1976 Fun Facts, Trivia, and History

Updated on October 15, 2019
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This article teaches you fun facts, trivia, and history from the year 1976.
This article teaches you fun facts, trivia, and history from the year 1976.

Fast History Facts From 1976

What are some fun facts, trivia, and history from the year 1976? For openers, the United States celebrated the Bicentennial, Jimmy Carter was elected the 39th U.S. President, and NASA unveiled the first space shuttle to the American public. Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak launched Apple Computer, the U.S. Treasury reintroduced the $2.00 bill, and George Washington was posthumously promoted to the rank of six-star general.

In 1976, Legionnaires’ disease sickened 149 American Legion delegates in Philadelphia, T.J. Maxx and Ticketmaster were founded, and the U.S. Department of Labor upgraded “chef” from a domestic to a professional occupation. A McDonald’s Big Mac cost 75¢, red M&Ms disappeared from the marketplace until 1987, and Perrier bottled water appeared on grocery store shelves for the first time.

Back in 1976, the prime rate was 6.25%, inflation was 5.75%, and the average family income was $16,000. A new house cost around $43,000, the price of a postage stamp was 13 cents, and the retail price for a gallon of gas averaged 59 cents. A gallon of milk cost $1.68, eggs were 97¢ a dozen, and Eight O’Clock Coffee was $1.69 for a one-pound bag.

In 1976, Tonight's The Night was the most popular song, Happy Days (ABC) was the most popular TV show, and All the President’s Men was the most popular film. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest won an Oscar for Best Picture, Miloš Forman (One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest) won an Academy Award for Best Director, and The Mary Tyler Moore Show won its second straight Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series.

What else happened in 1976? The ink jet printer was invented, NBC replaced its peacock logo with an abstract N, and leisure suits and bell bottoms were all the rage. Billionaire Howard Hughes passed away, the co-founder of Twitter was born, and the Liberty Bell was moved to a new home in Philadelphia.

Here are some more fast history facts from 1976: Bubbling Brown Sugar opened on Broadway, “far out” was slang for awesome, and Michael and Jennifer were favorite baby names. The Pittsburgh Steelers were the Super Bowl champs, the Cincinnati Reds won the World Series, and the Montreal Canadiens clinched the Stanley Cup.

On the international stage, the supersonic Concorde began regular commercial service, James Callaghan became Britain’s Prime Minister, and Queen Elizabeth II sent out the first royal email. The United Kingdom and Iceland reached an agreement over the “Cod Wars,” the Summer Olympics were held in Montreal, and the inflation rate in the UK reached an alarming 16.5%.

Famous people in the news back in 1976 included Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, George Washington, Harold Wilson, James Callaghan, Queen Elizabeth II, Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, Barbara Walters, Jane Pauley, Miloš Forman, Jack Nicholson, Louise Fletcher, Barbara Streisand, Kris Kristofferson, Mary Tyler Moore, Natalie Cole, Milton Friedman, Saul Bellow, Edna Lewis, Hank Aaron, and Reggie Jackson.

Whether you’re a millennial, a 50-something, or a baby boomer, this article teaches you fun facts, cool trivia, and history from the year 1976. Find out about popular TV shows, movies, music, books, cars, interesting foods, sports facts, fashion fads, and other pop culture trends to get the right mix of questions and answers for your 1970s-themed trivia quiz.

Table of Contents

What happened in the year 1976? For your convenience, I have divided this article into the following categories:

  1. Grocery Prices in the Year 1976
  2. History Facts From the USA
  3. International News
  4. Random Sports Facts
  5. Miscellaneous Fun Facts, Trivia, and Pop Culture Trends
  6. Bestselling Books
  7. Most Popular Movies
  8. 1976/1977’s Most Popular Television Shows (according to Nielsen)
  9. Cool Pop Music Artists
  10. Top Music Hits for the Year
  11. Famous People Who Were Born in 1976
  12. Famous People Who Passed Away
  13. Popular Foods and Beverages
  14. America’s Biggest Companies
  15. Retailers from 1976 That No Longer Exist

In 1976, Sylvester Stallone wrote the script for Rocky in three and a half days.
In 1976, Sylvester Stallone wrote the script for Rocky in three and a half days.

