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Auto Racing

  • Stock car racing:
    • February 15David Pearson won the Daytona 500
    • NASCAR Championship - Cale Yarborough
  • Indianapolis 500 - Johnny Rutherford
  • USAC Racing - Gordon Johncock won the season championship
  • Formula One Championship:
    • James Hunt of Britain
    • Niki Lauda's famous accident occurred during the German Grand Prix at Nurburgring.
  • 24 hours of Le Mans: the team of Jacky Ickx / Gijs van Lennep won, driving a Porsche 936
  • Rally racing - the team of Sandro Munari / Mario Manucci won the Monte Carlo Rally driving a Lancia Stratos HF
  • Drag racing: Shirley Muldowney won "Top Fuel" at the NHRA World Finals

Baseball

See also 1976 in baseball

Basketball

Boxing

  • October 8 in São Paulo, Brazil, former world featherweight champion Eder Jofre fought his last fight, outpointing Mexico's Octavio (Famoso) Gomez in ten rounds.

Cycling

  • Giro d'Italia won by Felice Gimondi of Italy
  • Tour de France - Lucien Van Impe of Belgium
  • World Cycling Championship: Freddy Maertens of Belgium

Dogsled racing

  • Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race Champion:
    • Gerald Riley won with lead dogs: Puppy & Sugar

Field Hockey

  • Olympic Games (Men's Competition) in Montréal, Canada
    • Gold Medal: New Zealand
    • Silver Medal: Australia
    • Bronze Medal: Pakistan
  • Women's World Cup in Berlin, West Germany
    • Gold Medal: West Germany
    • Silver Medal: Argentina
    • Bronze Medal: The Netherlands
  • March 13 - In an international women's field hockey match at Wembley Stadium,England. England beat Scotland 3-0.

Figure Skating

  • World Figure Skating Championships:
    • Men's champion: John Curry, Britain
    • Women's champion: Dorothy Hamill, United States
    • Pairs champions: Irina Rodnina & Alexander Saizew, Soviet Union

Football (American)

Football (Australian Rules)

  • Victorian Football League
    • Hawthorn wins the 80th VFL Premiership (Hawthorn 13.22 (100) d North Melbourne 10.10 (70))
    • Brownlow Medal awarded to Graham Moss (Essendon)

Football (Canadian)

  • Grey Cup: Ottawa Rough Riders won 23-20 over the Saskatchewan Roughriders
  • Vanier Cup: Western Ontario Mustangs won 29-13 over the Acadia Axmen

Football (Soccer)

  • England - FA Cup: Southampton won 1-0 over Manchester United
  • Italy - Torino win Serie A for the first time since the Superga air disaster wiped out the team 27 years before.
  • 1976 European Championship - Czechoslovakia beat West Germany 5-3 on penalties to win , after the game had ended 2-2 after extra time.

Golf

Men's Golf

  • Grand Slam of golf results:
    1. May - The Masters - Ray Floyd
    2. June - US Open - Jerry Pate
    3. July - British Open - Johnny Miller
    4. August - PGA Championship - Dave Stockton
  • PGA tour's leading money winner for the year: Jack Nicklaus - $266,439

Women's Golf

  • US Women's Open - JoAnne Carner
  • LPGA Championship - Betty Burfeindt
  • Judy Rankin is the leading money winner on the LPGA tour. With total earnings of $150,734, she is the first to ever earn more than $100,000 in a season.

Thoroughbred Horse Racing

  • Australia - Melbourne Cup - Van der Hum
  • Canada - Queen's Plate - Norcliffe
  • France - Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe - Ivanjica
  • Ireland - Irish Derby Stakes - Malacate
  • English Triple Crown Races:
    1. Two Thousand Guineas Stakes - Wollow
    2. Epsom Derby - Empery
    3. St. Leger Stakes - Crow
  • United States Triple Crown Races:
    1. Kentucky Derby - Bold Forbes
    2. Preakness Stakes - Elocutionist
    3. Belmont Stakes - Bold Forbes

