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Major Events of 1976

1976 (Roman Numerals: MCMLXXVI) was the 76th year of the 20th century. 1976 was a leap year, and the first day of the year was a Thursday.

On this page, we have listed some of the major historical, news and sporting events that took place in 1976.
News Events of 1976

Concorde (first supersonic airliner) makes first commercial flights.


Viking 1 and 2 probes land on Mars and beam back photographs.

Viking 1 Viking 2

US bicentennial (200 years since independence).

British Pound falls below US $2 for the first time.

Chinese leader, Mao Zedong, dies.


Israeli commandos free the passengers and crew of a hijacked French airliner, at Entebbe, Uganda.

Apple Inc. (originally as Apple Computer, Inc.) founded.

First VHS Video Recorder goes on sale in Japan.

VHS Video Cassette

Shugart introduces the first 5¼ floppy disk drives.

5¼ inch Floppy Disk

Sports in 1976
  • Olympic Games:

    • 1976 Summer Olympics (Games of the XXI Olympiad): Montreal, Canada

    • 1976 Winter Olympics (XII Olympic Winter Games): Innsbruck, Austria

    • Most African nations and some other countries boycott the Montreal Olympics, in protest at the participation of New Zealand, whose rugby team had been touring South Africa.

  • American Football:

    1976 Super Bowl (Super Bowl X):

    • Winning Team: Pittsburgh Steelers

    • Losing Team: Minnesota Vikings

  • Baseball:

    1976 World Series

    • Winning Team: Cincinnati Reds

    • Losing Team: New York Yankees

  • Soccer:

    1976 European Cup:

    • Winners: Bayern Munich

    • Runners-Up: Saint-Étienne

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