweto have lead to a new era of political consciousness 
Jun 27
Air France A-300B Airbus hijacked from Athens arrives at Entebbe, Uganda; four hijackers members Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and Bader-Meinhof Gang in Germany 
Jun 28
1st woman was admitted to Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs Colo 
Jun 28
Three British mercenaries are sentenced to death for their part in the Angolan civil war 
Jun 29
The Seychelles become independent from the United Kingdom. 
Jun 30
John Walker of NZ sets record for 2000 m, 4:51.4 
Jul 1
Kenneth Gibson, is 1st black president of US Conference of Mayors 
Jul 1
Portugal grants autonomy to Madeira. 
Jul 2
83rd Wimbledon Womens Tennis: Chris Evert beats E Goolagong (63 46 86) 
Jul 2
Formal reunification of North & South Vietnam 
Jul 2
Supreme Court rules death penalty not inherently cruel or unusual 
Jul 2
Ramble Inn attack: the Ulster Volunteer Force killed 6 civilians (5 Protestants, 1 Catholic) in a gun attack at a pub near Antrim; the pub was targeted because it was owned by Catholics 
Jul 3
90th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Bjorn Borg beats Ilie Nastase (64 62 97) 
Jul 3
Adolfo Suarez becomes premier of Spain 
Jul 3
Brian Wilson performs with the Beach Boys after 12 years apart 
Jul 3
Israel launches rescue of 103 Air France crew & passengers being held at Entebbe Airport in Uganda by pro-Palestinian hijackers 
Jul 4
Opening ceremony of the Dai Bosatsu monastery Catskill Mt NY 
Jul 4
Operation Entebbe - Israel rescues 229 Air France hostage passengers In Uganda (3 hostages die along with Ugandan soldiers and Israeli soldier) 
Jul 4
Sandra Palmer wins LPGA Bloomington Golf Classic Bicentennial 
Jul 6
Soyuz 21 carries 2 cosmonauts to Salyut 5 space station 
Jul 7
Lt General Vernon A Walters, USA, ends term as deputy director of CIA; succeeded by E Henry Knoche 
Jul 7
Viking 2 goes into orbit around Mars 
Jul 8
Randy Jones wins NL record 16 games before All Star break 
Jul 9
England all out for 71 v WI at Old Trafford, Holding 14 5-7-17-5 
Jul 9
Houston Astro Larry Dierker no-hits Montreal Expos, 6-0 
Jul 9
Uganda asks UN to condemn Israeli hostage rescue raid on Entebbe 
Jul 10
105th British Golf Open: Johnny Miller shoots a 279 at Royal Birkdale 
Jul 10
Chemical factory in Milan explodes (dioxane cloud) 
Jul 10
The Seveso disaster occurs in Italy. 
Jul 10
One American and three British mercenaries are executed in Angola following the Luanda Trial. 
Jul 11
1st US football club in Austria forms (FAAFC-1st Austrian American) 
Jul 11
31st US Women's Open Golf Championship won by JoAnne Carner 
Jul 11
France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island 
Jul 11
In pre-game promo at Atlanta County Stadium, 34 couples wed at home plate followed by Championship Wrestling "Headlocks & Wedlocks" 
Jul 12
Ian Dury & Kilburns disband 
Jul 13
47th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 7-1 at Veterans Stadium, Phila 
Jul 13
All star MVP: George Foster (Cin Reds) 
Jul 13
Court martial begins in USSR for Valeri Sablin (Hunt for Red Oct) 
Jul 13
Last day of Test Cricket for Brian Close, aged 45 
Jul 14
Jimmy Carter wins Democratic pres nomination in NYC 
Jul 14
USSR banishes dissident Andrei Amalrik to Netherlands 
Jul 15
36-hr kidnap of 26 school children & their bus driver in Calif 
Jul 16
Rock duo Loggins & Messina break-up after 6 years 
Jul 17
21st modern Olympic games opens in Montreal 
Jul 17
Indonesian president Suharto annexes East Timor 
Jul 17
The opening of the Summer Olympics is marred by 25 African teams boycotting the New Zealand team. 