1. Grocery Prices in the Year 1976

These facts from the American grocery industry have been made available courtesy of the Morris County Public Library in Whippany, NJ.

  1. Aqua Net Hair Spray: 59 cents for a 13-ounce can
  2. Baby shampoo: 89 cents for a 32-ounce bottle
  3. Baking potatoes: Five pounds for 89 cents
  4. Bartlett pears: Three pounds for $1.00
  5. Bayer Aspirin: 100 for 88 cents
  6. Betty Crocker Cake Mix (assorted varieties): 69 cents per box
  7. Blue Bonnet Margarine: One-pound package for 39 cents
  8. Boneless hams: $2.29 per pound
  9. Carnation Instant Milk: Two-pound box for $2.19
  10. Chicken breasts: 89 cents per pound
  11. Chicken legs: 69 cents per pound
  12. Chicken wings: 69 cents per pound
  13. Coca Cola: 64 ounces for 69 cents
  14. Colgate Toothpaste: Nine-ounce tube for 99 cents
  15. Del Monte Fruit Cocktail: 30-ounce can for 59 cents
  16. Duncan Hines Brownie Mix: 19-ounce box for 79 cents
  17. Efferdent Denture Tablets: 79 cents for a box of 40
  18. Eggplant: 25 cents per pound
  19. Eggs: 97 cents per dozen
  20. Eight O’Clock Coffee: $1.69 for a one-pound bag
  21. English muffins: Three 12-ounce packages for $1.00
  22. Filet mignon (USDA choice): $2.49 per pound
  23. Friskies Cat Food (assorted varieties): Five 15-ounce cans for 89 cents
  24. Hi-C Drinks: Three 46-ounce cans (grape or orange) for $1.00
  25. Hillshire Farms Polish Kielbasa: $1.39 per pound
  26. Keebler Chocolate Chip Cookies: 14-ounce package for 75 cents
  27. Libby Tomato Juice: 48-ounce can for 49 cents
  28. Marvel White Bread: Three 20-ounce loaves for $1.00
  29. Milk: $1.68 per gallon
  30. Mylanta Liquid: $1.19 for a 12-ounce bottle
  31. Nestle’s Quik: $1.49 for a two-pound can
  32. Pork for kabobs: $1.29 per pound
  33. Porterhouse steak: $1.67 per pound
  34. Q-Tips Cotton Swabs: 79 cents for a box of 400
  35. Red plums: 59 cents per pound
  36. 7Up (regular or sugar-free): 64 ounces for 79 cents
  37. Royal Gelatin: Six three-ounce boxes for $1.00
  38. Seedless grapes: 49 cents per pound
  39. Seven Seas Salad Dressing (all varieties): 16-ounce bottle for 69 cents
  40. Shell or ziti pasta: Three one-pound boxes for 88 cents
  41. Sirloin steak: $1.27 per pound
  42. Sliced bacon: $1.59 per pound
  43. Starkist Chunk Light Tuna: 6.5-ounce can for 49 cents
  44. Sweet corn: 10 ears for 79 cents
  45. T-bone steak: $1.59 per pound
  46. Uncle Ben’s Rice: 10 pounds for $2.99
  47. Valencia oranges: 10 for 99 cents
  48. Veal for kabobs: $1.39 per pound
  49. Vet’s Dog Food: 25-pound box for $4.99
  50. Viva Paper Towels: Roll of 122 sheets for 49 cents

In 1976, the United States celebrated the Bicentennial.
In 1976, the United States celebrated the Bicentennial.

