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
  • 01 Aug 1976 Niki Lauda has a severe accident that almost claims his life at the German Grand Prix at Nurburgring.[8]
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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?


Which were the most popular books released in August 1976?

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.

A Stranger In The Mirror by Sidney Sheldon

A Stranger In The Mirror


LONELY MAN. Toby Temple is both a super star, and a super bastard. He is loved by his fans but plagued with suspicion and distrust.

The Final Days by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein

The Final Days


The Final Days is a classic behind-the scenes account of Richard Nixon’s final months as President. Bernstein and Woodward play the taut post-Watergate White House of Nixon in a series of moments.

The Canfield Decision by Spiro T. Agnew

The Canfield Decision


This book tells the story of a vice president who was "destroyed" by his own ambition.

Ordinary People by Judith Guest

Ordinary People


Robert Redford's Oscar Winning Film starring Donald Sutherland & Mary Tyler MooreIn Ordinary People is Judith Guest's first novel. The Jarrets are a typical example of a typical American family.