Jul 18
"Something's Afoot" closes at Lyceum Theater NYC after 61 performances 
Jul 18
Judy Rankin wins LPGA Borden Golf Classic 
Jul 18
Lucien van Impe wins Tour de France 
Jul 18
Stockhausens "Sirius" premieres in NYC 
Jul 18
Thiokol conducts 2-min firing of space shuttle's SRB at Brigham, Ut 
Jul 18
Nadia Comăneci became the first person in Olympic Games history to score a perfect 10 in gymnastics at the 1976 Summer Olympics. 
Jul 19
Rock group Deep Purple disbands 
Jul 19
Allman Brother's roadie Scooter Herring sentenced to 75 years for providing drugs for the group, based on Gregg Allman's testimony 
Jul 19
Sagarmatha National Park in Nepal is created. 
Jul 20
Hank Aaron hits 755th & last home run off Angels Dick Drago 
Jul 20
US Viking 1 lands on Mars at Chryse Planitia, 1st Martian landing 
Jul 20
Vietnam War: The US military completes its troop withdrawal from Thailand. 
Jul 20
Rev. Samuel Mutendi, founder of the first African Independent Church, dies 
Jul 21
"Guys & Dolls" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 239 performances 
Jul 21
1st outbreak of "Legionnaire's Disease" kills 29 in Philadelphia 
Jul 21
Christopher Ewart-Biggs, British ambassador to the Republic of Ireland, is assassinated by the Provisional IRA. 
Jul 21
Christopher Ewart Biggs (the British Ambassador to Ireland) and his secretary Judith Cook are assassinated by a bomb planted in Mr Biggs' car in Dublin 
Jul 22
"Let My People Come" opens at Morosco Theater NYC for 106 performances 
Jul 23
42nd NFL Chicago All Star Game: Pittsburgh 24, All Stars 0 (52,895) 
Jul 23
Balt Oriole Reggie Jackson homers in 6th straight game 
Jul 23
France performs nuclear Test at Muruora Island 
Jul 23
USSR performs nuclear Test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR 
Jul 23
Wings release "Let 'em In" 
Jul 24
John Naber is 1st to swin 200m backstroke under 2 minutes 
Jul 25
Annegret Richter runs 100m (11.01) 
Jul 25
Susie Berning wins LPGA Lady Keystone Golf Open 
Jul 27
8.2 Tangshan earthquake kills estimated 240,000 Chinese 
Jul 27
Japanese ex-premier Tanaka arrested (Lockheed Affair) 
Jul 28
242,000 die in Tientsin-Tangshan (China) 8.2 earthquake 
Jul 28
8.2 & 7.4 earthquake devastate Tangsha, China (240-750,000 die) 
Jul 28
Eldon Joersz & Geo Morgan set world air speed record of 3,530 kph 
Jul 28
White Sox John Odom (5 inn) & Francisco Barrios (4 inn) no-hits A's 
Jul 29
USSR performs underground nuclear Test 
Jul 29
In New York City, the "Son of Sam" kills one person and seriously wounds another in the first of a series of attacks. 
Jul 30
Giulio Andreotti sworn in as premier of Italy 
Jul 30
Japanese beat Russian for Olympic gold in woman's volleyball 
Jul 30
4 Protestant civilians were shot dead at a pub off Milltown Road, Belfast; the attack was claimed by the Republican Action Force 
Jul 31
Seychelles Independence (Independence day) 
Jul 31
Waldemar Cierpinski runs Olympic marathon (2:09:55.0) 
Aug 1
21st Olympic games close at Montreal Canada 
Aug 1
Flash flood in Big Thompson Canyon Colo on Route 34, kills 139 
Aug 1
Seattle Seahawks play 1st (preseason) game (SF 27, Seattle 20) 
Aug 4
USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR 
Aug 6
Zulfikar Ali Bhutto lays the foundation stone of Port Qasim, Karachi. 