2. History Facts From the USA

  1. In 1976, Gerald Ford was President of the United States and Nelson Rockefeller was Vice-President.

  2. The U.S. unemployment rate was 7.8% at year end.

  3. The inflation rate was 5.76%. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Consumer Price Index, “prices in 2018 are 341.31% higher than average prices throughout 1976. The dollar experienced an average inflation rate of 3.60% per year during this period, meaning the real value of a dollar decreased. In other words, $100 in 1976 is equivalent in purchasing power to about $441.31 in 2018, a difference of $341.31 over 42 years.”

  4. In 1976, a gallon of milk cost $1.68, eggs were 97 cents a dozen, and Eight O’Clock Coffee was $1.69 for a one-pound bag. Chicken breasts were 89 cents a pound, a one-pound package of Blue Bonnet Margarine cost 39 cents, and three 20-ounce loaves of white bread were $1.00.

  5. Here were the sticker prices for two best-selling 1976 cars: a Ford Pinto cost $2,895.00, and a Chrysler Cordoba was $4,895.00.

  6. The average price for a gallon of gas was 59 cents.

  7. Average household income was $16,000.00, and the cost of a new home was about $43,000.00.

  8. The average monthly rent was $220.00.

  9. The federal minimum wage was $2.30.

  10. The prime rate averaged 6.25%, and an ounce of gold was $140.35.

  11. In July, the United States celebrated the Bicentennial. DustyOldThing.com tells us that “The celebration itself included several events, such as a giant firework display in Washington D.C. that was nationally televised. There were also nautical parades in which an international fleet of large tall-masted sailing ships gathered in New York City and in Boston.”

  12. As part of the bicentennial celebration, George Washington was posthumously promoted to the rank of six-star general.

  13. All quarters minted in 1976 were dated as 1776-1976.

  14. Japan donated 53 bonsai trees to the United States for the bicentennial.

  15. In 1976, Red Dye No. 2, a food coloring that was used in everything from ice cream to makeup, was pulled from the marketplace after Soviet scientists claimed that there was a potential link between the dye and cancer. Because of the ban, red M&Ms disappeared from 1976 to 1987.

  16. On January 1, the Liberty Bell was moved to a new home behind Independence Hall in Philadelphia.

  17. On January 15, Sara Jane Moore was sentenced to life in prison for her assassination attempt on President Gerald Ford.

  18. On April 1, Apple Computer was founded by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak when they “debuted the Apple 1, a desktop computer that came as a single motherboard, pre-assembled, and unlike other personal computers of that era.” ThoughtCo.com adds that Jobs and Wozniak “wanted to develop the world's first user-friendly personal computer. Their work ended up revolutionizing the computer industry and changing the face of consumer technology. Along with tech giants like Microsoft and IBM, Apple helped make computers part of everyday life, ushering in the Digital Revolution and the Information Age.”

  19. On April 1, Conrail was formed by the U.S. government to help save seven bankrupt railroads that were located in the East and Midwest. The New York Times reports that "Conrail, with $2.1 billion of Federal money for plant and equipment rehabilitation, now has the responsibility for handling about one‐fourth of the nation's railroad freight, and it has a near monopoly on railroad movements in the industrialized Northeast."

  20. On April 13, the U.S. Treasury reintroduced the $2.00 bill. Withdrawn from circulation a decade earlier because of “public indifference,” the 1976 series had a new design on the back that featured John Trumbull's painting of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Today, the $2.00 bill makes up about 1% of all U.S. bills in circulation.

  21. On June 3, to commemorate America’s Bicentennial, the British Parliament presented members of Congress with a replica of the Magna Carta during a ceremony in London.

  22. On June 19, NASA’s Viking 1 Lander spacecraft arrived safely on Mars. Space.com explains that “Viking 1 was the first American spacecraft to touch the surface of Mars, and the first spacecraft ever to remain there for the long term. It followed a series of short-lived Soviet probes that either landed or crashed into the surface in the decade before.”

  23. In July, Legionnaires’ disease sickened 149 American Legion delegates in Philadelphia.

  24. On September 17, NASA publicly unveiled its first space shuttle--the Enterprise--during a ceremony in Palmdale, California.

