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1976 News Headlines

Historic Newspapers’ collection of 1976 newspaper articles feature exciting tales and tragedies from all over the world. Take yourself or your loved one back to 1976 with first hand accounts of all the most memorable 1976 headlines. 1976 was the year the first commercial concorde flight took off, the United Kingdom won the Eurovision Song Contest, and James Callaghan became the new British Prime Minister. It was also the year that the Queen sent the first royal e-mail, Big Ben suffered internal damage and stopped operating for 9 months, and Bob Marley was shot in an assassination attempt. Read about all this and more in an original 1976 newspaper from our archive.

DateEvent
21st January 1976The first commercial Concorde flight takes off.
4th February 1976The 1976 Winter Olympics open in Innsbruck, Austria.
1st March 1976Home Secretary Merlyn Rees ends Special Category Status for those sentenced for scheduled terrorist crimes relating to the civil violence in Northern Ireland.
16th March 1976 Harold Wilson resigns as Prime Minister.
26th March 1976The Queen sends the first royal e-mail.
3rd April 1976The United Kingdom wins the 1976 Eurovision Song Contest. The country is represented by Brotherhood of Man, with the song “Save Your Kisses for Me“.
5th April 1976 James Callaghan becomes the new Prime Minister.
16th April 1976As a measure to curb population growth, the minimum age for marriage in India is raised to twenty-one years for men and eighteen years for women.
14th June 1976The trial of Donald Neilson begins at Oxford Crown Court. The killer is also known as the 'Black Panther'.
20th June 1976Czechoslovakia beats West Germany 5-3 on penalties to win the 1976 European Football Championships. The game had ended 2-2 after extra time.
3rd July 1976The Great Heat Wave reaches its peak in the United Kingdom. The country had already been struggling with a drought.
17th July 1976The 1976 Summer Olympics open in Montreal, Canada.
27th July 1976The United Kingdom breaks diplomatic relations with Uganda.
5th August 1976 ‘Big Ben’ suffers internal damage and the clock stops working for over nine months.
14th August 1976 Ten thousand Protestant and Catholic women demonstrate for peace in Northern Ireland.
25th September 1976The Irish rock band U2 is formed after drummer Larry Mullen Jr. posts a note seeking members for a band on the notice board of his Dublin school.
19th October 1976 The Chimpanzee is placed on the list of endangered species.
3rd December 1976 Bob Marley and his manager Don Taylor are shot in an assassination attempt in Kingston, Jamaica.
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