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1976 was the 105th year after the founding of the City of Birmingham and the U.S. Bicentennial.


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See also List of Birmingham homicides in 1976






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In 1976 the Cray-1, the first commercially developed supercomputer, was released by Cray Research. The Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Dallas Cowboys 21–17 in Super Bowl X at the Orange Bowl in Miami, Florida. The first commercial Concorde flight took off. Live from Lincoln Center debuted on PBS. Patty Hearst was found guilty of armed robbery of a San Francisco bank. Apple Computer Company was formed. The National Basketball Association and the American Basketball Association agreed on the ABA-NBA merger. Viking 1 and Viking 2 successfully landed on Mars. The "Son of Sam" killings began in New York City.

Notable births in 1976 included actor Freddie Prinze, Jr.; singer Blu Cantrell; actress Reese Witherspoon; football player Peyton Manning; actress Melissa Joan Hart; actor Joey Lawrence; tennis player Lindsay Davenport; actor Fred Savage; and Olympic gymnast Dominique Dawes. Notable deaths included author Agatha Christie, musician Percy Faith, artist Max Ernst, business magnate and aviator Howard Hughes, filmmaker Fritz Lang, and Chinese leader Mao Zedong.

Notable novels of 1976 included Judy Blume's Blubber, Judith Guest's Ordinary People, Alex Haley's, Roots, and Anne Rice's Interview with the Vampire. Non-fiction works included Richard Dawkins' The Selfish Gene and Bob Woodward & Carl Bernstein's The Final Days.

Top box office hits included Rocky, A Star Is Born, All the President's Men, The Omen, and King Kong. Rocky took Academy Awards for Best Picture and Best Director (John G. Avildsen).

Albums released in 1976 included Desire by Bob Dylan, Frampton Comes Alive! by Peter Frampton, Their Greatest Hits (1971–1975) by the Eagles, Wings at the Speed of Sound by Wings, and Songs in the Key of Life by Stevie Wonder. The Grammy Award for Album of the Year went to TITLE by ARTIST. Hit singles included Rod Stewart's "Tonight's the Night (Gonna Be Alright)", Paul McCartney & Wings' "Silly Love Songs", Elton John & Kiki Dee's "Don't Go Breaking My Heart", and Johnnie Taylor's "Disco Lady".

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