August 31st, 1976

August 31st, 1976, fell on a Tuesday. It was day 244 of 1976. The decade was the 1970s.

44 years, 7 months and 18 days have passed since August 31st, 1976.



Music Singles

Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on August 31st, 1976:

  • United States: You Should Be Dancing - The Bee Gees
  • United Kingdom: Dancing Queen - ABBA

Take Me Back!

The date is August 31st, 1976 and it's a Tuesday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Virgo. The summer of 1976 is coming to an end and fall is just around the corner.

In America, the song You Should Be Dancing by The Bee Gees is on top of the singles charts. Over in the UK, Dancing Queen by ABBA is the number one hit song. Gerald Ford is currently the President of the United States and James Callaghan is the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

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 "Starsky & Hutch", "Welcome Back, Kotter", "Laverne & Shirley" and "What's Happening!!".

Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Tank", "Pursuit", "Gun Fight" and "Breakout". Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "The Bugs Bunny Show", "The Pink Panther Show", "Sesame Street" and "Happy Days". If you're a kid or a teenager, then you're probably playing with toys such as "VertiBird (toy helicopter)", "Baby Alive (doll)", "Evel Knievel Stunt Cycle" and "Cher dolls".


News Topics, Fads & Culture

Trending news stories and fads that were prevalent throughout this time period. These are news stories and events that would have been in the media on August 31st, 1976.

  • 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.

  • Jimmy Carter.

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Rocky

    "Rocky" won the Academy Award for Best Picture 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.

  • 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.

  • Son of Sam.

    During this period, serial killer David Berkowitz is terrorizing New York City. Berkowitz, who is also nicknamed the ".44 Caliber Killer", murders six people and injures seven others in eight separate gun attacks.


Basic Facts

Basic facts and information about this date:

  • 44 years, 7 months and 18 days have passed since August 31st, 1976.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 36 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 31st, 1976, will be 44 years of age.
  • People born in 1976 belong to the Generation X generation.
  • Unix Timestamp: The Unix Timestamp for this date is 210294000.


Around This Time...

Notable events that occurred around August 31st, 1976:

  • 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.
  • August 19th, 1976: U.S. President Gerald Ford wins the Republican Party presidential nomination.
  • 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.
  • This date: August 31st, 1976
  • September 9th, 1976: Chairman Mao Zedong dies of a heart attack.
  • September 10th, 1976: 176 people die in Zagreb, Yugoslavia, after British Airways Flight 476 collides mid-air with Inex-Adria Aviopromet Flight 550.
  • September 25th, 1976: The Irish rock band U2 is formed.

Horoscopes & Birthstone Information

Zodiac & Birthstone information:

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on August 31st, 1976, will have the star sign Virgo.
  • However, if you are going by the new star sign system (2020), then the sign for this date is actually Leo.
  • Zodiac Element: Earth.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1976 was the year of the Dragon (Yang Earth).
  • Native American Zodiac: August 31st, 1976 falls under the Bear.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of August will have the birthstone Peridot.

Television Shows

TV shows that people would have been watching around this time.

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

1976 - Kid's TV

Children's and Teen TV shows that would have been airing 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

1976 - Toys & Games

Toys and games that would have been popular on this date in 1976:

  • Cher dolls
  • 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
  • Easy-Bake Oven
  • Etch A Sketch

Video Games

Popular video games that you might have been playing around this time.

  • Breakout - Arcade game published by Atari.
  • 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.

Celebrity Birthdays

Celebrities, historical figures and noteable people who were born on the 31st of August:


US President

Who was the US President on August 31st, 1976?

  • Gerald Ford was the President of the United States.

UK Prime Minister

Who was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on August 31st, 1976?

  • James Callaghan was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

Irish Taoiseach

Who was the Taoiseach (Prime Minister) of Ireland on this date?

  • Liam Cosgrave was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception Dates

Interesting facts about conception dates.

  • A baby that was born on August 31st, 1976 was probably conceived around the 22nd of November, 1975. (Rough Estimate).
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on August 31st, 1976 is the 10th of June, 1977. (Rough Estimate).

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Videos

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Time Difference & Statistics

Here are some fun statistics about August 31st, 1976.

  • 16,301 days have passed since this date.
  • 1,408,406,400 seconds have passed since the August 31st, 1976.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,643,140,800 times.
  • Since August 31st, 1976, earth has travelled approximately 726,737,702,400 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 234,734,400 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 121,122,950 steps. That's about 53,832 miles!
  • Since this date, 16,900,877 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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