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August 17th, 1976.

August 17th, 1976, was a Tuesday. It was day 230 of 1976. The decade was the 1970s.

45 years, 9 months and 4 days have passed since August 17th, 1976.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Leo.

Song charts

Music charts.

Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on August 17th, 1976.

  • United States: Don't Go Breaking My Heart - Elton John & Kiki Dee
  • United Kingdom: Don't Go Breaking My Heart - Elton John & Kiki Dee

The Billboard Hot 100 on August 17th, 1976.

The top five songs from the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

  • Don't Go Breaking My Heart - Elton John & Kiki Dee
  • You Should Be Dancing - Bee Gees
  • Let 'em In - Wings
  • You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine - Lou Rawls
  • Rock And Roll Music - The Beach Boys
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Silent Movie

Top movie at the Box Office.

The movie "Silent Movie" was at the top of the box office on August 17th, 1976.

Take me back to August 17th, 1976!

Let's take a stroll down memory lane!

The date is August 17th, 1976 and it's a Tuesday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Leo. It's summer, so the temperatures are warmer and the evenings are longer than usual.

The song Don't Go Breaking My Heart by Elton John & Kiki Dee is on top of the singles charts in both the USA and the United Kingdom. Gerald Ford is currently the President of the United States and the movie Silent Movie 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. A new song called "Dancing Queen" has just been released by Swedish pop group ABBA.

If you were to travel back to this day, notable figures such as Anissa Jones, Tommy Bolin, Elvis Presley and Marc Bolan would all be still alive. On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "McCloud", "The Rockford Files", "Baretta" and "The Jeffersons". Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Tank", "Pursuit", "Gun Fight" and "Breakout".

Children and teenagers are currently watching television shows such as "Captain Kangaroo", "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood", "The Adventures of Black Beauty" and "Happy Days". Popular toys at the moment include the likes of Operation, VertiBird (toy helicopter), Kenner SSP Racers and Connect Four.

News

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 August 17th, 1976.

  • The "Son of Sam" is terrorizing New York.

    The "Son of Sam" is terrorizing New York.

    During this period, a serial killer nicknamed the "Son of Sam" was terrorizing New York City. By the time he was caught, David Berkowitz had murdered six people and injured seven others in eight separate gun attacks.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Jimmy Carter.

    Jimmy Carter.

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

  • People are using wallpaper to decorate their homes.

    People are using wallpaper to decorate their homes.

    Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, wallpaper was extremely common in people's homes. It wasn't until the mid-late 1980s that "modernism" started to creep in.

  • 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.

Information

Basic facts.

Basic facts and information about this date.

  • 45 years, 9 months and 4 days have passed since August 17th, 1976.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 34 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 August 17th, 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 209084400.
Events

Around this time.

Notable events that occurred around August 17th, 1976.

  • July 19th, 1976: The breakup of English rock band Deep Purple is announced by their manager.
  • July 21st, 1976: The British Ambassador to Ireland, Christopher Ewart-Biggs, is assassinated by the Provisional IRA.
  • July 25th, 1976: The "Face on Mars" photograph is taken by the Viking 1 orbiter.
  • July 27th, 1976: 242,769 people are killed when an earthquake strikes the Chinese city of Tangshan.
  • July 29th, 1976: The final episode of "Marcus Welby, M.D." is aired.
  • July 29th, 1976: American gangster Mickey Cohen dies at the age of 62.
  • July 29th, 1976: The Son of Sam, David Berkowitz, carries out his first murder.
  • July 31st, 1976: NASA releases the Face on Mars photograph.
  • August 1st, 1976: Austrian Formula One driver Niki Lauda is badly injured after his car bursts into flames at the 1976 German Grand Prix.
  • August 6th, 1976: UK politics: Two years after attempting to fake his own death, former Labour MP John Stonehouse is convicted and sentenced to seven years in prison for fraud.
  • August 15th, 1976: The song "Dancing Queen" is released by ABBA.
  • This date: August 17th, 1976
  • August 19th, 1976: Incumbent US President Gerald Ford wins the Republican Party presidential nomination for the 1976 election.
  • August 21st, 1976: 10-year-old Andy Puglisi disappears after wandering away from a pool area near his home in Lawrence, Massachusetts.
  • August 28th, 1976: 18-year-old American actress Anissa Jones dies of an overdose.
  • September 5th, 1976: The first episode of the comedy television series "The Muppet Show" is aired.
  • September 6th, 1976: Soviet fighter pilot Viktor Belenko lands his MiG-25 in Hakodate, Japan and defects to the West.
  • September 9th, 1976: China's Chairman Mao Zedong dies of a heart attack at the age of 82.
  • September 10th, 1976: 176 people die in Zagreb, Yugoslavia, after British Airways Flight 476 collides mid-air with Inex-Adria Aviopromet Flight 550.