Aug 7
Chako Higuchi wins LPGA Colgate-European Golf Open 
Aug 7
US Viking 2 goes into Martian orbit after 11-month flight from Earth 
Aug 7
Scientists in Pasadena, California, announce Viking I found strongest indications to date of possible life on Mars 
Aug 8
Chicago White Sox suit up in shorts 
Aug 9
Clive Lloyd scores double-ton in 120 mins, WI v Glamorgan 
Aug 9
Pitt Pirate John Candelaria no-hits LA Dodgers, 2-0 
Aug 9
USSR launches Luna 24, last Lunar flight to date from Earth 
Aug 10
A Provisional Irish Republican Army volunteer is shot dead by the British Army as he drove along a road in Belfast; his car then went out of control and killed 3 children, sparking a series of "peace rallies" throughout the month by a group that became known as 'Peace People' 
Aug 11
Keith Moon, drummer for Who, collapses & is hospitalized in Miami 
Aug 11
Race riot in Cape Town, South Africa; 17 die 
Aug 12
1st approach & lands test (ALT) of orbiter Enterprise 
Aug 12
Christian militia conquer Palestinian camp Tell al-Za'tar, 2000 killed 
Aug 13
South Africa pledges support for a negotiated settlement in Rhodesia 
Aug 14
10,000 Northern Ireland women demonstrate for peace in Belfast 
Aug 15
Jane Blalock wins LPGA Wheeling Golf Classic 
Aug 16
58th PGA Championship: Dave Stockton shoots a 281 at Congressional MD 
Aug 16
St Louis Cards beat San Diego Chargers 20-10 in Tokyo (NFL expo) 
Aug 17
An earthquake & tidal wave in the Philippines kills up to 8,000 
Aug 17
Big win for WI at The Oval Michael Holding 14-149 for match 
Aug 18
USSR's Luna 24 soft-lands on Moon 
Aug 18
In the Korean Demilitarized Zone at Panmunjeom, the Axe Murder Incident results in the death of two US soldiers. 
Aug 19
President Gerald R Ford wins Republican presidential nomination at KC convention 
Aug 21
Al Bumbry hits 17th inside-the-park HR in Oriole history 
Aug 21
Battle, East Sussex: Mary Langdon becomes 1st British firewoman 
Aug 21
Operation Paul Bunyan at Panmunjeom, Korea. 
Aug 22
Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Patty Berg Golf Classic 
Aug 23
Heavy earthquake strikes China, 1,000s die 
Aug 24
Soyuz 21 returns to Earth 
Aug 25
Harm Wiersma becomes world checker champion 
Aug 25
Yanks beat Twins 5-4 in 19 innings 
Aug 27
Transsexual Renee Richards barred from competing in US Tennis Open 
Aug 28
NY Cosmos beat Seattle Sounders 2-1 for NASL cup 
Aug 28
USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR 
Aug 29
Sandra Palmer wins LPGA National Jewish Hospital Golf Open 
Aug 30
Tom Brokaw becomes news anchor of Today Show 
Aug 30
Turks & Caicos Islands adopts constitution 
Aug 31
George Harrison found guilty of plagiarising "My Sweet Lord" 
Aug 31
Mexican peso devalued 
Aug 31
Trinidad & Tobago adopts constitution 
Aug 31
Waldemar Cierpinski wins 18th Olympics Marathon (2:09:55.0) 
Sep 1
NASA launches space vehicle S-197 
Sep 1
New Jersey's Meadowlands racetrack opens 
Sep 1
Wayne L Hays, (Rep-D-Oh), resigns (scandal with Elizabeth Ray) 
