1976 in the United Kingdom

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1976 in the United Kingdom
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Events from the year 1976 in the United Kingdom. This year is notable for the prolonged drought and subsequent heat wave.

Incumbents[edit]

Events[edit]

January[edit]

February[edit]

March[edit]

April[edit]

May[edit]

June[edit]

  • June – British Leyland launches its new Rover SD1, a large rear-wheel drive five-door hatchback featuring a 3.5 V8 Chrysler engine. Smaller engined versions are due next year, when the SD1 completely replaces the Rover P6 and Triumph 2000 ranges.
  • 1 June – UK and Iceland end the Cod War.[6]
  • 14 June – The trial of murderer Donald Neilson, known as the "Black Panther", begins at Oxford Crown Court.
  • 22 June–16 July – heat wave reaches its peak with the temperature attaining 80 °F (26.7 °C) every day of this period. For fifteen consecutive days, 23 June–7 July inclusive, it reaches 90 °F (32.2 °F) in London; and five consecutive days – the first being 26 June – see the temperature exceed 95 °F (35 °C).[22]
  • 28 June – In the heatwave, the temperature reaches 35.6 °C (96.1 °F) in Southampton, the highest recorded for June in the UK.
  • 29 June – The Seychelles become independent of the UK.[23]

July[edit]

August[edit]

  • August
  • 5 August – The Great Clock of Westminster (or Big Ben) suffers internal damage and stops running for over nine months.[6]
  • 6 August – John Stonehouse, the last person to serve as Postmaster General, is sentenced to seven years in jail for fraud.
  • 14 August – 10,000 Protestant and Catholic women demonstrate for peace in Northern Ireland.
  • 30 August – 100 police officers and 60 carnival-goers are injured during riots at the Notting Hill Carnival.[26]

September[edit]

October[edit]

November[edit]

  • 16 November – The seven perpetrators of an £8,000,000 van robbery at the Bank of America in Mayfair are sentenced to a total of 100 years in jail.[36]

December[edit]

Undated[edit]

  • Inflation stands at 16.5% – lower than last year's level, but still one of the highest since records began in 1750.[39] However, at one stage during this year inflation exceeded 24%.[40]
  • Opening of Rutland Water, the largest reservoir in England by surface area (1,212 hectares (2,995 acres)).[41]
  • First purpose-built (Thai style) Buddhist temple built in Britain, the Wat Buddhapadipa in Wimbledon, London.[42]

Publications[edit]

Births[edit]

