ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel


Updated on March 21, 2014

Back in the Day

1976 was a great year. I might be a bit partial as it was the year that I was born. :) It was also the year of the United States Bicentennial.

This lens offers a look back to US events and pop culture of 1976.

Quick Facts of 1976

  • President: Gerald Ford
  • Vice President: Nelson Rockefeller
  • Minimum wage: $2.30
  • Average income: $16,095.00
  • Average cost of a new house: $43,340.00
  • Cost of a first-class stamp: $0.13
  • Cost of a gallon of gas: $0.59
  • Cost of a gallon of milk: $1.65
  • Life expectancy: 72.9 years






curated content from Flickr

Happy Birthday America

Favorite Show Opening Credits


February 15 - Brandon Boyd

March 8 - Freddie Prinze Jr.

March 17 - Brittany Daniel

March 19 - Rachel Blanchard

March 22 - Reese Witherspoon

March 23 - Keri Russell

March 24 - Peyton Manning

April 6 - Candace Cameron

April 18 - Melissa Joan Hart

April 20 - Joey Lawrence

May 31 - Colin Farrell

July 9 - Fred Savage

July 10 - Adrian Grenier

August 6 - Soleil Moon Frye

August 8 - JC Chasez

August 8 - Tawny Cypress

August 27 - Sarah Chalke

September 7 - Oliver Hudson

September 19 - Alison Sweeney

October 4 - Alicia Silverstone

October 7 - Taylor Hicks

October 19 - Omar Gooding

October 23 - Cat Deeley

October 23 - Ryan Reynolds

December 5 - Amy Acker

December 8 - Dominic Monaghan


January 12 - Agatha Christie

February 22 - Florence Ballard

March 31 - Paul Strand

April 5 - Howard Hughes

May 11 - Alvar Aalto

June 6 - J. Paul Getty

August 2 - Fritz Lang

November 11 - Alexander Calder

November 18 - Man Ray

November 28 - Rosalind Russell

1976: Chinese year of the Dragon

Click on the small link at the bottom to be taken to the full article on Wikipedia.

The Dragon is the only mythical creature in the Chinese zodiac. In China, dragons are associated with strength, health, harmony, and good luck; they are placed above doors or on the tops of roofs to banish demons and evil spirits. The Year of the Dragon is associated with the earthly branch symbol.

read the rest of the Wikipedia article


Super Bowl X was played on January 18, 1976 at the Orange Bowl in Miami, Florida. The Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Dallas Cowboys 21-17.

February 4-15 the XII Olympic Winter Games took place in Innsbruck Austria.

In March Indiana defeated Michigan (86-68) at the NCAA Basketball Championship

Kentucky Derby Champion: Bold Forbes

Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens won 4 games to 0 over the Philadelphia Flyers in May.

The 6 games of the 1976 NBA Finals were played on May 23, 27, 30, June 2, 4, and 6. The Boston Celtics defeated the Phoenix Suns 4-2.


Women: Chris Evert defeated Evonne Cawley (6-3 4-6 8-6)

Men: Bjorn Borg defeated Ilie Nastase (6-4 6-2 9-7)

The 1976 Summer Olympics were held in Montreal Canada July 17 - August 1.

The 4 games of the 1976 World Series were played on October 16, 17, 19 and 21. The Cincinnati Reds defeated the New York Yankees 4-0.

Summer Olympics - Nadia Comaneci on the uneven bars

Books originally published in 1976

It happened in 1976


Wednesday the 21st: The first commercial service Concorde flight.


Wednesday the 4th: Winter Olympics opened in Innsbruck, Austria.


Saturday the 27th: The Washington DC subway system opened.


Thursday the 1st: Apple Computer Company was started by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak.


Monday the 24th: London to Washington DC Concorde service began.


Saturday the 26th: CN Tower in Toronto, the worlds tallest free-standing structure at the time, opened.


Tuesday the 20th: The Viking 1 lander successfully landed on Mars.


Saturday the 7th: Viking 2 enters into orbit around Mars.


Wednesday the 15th: Soyuz 22 carries two cosmonauts into earth's orbit.


Tuesday the 19th: The Chimpanzee is put on the endangered species list.


Tuesday the 2nd: Jimmy Carter defeated Gerald Ford in the U.S. presidential election.


