December 1976 calendar

December 1976

Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in December 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 December 1976: find out below


Historical Events

Which were the important events of December 1976?


  • 01 Dec 1976 Angola admitted to United Nations.
  • 02 Dec 1976 Fidel Castro becomes President of Cuba, replacing Osvaldo Dorticós Torrado.
  • 03 Dec 1976 Dr Patrick J Hillery elected President of Iraq.
  • 05 Dec 1976 Buffalo Bill's OJ Simpson rushes 203 yards.
  • 06 Dec 1976 War criminal Pieter Menten arrested in Zurich, Switzerland.
  • 08 Dec 1976 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site.
  • 10 Dec 1976 Wings release triple album Wings Over America
  • 12 Dec 1976 QB Joe Namath last game as a New York Jet
  • 13 Dec 1976 Golden Gate Bridge District starts ferry service to Larkspur, California.
  • 15 Dec 1976 Jamaica premier Manley wins elections.
  • 16 Dec 1976 Liberian tanker stranded at Nantucket, 180,000 barrels oil in sea
  • 17 Dec 1976 Superstation WTBS in Atlanta goes national.
  • 18 Dec 1976 A Star is Born, with Barbra Striesand, premieres
  • 19 Dec 1976 President Brezhnev receives his 5th Lenin order
  • 20 Dec 1976 Music Is opens at St. James Theater NYC for 8 performances
  • 21 Dec 1976 Patricia R Harris is named Secretary of HUD.
  • 22 Dec 1976 35 Unification church couples wed in New York City
  • 23 Dec 1976 A new volcano, Murara, erupts in eastern Zaire.
  • 25 Dec 1976 Egyptian SS Patria sinks in Red Sea, about 100 killed
  • 26 Dec 1976 Music Is closes at St. James Theater NYC after 8 performances
  • 27 Dec 1976 Albania constitution goes into effect.
  • 28 Dec 1976 Fiddler on the Roof opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 167 performances
  • 31 Dec 1976 The Cars played their 1st gig
  • 25 Dec 1976 EgyptAir Flight 664, a Boeing 707-366C, crashes on approach to Don Mueang International Airport, killing 71 people.
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Music charts

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

  1. - Tonight's The Night (Gonna Be Alright)youtube
  2. - The Rubberband Manyoutube
  3. - You Don't Have To Be A Star (To Be In My Show)youtube
  4. - Love So Rightyoutube
  5. - Muskrat Loveyoutube

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - Under The Moon Of Love
  2. - Don't Give Up On Us
  3. - Mississippi
  4. - If You Leave Me Now
  5. - When A Child Is Born


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in December 1976?

Touch Not The Cat by Mary Stewart

Touch Not The Cat


Bryony Ashley is well aware that her grand estate, once beautiful and elegant, is now a place of terror and shadow.

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" …

Sleeping Murder by Agatha Christie

Sleeping Murder


Strange things began to happen soon after Gwenda moved in to her new house.

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.

To Jerusalem And Back by Saul Bellow

To Jerusalem And Back


Nobel laureate Saul Bellow's candid interviews and meditations on Israel's unique spirit and challenges are a powerful and stimulating testament to the country's past and future.