  25. On November 2, Democrat Jimmy Carter was elected the 39th President of the United States. He defeated incumbent Republican President Gerald Ford and was the first U.S. President from the Deep South since the Civil War. Carter carried 23 states and the District of Columbia. He won 50.1% of the popular vote and 297 electoral votes.

3. International News

  1. In 1976, both the British Pound and Italian Lira lost value against the U.S. Dollar.

  2. The inflation rate in the UK was an alarming 16.5%.

  3. The supersonic Concorde, built with funding from both the French and British governments, began regular commercial service. ThePeopleHistory.com tells us that “The Concorde aircrafts could carry about 100 passengers and flew at much faster speeds than the typical aircraft. Its cruising speed was about 1,350 miles per hour and could travel between London and New York in just under three hours, cutting the travel time in half for most flights.”

  4. The 1976 Summer Olympics were held in Montreal, the first Canadian city to host the games. A total of 92 countries and 6,084 athletes participated in the 198 sporting events.

  5. The 1976 Winter Olympics were held in Innsbruck, Austria. A total of 37 countries and 1,123 athletes participated in the 37 sporting events.

  6. On March 16, British Prime Minister Harold Wilson announced his resignation. The BBC reports that Harold Wilson remained the Labour Party's “longest-serving prime minister until 6 February 2005, when his record was broken by Tony Blair. He led the country from 1964 to 1970, and then again from 1974 to 1976 and came in on a pledge for change reflecting the mood for modernisation in the country.” Regarding his departure from public office, Wilson stated: "I have not wavered in this decision and it is irrevocable."

  7. On March 26, Queen Elizabeth II sent out the first royal email on a network called ARPANET, which was a precursor to the Internet as we know it today.

  8. On April 5, James Callaghan became Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. Britannica explains that “Throughout his ministry (1976–79), Callaghan, a moderate within the Labour Party, tried to stem the increasingly vociferous demands of Britain’s trade unions. He also had to secure the passage of unpopular cuts in government spending early in his ministry.”

  9. On April 26, Pan American Airways began to offer non-stop flights between New York and Tokyo.

  10. On November 8, Iceland and the United Kingdom came to an agreement over fishing rights in the North Atlantic, thus ending a series of conflicts known as the “Cod Wars.”

  11. On December 2, Fidel Castro became the President of Cuba.

  12. On December 8, the United Nations General Assembly re-elected Kurt Waldheim as Secretary-General.

4. Random Sports Facts

This information has been made available courtesy of Pop-Culture.us.

  • World Series Champions - Cincinnati Reds
  • NFL Champions - Pittsburgh Steelers
  • NBA Champions - Boston Celtics
  • NCAA Football Champions - Pittsburgh
  • NCAA Basketball Champions - Indiana
  • Stanley Cup Champs - Montreal Canadiens
  • U.S. Open Golf - Jerry Pate
  • U.S. Tennis (men/women) - Jimmy Connors/Christine Marie Evert
  • Wimbledon (men/women) - Bjorn Borg/Chris Evert
  • Kentucky Derby - Bold Forbes

In 1976, Happy Days (ABC) was the most popular television show.
In 1976, Happy Days (ABC) was the most popular television show.

5. Miscellaneous Fun Facts, Trivia, and Pop Culture Trends

  1. In 1976, popular baby names were Jennifer, Amy, Melissa, Heather, Michael, Jason, Joshua, and James.

  2. The life expectancy for women was 76.8 years and 69.1 years for men.

  3. The cost of a Super Bowl ad was $110,000.

  4. Favorite holiday gifts were The Cher Doll, Stretch Armstrong, Bionic Woman Wrist Radio, Muhammad Ali Boxing Ring Set, The Green Machine, Now-Look Ken, Star Trek Phaser Battle Game, Snoopy Scooter Shooter, J. J. Arms, and Fairchild’s Channel F.

