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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