Sep 3
Viking 2 soft lands on Mars (Utopia), returns photos 
Sep 4
Palestinians hijack KLM DC-9 to Cyprus 
Sep 5
"Rex" closes at Lunt-Fontaine Theater NYC after 48 performances 
Sep 5
"Very Good Eddie" closes at Booth Theater NYC after 307 performances 
Sep 5
Sandra Palmer wins LPGA Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Golf Classic 
Sep 6
Jerry Lewis' 11th Muscular Dystrophy telethon, Dean Martin appears 
Sep 6
Russian pilot Belenko defects to Japan in a Mig 25 jet 
Sep 7
US courts find George Harrison guilty of plagiarism (He's So Fine) 
Sep 8
Fons Rademakers' film "Max Havelaar" premieres in Amsterdam 
Sep 9
New Zealand government establishes the country's first centralised electronic database through the Wanganui Computer Act, raising questions about the state's ability to gather information on its citizens 
Sep 10
2 airliners collide over Yugoslavia, kills all 176 aboard 
Sep 10
5 Croatian terrorists capture TWA-plane at La Guardia Airport, NY 
Sep 11
Dorothy Kathleen Benham (Minn), 20, crowned 49th Miss America 1977 
Sep 11
Minnie Minoso bats for White Sox after a 12-year hiatus (hitless) 
Sep 11
90th US Women's Tennis: C E L Mills beats E Goolagong Cawley (63 60) Evonne Goolagong loses her 4th straight US Open Final (Evert wins) 
Sep 12
96th US Mens Tennis: Jimmy Connors beats Bjorn Borg (64 36 76 64) 
Sep 12
Jane Blalock wins LPGA Dallas Civitan Golf Open 
Sep 12
Seattle Seahawks play 1st regular-season game (St L 30, Sea 24) 
Sep 12
White Sox Minnie Minoso, 53, is oldest to get a hit in majors 
Sep 13
2nd Enterprise, approach & lands Test Cricket (ALT) flight (5m28s) 
Sep 15
Ntozake Shange's "For Colored Girls Who ...," premieres in NYC 
Sep 15
Soyuz 22 carries 2 cosmonauts into Earth orbit for 8 days 
Sep 16
Egypt president Sadat re-elected 
Sep 16
American Episcopal Church approves ordination of women as priests & bishop 
Sep 16
Shavarsh Karapetyan saves 20 people from the trolleybus that had fallen into Erevan reservoir. 
Sep 17
Amnesty International receives Erasmus-prize 
Sep 17
NASA publicly unveils space shuttle Enterprise in Palmdale, Calif 
Sep 17
Ringo Starr releases "Ringo's Rotogravure" album 
Sep 18
Cleve manager Frank Robinson last game as a player 
Sep 18
Dom Mintoff's Labour Party wins Malta election 
Sep 18
Rev Sun Myung Moon holds "God Bless America" convention 
Sep 18
Rock Music Award 
Sep 18
Mao Zedong's funeral takes place in Beijing. 
Sep 19
"Going Up" opens at John Golden Theater NYC for 49 performances 
Sep 19
Donna Caponi Young wins LPGA Portland Golf Classic 
Sep 20
Metroliner official opens in Brussels 
Sep 20
Playboy releases Jimmy Carter's interview that he lusts for women 
Sep 20
Sid Berstein offers $230 million charity concert for Beatle reunion 
Sep 21
Wings performs in Zagreb Yugoslavia 
Sep 21
Orlando Letelier is assassinated in Washington, D.C. He was a member of the Chilean socialist government of Salvador Allende, overthrown in 1973 by Augusto Pinochet. 
