August 1976 calendar

August 1976

Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in August 1976.
The US president was Gerald Ford (Republican), the UK Prime Minister was James Callaghan (Labour), Pope St Paul VI was leading the Catholic Church.

But much more happened on August 1976: find out below


Historical Events

Which were the important events of August 1976?


  • 01 Aug 1976 21st Olympic games close at Montreal Canada
  • 02 Aug 1976 A gunman murders Andrea Wilborn and Stan Farr and injures Priscilla Davis and Gus Gavrel, in an incident at Priscilla's mansion in Fort Worth, Texas. T. Cullen Davis, Priscilla's husband and one of the richest men in Texas, is tried and found innocent for Andrea's murder, involvement in a plot to kill several people (including Priscilla and a judge), and a wrongful death lawsuit. Cullen goes broke afterwards.
  • 05 Aug 1976 The Great Clock of Westminster (or Big Ben) suffers internal damage and stops running for over nine months.
  • 06 Aug 1976 Zulfikar Ali Bhutto lays the foundation stone of Port Qasim, Karachi.
  • 07 Aug 1976 Chako Higuchi wins LPGA Colgate-European Golf Open
  • 08 Aug 1976 Chicago White Sox suit up in shorts
  • 09 Aug 1976 Clive Lloyd scores double-ton in 120 mins, WI vs. Glamorgan
  • 11 Aug 1976 Keith Moon, drummer for Who, collapses and is hospitalized in Miami
  • 12 Aug 1976 First approach and lands test (ALT) of NASA space shuttle orbiter Enterprise.
  • 14 Aug 1976 10,000 Northern Ireland women demonstrate for peace in Belfast
  • 15 Aug 1976 Jane Blalock wins LPGA Wheeling Golf Classic
  • 16 Aug 1976 58th PGA Championship: Dave Stockton shoots a 281 at Congressional, Maryland
  • 17 Aug 1976 An earthquake and tidal wave in the Philippines kills up to 8,000
  • 18 Aug 1976 In the Korean Demilitarized Zone at Panmunjeom, the Axe Murder Incident results in the death of two US soldiers.
  • 19 Aug 1976 President Gerald R Ford wins Republican presidential nomination at Kansas City convention.
  • 21 Aug 1976 Battle East Sussex: Mary Langdon becomes 1st British firewoman
  • 22 Aug 1976 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Patty Berg Golf Classic
  • 23 Aug 1976 Heavy earthquake strikes China, 1,000s die
  • 24 Aug 1976 Soyuz 21 returns to Earth.
  • 25 Aug 1976 Harm Wiersma becomes world checker champion
  • 27 Aug 1976 Transsexual Renee Richards barred from competing in US Tennis Open
  • 28 Aug 1976 New York Cosmos beat Seattle Sounders 2-1 for NASL cup.
  • 29 Aug 1976 Sandra Palmer wins LPGA National Jewish Hospital Golf Open
  • 30 Aug 1976 Tom Brokaw becomes news anchor of Today Show
  • 31 Aug 1976 George Harrison found guilty of plagurizing My Sweet Lord

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Music charts

Which were the top hits in August 1976?
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Top #5 songs in the USA

  1. - Kiss And Say Goodbye
  2. - Don't Go Breaking My Heart
  3. - Love Is Alive
  4. - You Should Be Dancing
  5. - Moonlight Feels Right

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - Don't Go Breaking My Heart
  2. - The Roussos Phenomenon
  3. - A Little Bit More
  4. - You To Me Are Everything
  5. - Jeans On


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?
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Ivan the Terrible

Ivan the Terrible

Release year: 1976

Directed by: Peter Moers

The Shootist

The Shootist

Release year: 1976

Directed by: Don Siegel

Starring: John Wayne, Lauren Bacall, Ron Howard, James Stewart

Country: United States of America

The Ritz

The Ritz

Release year: 1976

Directed by: Richard Lester

Starring: Jack Weston, Rita Moreno, Jerry Stiller, Kaye Ballard

Max Havelaar

Max Havelaar

Release year: 1976

Directed by: Fons Rademakers

Starring: Peter Faber, Sacha Bulthuis, Adendu Soesilaningrat, Maruli Sitompul

Balika Badhu

Balika Badhu

Release year: 1976

Directed by: Tarun Majumdar

Starring: Sachin, Rajni Sharma, Asrani, A.K. Hangal


Which were the most popular books released in August 1976?
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Agent In Place by Helen MacInnes

Agent In Place


Chuck Kelso is an idealist. He only intended to leak a top-secret NATO memo to the media, but he soon finds it in the hands a Russian.

The Rockefellers by Peter Collier and David Horowitz

The Rockefellers


The story of this American family is told against a rich backdrop of American history. It all begins with John D. Rockefeller Sr.

Dolores by Jacqueline Susann



This is Dolores Ryan's tragic, intense story. She was the young, fashionable widow of an assassinated American president. Dolores is too poor to support her extravagant lifestyle and too lonely for fulfillment as a woman after his death.

Trinity by Leon Uris



Leon Uris's favorite Irish novel, now available in the Avon mass market. The acclaimed author of Exodus, Battle Cry and QB VII, Topaz and other classics of twentieth century fiction, comes this epic, sweeping adventure that captures Ireland's "terrible beauty" …

Lyndon Johnson And The American Dream by Doris Kearns

Lyndon Johnson And The American Dream


The classic Lyndon Johnson life by Doris Kearns Goodwin, who presided over the Great Society and the Vietnam War, is a landmark in political biography.