When America was still a young 200, a look back at the films of 1976

In 1976,

The first commercially developed supercomputer was released;

The Philadelphia Flyers played a hockey game against the Red Army team of the Soviet Union;

The Pittsburgh Steelers won Super Bowl X;

The first commercial Concorde flight took off;

The Winter Olympics took place in Innsbruck, Austria;

Clifford Alexander, Jr. became the first African-American Secretary of the US Army;

Harold Wilson resigned as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and James Callaghan replaced him;

The Washington Metro opened;

The New Jersey Supreme Court ruled Karen Ann Quinlan could be disconnected from her ventilator;

Apple Computer Company was formed;

Frampton Comes Alive! was the best-selling album of the year;

The Boston Celtics won the NBA Championship;

The ABA and NBA merged;

The CN Tower opened in Toronto;

The Seychelles were granted independence from the United Kingdom;

In Gregg v. Georgia, the Supreme Court of the United States reinstated the death penalty as a constitutional acceptable form of punishment;

The United States celebrated its bicentennial;

The Summer Olympics took place in Montreal;

The “Son of Sam” terrorized New York City;

NASA released photographs of the “Face on Mars;”

The Seattle Seahawks played their first football game;

Frank Sinatra brought Dean Martin onstage at the Jerry Lewis MDA telethon, reuniting the former comedy team;

Mao Zedong died;

The Muppet Show premiered;

U2 formed;

Stevie Wonder released Songs in the Key of Life;

Jimmy Carter defeated Gerald Ford in the US Presidential election;

The Band held a farewell concert (later known as The Last Waltz);

The Eagles released Hotel California;

Eric Gagne, Alfonso Soriano, Paul Scheer, Isla Fisher, Charlie Day, Lance Berkman, Rashida Jones, Ali Larter, Ja Rule, Freddie Prinze, Jr., Corey Stoll, Reese Witherspoon, Keri Russell, Aaron Brooks, Peyton Manning, Candace Cameron, Glenn Howerton, Melissa Joan Hart, Sean Maguire, Joey Lawrence, Tim Duncan, Ryan Leaf, Kevin Garnett, Miguel Tejada, Cillian Murphy, Colin Farrell, Blake Shelton, Chad Pennington, Fred Savage, Diane Kruger, Luke Bryan, Benedict Cumberbatch, Don Hertzfeldt, Sam Worthington, Soleil Moon Frye, Drew Lacey, JC Chasez, Audrey Tautou, Antoine Walker, Sarah Chalke, Alison Sweeney, Ronaldo, Stephanie McMahon, Alicia Silverstone, Taylor Hicks, Nick Swardson, Emily Deschanel, Ryan Reynolds, Pat Tillman, Jaleel White, Ana Faris, Matthew Shepherd, Mark Duplass, Dominic Monaghan, Takeo Spikes, Joe Manganiello, and Danny McBride were born;

While Agatha Christie, Howlin’ Wolf, Paul Robeson, Ernesto Miranda, Werner Heisenberg, Percy Faith, Lee J. Cobb, Sal Mineo, Florence Ballard, Busby Berkeley, Luchino Visconti, Bernard Montgomery, E.H. Shepard, Howard Hughes, Carol Reed, Martin Heidegger, J. Paul Getty, Bobby Hackett, Adolph Zukor, James Wong Howe, Mickey Cohen, Fritz Lang, Dalton Trumbo, Jean Gabin, Rosalind Russell, Benjamin Britten, and Richard Daley died.

The following is a list of my ten favorite films released in 1976:

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America entered its twenty second decade: A look back at the films of 1986

In 1986,

Spain and Portugal entered the European Community, the predecessor to the European Union;

The first computer virus was formed;

Pixar Animation Studios opened;

Halley’s Comet made its second visit to our solar system in the 20th century;

The Mir space station was launched;

The The Legend of Zelda was released;

Out of Africa was named the Best Picture of 1985,

Microsoft became a publicly traded company;

The first child was born to a surrogate mother;

Geraldo Rivera opened Al Capone’s secret vault;

A mishandled safety test at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant killed over 4000 people;

Captain Midnight interrupted the HBO satellite feed;

NBC celebrated its 60th anniversary;

The Montreal Canadiens won their 23rd Stanley Cup;

Hands Across America took place to raise awareness for hunger relief efforts;

Dragon Quest was released;

The Space Shuttle Challenger disintegrated 73 seconds after launch;

Argentina won the FIFA World Cup;

Len Bias died of a cocaine overdose 48 hours after being selected 2nd in the NBA Draft by the Boston Celtics;

The Statue of Liberty was reopened following an extensive refurbishment for its centennial;

Prince Andrew married Sarah Ferguson;

American Greg Lemond won the Tour de France;

The first film from Studio Ghibli, Castle in the Sky, was released;

Patrick Sherrill’s attack on his coworkers at the post office in Edmond, Oklahoma birthed the phrase “going postal,”

Desmond Tutu became the first black Anglican Church bishop in South Africa;

The Oprah Winfrey Show premiered in syndication;

The Andrew Lloyd Weber musical The Phantom of the Opera opened in London;

The New York Mets defeated the Boston Red Sox in the World Series;

A Lebanese magazine reports the United States has been selling weapons to Iran in secret, exposing the Iran-Contra affair;

Mike Tyson won his first world boxing title;

The NBC soap opera Search for Tomorrow went off the air after 35 years;

Peyton Hillis, Mischa Barton, Lauren Conrad, Amber Riley, Charlotte Church, Jerod Mayo, Brittany Snow, Jamie Bell, Alexandra Daddario, Scott Eastwood, Lee DeWyze, Leighton Meester, Amber Heard, Marshawn Lynch, Jenna-Louise Coleman, Robert Pattinson, Lena Dunham, Grace Gummer, Megan Fox, Rafael Nadal, Oona Chaplin, Shia LeBeouf, Kat Dennings, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, Lindsey Lohan, Armie Hammer, Florence Welch, Lea Michele, Shaun White, Emmy Rossum, Heidi Montag, Drake, Emilia Clarke, Oscar Pistorious, Jimmy Graham, Desean Jackson, Jamaal Charles, and Ellie Goulding were born;

While Christopher Isherwood, Donna Reed, L. Ron Hubbard, Adolph Caesar, Ray Milland, George O’Keeffe, James Cagney, Simone de Beauvoir, Jean Genet, Otto Preminger, Wallis Simpson, Broderick Crawford, Tenzing Norway, Fritz Pollard, Theodore White, Sterling Hayden, Benny Goodman, Kate Smith, Rudy Vallee, Vincente Minnelli, Murray Hamilton, Forrest Tucker, Scatman Crothers, Cary Grant, Desi Arnaz, Elsa Lanchester, Harold Macmillan, and Andrei Tarkovsky died.

There are my top ten films released in 1986:

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