Harness Racing

  • United States Pacing Triple Crown races:
    1. Cane Pace - Keystone Ore
    2. Little Brown Jug - Keystone Ore
    3. Messenger Stakes - Windshield Wiper
  • United States Trotting Triple Crown races:
    1. Hambletonian - Steve Lobell
    2. Yonkers Trot - Steve Lobell
    3. Kentucky Futurity - Quick Pay
  • Australian Inter Dominion Harness Racing Championship:
    • Pacers: Carclew
    • Trotters: Bay Johnny

Ice Hockey

  • Art Ross Memorial Trophy as the NHL's leading scorer during the regular season: Guy Lafleur, Montreal Canadiens
  • World Hockey Championship:
    • Men's champion: Czechoslovakia defeated the Soviet Union

Skiing

  • Alpine Skiing
    • The men's overall season champion: Ingemar Stenmark, Sweden
    • The women's overall season champion: Rosi Mittermaier, W. Germany

Snooker

Tennis

  • Grand Slam in tennis men's results:
    1. Australian Open - Mark Edmondson
    2. French Open - Adriano Panatta
    3. Wimbledon championships - Björn Borg
    4. US Open - Jimmy Connors
  • Grand Slam in tennis women's results:
    1. Australian Open - Evonne Goolagong Cawley
    2. French Open - Sue Barker
    3. Wimbledon championships - Chris Evert
    4. US Open - Chris Evert
  • Davis Cup: Italy wins 4-1 over Chile in world tennis.

General sporting events

  • 1976 Summer Olympics takes place in Montreal, Canada
    • USSR wins the most medals (125), and the most gold medals (49).
  • 1976 Winter Olympics takes place in Innsbruck, Austria
    • USSR wins the most medals (27), and the most gold medals (13).
  • Fifth Pan Arab Games held in Damascus, Syria

Births

January

  • January 1Melanie Clewlow, British field hockey player
  • January 2Danilo Di Luca, Italian cyclist
  • January 4Ezequiel Paulón, Argentine field hockey defender
  • January 6Amy Gillett, Australian rower and cyclist (d. 2005)
  • January 6 — Chun Lee-kyung, South Korean short track speed skater
  • January 7Éric Gagné, Canadian baseball player National League Cy Young Award
  • January 10Remy Bonjasky, Surinam-born K1-fighter from The Netherlands
  • January 11Bindi Kullar, Canadian field hockey player
  • January 16Martina Moravcová, Slovak swimmer
  • January 16 — Germán Orozco, Argentine field hockey defender
  • January 18Lars Paaske, Danish badminton player
  • January 20Gretha Smit, Dutch speed skater
  • January 22Stefan van Dijk, Dutch cyclist
  • January 29Karsten Kroon, Dutch cyclist

February

  • February 2Steven Dewick, Australian backstroke swimmer
  • February 2 — James Hickman, English swimmer
  • February 3Cătălin Hâldan, Romanian football (soccer) player (d. 2000)
  • February 5Sione Jongstra, Dutch triathlete
  • February 13Chantal de Bruijn, Dutch field hockey player
  • February 15Oscar Freire, Spanish cyclist
  • February 18Chanda Rubin, American tennis player
  • February 26Anna Bennett, English field hockey player
  • February 26 — Attila Vari, Hungarian water polo player
  • February 27Ludovic Capelle, Belgian cyclist

March

  • March 4Vic Wunderle, American archer
  • March 5Wayne Denne, South African field hockey player
  • March 5 — Sarunas Jasikevicius, Lithuanian basketball player
  • March 5 — Sergey Mihaylov, Uzbek boxer
  • March 6Antoine Dénériaz, French alpine skier
  • March 24Peyton Manning, NFL player, league co-MVP in 2003
  • March 10Lieja Tunks, Dutch athlete
  • March 14Sarah Ulmer, New Zealand cyclist
  • March 17Alvaro Recoba, Uruguay football (soccer) player
  • March 19Mukhtarkhan Dildabekov, Kazakh boxer
  • March 19 — Alessandro Nesta, Italian football (soccer) player
  • March 20Julia Zwehl, German field hockey goalkeeper
  • March 21Han Hyung-Bae, South Korean field hockey player
  • March 22Teun de Nooijer, Dutch field hockey player
  • March 25Wladimir Klitschko, Ukrainian heavyweight boxer
  • March 29Igor Astarloa, Spanish cyclist
  • March 29 — Jennifer Capriati, American tennis player