Sep 22
"Charlie's Angels" starring Farrah Fawcett debuts 
Sep 23
Ford-Carter TV debate 
Sep 23
South Africa decides to allow multi-racial teams to represent them 
Sep 23
Soyuz 22 returns to Earth 
Sep 24
"Oh! Calcutta!" opens at Edison Theater NYC for 5959 performances 
Sep 24
Newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst sentenced to 7 years for her part in a 1974 bank robbery. Released after 22 months by Pres Carter 
Sep 25
"Porgy & Bess" opens at Uris Theater NYC for 122 performances 
Sep 25
Expo's last game at Montreal's Jarry Park 
Sep 25
Bono, David Evans, his brother Dik and Adam Clayton respond to an advertisement on a bulletin board at Mount Temple posted by fellow student Larry Mullen Jr. to form a rock band, which would eventually become U2 
Sep 26
China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC 
Sep 26
Denver's Rick Upchurch returns 2 punts for TDs against Cleveland 
Sep 26
Donna Caponi Young wins LPGA Carlton Golf 
Sep 26
Phillies clinch their 1st NL East Division title 
Sep 28
A&M sues George Harrison who fails to meet deadline for LP completion 
Sep 28
US Congress passes Toxic Substances Control Act 
Sep 28
Muhammad Ali beats Ken Norton in 15 for heavyweight boxing title 
Sep 29
"Alice" debuts on CBS-TV 
Sep 29
2nd Chamber recognizes Dutch Liberals/social democratic abortion law 
Sep 29
Boy George expelled from school 
Sep 29
SF Giant John Montefusco no-hits Atlanta Braves, 9-0 
Sep 29
Syria drives Palestinian guerrillas out of Lebanon 
Sep 29
Tommy Lasorda replaces Walter Alston as Dodger manager 
Sep 29
USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR 
Sep 29
Jerry Lee Lewis, attempting to shoot soda bottles hits his bass player Norman Owens twice in the chest 
Oct 1
1st Dutch casino opens 
Oct 2
"Let My People Come" closes at Morosco Theater NYC after 106 perfs 
Oct 3
Hank Aaron singles in his last at bat & drives in his 2,297th run 
Oct 3
Helmuth Kohl's CDU wins German parliament election 
Oct 4
Agriculture Secretary Earl Butz resigns due to telling a racial joke 
Oct 4
Supreme Court lifts 1972 ban on death penalty for convicted murderers 
Oct 4
Official launch of the Intercity 125 High Speed Train (HST). 
Oct 5
Seattle & Toronto picks 30 unprotected players on other AL rosters Ruppert Jones (Seattle) & Bob Bailor (Toronto) are picked 1st 
Oct 6
"Gang of Four" arrested in Beijing 
Oct 6
Cubans DC-8 crashes after bomb attack 
Oct 6
John Hathaway completes 50,600 mile bicycle tour of every continent 
Oct 6
US Pres Gerald Ford says there is "no Soviet domination in Eastern Europe" 
Oct 6
Cubana Flight 455 crashes into the Atlantic Ocean after two bombs, placed by terrorists with connections to the CIA, exploded onboard shortly after taking off from Bridgetown, Barbados. All 73 people on-board were killed. 
Oct 8
Sex Pistols sign with EMI 
Oct 9
"Robber Bridegroom" opens at Biltmore Theater NYC for 145 performances 
Oct 9
Peter Petherick takes hat-trick on debut NZ v Pak Javed 1st wkt 
Oct 9
Test Cricket debut of Javed Miandad (Pakistan), scores 163 on 1st day 
Oct 9
Yanks 1st AL Championship game, beat Royals 4-1 
Oct 10
Beijing reports arrest of Mao Zedong's widow 
Oct 10
NJ Meadowlands' Giant's Stadium opens 
Oct 10
Greece's 98 year-old Dimitrion Yordanidis, is oldest man to compete in a marathon; he finishes in 7:33 
Oct 11
10th Country Music Association Award: Mel Tillis wins 
Oct 11
Mao Zedong's widow Jiang Qing & "Gang of Four" arrested & charged with plotting a coup 
Oct 12
4th Space Shuttle Enterprise, approach & land test (ALT) flight 
Oct 12
Hua Guo-feng succeeds Mao Zedong as chairman of Communist Party 
Oct 13
A Bolivian Boeing 707 cargo jet crashes in Santa Cruz, Bolivia killing 100 (97, mostly children, killed on the ground). 