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Zodiac info

Horoscope, birthstone & birth flower information.

Zodiac & Birthstone information.

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  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on August 17th, 1976, will have the star sign Leo.
  • Leo is the star sign for this date in both the old and the new system.
  • Zodiac Element: Fire.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1976 was the year of the Dragon (Yang Earth).
  • The Life Path Number for this date is 3.
  • Native American Zodiac: August 17th, 1976 falls under the Salmon.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of August will have the birthstone Peridot.
  • Birth flower (August): The Gladiolus and the Poppy.

Photos of 1970s fashion.

Photographs of 1970s fashion and hairstyles.

Photos of 1970s fashion.

Television shows

TV shows.

Television shows that people were watching on this date.

TV shows from August, 1976.

What's Happening!!
What's Happening!!
Comedy TV show about three young men called Raj, Dwayne and Rerun.

Laverne & Shirley
Laverne & Shirley
Series about two roommates called Laverne DeFazio and Shirley Feeney.

The Bionic Woman
The Bionic Woman
Starring Lindsay Wagner as Jaime Sommers.

Wonder Woman
Wonder Woman
TV show about a superhero called Diana Prince.

Fawlty Towers
Fawlty Towers
British sitcom about a hotel owner called Basil Fawlty.

Welcome Back, Kotter
Welcome Back, Kotter
Gabe Kotter returns to his old school as a teacher, where he's put in charge of "the Sweathogs".

Starsky & Hutch
Starsky & Hutch
Detectives David Starsky and Kenneth 'Hutch' Hutchinson protect the streets of Bay City.

Barney Miller
Barney Miller
Sitcom about a police station in New York City. Starring Hal Linden as Captain Bernard "Barney" Miller.

The Jeffersons
The Jeffersons
TV show about an African- American couple that have moved into an upscale high-rise building.

Baretta
Baretta
Starring Robert Blake as street-wise detective Tony Baretta.

The Rockford Files
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
Little House on the Prairie
TV show that was set in the 1870s.

Good Times
Good Times
American sitcom about a family living in a poor, black neighborhood in inner-city Chicago.

Happy Days
Happy Days
TV show that is set in the 1950s / 1960s in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Kojak
Kojak
TV show about a bald New York detective.

The Six Million Dollar Man
The Six Million Dollar Man
Sci-fi series about a superhuman man who was rebuilt using bionic implants.

Barnaby Jones
Barnaby Jones
Television series about a Private Detective and his widowed daughter-in-law.

Last of the Summer Wine
Last of the Summer Wine
British sitcom about three senior citizens in the Yorkshire Dales.

M*A*S*H
M*A*S*H
TV series about an American military medical unit during the Korean War.

The Bob Newhart Show
The Bob Newhart Show
Sitcom starring Bob Newhart as a psychologist called Dr. Robert Hartley.

The Waltons
The Waltons
TV series about a family living in rural Virginia during the Great Depression.

Maude
Maude
Sitcom starring Bea Arthur as Maude Findlay. Spin-off of All in the Family.

The Rookies
The Rookies
American police series.

Emergency!
Emergency!
TV series about a fire department in LA.

Sanford and Son
Sanford and Son
American sitcom starring Redd Foxx and Demond Wilson.

Soul Train
Soul Train
American music program that was dedicated to funk, soul and R&B music.

McMillan & Wife
McMillan & Wife
TV show about a San Francisco police commissioner and his wife Sally.

Cars in 1976.

1976 saw the introduction of cars such as the Ford Fiesta, the Pontiac Phoenix, the BMW 6 Series, the Dodge Aspen, the Volvo 300 Series and the Plymouth Sapporo.

