1976: Top Songs, Movies TV Shows, Sporting Events And More

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The 1970’s were a whirlwind of change. From the hangover of the late 60’s to the lull and depression of the early part of the 70’s to the “ok, let’s loosen up and have some fun” attitude of the middle to latter part of the decade, it certainly was a decade of ups and downs that would lead to a never-ending party known as the 1980’s.

Check out everything that was from this decade, year by year. From the sporting events to world events, the top TV shows, songs, movies and more.

As you’re going back in time, think about some of the things in our lives today that you don’t see appearing here because…. they didn’t exist yet. Things like the top selling computers, tablets, laptops, microwaves, cable provider, wireless company, music video of the year etc.

Let us know some of the things that come to mind below.

For more great memories from any of the years that made up the decade, click a year below and we’ll transport you back in time to see everything you may remember or have forgotten… who loves ya baby!

1970 |1971 | 1972 | 1973 | 1974 | 1975 | 1976 | 1977 | 1978 | 1979

1980 | 1981 | 1982 | 1983 | 1984 | 1985 | 1986 | 1987 | 1988 | 1989

1. “Disco Lady” – Johnnie Taylor
2. “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” – Elton John and Kiki Dee
3. “Play That Funky Music” – Wild Cherry
4. “Tonight’s The Night” – Rod Stewart
5. “Kiss and Say Goodbye” – The Manhattans
6. “Silly Love Songs” – Paul McCartney and Wings
7. “A Fifth Of Beethoven” – Walter Murphy
8. “Love Machine” – The Miracles
9. “50 Ways To Leave Your Lover” – Paul Simon
10. “December, 1963 (Oh, What A Night)” – The Four Seasons

Album of the Year: Songs in the Key of Life, Stevie Wonder
Best New Artist: Starland Vocal Band
Best Pop Duo or Group: “If You Leave Me Now,” Chicago
Best Pop Female Vocal: Hasten Down the Wind, Linda Ronstadt
Best Pop Male Vocal: Songs in the Key of Life, Stevie Wonder
Record of the Year: “This Masquerade,” George Benson
Song of the Year: “I Write the Songs”

1. Rocky $117,235,147
2. A Star is Born $80,000,000
3. All the President’s Men $70,600,000
4. The Omen $60,922,980
5. King Kong $52,614,445
6. Silver Streak 51,079,064
7. The Enforcer $46,236,000
8. Murder By Death $32,511,047
9. Carrie $32,211,330
10. Family Plot $23,770,000

King Kong / Logan’s Run / Across the Great Divide / The Pom Pom Girls
Bound for Glory / Harlan County / Marathon Man / Network / Taxi Driver
The Bad News Bears / The Front / The Man Who Fell to Earth / The Omen
The Outlaw Josey Wales / The Pink Panther Strikes Again

Here are the nominees, winners in CAPS
Best Picture:
“ROCKY”, “All the President’s Men”, “Bound for Glory”, “Network”, “Taxi Driver”
PETER FINCH in “Network”, Robert De Niro in “Taxi Driver”, Giancarlo Giannini in “Seven Beauties”, William Holden in “Network”, Sylvester Stallone in “Rocky”
FAYE DUNAWAY in “Network”, Marie-Christine Barrault in “Cousin, Cousine”, Talia Shire in “Rocky”, Sissy Spacek in “Carrie”, Liv Ullmann in “Face to Face”
Supporting Actor:
JASON ROBARDS in “All the President’s Men”, Ned Beatty in “Network”, Burgess Meredith in “Rocky”, Laurence Olivier in “Marathon Man”, Burt Young in “Rocky”
Supporting Actress:
BEATRICE STRAIGHT in “Network”, Jane Alexander in “All the President’s Men”, Jodie Foster in “Taxi Driver”, Lee Grant in “Voyage of the Damned”, Piper Laurie in “Carrie”
JOHN G. AVILDSEN for “Rocky”, Ingmar Bergman for “Face to Face”, Sidney Lumet for “Network”, Alan J. Pakula for “All the President’s Men”, Lina Wertmuller for “Seven Beauties”

Happy Days / Laverne and Shirley / The ABC Monday Night Movie / M*A*S*H
Charlie’s Angels / The Big Event / The Six-Million-Dollar Man
The ABC Sunday Night Movie / Baretta / One Day at a Time
Three’s Company / All in the Family / Welcome Back Kotter
The Bionic Woman / The Waltons / Little House on the Prairie
Barney Miller / 60 Minutes / Hawaii Five-O / NBC Monday Night at the Movies