Oct 13
The first electron micrograph of an Ebola viral particle was obtained by Dr. F.A. Murphy, now at U.C. Davis, who was then working at the C.D.C.. 
Oct 14
Chris Chambliss' 9th inning lead off homer gives NY Yanks pennant #30 
Oct 14
Nobel prize for economy awarded to Milton Friedman 
Oct 14
Soyuz 23 carries 2 to Salyut 6, but returns without docking 
Oct 15
1st debate of major-ticket VP nominees Mondale (D) vs Dole (R) 
Oct 15
Ringo Starr releases "A Dose of Rock 'n' Roll" 
Oct 16
Soyuz 23 returns to Earth 
Oct 16
Toronto Maple Leaf Lanny McDonald scores a hat trick in 2 min 54 sec 
Oct 17
China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC 
Oct 17
Coldest World Series game Yankees vs Cincinnati, 39 degrees F (until 1997) 
Oct 18
Nobel prize for chemistry awarded to William N Lipscomb Jr 
Oct 19
Battle of Aishiya, Lebanon during Lebanese Civil War. 
Oct 20
70 die as Norwegian tanker Frosta collides with George Prince 
Oct 20
NY Nets Julius "Dr J" Erving sold to Phila 76ers 
Oct 21
55th weaapon accord signed 
Oct 21
Cin Reds sweep NY Yankees, in 73rd World Series 
Oct 21
NY Knicks retire 1st number, # 19, Willis Reed 
Oct 21
NY Yankee Thurman Munson ties World Series mark of 6 straight singles 
Oct 21
Nobel prize for literature awarded to American Saul Bellow 
Oct 22
Rick Barry (SF), begins then longest NBA free throw streak of 60 
Oct 22
Red Dye No. 4 is banned by the US Food and Drug Administration after it is discovered that it causes tumors in the bladders of dogs. The dye is still used in Canada. 
Oct 24
1st Jewish film & TV festival 
Oct 24
6th NYC Women's Marathon won by Miki Gorman in 2:39:11 
Oct 24
7th NYC Marathon won by Bill Rodgers in 2:10:10 
Oct 24
Hua Guofeng succeeds Mao as China's party leader 
Oct 24
Sadiq & Mushtaq Mohammad score tons in same Test Cricket innings v NZ 
Oct 25
5th Enterprise, approach & lands test (ALT) flight 
Oct 25
Gov Wallace grants full pardon to Clarence Norris, last known survivor of 9 Scottsboro Boys who were convicted in 1931 rape 
Oct 26
Transkei gains independence, not recognized outside of South Africa 
Oct 26
Trinidad & Tobago becomes a republic 
Oct 28
Billy Martin named AL Manager of Year (NY Yankees) 
Oct 28
Train collision at Goes Neth, 7 die 
Oct 30
"Going Up" closes at John Golden Theater NYC after 49 performances 
Oct 30
Jane Pauley becomes news co-anchor of Today Show 
Oct 30
Rev Joseph Evans elected president of United Church of Christ 
Oct 31
Javed Miandad, 206 v NZ, age 19 yrs 141 days (29 fours 1 six) 
Nov 1
"Don't Step on My Olive Branch" opens at Playhouse NYC for 16 perfs 
Nov 1
Britain gives Gilbert Island (Kiribati) self rule 
Nov 1
W German Generals Krupinski and Franke admit to having been Nazis 
Nov 2
Jimmy Carter (D) defeats Gerald Ford (R) for US President 
Nov 2
NJ voters approve gambling for Atlantic City 
Nov 2
SD Padre Randy Jones wins NL Cy Young 
Nov 3
Donna Caponi Young wins LPGA/Japan Mizuno Golf 
Nov 4
1st mass-market free-agent reentry draft, Reggie Jackson, Joe Rudi, Gullett, Tenace, Fingers, Baylor, Grich & McCovey, available 
Nov 5
Balt Jim Palmer wins AL Cy Young Award 
Nov 5
New AL franchises in Seattle & Toronto fill up their rosters 
Nov 5
Pirates trade Manny Sanguillen & $100,000 to A's for mgr Chuck Tanner 
Nov 5
USSR performs nuclear test 
Nov 6
Benjamin Hooks, succeeds Roy Wilkins as executive director of NAACP 
Nov 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 
Nov 7
"Gone With the Wind" televised 
Nov 8
A series of earthquakes spreads panic in the city of Thessaloniki, which is evacuated. 