Cars in 1976.

Children TV shows

Kids' TV shows on August 17th, 1976.

Cartoons and TV shows that children and teenagers were watching on this day in 1976.

The Oddball Couple
The Oddball Couple

Return to the Planet of the Apes
Return to the Planet of the Apes

The Great Grape Ape Show
The Great Grape Ape Show

Land of the Lost
Land of the Lost

Bagpuss
Bagpuss

Happy Days
Happy Days

Star Trek: The Animated Series
Star Trek: The Animated Series

Schoolhouse Rock!
Schoolhouse Rock!

The Adventures of Black Beauty
The Adventures of Black Beauty

Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids
Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids

The Electric Company
The Electric Company

All in the Family
All in the Family

Sesame Street
Sesame Street

Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!
Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!

Dastardly and Muttley in Their Flying Machines
Dastardly and Muttley in Their Flying Machines

The Pink Panther Show
The Pink Panther Show

Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
Mister Rogers' Neighborhood

The Bugs Bunny Show
The Bugs Bunny Show

Captain Kangaroo
Captain Kangaroo

Toys

Popular toys and games in 1976.

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

Cher dolls
Cher dolls

Stretch Armstrong
Stretch Armstrong

Micronauts
Micronauts

Dungeons & Dragons
Dungeons & Dragons

Connect Four
Connect Four

Magna Doodle
Magna Doodle

Risk board game
Risk board game

Shrinky Dinks
Shrinky Dinks

Evel Knievel Stunt Cycle
Evel Knievel Stunt Cycle

Baby Alive (doll)
Baby Alive (doll)

Shrinky Dinks
Shrinky Dinks

Magnavox Odyssey
Magnavox Odyssey

Kenner SSP Racers
Kenner SSP Racers

Big Jim (action figure)
Big Jim (action figure)

VertiBird (toy helicopter)
VertiBird (toy helicopter)

G.I. Joe Adventure Team
G.I. Joe Adventure Team

Battleship (game)
Battleship (game)

Lite-Brite
Lite-Brite

Twister mat
Twister mat

Operation
Operation

The Easy-Bake Oven
The Easy-Bake Oven

Etch A Sketch
Etch A Sketch

Troll doll
Troll doll

Video games

Video games.

Popular video games that people were playing on this date.

Breakout 1976
Breakout
Arcade game published by Atari.

Gun Fight 1975
Gun Fight
Wild West themed arcade shooter game.

Pursuit 1975
Pursuit
Arcade game where the player gets to control a World War I flying ace.

Tank 1974
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 August 17th, 1982 instead.

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays.

Celebrities, historical figures and other notable people who were born on August 17th.

Robert De Niro

Actor.
Born on August 17th, 1943
He turned 33 on this day in 1976.

David Koresh

Cult leader. Deceased
Born on August 17th, 1959
He turned 17 on this day in 1976.

Sean Penn

Actor.
Born on August 17th, 1960
He turned 16 on this day in 1976.

Thierry Henry

French soccer player.
Born on August 17th, 1977
He was born exactly one year after this date.

Paige

Wrestler.
Born on August 17th, 1992
She was born exactly 16 years after this date.

Lil Pump

Rapper.
Born on August 17th, 2000
He was born exactly 24 years after this date.

The Kid Laroi

Australian singer.
Born on August 17th, 2003
He was born exactly 27 years after this date.

USA

US President.

Gerald Ford was the President of the United States on August 17th, 1976.

UK

UK Prime Minister.

James Callaghan was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on August 17th, 1976.

Ireland

Irish Taoiseach.

Liam Cosgrave was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception

Conception dates.

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on August 17th, 1976 was most likely conceived around November 25th, 1975.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on August 17th, 1976 is close to May 10th, 1977.

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Stats for August 17th, 1976

Time difference & statistics.

Here are some fun statistics about August 17th, 1976.

  • A total of 16,713 days have passed since this date.
  • 2,387 weeks have passed.
  • 1,444,003,200 seconds have passed since the August 17th, 1976.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,684,670,400 times.
  • Since August 17th, 1976, the earth has travelled approximately 745,105,651,200 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 240,667,200 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 124,184,275 steps. That's about 55,193 miles!
  • Since this date, 17,328,038 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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