1976: Carter beats Ford, Bicentennial, Viking on Mars
By Patrick Mondout
A devastating earthquake in China, the Bicentennial celebrations in the
U.S., the death of Mao in China, the Viking
missions to Mars, and Jimmy Carter winning the presidency were the
major stories of 1976.
January 18: The Pittsburgh Steelers defeat the
Dallas Cowboys 21-17 in Super
January 21: The supersonic transport Concorde
enters commercial service.
January 30: Former Texas congressman George
Bush is named the new Director of the CIA by President Ford.
February 4: A devastating earthquake in
Guatemala kills more than 25,000 and leaves a quarter of the population
April 5: James Callaghan becomes prime minister
July 2: North and South Vietnam are officially
reunited with Hanoi as the capital.
July 4: Year-long Bicentennial celebrations in
the United States reach a height on the 200th anniversary of the signing
of the Declaration of Independence.
July 20: Viking
I lands on Mars and begins sending back the first pictures from the
surface of another planet.
July 28: An 8.2 earthquake, the worst of the
century, shatters 20 square miles around Tangshan, China, leaving over
August 1: The Summer Olympics in Montreal end
leaving the city more than $1B in debt.
August 18: A clash in the demilitarized zone
(DMZ) between North and South Korea leaves two American soldiers dead.
September 9: Mao Zedong of China dies.