Nov 9
Oakland releases Billy Williams, ending his Hall of Fame career 
Nov 9
UN General Assembly condemns apartheid in South Africa 
Nov 10
Utah Supreme Court approves execution of convicted murderer Gary Gilmore 
Nov 14
"Don't Step on My Olive Branch" closes at Playhouse NYC after 16 perfs 
Nov 14
Cleveland Browns' Jerry Sherk sets club record with 4 sacks 
Nov 14
War criminal Pieter Menten captured 1 day after fleeing 
Nov 15
Syrian army conquerors Beirut 
Nov 16
René Levesque's Parti Québécois wins elections in Quebec 
Nov 16
Rick Barry (SF), ends then longest NBA free throw streak of 60 
Nov 17
China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC 
Nov 18
Spain's parliament establishes democracy after 37 yrs of dictatorship 
Nov 18
Yanks sign free agent Don Gullett 
Nov 19
George Harrison releases "This Song" 
Nov 19
Patty Hearst is freed on $15 million bail 
Nov 19
Jaime Ornelas Camacho takes office as the first President of the Regional Government of Madeira, Portugal. 
Nov 20
George Harrison appears on Saturday Night Live 
Nov 20
Judy Rankin wins LPGA Colgate-Hong Kong Golf Open 
Nov 22
Algeria Constitution goes into effect 
Nov 22
Comic strip "Cathy" by Cathy Guisewhite debuts 
Nov 23
US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
Nov 23
USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR 
Nov 23
Apneist Jacques Mayol is the first man to reach a depth of 100 m undersea without breathing equipment. 
Nov 23
In Kozani, Greece, 50 people arere killed when an Olympic Airways flight crashed into mountainous terrain after being diverted to Kozani due to poor weather in Larissa 
Nov 24
NBA Atlanta Hawks end a 28 game road losing streak 
Nov 24
Reds Joe Morgan wins his 2nd straight NL MVP Award 
Nov 25
OJ Simpson gains 273 yards for Buffalo vs Detroit 
Nov 25
The Band's farewell concert at SF's Winterland Ballroom 
Nov 25
Viking 1 radio signals from Mars help prove the general theory of relativity 
Nov 26
German DR deprives singer/poet Wolf Biermann citizenship 
Nov 26
Ringo releases "Hey Baby" single 
Nov 26
Sex Pistols release their debut single "Anarchy In The UK" 
Nov 26
Willy Brandt elected chairman of Social International 
Nov 27
Amy Alcott wins LPGA Colgate-Far East Golf Championship 
Nov 27
Miss Teenage America Pageant 
Nov 28
64th CFL Grey Cup: Ottawa Rough Riders defeats Saskatchewan, 23-20 
Nov 29
NY Yankees sign free agent Reggie Jackson to 5-year contract 
Nov 30
42nd Heisman Trophy Award: Tony Dorsett, Pittsburgh (RB) 
Dec 1
Angola admitted to UN 
Dec 1
Bangladesh General Ziaur Rahman declares himself president 
Dec 1
Sex Pistols using profanity on TV, gets them branded as "rotten punks" 
Dec 2
Fidel Castro becomes President of Cuba replacing Osvaldo Dorticós Torrado. 
