October 1976 calendar

October 1976

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


Historical Events

Which were the important events of October 1976?


  • 01 Oct 1976 1st Dutch casino opens
  • 02 Oct 1976 Let My People Come closes at Morosco Theater NYC after 106 performances
  • 03 Oct 1976 Hank Aaron singles in his last at bat and drives in his 2,297th run
  • 04 Oct 1976 Supreme Court lifts 1972 ban on death penalty for convicted murderers
  • 05 Oct 1976 Seattle and Toronto picks 30 unprotected players on other AL rosters Ruppert Jones (Seattle) and Bob Bailor (Toronto) are picked 1st
  • 06 Oct 1976 Gang of Four arrested in Beijing
  • 08 Oct 1976 Sex Pistols sign with EMI
  • 09 Oct 1976 Robber Bridegroom opens at Biltmore Theater NYC for 145 performances
  • 10 Oct 1976 New Jersey Meadowlands' (New York Giants) Stadium opens.
  • 11 Oct 1976 10th Country Music Association Award: Mel Tillis wins
  • 12 Oct 1976 4th Space Shuttle Enterprise, approach and land test (ALT) flight
  • 13 Oct 1976 A Bolivian Boeing 707 cargo jet crashes in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, killing 100 (97, mostly children, killed on the ground).
  • 14 Oct 1976 Nobel prize for economy awarded to Milton Friedman
  • 15 Oct 1976 1st debate of major-ticket VP nominees Mondale (D) vs. Dole
  • 16 Oct 1976 Toronto Maple Leafs' Lanny McDonald scores a hat trick in 2 minutes 54 seconds.
  • 18 Oct 1976 Nobel prize for chemistry awarded to William N Lipscomb Jr
  • 19 Oct 1976 Battle of Aishiya in Lebanon.
  • 20 Oct 1976 70 die as Norwegian tanker Frosta collides with George Prince
  • 21 Oct 1976 55th weaapon accord signed
  • 22 Oct 1976 Rick Barry (San Francisco), begins then longest NBA free throw streak of 60
  • 24 Oct 1976 7th NYC Marathon won by Bill Rodgers in 2:10:10
  • 25 Oct 1976 5th Enterprise, approach and lands test (ALT) flight
  • 26 Oct 1976 Trinidad and Tobago becomes a republic.
  • 28 Oct 1976 Train collision at Goes Neth, 7 die
  • 30 Oct 1976 Going Up closes at John Golden Theater NYC after 49 performances
  • 31 Oct 1976 Javed Miandad, 206 vs. New Zealand, age 19 yrs 141 days
  • 06 Oct 1976 Cubana de Aviación Flight 455 is destroyed by two bombs, placed on board by an anti-Castro militant group.
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Music charts

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

  1. - Play That Funky Music
  2. - A Fifth Of Beethoven
  3. - Disco Duck (Part 1)
  4. - If You Leave Me Now
  5. - I'd Really Love To See You Tonight

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - Dancing Queen
  2. - Mississippi
  3. - Can't Get By Without You
  4. - Let 'Em In
  5. - When Forever Has Gone


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in October 1976?

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.

Storm Warning by Jack Higgins

Storm Warning


A group of German ex-patriots in Brazil are forced to sail five thousand miles through turbulent waters during World War II. They must also face the death threats posed by American and British military power.

The Thirteenth Tribe by Arthur Koestler

The Thirteenth Tribe


Mass market paperback. Judaica.

Scoundrel Time by Lillian Hellman

Scoundrel Time


Hellman was one of the intellectuals and artists who were called before Congress in 1952 to testify against political subversion. Despite being terrified, Hellman refused incrimination of herself or anyone else and was eventually able to.