  5. Courtesy of RetroWaste.com, fashion trends in 1976 included medallions, polyester, butterfly collars, bell bottoms, sandals, leisure suits, flower-patterned dress shirts, and sideburns. Retro adds that a woman’s professional uniform that year “was a blazer, cowl-neck sweater, and slimmed-down skirt. Bill Blass, Calvin Klein, and Ralph Lauren all used tweeds, plaids, corduroys, and flannels in tans, grays, browns, and muted greens.”

  6. Heartthrobs and fashion icons in 1976 were Jacqueline Bisset, Carol Burnett, Diahann Carroll, Angie Dickinson, Farrah Fawcett, Lauren Hutton, Kate Jackson, Jessica Lange, Mary Tyler Moore, Dolly Parton, Bernadette Peters, Suzanne Pleshette, Diana Ross, Jacquelyn Smith, and Suzanne Somers.

  7. Tawny Godin (Saratoga Springs, NY) won the Miss America crown.

  8. Barbara Peterson (Minnesota) became Miss USA.

  9. Here are some Broadway shows that opened in 1976: Bubbling Brown Sugar, California Suite, Fiddler on the Roof, Godspell, Guys and Dolls, Oh! Calcutta!, Pal Joey, Porgy and Bess, The Night of the Iguana, The Threepenny Opera, and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

  10. At the 48th Academy Awards, which honored the best films of 1975, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest won an Oscar for Best Picture, Miloš Forman (One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest) won an Academy Award for Best Director, Jack Nicholson (One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest) won an Oscar for Best Actor, and Louise Fletcher (One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest) won an Academy Award for Best Actress.

  11. At the 28th Primetime Emmy Awards, The Mary Tyler Moore Show (CBS) won an Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series, and Police Story (NBC) won an Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series. Likewise, Jack Albertson (Chico and the Man) won an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, and Mary Tyler Moore (The Mary Tyler Moore Show) won an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series.

  12. In 1976, American billionaire Howard Hughes died at the age of 70.

  13. Edna Lewis published her cooking classic The Taste of Southern Cooking.

  14. The most popular song was Tonight's The Night by Rod Stewart.

  15. Hotel California was released by the Eagles and was one of the best-selling albums of all time. (Please note that record albums came before CDs.)

  16. Hollywood Star Magazine (1976-1981) was launched.

  17. In 1956, NBC unveiled its famous peacock logo that featured a peacock “with brightly colored plumage in a number of shades.” However, from 1976 to 1979, NBC replaced its peacock logo with an abstract N.

  18. Perrier bottled water was introduced in the United States. Priceonomics.com tells us that “Perrier’s [ad] campaign created a massive new market for the American beverage industry, and it still serves as a playbook for how to convince people to pay for water. At the same time, it does not fully account for what remains an even greater mystery: the enduring appeal of bottled water.”

  19. The Canadian National Tower (CN Tower) in downtown Toronto, Canada was completed and is still the tallest structure in the world. It is 1,815 feet high and has 150 floors.

  20. Frontier Airlines hired Emily Howell Warner, who was America’s first female pilot.

  21. The ink-jet printer was invented. CastleInk.com confirms that "The concept of inkjet printing was first developed in the early 1950s and by the late 1970s inkjet printers could reproduce digital images generated by computer. There was no single inventor; the charge was led by numerous companies including Epson, HP, and Canon."

  22. The following companies and brands were launched in 1976: 1-800-Flowers, Acer, Inc., Bennigan’s, Fantagraphics Books, Genentech, HomeGoods, Kate Spade & Company, MetLife Foundation, Midway Airlines, Price Club, Sparrow Records, St. Jude Medical, T.J. Maxx, Ticketmaster, and United Drugs.

