< MCMLXXVI = 1976 >
Events in 1976
|12 January:|| ||Agatha Christie, English novelist, dies in Wallingford, Oxfordshire, at age 85.|
|14 January:|| ||The Julian calendar including its New Year's Day is delayed by 13 days.|
|31 January:|| ||In this Chinese New Year the Rabbit makes room for the Year of the Dragon.|
|11 April:|| ||The Apple I is released, a personal computer designed and built by Steve Wozniak and marketed by his friend Steve Jobs.|
|14 April:|| ||Jews celebrate Pesach for the next seven or eight days.|
|18 April:|| ||The resurrection of Jesus Christ is celebrated Easter Sunday following the first full moon following the spring equinox as described by the Council of Nicaea in 325.|
|26 May:|| ||Martin Heidegger, German philosopher, dies in Freiburg im Breisgau at age 86.|
|6 June:|| ||Seven weeks after Easter Christians celebrate Pentecost, possibly since 68 AD.|
|1 July:|| ||Five hundred years after discovery and first settlement, Portugal grants political autonomy to the Madeira archipelago.|
|20 July:|| ||After travelling through space for ten months, the Viking 1 becomes the first spacecraft to make a successful soft landing on Mars.|
|28 July:|| ||An 8.3 magnitude earthquake kills hundreds of thousands Chinese and devastates the city of Tangshan.|
|1 Augustus:|| ||Claude Lelouch films his controversial short movie “C' était un rendezvous” in Paris this day or month.|
|13 Augustus:|| ||The thirty days of Ramadan in the Islamic year 1396 begin at the first sighting of the lunar crescent.|
|9 September:|| ||Mao Zedong, leader of the Chinese communist revolution, dies in Beijing at age 82.|
|12 September:|| ||Muslims celebrate the Conclusion of the Fast on the first day of the month Shawwal.|
|17 September:|| ||The first space shuttle, Enterprise, is unveiled by NASA.|
|18 September:|| ||“good evening everybody, welcome to our picnic by the Serpentine”, sais Freddie Mercury at the beginning of a free Queen concert in London's Hyde Park to more than 1500000 visitors.|
|21 September:|| ||Seychelles joins the United Nations.|
|25 September:|| ||After putting up a musicians wanted notice at the Mount Temple Comprehensive School in Dublin, 14 year old drummer Larry Mullen forms a band with two fellow pupils, who happened to be Bono and The Edge.|
|4 October:|| ||Jews celebrate Yom Kippur since sunset last night.|
|31 October:|| ||The first VHS video tape recorder, the Victor HR-3300 by JVC, goes on sale in Tokyo.|
|19 November:|| ||Muslims celebrate the Festival of Sacrifice on the tenth day of the month Dhu al-Hijjah.|
|2 December:|| ||Fidel Castro, prime minister of Cuba since 1959, is made president of the single-party island state.|
|4 December:|| ||Benjamin Britten, English composer, dies at his house in Aldeburgh, aged 63.|
|24 December:|| ||Christmas Eve starts off the holidays celebrating the birth of Jesus of Nazareth.|
People in 1976
American president-elect Jimmy Carter, Time Man of the Year.Janet Parker, Olof Palme, Marc Chagall, Charlie Chaplin, Karl Dönitz, Tito, Jiddu Krishnamurti, Richard Buckminster Fuller, Paul VI, Alfred Hitchcock, Vladimir Nabokov, Gladwyn Jebb, Jan Oort, Marlene Dietrich, Hirohito, Belcampo, Bob Hope, Salvador Dalí, Ayn Rand, Jean-Paul Sartre, Samuel Beckett, Leonid Brezhnev, Kurt Gödel, Edwin McMillan, Bette Davis, Herbert von Karajan, Willard Libby, Albert Broccoli, Wernher von Braun, Richard Nixon, Jesse Owens, Gerald Ford, Menachem Begin, Kees Stip, Yuri Andropov, Orson Welles, Frank Sinatra, Arthur C. Clarke, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Nelson Mandela, Kurt Waldheim, Anwar Sadat, Isaac Asimov, John Paul II, Javier Pérez de Cuéllar, Federico Fellini, Yves Montand, Boutros Boutros-Ghali, Maria Callas, Lucebert, Margaret Thatcher, Pol Pot, Douglas Engelbart, Fidel Castro, Elizabeth II, Dario Fo, Gabriel García Márquez, Andy Warhol, Stanley Kubrick, Jacques Brel, Yasser Arafat, Neil Armstrong, Edsger Dijkstra, Boris Yeltsin, Mikhail Gorbachev, Elizabeth Taylor, John Barry, Rutger Kopland, The 14th Dalai Lama, Elvis Presley, Kofi Annan, John Lennon, Pelé, John Hurt, Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Stephen Hawking, Johnny Hallyday, Mick Jagger, Lech Wałęsa, Gerrit Komrij, Bob Marley, Freddie Mercury, Johan Cruyff, Vladimir Putin, Ahmad Shah Massoud, Benazir Bhutto, Oprah Winfrey, Tim Berners-Lee, Bill Gates, Osama bin Laden, Madonna, Michael Jackson, Diego Maradona, Barack Obama and Axl Rose celebrated their birthday this year.
The year 1976 was a leap year starting on a Thursday, just like 1880, 1920 and 1948 in the century before it and 2004, 2032 and 2060 in the next.
The coloured days highlight
other historical milestones, and recurring events such as anniversaries and
icons indicate the phases of the moon and appear only for dates in the Gregorian calendar, i.e. after 14 October 1582. The Chinese calendar is available only from 1645 to 2644, the first millenium since the last reform. The coloured columns mark the Sundays, the last day of the week per standard ISO-8601.
The normal calendar page for the current /year?2018 contains an introduction to the intriguing history of the year as we know it. The Calendar Converter has more detail. The so called Perpetual Calendar uses a trick from before the age of computers to find the weekday for any Gregorian date. Also see an overview of all historical events in the last six thousand years.
URL: < http://4umi.com/year?1976 >, created 23 January 2011, changed 13 September 2012, served 22 January 2018.