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1976 Events

A bicentennial year for the United States, 1976 – a leap year - was full of plenty of notable events including:


  • Jimmy Carter wins the Iowa Caucus on the Democratic party ticket
  • Ted Turner buys the Atlanta Braves
  • Dorothy Hamill wins the U.S. Figure Skating Championship for the 3rd time


  • Race riots at a Pensacola, FL high school result in the injury of 30 students
  • The Winter Olympics open in Innsbruck, Austria
  • Dorothy Hamill wins Olympic women’s figure skating gold medal


  • Walt Disney World Celebrates its 50 millionth guest, less than 5 years after its opening
  • Heiress Patricia (Patty) Hearst is convicted of armed robbery


  • The Apple computer company is formed by Steve Jobs and Stephen Wozniak and the Apple I is created
  • Barbara Walters becomes the first female nightly news anchor
  • The Swine Flu vaccine is tested


  • KISS performs their very first concert
  • Concorde service begins from Washington D.C.
  • The Mary Tyler Moore Show dominates the Emmy Awards


  • The Soweto Riots begin in South Africa
  • Queen releases Bohemian Rhapsody
  • NBC Nightly News premieres
  • The first woman is admitted to the U.S. Air Force Academy


  • North and South Vietnam unite and become the Socialist Republic of Vietnam
  • The U.S. celebrates its bicentennial – 200 year anniversary – with parades, fireworks, and all kinds of cultural events
  • Women are admitted to the U.S. Naval Academy
  • 103 Air France passengers and crew are rescued from the Entebbe Airport in Uganda
  • Jimmy Carter wins the Democratic presidential nomination
  • The Summer Olympics begin in Montreal, Canada


  • Liz Taylor divorces Richard Burton…again
  • President Gerald Ford wins the Republican nomination
  • Tom Brokaw becomes the new anchor of the Today Show


  • The Episcopal Church of the U.S. allows for the ordination of women
  • The Space Shuttle Enterprise is unveiled
  • Mao Tse-Tung dies
  • A controversial article in Playboy highlights an interview of Jimmy Carter in which he says he “lusts for women”


  • Jane Pauley becomes co-anchor of the Today Show
  • A ferry accident on the Mississippi River kills 78


  • Jimmy Carter becomes the next president of the United States
  • Gone with the Wind appears on television for the first time


  • Wonder Woman debuts on television
  • Fidel Castro becomes president of Cuba