  23. Here are some of McDonald’s menu prices from 1976: Big Mac (75 cents), Quarter Pounder (70 cents), Quarter Pounder with Cheese (75 cents), Filet-O-Fish (65 cents), Hamburger (30 cents), Cheeseburger (40 cents), Medium French Fries (45 cents), Hot Apple Pie (45 cents), Medium Strawberry and Chocolate Shakes (45 cents), and Medium Soft Drinks (30 cents).

  24. On January 27, the sitcom Laverne and Shirley, a spinoff from Happy Days, premiered on ABC.

  25. On February 28, Natalie Cole became the first African-American woman to receive a Grammy Award for Best New Artist.

  26. On April 22, news anchor Harry Reasoner announced that broadcast journalist Barbara Walters would became his co-anchor on the ABC Evening News.

  27. On June 7, the NBC Nightly News, featuring John Chancellor and David Brinkley, premiered.

  28. On July 20, Hank Aaron hit his 755th and final home run.

  29. On September 22, the television drama Charlie’s Angels, starring Farrah Facett and Kate Jackson, debuted on ABC.

  30. On October 14, American economist Milton Friedman received the Nobel Prize in Economics.

  31. On October 17, the temperature was 39°F when the New York Yankees and Cincinnati Reds played in the coldest World Series game in history. That record was broken in 1997 in freezing Cleveland when the Indians and Marlins played in wind chills as low as 18°F.

  32. On October 21, novelist Saul Bellow received the Nobel Prize in Literature.

  33. On October 30, television journalist Jane Pauley became the co-host of NBC’s Today show.

  34. On November 7, Gone with the Wind was shown on television for the first time, and attracted 65% of America’s viewing audience.

  35. On December 18, A Star Is Born, a film starring Barbara Streisand and Kris Kristofferson, premiered.

In 1976, the “Stretch Armstrong” doll was introduced.
In 1976, the “Stretch Armstrong” doll was introduced.

6. Bestselling Books

This book trivia has been made available courtesy of PublishersWeekly.com.


1. Trinity by Leon Uris

2. Sleeping Murder by Agatha Christie

3. Dolores by Jacqueline Susann

4. Storm Warning by Jack Higgins

5. The Deep by Peter Benchley

6. 1876 by Gore Vidal

7. Slapstick, or Lonesome No More! by Kurt Vonnegut

8. The Lonely Lady by Harold Robbins

9. Touch Not the Cat by Mary Stewart

10. A Stranger in the Mirror by Sidney Sheldon


1. The Final Days by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein

2. Roots by Alex Haley

3. Your Erroneous Zones by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

4. Passages: The Predictable Crises of Adult Life by Gail Sheehy

5. Born Again by Charles W. Colson

6. The Grass ls Always Greener Over the Septic Tank by Erma Bombeck

7. Angels: God's Secret Agents by Billy Graham

8. Blind Ambition: The White House Years by John Dean

9. The Hite Report: A Nationwide Study of Female Sexuality by Shere Hite

10. The Right and the Power: The Prosecution of Watergate by Leon Jaworski

7. Most Popular Movies

These fun facts have been made available courtesy of IMDB.com. Generally suitable for all age groups, movie questions and answers are a welcome addition to any trivia quiz.

  1. All the President's Men
  2. Rocky
  3. Murder by Death
  4. Taxi Driver
  5. The Killing of a Chinese Bookie
  6. Marathon Man
  7. The Omen
  8. Network
  9. Who Can Kill a Child
  10. The Twelve Tasks of Asterix
  11. Cria Cuervos
  12. The Tenant
  13. Kings of the Road
  14. L'Innocente
  15. Keoma
  16. The Outlaw Josey Wales
  17. The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane
  18. The Missouri Breaks
  19. Mikey and Nicky
  20. Camouflage
  21. Alice, Sweet Alice
  22. Assault on Precinct 13
  23. The Enforcer
  24. The Shootist
  25. Brunet wieczorowa pora

In 1976, the $2.00 bill was reintroduced by the U.S. Treasury.
In 1976, the $2.00 bill was reintroduced by the U.S. Treasury.

