Reminisce - - Contents - BY DEBRA STEILEN

1976: The bi­cen­ten­nial, Na­dia Co­maneci and Rocky.

Nixon was gone from of­fice. Viet­nam was fi­nally over. And the United States was ready for a party. Thank good­ness 1976 was the year of the bi­cen­ten­nial! Other notable events? The Con­corde su­per­sonic air­plane made the world a lit­tle smaller with its first com­mer­cial flight. Far­rah Fawcett’s pin-up poster sold mil­lions of copies. And kids ev­ery­where re­joiced at the in­tro­duc­tion of Ever­last­ing Gob­stop­pers; Jelly Belly’s first eight fla­vors; Ken­ner’s Stretch Arm­strong ac­tion fig­ure; The Gong Show; and Slime, a clammy goo per­fect for gross­ing out grown-ups.

JAN. 18 Su­per Bowl X adds the perky group Up With Peo­ple to the usual march­ing bands at half­time.

JAN. 21 Con­corde makes the world’s first su­per­sonic flight with fare-pay­ing cus­tomers.

JAN. 23 Donny and Marie de­buts on ABC. The teen si­b­lings’ guests in­clude Bob Hope, Paul Lynde, Lee Ma­jors, Far­rah Fawcett-Ma­jors and Vin­cent Price.

FEB. 13 Team USA’s Dorothy Hamill wins fig­ure-skat­ing gold—and hair­cut ac­co­lades—at the Win­ter Olympics in Inns­bruck, Aus­tria.

APRIL 1 Two col­lege dropouts, Steve Jobs and Steve Woz­niak, form Ap­ple Com­puter Inc.

APRIL 4 All the Pres­i­dent’s Men, star­ring Robert Red­ford and Dustin Hoff­man, pre­mieres at a gala Kennedy Cen­ter event in Wash­ing­ton, D.C.

MAY 3 Paul McCart­ney kicks off his 21-city Wings over Amer­ica tour in Texas. It’s Paul’s first post-Bea­tles con­cert in the U.S.

JULY 4 The USA com­mem­o­rates 200 years since its adop­tion of the Dec­la­ra­tion of In­de­pen­dence. Is­raeli De­fense Forces res­cue 103 hostages from an Air France jet at Uganda’s En­tebbe Air­port.

JULY 12 ABC pre­mieres Fam­ily Feud, with Richard Daw­son as host.

JULY 18 In Mon­treal, Na­dia Co­maneci be­comes the first Olympic gym­nast to score a per­fect 10.

Her coaches? Bela and Marta Karolyi.

JULY 20 NASA’s Vik­ing 1 lan­der be­comes the first U.S. space­craft to set down on Mars.

JULY 29 Se­rial killer David Berkowitz (aka Son of Sam) be­gins his reign of ter­ror in NYC. AUG. 18 Bruce Jenner (now Cait­lyn) wins the de­cathlon at the Sum­mer Olympics in Mon­treal. The gold medal­ist is de­clared the “world’s great­est ath­lete.”

SEPT. 5 Jim Henson’s

The Mup­pet Show, be­low left, pre­mieres on CBS.

SEPT. 9 In Ja­pan,

JVC re­leases the first VHS-for­mat videotape recorder (it weighs 30 pounds). It be­comes the in­dus­try stan­dard over Sony’s Be­ta­max for­mat.

SEPT. 17 NASA un­veils

En­ter­prise, be­low, the first space shut­tle. Spec­ta­tors

in­clude orig­i­nal Star Trek

TV se­ries cast mem­bers.

SEPT. 22 Char­lie’s An­gels de­buts on ABC and be­comes a megahit.

NOV. 2 For­mer Ge­or­gia Gov. Jimmy Carter (D) de­feats Ger­ald Ford (R) to be­come pres­i­dent of the United States.

DEC. 3 Rocky, the story of a Philadel­phia boxer who gets a shot at the world cham­pi­onship,

opens nationwide.



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