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May 5th, 1976.

May 5th, 1976, was a Wednesday. It was day 126 of 1976. The decade was the 1970s.

45 years, 1 months and 14 days have passed since May 5th, 1976.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Taurus.

Music charts.

Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on May 5th, 1976.

  • United States: Welcome Back - John Sebastian
  • United Kingdom: Fernando - ABBA
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All the President's Men

Top movie at the Box Office.

The movie "All the President's Men" was at the top of the box office on May 5th, 1976.

Take me back to May 5th, 1976!

Let's take a stroll down memory lane!

The date is May 5th, 1976 and it's a Wednesday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Taurus. The summer of 1976 has finally arrived. The weather has warmed up and the evenings are brighter than usual.

In America, the song Welcome Back by John Sebastian is on top of the singles charts. Over in the UK, Fernando by ABBA is the number one hit song. Gerald Ford is currently the President of the United States and the movie All the President's Men is at the top of the Box Office.

In the United Kingdom, James Callaghan is the current Prime Minister. Because it's 1976, the music charts are being dominated by the likes of ABBA, Queen, Chicago, Elton John, Kiki Dee, Wings and Rod Stewart. In fashion, clothes have become baggier and pants have become less flared. Sports clothing and the "disco look" are both popular at the moment. Women are wearing sundresses, strapless tops with t-shirts, shoulder pads, cardigans, knee-length skirts and daisy dukes. Meanwhile, men are wearing tracksuits, flare jeans, low-top sneakers and untucked collared shirts.

On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "The Waltons", "Happy Days", "The Rockford Files" and "Welcome Back, Kotter". Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Tank", "Pursuit" and "Gun Fight". Children and teenagers are currently watching television shows such as "Captain Kangaroo", "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood", "The Pink Panther Show" and "All in the Family".

Popular toys at the moment include the likes of Kenner SSP Racers, Magnavox Odyssey, Evel Knievel Stunt Cycle and Micronauts.

News topics, fads & culture.

Trending news stories and fads that were prevalent at this time. These are news stories and events that would have been in the media on May 5th, 1976.

  • Who were the best NBA players in 1976?

    Who were the best NBA players in 1976?

    The best NBA players in 1976 were Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, George McGinnis, Nate Archibald, Rick Barry and Pete Maravich.

  • Who were the best football players in 1976?

    Who were the best football players in 1976?

    In 1976, the best soccer players were Franz Beckenbauer, Rob Rensenbrink, Ivo Viktor, Kevin Keegan, Michel Platini, Anton Ondrus, Johan Cruyff, Ivan Curkovic, Rainer Bonhof, Gerd Müller and Marian Masny.

  • Rocky.

    Rocky.

    "Rocky" won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1976.

  • Barry Manilow - "I Write the Songs"

    Barry Manilow - "I Write the Songs"

    "I Write the Songs" by Barry Manilow would go on to win a Grammy for 1976's Song of the Year.

  • 1976 in movies.

    1976 in movies.

    Movies released in 1976 included Rocky, To Fly!, A Star Is Born, All the President's Men, The Omen, In Search of Noah's Ark, King Kong, Silver Streak, The Enforcer, Midway, Carrie, Freaky Friday, Car Wash and Taxi Driver.

  • Jimmy Carter.

    Jimmy Carter.

    U.S. President Jimmy Carter was named as the Time Person of the Year in 1976.

  • 1976 in music.

    1976 in music.

    Top music artists in 1976 included the likes of Wings, KC and the Sunshine Band, Rod Stewart, Ohio Players, Barry Manilow, England Dan, John Ford Coley, Wild Cherry, Walter Murphy & the Big Apple Band, Diana Ross, ABBA, The Manhattans and The Spinners.

  • Mood rings have become a fad.

    Mood rings have become a fad.

    In 1975 and 1976, mood rings became a fad. The rings contained a special liquid that would show different colors at different temperatures.

  • Roller skates.

    Roller skates.

    The popularity of roller skates exploded during the later half of the 1970s.

  • Disco music.

    Disco music.

    In the second half of the 1970s, disco music became mainstream. During this period, nightclub-goers often wore extravagant outfits. Furthermore, dances such as the "Hustle", the "Bump" and the "Penguin" also became popular.

  • Music cassette tapes are becoming popular.

    Music cassette tapes are becoming popular.

    From about 1972 onward, audio cassettes started to become more widespread. Although they lacked the sound quality of vinyl records, they were far more convenient and portable.

  • Color TV surpasses black-and-white.

    Color TV surpasses black-and-white.

    Around this period, sales of color TV sets began to surpass sales of the older black-and-white sets. By this stage, almost all of the popular daytime networks were broadcasting in color.

  • Lava lamps are all the rage.

    Lava lamps are all the rage.

    In the late 1960s, sales of lava lamps took off. It wasn't until the second half of the 1970s that they started to go out of fashion.

Basic facts.

Basic facts and information about this date.

  • 45 years, 1 months and 14 days have passed since May 5th, 1976.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 19 of 1976.
  • Leap Year: 1976 was a leap year, which means that it contained 366 days instead of 365 (with an extra day in February).
  • Age: Anyone born on May 5th, 1976, will be 45 years of age.
  • Generation: People born in 1976 belong to the Generation X generation.
  • Unix Timestamp: The Unix Timestamp for this date is 200098800.

Around this time.

Notable events that occurred around May 5th, 1976.