8. 1976/1977’s Most Popular Television Shows (According to Nielsen)

1. Happy Days (ABC)

2. Laverne & Shirley (ABC)

3. M*A*S*H (CBS)

4. Charlie's Angels (ABC)

5. The Big Event (NBC)

6. The Six Million Dollar Man (ABC)

7. ABC Sunday Night Movie (ABC)

8. Baretta (ABC)

9. One Day at a Time (CBS)

10. Three's Company (ABC)

9. Cool Pop Music Artists

This music trivia has been made available courtesy of Pop-Culture.us.

Barry Manilow, The Bay City Rollers, The Bee Gees, Boz Scaggs, The Captain & Tennille, The Commodores, Daryl Hall & John Oates, Diana Ross, Donna Summer, Earth, Wind & Fire, Elton John, Fleetwood Mac, Gary Wright, Johnnie Taylor, KC & the Sunshine Band, Kiss, Lou Rawls, Natalie Cole, Neil Sedaka, The O'Jays, Olivia Newton-John, Paul McCartney & Wings, Ohio Players, Paul Simon, Peter Frampton, Queen, Rod Stewart, Rufus featuring Chaka Kahn, Silver Convention, The Spinners, Stevie Wonder, The Sylvers, Tavares, and Wild Cherry

10. Top Music Hits for the Year

1. Tonight's The Night (Gonna Be Alright) - Rod Stewart

2. Silly Love Songs - Paul McCartney & Wings

3. Don't Go Breaking My Heart - Elton John & Kiki Dee

4. Disco Lady - Johnnie Taylor

5. Play That Funky Music - Wild Cherry

6. Oh, What A Night - The Four Seasons

7. 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover - Paul Simon

8. Kiss and Say Goodbye - Manhattans

9. If You Leave Me Now - Chicago

10. Love Hangover - Diana Ross

11. Afternoon Delight - Starland Vocal Band

12. Shake Your Booty - KC & The Sunshine Band

13. A Fifth of Beethoven - Walter Murphy

14. Disco Duck (Part 1) - Rick Dees and His Cast of Idiots

15. I Write The Songs - Barry Manilow

In 1976, Black Forest cake was a  crowd-pleaser.
In 1976, Black Forest cake was a crowd-pleaser.

11. Famous People Who Were Born in 1976

  1. Ryan Reynolds - actor

  2. Reese Witherspoon - actress

  3. Like Bryan - singer and songwriter

  4. Jonathan Brandis - actor

  5. Emma Bunton - Spice Girls’ singer

  6. Jonathan Nolan - screenwriter, director, and producer

  7. Jack Dorsey - co-founder of Twitter

  8. Neri Oxman - architect

  9. Erin Burnett - news anchor

  10. Cha Tae-hyun - South Korean actor

  11. Mark Webber - racing driver

  12. Emma Willis - television presenter

  13. Kwon Sang-woo - South Korean actor

  14. Ruby Lin - Taiwanese actress

  15. Koyuki - actress and model

  16. Josh Schwartz - screenwriter

  17. J. C. Sum - magician

  18. Melissa Hart - actress

  19. Brad Stevens - basketball player and coach

  20. Andrew Ng - artificial intelligence researcher

12. Famous People Who Passed Away

  1. Agatha Christie - author

  2. Alexander Lippisch - scientist and pioneer of aerodynamics

  3. Barbara Nichols - actress

  4. Carl Peter Henrik Dam - a Danish biochemist who jointly discovered vitamin K in 1939

  5. Dalton Trumbo - writer

  6. Edgar Pangborn - sci-fi author

  7. Freddie Lennon - father of John Lennon (Beatles)

  8. George Whipple - scientist

  9. Katharine Byron - U.S. congresswoman

  10. Lee J. Cobb - actor

  11. Martha Saalfeld - writer

  12. Max Carey - baseball player

  13. Howard Hughes - eccentric billionaire

  14. James McCartney - father of Paul McCartney

  15. Philip A Heart - Democratic Senator from Michigan

In 1976, Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak launched Apple Computer.
In 1976, Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak launched Apple Computer.