Best Drama – Masterpiece Theatre: Upstairs, Downstairs
Best Actor – James Garner, The Rockford Files
Best Actress – Lindsay Wagner, The Bionic Woman
Supporting Actor – Gary Frank, Family
Supporting Actress – Kristy McNichol, Family

Best Comedy – The Mary Tyler Moore Show
Best Actor – Carroll O’Connor, All in the Family
Best Actress – Beatrice Arthur, Maude
Supporting Actor – Gary Burghoff, M*A*S*H
Supporting Actress – Mary Kay Place, Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman
Best Variety – Van Dyke and Company

Kentucky Derby Winner: Bold Forbes – Trainer: Lazaro Barrera – Jockey: Angel Cordero Jr.

Superbowl XI: Oakland 32 Minnesota 14
Pro MVP: Bert Jones, Baltimore QB, Ken Stabler, Oakland QB

College Football: #1 Pittsburgh
Heisman Trophy: Tony Dorsett, Pittsburgh, RB
Rose Bowl: USC 14 Michigan 6
Orange Bowl: Ohio St. 27, Colorado 10
Cotton Bowl: Houston 30, Maryland 21
Sugar Bowl: Pittsburgh 27, Georgia 3

NBA Championship: Boston Celtics Vs. Phoenix Suns
Winner: Boston in 6
Boston Coach: Tommy Heinsohn
Phoenix Coach: John McCleod
MVP: Kareem Abdul-Jabaar, C – Average Points Per Game: 27.7
NCAA National Champions: Indiana: 32W – 0L Coach /Bobby Knight

World Series
Cincinatti Reds Vs. New York Yankees
Cincinatti in 4
Cincinatti Coach: Sparky Anderson
New York Coach: Billy Martin

National League
MVP: Joe Morgan, Cincinatti (2B)
Rookie of the Year: Butch Metzger, SD and Pat Zachry, Cin. (P)

American League
MVP: Thurman Munson, NY (C)
Rookie of the Year: Mark Fidrych, Det (P)


Patty Hearst Is Found Guilty Of Bank Robbery

Supreme Court Allows Removal Of Karen Quinlan’s Life Support Systems

Democrats Nominate Jimmy Charter For President

Viking I Lands On Mars, Sends Back Photos

Chinese Leader Mao Tse-tung Dies

OPEC Announces 5-10% Oil Price Hike

Supreme Court Rules Capital Punishment Is Constitutional

Portugal establishes a Democracy

Nixon says Kissinger Aides’ phones were tapped

Concord begins regular transatlantic flights

Vietnam is unified, Hanoi named capital, Saigon renamed Ho Chi Minh City

US and Iran sign 10 Billion dollar arms sale

Two amateur electronics enthusiasts develop the Apple computer in a California garage

Farrah Fawcett-majors posters become a fad

Four year colleges cost $1,913

Dustin Hoffman, Jason Robards and Robert Redford star in “All The Presidents Men”

Wild Cherry’s Play That Funky Music is a hit

50 Ways to Leave Your Lover is a hit single by Paul Simon

Navy tests new Tomahawk sea launched cruise missile

In tennis, transsexual Rene’ Richards is barred from the US Open

OJ Simpson signs a record $ 2.9 million contract to play for Buffalo

Women are allowed into NASA training program for astronauts

Concord makes it’s first appearance

California is first state to legalize “Living Will”

Presidents nine year old daughter Amy Carter attends predominantly black public school in Washington

Legionnaire’s disease fatally strikes 34 in Philadelphia

President: Gerald R. Ford
Vice President: Nelson A. Rockefeller

Population: 218,035,164
Life expectancy: 72.9 years

High: 1004
Low: 858

Federal spending: $371.79 billion
Federal debt: $629.0 billion
Inflation: 8.7%
Consumer Price Index: 56.9
Unemployment: 8.5%

Cost of a new home: $48,000.00
Cost of a new car: $
Median Household Income: $12,686.00
Cost of a first-class stamp: $0.13
Cost of a gallon of regular gas: $0.59
Cost of a dozen eggs: $0.84
Cost of a gallon of Milk: $1.65