Dec 3
Patrick J Hillery elected President of Ireland 
Dec 5
Buffalo Bill OJ Simpson rushes 203 yards 
Dec 6
War criminal Pieter Menten arrested in Zurich 
Dec 7
UN Security Council endorses Kurt Waldheim, sec-gen for 2nd 5 yr term 
Dec 8
UN General Assembly re-elects Kurt Waldheim secretary-General 
Dec 8
US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
Dec 10
Wings release triple album "Wings Over America" 
Dec 12
QB Joe Namath last game as a NY Jet 
Dec 13
Golden Gate Bridge District starts ferry service to Larkspur 
Dec 13
Longest non-stop passenger airflight (Sydney to SF 13h14m) 
Dec 14
Dutch 1st Chamber condemns Dutch Liberal/social dem abortion laws 
Dec 14
Oil tanker Argo Merchant runs aground on the Nantucket Shoals, spilling 7.6 million US gallons (29,000 m3) of No. 6 fuel oil 
Dec 15
Argo Merchant tanker off Massachusetts' SE coast, spills 7.6 m gallons of crude when ship ran aground 
Dec 15
Jamaica premier Manley wins elections 
Dec 15
Samoa becomes a member of the UN. 
Dec 16
Andrew Young named Ambassador & Chief US Delegate to UN 
Dec 16
Charlie Finley's $10 million damage suit against Bowie Kuhn begins 
Dec 16
Government halts swine flu vaccination prog following reports of paralysis 
Dec 16
Liberian tanker stranded at Nantucket, 180,000 barrels oil in sea 
Dec 17
Superstation WTBS in Atlanta went national 
Dec 18
"A Star is Born", with Barbra Striesand, premieres 
Dec 18
"Wonder Woman" debuts on ABC 
Dec 18
Soviet dissident Viktor Bukovskiexchanged for Chile CP-leader Corvalan 
Dec 19
Jo Ann Washam/Chi Chi Rodriguez wins Pepsi-Cola Mixed Team Golf Champ 
Dec 19
John Lever takes 7-46 in 1st Test Cricket innings, v India Delhi 
Dec 19
Pres Leonid Brezhnev receives his 5th Order of Lenin 
Dec 19
Piper Cherokee crashes into Balt Memorial Stadium upper stands, 10 minutes after Colts lose 40-14 to Steelers. No one seriously hurt 
Dec 19
65th Davis Cup: Italy beats Chile in Santiago (4-1) 
Dec 20
"Music Is" opens at St James Theater NYC for 8 performances 
Dec 20
Israel's PM Yitzhak Rabin resigns 
Dec 21
20th Islander shut-out opponent-Billy Smith 3-0 vs Bruins 
Dec 21
Patricia R Harris named secretary of HUD 
Dec 21
UN General Assembly passes a resolution declaring 1979-Year of Child 
Dec 21
US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
Dec 22
"Your Arm's Too Short..." opens at Lyceum NYC for 429 perfs 
Dec 22
35 Unification church couples wed in NYC 
Dec 22
German DR banishes singer Nina Hagen 
Dec 25
Egyptian SS Patria sinks in Red Sea, about 100 killed 
Dec 25
Takeo Fukuda becomes Japanese premier 
Dec 26
"Music Is" closes at St James Theater NYC after 8 performances 
Dec 26
The Communist Party of Nepal (Marxist-Leninist) is founded. 
Dec 27
Albania constitution goes into effect 
Dec 28
"Fiddler on the Roof" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 167 perfs 
Dec 28
Genie Francis joind "General Hospital" as Laura Vining 
Dec 28
US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
Dec 28
Winnie Mandela banished in South Africa 
Dec 30
USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR 
Dec 31
TV soap "Somerset" ends 6 year run 
Dec 31
The Cars played their 1st gig 
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