13. Popular Foods and Beverages

  • Black forest cake
  • Carrot cake
  • Cheese balls and logs
  • Crepes
  • Deviled eggs
  • Hamburger Helper
  • Homemade Chex Mix
  • Hungry Man Frozen Entrees
  • Jello salads
  • Pasta primavera
  • Spam
  • Tab
  • Watergate salad
  • Zucchini bread

14. America’s Biggest Companies

  1. Exxon Mobil

  2. General Motors

  3. Texaco

  4. Ford Motor

  5. Mobil

  6. Chevron Texaco

  7. IBM

  8. Gulf Oil

  9. General Electric

  10. Chrysler

  11. ITT Industries

  12. Amoco

  13. U.S. Steel

  14. Shell Oil

  15. Atlantic Richfield

  16. Conoco

  17. DuPont

  18. AT&T Technologies

  19. Procter & Gamble

  20. CBS

  21. Union Carbide

  22. Tenneco Automotive

  23. Goodyear Tire & Rubber

  24. Navistar International

  25. ConocoPhillips

15. Retailers From 1976 That No Longer Exist

  1. Arthur Andersen (one of the “Big Five” accounting firms)

  2. Bradlees (discount department store chain)

  3. Buster Brown (shoe retailer)

  4. Crazy Eddie (consumer electronics chain)

  5. E.F. Hutton (stock brokerage firm)

  6. Eastern Airlines

  7. FAO Schwarz (toy store chain)

  8. Fashion Bug (women’s apparel retailer)

  9. Flayva (shoe store chain)

  10. General Foods (not to be confused with General Mills)

  11. Howard Johnson’s (restaurant chain)

  12. Paine Webber (brokerage firm)

  13. PanAm (airline)

  14. Sam Goody (music and entertainment retailer)

  15. TWA (airline)

  16. Thom McAn (shoe store chain)

  17. Tower Records

  18. Waldenbooks

  19. Woolworth’s (five-and-dime store chain)

In 1976, the Green Machine was a favorite Christmas gift.
In 1976, the Green Machine was a favorite Christmas gift.

© 2018 Gregory DeVictor


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    Gregory DeVictor 

    8 months ago from Pittsburgh, PA

    A B Williams, thank you for your comment. I went to graduate school outside of Philadelphia and taught in the City’s public school system for years. The section in Center City around 5th and Chestnut Streets is all about the Bicentennial. I especially remember Independence Hall.

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    A B Williams 

    8 months ago from Central Florida

    Awww 'Happy Days' and Boz Scaggs, you've brought back some great memories for me.

    This one grabbed my attention, I graduated from high school in 1976 and had the great honor of being a part of the bicentennial parade at Walt Disney World. Not just a little small part, I was Benjamin Franklin!

    Thanks for this fun and informative article Gregory!

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    Robert Sacchi 

    8 months ago


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    Gregory DeVictor 

    8 months ago from Pittsburgh, PA

    So, I guess the “boo” was an expression of her disapproval with American independence.

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    Robert Sacchi 

    8 months ago

    Thank you. I really enjoyed this article. About the bicentennial minute, on the TV sitcom "Maude" they had a British housekeeper. In one episode the housekeeper asked to be excused. The housekeeper explained she felt it her duty as a British subject to "boo" during the bicentennial minute.

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    Gregory DeVictor 

    8 months ago from Pittsburgh, PA

    Robert, thank you for the comment. You certainly have a remarkable memory when it comes to specific details about the Bicentennial.

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    Robert Sacchi 

    9 months ago

    Thank you for the look back. There was a big leadup to the July 4th, 1976 celebration. I believe it was ABC that had the bicentennial minute. Patriotism was back in vogue. There was "counter programming". I believe it was Mad Magazine that had an issue that had a calendar with the less proud moments in American History.


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