1976 was weird.
- February 4 – The 1976 Winter Olympics begin in Innsbruck, Austria.
- March – The Maguire Seven are found guilty of possessing explosives and subsequently jailed for 14 years.
- The Northern Ireland Constitutional Convention is formally dissolved in Northern Ireland, resulting in direct rule of Northern Ireland from London via the British Parliament.
- March 14 – After eight years on NBC, The Wizard of Oz returns to CBS, where it will remain until 1999, setting what was likely then a record for the most telecasts of a Hollywood film on a commercial television network. That record is broken by The Ten Commandments in 1996, which began its annual network telecasts on ABC in 1973 and is still (as of 2012) telecast by that network.
- March 20 – Patty Hearst is found guilty of armed robbery of a San Francisco bank.
- April 1 – Apple Computer Company is formed by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak.
- April 10 – Frampton Comes Alive!, the multi-platinum selling live album by English rock musician Peter Frampton hits #1 in the Billboard 200 and remains there for 10 weeks, becoming the best-selling album of the year.
- July 4 – United States Bicentennial: From coast to coast, the United States celebrates the 200th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence.
- July 6 – The first class of women is inducted at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD.
- July 9 – I turn 2 and Fred Savage, American actor and director is born!
- July 17 – The 1976 Summer Olympics begin in Montreal, Canada
- July 31 – NASA releases the famous Face on Mars photo, taken by Viking 1.
- September 25 – The 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.
- September 20–September 21 – The semi-legendary 100 Club Punk Festival ignites the careers of several influential punk and post-punk bands, arguably sparking the punk movement‘s introduction into mainstream culture
- November 2 – U.S. presidential election, 1976: Jimmy Carter defeats incumbent Gerald Ford, becoming the first candidate from the Deep South to win since the Civil War.
Music in 1976 was in a pretty sad state. Except for this:
Movies in 1976 brought us Rocky and All the President’s Men. Shut up, my favorite movie.