1976 events in history

Jan 2 The Gale of January 1976 begins, which results in coastal flooding around the southern North Sea coasts, resulting in at least 82 deaths and US$1.3 billion in damage
Jan 3 The International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights comes into effect
Jan 4 The Troubles: The Ulster Volunteer Force shoots dead six Irish Catholic civilians in County Armagh, Northern Ireland. The next day, gunmen shoot dead ten Protestant civilians nearby in retaliation
Jan 5 The Troubles: In response to the killing of six Catholics the night before, gunmen shoot dead ten Protestant civilians after stopping their minibus at Kingsmill in County Armagh, Northern Ireland, UK
Jan 5 The Khmer Rouge proclaim the Constitution of Democratic Kampuchea
Jan 12 The United Nations Security Council votes 11-1 to allow the Palestine Liberation Organization to participate in a Security Council debate (without voting rights)
Jan 15 Gerald Ford's would-be assassin, Sara Jane Moore, is sentenced to life in prison
Jan 18 Lebanese Christian militias overrun Karantina, Beirut, killing at least 1,000
Jan 21 Commercial service of Concorde begins with the London-Bahrain and Paris-Rio routes
Feb 2 The Groundhog Day gale hits the north-eastern United States and south-eastern Canada
Feb 4 In Guatemala and Honduras an earthquake kills more than 22,000
Feb 5 The 1976 swine flu outbreak begins at Fort Dix, NJ
Feb 6 In testimony before a United States Senate subcommittee, Lockheed Corporation president Carl Kotchian admits that the company had paid out approximately $3 million in bribes to the office of Japanese Prime Minister Kakuei Tanaka
Feb 15 The 1976 Constitution of Cuba is adopted by national referendum
Feb 19 Executive Order 9066, which led to the relocation of Japanese Americans to internment camps, is rescinded by President Gerald R. Ford's Proclamation 4417
Feb 24 Cuba: national Constitution is proclaimed
Feb 27 The formerly Spanish territory of Western Sahara, under the auspices of the Polisario Front declares independence as the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic
Mar 4 The Northern Ireland Constitutional Convention is formally dissolved in Northern Ireland resulting in direct rule of Northern Ireland from London by the British parliament
Mar 9 Forty-two people die in the 1976 Cavalese cable car disaster, the worst cable-car accident to date
Mar 16 British Prime Minister Harold Wilson resigns, citing personal reasons
Mar 24 In Argentina, the armed forces overthrow the constitutional government of President Isabel Perón and start a 7-year dictatorial period self-styled the National Reorganization Process. Since 2006, a public holiday known as Day of Remembrance for Truth and Justice is held on this day
Mar 27 The first 4.6 miles of the Washington Metro subway system opens
Mar 30 The first Land Day protests are held in Israel/Palestine
Apr 1 Conrail takes over operations from six bankrupt railroads in the Northeastern U.S
Apr 1 Apple Inc. is formed by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and Ronald Wayne
Apr 1 The Jovian–Plutonian gravitational effect, soon revealed as an April Fools' Day hoax, is first reported by British astronomer Patrick Moore
Apr 4 Prince Norodom Sihanouk resigns as leader of Cambodia and is placed under house arrest
Apr 5 In the People's Republic of China, the April Fifth Movement leads to the Tiananmen incident
Apr 7 Former British Cabinet Minister John Stonehouse resigns from the Labour Party
Apr 11 The Apple I is created
Apr 13 The United States Treasury Department reintroduces the two-dollar bill as a Federal Reserve Note on Thomas Jefferson's 233rd birthday as part of the United States Bicentennial celebration
May 6 An earthquake strikes the Friuli region of northeastern Italy, causing 989 deaths and the destruction of entire villages
May 8 The rollercoaster Revolution, the first steel coaster with a vertical loop, opens at Six Flags Magic Mountain
May 21 The Yuba City bus disaster occurs in Martinez, California. Twenty-nine are killed making it the deadliest road accident in U.S. history
May 24 The Judgement of Paris takes place in France, launching California as a worldwide force in the production of quality wine
May 24 The London to Washington, D.C., Concorde service begins
Jun 5 The Teton Dam in Idaho, United States, collapases
Jun 16 Soweto uprising: a non-violent march by 15,000 students in Soweto, South Africa turns into days of rioting when police open fire on the crowd
Jun 25 Missouri Governor Kit Bond issues an executive order rescinding the Extermination Order, formally apologizing on behalf of the state of Missouri for the suffering it had caused to the members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
Jun 27 Air France Flight 139 (Tel Aviv-Athens-Paris) is hijacked en route to Paris by the PLO and redirected to Entebbe, Uganda
Jun 28 The Angolan court sentences US and UK mercenaries to death sentences and prison terms in the Luanda Trial
Jun 29 The Seychelles become independent from the United Kingdom
Jul 1 Portugal grants autonomy to Madeira
Jul 2 Fall of the Republic of Vietnam; Communist North Vietnam declares their union to form the Socialist Republic of Vietnam
Jul 4 Israeli commandos raid Entebbe airport in Uganda, rescuing all but four of the passengers and crew of an Air France jetliner seized by Palestinian terrorists
Jul 10 The Seveso disaster occurs in Italy
Jul 10 One American and three British mercenaries are executed in Angola following the Luanda Trial
Jul 14 Capital punishment is abolished in Canada
Jul 17 East Timor is annexed, and becomes the 27th province of Indonesia
Jul 17 The opening of the Summer Olympics in Montreal is marred by 25 African teams boycotting the New Zealand team