Deaths[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  3. ^ "Ten dead in Northern Ireland ambush". BBC News. 5 January 1976. Archived from the original on 6 January 2008. Retrieved 5 February 2008.
  4. ^ "Iceland and Britain clash at sea". BBC News. 7 January 1976. Archived from the original on 7 March 2008. Retrieved 5 February 2008.
  5. ^ "Emily Jackson". Retrieved 7 March 2013.
  6. ^ a b c d e f Penguin Pocket On This Day. Penguin Reference Library. 2006. ISBN 0-14-102715-0.
  7. ^ "Explosions rock London's West End". BBC News. 29 January 1976. Archived from the original on 1 February 2008. Retrieved 5 February 2008.
  8. ^ "Mini Steps Backwards". Rootes-Chrysler.co.uk. Archived from the original on 4 February 2007. Retrieved 7 March 2013.
  9. ^ "Chrysler Sunbeam: rushed supermini to champion rally car". Rootes-Chrysler.co.uk. Retrieved 7 March 2013.
  10. ^ "Guilty verdict for 'Maguire Seven'". BBC News. 4 March 1976. Archived from the original on 6 March 2008. Retrieved 5 February 2008.
  11. ^ "Prime Minister Harold Wilson resigns". BBC News. 16 March 1976. Archived from the original on 7 March 2008. Retrieved 5 February 2008.
  12. ^ "Princess Margaret and Lord Snowdon to split". BBC News. 19 March 1976. Archived from the original on 7 March 2008. Retrieved 5 February 2008.
  13. ^ "Our History". The Body Shop. 2009. Archived from the original on 14 August 2010. Retrieved 13 July 2010.
  14. ^ "Callaghan is new prime minister". BBC News. 5 April 1976. Archived from the original on 7 March 2008. Retrieved 5 February 2008.
  15. ^ "Labour's PMs of the past". BBC News. 30 July 2003.
  16. ^ "1976: Young Liberal leader cleared of robbery". BBC News. 9 April 1976. Archived from the original on 12 January 2008. Retrieved 5 February 2008.
  17. ^ "May 1976". Thirty Years Ago. Bob Dunning. 3 February 2007. Archived from the original on 15 November 2012. Retrieved 7 March 2013.
  18. ^ "Tories gain council seats". Leader-Post. Regina, Saskatchewan. 7 May 1976. p. 67. Retrieved 7 March 2013.
  19. ^ "Marcella Claxton". Retrieved 7 March 2013.
  20. ^ a b c Palmer, Alan; Veronica (1992). The Chronology of British History. London: Century Ltd. pp. 438–439. ISBN 0-7126-5616-2.
  21. ^ "UEFA Cup won for second time". Liverpool FC. Retrieved 7 March 2013.
  22. ^ https://www.theweatheroutlook.com/twoother/twocontent.aspx?type=libgen&id=1432
  23. ^ "CIA, The World Factbook, Seychelles". Archived from the original on 13 February 2008. Retrieved 15 February 2008.
  24. ^ "Fiesta is Ford's economy car". Glasgow Herald. 14 July 1976. p. 5. Retrieved 7 March 2013.
  25. ^ "Fire engulfs Southend Pier". BBC News. 29 July 1976. Archived from the original on 19 January 2008. Retrieved 5 February 2008.
  26. ^ "Notting Hill Carnival ends in riot". BBC News. 30 August 1976. Archived from the original on 7 March 2008. Retrieved 5 February 2008.
  27. ^ "Water crisis deepens". BBC News. 1 September 1976. Archived from the original on 7 March 2008. Retrieved 5 February 2008.
  28. ^ "Hull prison riot ends". BBC News. 3 September 1976. Archived from the original on 7 March 2008. Retrieved 5 February 2008.
  29. ^ "September 1976". Thirty Years Ago. Bob Dunning. 4 February 2007. Archived from the original on 15 November 2012. Retrieved 7 March 2013.
  30. ^ "British warship blaze kills eight". BBC News. 23 September 1976. Archived from the original on 7 March 2008. Retrieved 5 February 2008.
  31. ^ Anderson, Gordon (29 September 1976). "New Cortina steps into sports car class". Glasgow Herald. p. 5. Retrieved 7 March 2013.
  32. ^ "New train speeds into service". BBC News. 4 October 1976. Archived from the original on 7 March 2008. Retrieved 5 February 2008.
  33. ^ "UDR men jailed for Showband killings". BBC News. 15 October 1976. Archived from the original on 7 March 2008. Retrieved 5 February 2008.
  34. ^ ""Queen opens National Theatre in London" BBC On This Day". BBC News. 25 October 1976. Archived from the original on 7 March 2008. Retrieved 5 February 2008.
  35. ^ "Duchess opens massive Selby coalfield". BBC News. 29 October 1976. Archived from the original on 7 March 2008. Retrieved 5 February 2008.
  36. ^ "Bank robbers jailed for 100 years". BBC News. 16 November 1976. Archived from the original on 7 March 2008. Retrieved 5 February 2008.
  37. ^ "The Nobel Peace Prize 1976". Retrieved 5 February 2008.
  38. ^ Marr, Andrew (2007). A History of Modern Britain. London: Macmillan. pp. 366–8. ISBN 978-1-4050-0538-8.
  39. ^ [3]
  40. ^ Roberts, Andrew (30 June 2011), "Republicans and the Thatcher Legacy", The Wall Street Journal, New York, retrieved 7 March 2013 Republished as: "Andrew Roberts: Republicans and the Thatcher Legacy", Ruthfully Yours, Ruth King, 30 June 2011, retrieved 7 March 2013
  41. ^ "Data sheet: Rutland Water". www.UKLakes.net. Retrieved 6 July 2010.
  42. ^ "First places of devotion". Vaguely Interesting. 6 March 2013. Retrieved 5 January 2015.

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