Wednesday the 8th: US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

1976 Tunes - Compilations

Billboard Top Hits: 1976
Billboard Top Hits: 1976

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

2. Dream Weaver - Gary Wright

3. Love Machine - Pt. 1 - The Miracles

4. Let Your Love Flow - The Bellamy Brothers

5. Play That Funky Music - Wild Cherry

6. Saturday Night - Bay City Rollers

7. Fooled Around And Fell In Love - Elvin Bishop

8. I'd Really Love To See You Tonight - England Dan & John Ford Coley

9. All By Myself - Eric Carmen

10. Theme From S.W.A.T. - Rhythm Heritage

Entertainment Weekly: Greatest Hits 1976
Entertainment Weekly: Greatest Hits 1976

1. Boogie Fever - The Sylvers

2. The Rubberband Man - The Spinners

3. You Sexy Thing - Hot Chocolate

4. More, More, More - Andrea True Connection

5. Afternoon Delight - Starland Vocal Band

6. You Are The Woman - Firefall

7. I'd Really Love To See You Tonight - England Dan

8. Still The One - Orleans

9. All By Myself - Eric Carmen

10. Dream Weaver - Gary Wright

11. Sara Smile - Daryl Hall

12. Welcome Back - John Sebastian

1976 Where Were You?
1976 Where Were You?

1. Devil Woman - Cliff Richard

2. (Shake Shake Shake) Shake Your Booty - KC & The Sunshine Band

3. S-S-S Single Bed - Fox

4. Movie Star - Harpo

5. Love Is The Drug - Roxy Music

6. I Hate The Music - John Paul Young

7. Get Up & Boogie - Silver Convention

8. Glass Of Champagne - Sailor

9. Fifth Of Beethoven - Walter Murphy

10. Jeans On - David Dundas

11. Moonlight Feels Right - Starbuck

12. Lady Bump - Penny McLean

13. Afternoon Delight - Starland Vocal Band

14. Howzat - Sherbet

15. You Sexy Thing - Hot Chocolate

16. Julie Anne - Kenny

17. Misssissippi - Pussycat

18. Only Sixteen - Dr. Hook







curated content from Flickr

1976 by cr9245 featuring Daytrip


How old were you in 1976?

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Anthony Altorenna profile image

      Anthony Altorenna 

      7 years ago from Connecticut

      1976 was the year that I graduatedhigh school. Thank you for refreshing the memories!

    • wizardgold lm profile image

      wizardgold lm 

      7 years ago

      1976 - I was 17, there was a heat wave for the whole of the summer in England. I was in love for the first time and everything was great.

    • erichdragon profile image


      7 years ago

      I was 0. I was born in 1976 which is the year of the dragon in the Chinese calendar which is why my username is erichdragon.... cool lens.

    • profile image


      7 years ago

      13! And I was at the Bicentennial in Washington DC. And on that day in July 1976, I vowed to live to be 113 so I could attend the Tricentennial in 2076!

    • profile image


      8 years ago

      Back again. This time to leave a SquidAngel blessing!

    • profile image


      8 years ago

      That's the year I was married. Bicentennial Halloween. So I would have been... like... maybe 10? OMG, the math. Well, definitely couldn't resist this lens -- great job.

    • profile image


      8 years ago

      This was the year I was born.

    • profile image


      9 years ago

      I was 25 years old in 1976 and married for 2 years. Had some great fun back in those days - having great fun now!Thanks for the memories

    • profile image


      10 years ago

      This is the year I was born also. Man I feel old

    • SteveAtkinson profile image


      10 years ago

      My High School Graduation was in 1976 and there was plenty of things to do that summer. And the music of the 70's were great. Please check out my lens Music of the 70's

    • profile image


      10 years ago

      Great lens. I was also born in 1976 and I enjoyed looking at all the things that happened that year.

    • profile image


      10 years ago

      Nadia Comaneci was on The Celebrity Apprentice. Wasn't she darling? I have a page on my site all about her time there. You can find it on The Apprentice at

    • profile image


      10 years ago

      Hi there, I was born in 1976 too!what a great idea for a lens, i like the cars of 1976 :)

    • Teacher Adez7 profile image

      Teacher Adez7 

      10 years ago

      Hi Christine, I love this lens. 1976 was indeed a good year 5*'s from me for a job well done.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)