April

  • April 1Clarence Seedorf, Dutch football (soccer) player
  • April 3Nicolas Escudé, French tennis player
  • April 5Kim Collins, Saint Kitts and Nevis athlete
  • April 5 — David Staniforth, South African field hockey goalkeeper
  • April 8Tieme Klompe, Dutch football (soccer) player
  • April 10John van Lottum, Dutch tennis player
  • April 13Nami Miyazaki, Japanese field hockey goalkeeper
  • April 14Baeden Choppy, Australian field hockey striker
  • April 18Andrew Ilie, Romanian-born tennis player from Australia
  • April 20Big Ben, world champion show-jumping horse
  • April 24Steve Finnan, Irish football (soccer) player
  • April 25Tim Duncan, basketball player, two-time NBA MVP
  • April 25 — Rainer Schuettler, German tennis player
  • April 26Wijan Ponlid, Thai boxer
  • April 23Dirk van 't Klooster, Dutch baseball player
  • April 27Olaf Tufte, Norwegian rower
  • April 27 — Walter Pandiani, Uruguay football (soccer) player

May

  • May 1Patricia Stokkers, Dutch swimmer
  • May 3Juan Pablo Hourquebie, Argentine field hockey defender
  • May 6Adam Commens, Australian field hockey midfielder
  • May 6 — Ivan de la Peña, Spanish football (soccer) player
  • May 8Kim Christiansen, Norwegian snowboarder
  • May 9Mitesh Patel, New Zealand field hockey player
  • May 13Hamid Ait Bighrade, Moroccan boxer
  • May 15Tyler Walker, baseball player
  • May 17Daniel Komen, Kenyan runner
  • May 21Graham Dunlop, Scottish field hockey player
  • May 25Stefan Holm, Swedish athlete
  • May 27Bianca Netzler, Australian field hockey player
  • May 31Mashona Washington, American tennis player

June

  • June 1Niniwa Roberts, New Zealand field hockey striker
  • June 3Jens Kruppa, German swimmer
  • June 4Nenad Zimonjić, Serbian tennis player
  • June 6Hamza Yerlikaya, Turkish Greco-Roman style wrestler
  • June 8Lindsay Davenport, American tennis player
  • June 8 — Jennifer Rodriguez, Cuban-American speed skater
  • June 9Laurence Godfrey (archer), British archer
  • June 17Carolina Pascual, Spanish rhythmic gymnast
  • June 21Sander van der Weide, Dutch field hockey player
  • June 23Paola Suarez, Argentine tennis player
  • June 23Patrick Vieira, French football (soccer) player
  • June 23Brandon Stokley, NFL Wide Receiver
  • June 25Neil Walker, American swimmer
  • June 28Shinobu Asagoe, Japanese tennis player

July

  • July 1Patrick Kluivert, Dutch football (soccer) player
  • July 1 — Ruud van Nistelrooy, Dutch football (soccer) player
  • July 4Marcelo Romero, Uruguay football (soccer) player
  • July 5Nuno Gomes, Portuguese football (soccer) player
  • July 5 — Brent Livermore, Australian field hockey midfielder
  • July 6Nikki Hudson, Australian field hockey striker
  • July 9Jochem Uytdehaage, Dutch speed skater
  • July 16Anna Smashnova, Belarusian-born tennis player from Israel
  • July 22Moira Senior, New Zealand field hockey striker
  • July 23Judit Polgár, Hungarian chess player
  • July 31Louise Jöhncke, Swedish swimmer
  • July 31 — Paulo Wanchope, Costa Rican football (soccer) player

