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1976 Historical Event(s)
- January 3, 1976 – The International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights comes into effect.
- January 31, 1976 – New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Fire Dragon in Chinese astrology.
- March 27, 1976 – The first 4.6 miles of the Washington Metro subway system opens.
- April 1, 1976 – Conrail takes over operations from six bankrupt railroads in the Northeastern U.S.
- June 25, 1976 – Missouri Governor Kit Bond issues an executive order rescinding the Extermination Order, formally apologizing on behalf of the state of Missouri for the suffering it had caused to the members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
- July 20, 1976 – The American Viking 1 lander successfully lands on Mars.
- July 21, 1976 – Christopher Ewart-Biggs British ambassador to the Republic of Ireland is assassinated by the Provisional IRA.
- July 22, 1976 – Japan completes its last reparation to the Philippines for war crimes committed during the imperial Japan’s conquest of the country in the Second World War
- September 6, 1976 – Cold War: Soviet air force pilot Lt. Viktor Belenko lands a MiG-25 jet fighter at Hakodate on the island of Hokkaidō in Japan and requests political asylum in the United States.
- October 4, 1976 – Official launch of the Intercity 125 High Speed Train (HST).
Who Were Born On 1976?
- January 3, 1976 – Angelos Basinas, Greek footballer
- March 18, 1976 – Giovanna Antonelli, Brazilian actress
- September 6, 1976 – Tom Pappas, American decathlete
- September 8, 1976 – Brendan Kelly, American musician (The Lawrence Arms)
- September 18, 1976 – Ronaldo, Brazilian footballer
- October 8, 1976 – Renate Groenewold, Dutch speed skater
- October 14, 1976 – Ben Pridmore, World Memory Champion
- December 3, 1976 – Silvia Fontana, Italian figure skater
- December 25, 1976 – Tuomas Holopainen, Finnish keyboardist and songwriter (Nightwish)
- December 30, 1976 – A.J. Pierzynski, American baseball player