  • April 5th, 1976: American businessman Howard Hughes passes away due to kidney failure.
  • April 5th, 1976: James Callaghan becomes the new Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
  • April 7th, 1976: UK politics: Labour MP John Stonehouse quits the party amid accusations that he attempted to fake his own death.
  • April 11th, 1976: Apple releases the Apple-1 desktop computer.
  • April 13th, 1976: 40 workers are killed during an explosion at an ammunition factory in Lapua, Finland.
  • April 23rd, 1976: 3-year-old Sandy Davidson disappears while he is playing in the back garden of his house in Irvine, Scotland.
  • May 1st, 1976: FA Cup Final 1976: A goal from Bobby Stokes helps Southampton secure a 1-0 victory over Manchester United.
  • May 4th, 1976: A train crash in the Netherlands kills 24 people.
  • This date: May 5th, 1976
  • May 6th, 1976: 900 people are killed when an earthquake strikes the Friuli region of Italy.
  • May 10th, 1976: UK politics: Liberal leader Jeremy Thorpe resigns amid accusations that he was involved in a plot to murder male model Norman Scott.
  • May 12th, 1976: Football: Bayern Munich win the European Cup after defeating Saint-Etienne 1-0.
  • June 2nd, 1976: Arizona Republic reporter Don Bolles is murdered by a car bomb.

Personality traits.

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Horoscope, birthstone & birth flower information.

Zodiac & Birthstone information.

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  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on May 5th, 1976, will have the star sign Taurus.
  • However, if you are going by the new star sign system that was discovered in 2020, then the sign for this date is actually Aries.
  • Zodiac Element: Earth.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1976 was the year of the Dragon (Yang Earth).
  • The Life Path Number for this date is 6.
  • Native American Zodiac: May 5th, 1976 falls under the Beaver.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of May will have the birthstone Emerald.
  • Birth flower (May): The Lily of the Valley and the Hawthorn.

Photos of 1970s fashion.

Photographs of 1970s fashion and hairstyles.

Photos of 1970s fashion.

TV shows.

Television shows that people were watching on this date.

  • Laverne & Shirley - Series about two roommates called Laverne DeFazio and Shirley Feeney.
  • The Bionic Woman - Starring Lindsay Wagner as Jaime Sommers.
  • Wonder Woman - TV show about a superhero called Diana Prince.
  • Welcome Back, Kotter - Gabe Kotter returns to his old school as a teacher, where he's put in charge of "the Sweathogs".
  • Starsky & Hutch - Detectives David Starsky and Kenneth 'Hutch' Hutchinson protect the streets of Bay City.
  • The Jeffersons - TV show about an African- American couple that have moved into an upscale high-rise building.
  • Baretta - Starring Robert Blake as street-wise detective Tony Baretta.
  • The Rockford Files - TV show about a Private Detective that was previously jailed for a crime that he didn't commit.
  • Little House on the Prairie - TV show that was set in the 1870s.
  • Good Times - American sitcom about a family living in a poor, black neighborhood in inner-city Chicago.
  • Happy Days - TV show that is set in the 1950s / 1960s in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
  • Kojak - TV show about a bald New York detective.

Kid's TV shows on May 5th, 1976.

Children's cartoons and Teen TV shows that were being aired on this date in 1976.

  • Happy Days
  • Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids
  • All in the Family
  • Sesame Street
  • The Pink Panther Show
  • Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
  • The Bugs Bunny Show
  • Captain Kangaroo

Popular toys and games in 1976.

Toys and games that were popular on this date in 1976.

  • Micronauts
  • Stretch Armstrong
  • Dungeons & Dragons
  • Connect Four
  • Magna Doodle
  • Evel Knievel Stunt Cycle
  • Baby Alive (doll)
  • Shrinky Dinks
  • Magnavox Odyssey
  • Kenner SSP Racers
  • Big Jim (action figure)
  • VertiBird (toy helicopter)
  • G.I. Joe Adventure Team
  • Battleship (game)
  • Lite-Brite
  • The Easy-Bake Oven
  • Etch A Sketch

Video games.

Popular video games that people were playing on this date.

  • Gun Fight - Wild West themed arcade shooter game.
  • Pursuit - Arcade game where the player gets to control a World War I flying ace.
  • Tank - Arcade game developed by Kee Games.

Were you born on this date?

If you were born on this date, then it is unlikely that you will remember anything from the year 1976.

This is because humans find it difficult to retrieve memories from their early childhood.

If you are looking for some childhood nostalgia, then check out May 5th, 1982 instead.

Celebrity birthdays.

Celebrities, historical figures and notable people who were born on the 5th of May.

  • May 5th, 1818: Karl Marx (Philosopher) (Deceased)
  • May 5th, 1988: Adele (Singer) was born exactly 12 years after this date.
  • May 5th, 1989: Chris Brown (Singer) was born exactly 13 years after this date.

Holidays.

National holidays and famous events that fall on the 5th of May.

  • Liberation Day (Denmark)
  • Children's Day (Japan)

US President.

Gerald Ford was the President of the United States on May 5th, 1976.

UK Prime Minister.

James Callaghan was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on May 5th, 1976.

Irish Taoiseach.

Liam Cosgrave was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception dates.

Conception estimates for this date.

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Time difference & statistics.

Here are some fun statistics about May 5th, 1976.

  • A total of 16,481 days have passed since this date.
  • 2,354 weeks have passed.
  • 1,423,958,400 seconds have passed since the May 5th, 1976.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,661,284,800 times.
  • Since May 5th, 1976, the earth has travelled approximately 734,762,534,400 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 237,326,400 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 122,460,422 steps. That's about 54,427 miles!
  • Since this date, 17,087,501 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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