August

  • August 2Reyes Estévez, Spanish athlete
  • August 4Paul Goldstein, American tennis player
  • August 6Luke Milligan, English tennis player
  • August 7Timme Hoyng, Dutch field hockey player
  • August 9Rogier Wassen, Dutch tennis player
  • August 15Boudewijn Zenden, Dutch football (soccer) player
  • August 18Thomas Malchow, US swimmer
  • August 23LaTasha Colander, US track and field sprint athlete
  • August 27Carlos Moya, Spanish tennis player
  • August 27 — Mark Webber, Australian Formula 1-driver
  • August 29Jon Dahl Tomasson, Danish football (soccer) player

September

  • September 6Francisco Sanchez, Venezolan swimmer
  • September 7Carmel Bakurski, Australian field hockey player
  • September 8Sjeng Schalken, Dutch tennis player
  • September 10Gustavo Kuerten, Brazilian tennis player
  • September 10 — Reinder Nummerdor, Dutch volleybal player
  • September 12Jolanda Čeplak, Slovenian middle distance athlete
  • September 14Joshua Ilika, Mexican swimmer
  • September 20Michael Ballack, German football (soccer) player
  • September 22Ronaldo, Brazilian football (soccer) player
  • September 23James Nation, New Zealand field hockey player
  • September 25Melissa Collins, Canadian water polo player
  • September 25 — Denis Sylantiev, Ukrainian swimmer
  • September 27Francesco Totti, Italian football (soccer) player
  • September 29Oscar Sevilla, Spanish cyclist
  • September 29 — Andriy Shevchenko, Ukrainian football (soccer) player

October

  • October 2Angus Shelford, New Zealand boxer
  • October 8Galo Blanco, Spanish tennis player
  • October 8 — Renate Groenewold, Dutch speed skater
  • October 10Bob Burnquist, Brazilian skateboarder
  • October 12Julie Towers, Australian field hockey player
  • October 16Marcela Acuna, Argentine female boxer
  • October 14Nataša Kejžar, Slovenian swimmer
  • October 18Kjell Carlström, Finnish cyclist
  • October 19Ranjeev Deol, Canadian field hockey player
  • October 22Alexander Abt, Russian figure skater

November

  • November 4Alexander Popp, British-born tennis player
  • November 7Mark Philippoussis, Australian tennis player
  • November 8Sylvia Karres, Dutch field hockey player
  • November 13Bob de Jong, Dutch speed skater
  • November 13 — Albina Akhatova, Russian biathlete
  • November 14Jesse Brinkley, American boxer
  • November 14 — Ramon Delgado, Paraguayan tennis player
  • November 16Martijn Zuijdweg, Dutch swimmer
  • November 18Matt Welsh, Australian swimmer
  • November 28Gordan Kožulj, Croatian swimmer

December

  • December 11Laszlo Bodrogi, Hungarian cyclist
  • December 11 — Timmy Simons, Belgian football player
  • December 14Petter Hansson, Swedish football player
  • December 14 — Peter Gade, Danish badminton player
  • December 19Redouane Bouchtouk, Moroccan boxer
  • December 19 — Theo Lucius, Dutch football player
  • December 22Stephen Mowlam, Australian field hockey goalkeeper
  • December 25Percy Isenia, Dutch baseball player
  • December 30Hadi Al Somayli, Saudi Arabian athlete

Deaths

  • January 5Károly Takács (65), Hungarian pistol shooter (b. 1910)
  • January 18Ad Verhoeven, Dutch football (soccer) player
  • February 2Harry Elliott, English cricket wicketkeeper (b. 1891)
  • March 6Max 'Slapsie Maxie' Rosenbloom, American boxer and actor (b. 1903)
  • March 11Larry Gardner, Major League Baseball player (1908–1924)
  • May 30Max Carey, Major League Baseball player (1910–1929)
  • June 15Jimmy Dykes, Major League Baseball player (1918–1939)
  • September 25Red Faber, Major League Baseball, pitcher (1914–1933)
  • May 22Oscar Bonavena, Argentinian heavyweight boxer (b. 1942)
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