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]

  • 7 January – Cod War: British and Icelandic ships clash at sea.[4]
  • 18 January – the Scottish Labour Party is formed.
  • 20 January – 42-year-old married woman Emily Jackson is stabbed to death in Leeds; it is revealed that she was a part-time prostitute. Police believe she may have been killed by the same man who murdered Wilma McCann in the city three months ago.[5]
  • 21 January – the first commercial Concorde flight takes off.[6]
  • 29 January – twelve Provisional Irish Republican Army bombs explode in London's West End.[7]

February[edit]

March[edit]

April[edit]

May[edit]

June[edit]

  • June – British Leyland launches its innovative new Rover SD1, a large five-door hatchback that replaces the ageing P6 series.
  • 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 26.7 °C (80 °F) every day of this period. For fifteen consecutive days, 23 June–7 July inclusive, it reaches 32.2 °C (90 °F) somewhere in England; and five days - the first being 26 June - see the temperature exceed 35 °C (95 °F). This is contributing to the worst drought in the United Kingdom since the 1720s.[2]
  • 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 – the last person to serve as Postmaster General, John Stonehouse, 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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  4. ^ "Iceland and Britain clash at sea". BBC News. 7 January 1976. Archived from the original on 7 March 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-05. 
  5. ^ "Emily Jackson". Retrieved 2013-03-07. 
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  7. ^ "Explosions rock London's West End". BBC News. 29 January 1976. Archived from the original on 1 February 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-05. 
  8. ^ "Mini Steps Backwards". Rootes-Chrysler.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-03-07. 
  9. ^ "Chrysler Sunbeam: rushed supermini to champion rally car". Rootes-Chrysler.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-03-07. 
  10. ^ "Guilty verdict for 'Maguire Seven'". BBC News. 4 March 1976. Archived from the original on 6 March 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-05. 
  11. ^ "Prime Minister Harold Wilson resigns". BBC News. 16 March 1976. Archived from the original on 7 March 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-05. 
  12. ^ "Princess Margaret and Lord Snowdon to split". BBC News. 19 March 1976. Archived from the original on 7 March 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-05. 
  13. ^ "Our History". The Body Shop. 2009. Archived from the original on 14 August 2010. Retrieved 2010-07-13. 
  14. ^ "Callaghan is new prime minister". BBC News. 5 April 1976. Archived from the original on 7 March 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-05. 
  15. ^ "Labour's PMs of the past". BBC News. 30 July 2003. 
  16. ^ "Government crisis as Stonehouse quits". BBC News. 7 April 1976. Archived from the original on 7 March 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-05. 
  17. ^ "1976: Young Liberal leader cleared of robbery". BBC News. 9 April 1976. Archived from the original on 12 January 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-05. 
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  20. ^ "Marcella Claxton". Retrieved 2013-03-07. 
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  24. ^ "Fiesta is Ford's economy car". Glasgow Herald. 14 July 1976. p. 5. Retrieved 2013-03-07. 
  25. ^ "Fire engulfs Southend Pier". BBC News. 29 July 1976. Archived from the original on 19 January 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-05. 
  26. ^ "Notting Hill Carnival ends in riot". BBC News. 30 August 1976. Archived from the original on 7 March 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-05. 
  27. ^ "Water crisis deepens". BBC News. 1 September 1976. Archived from the original on 7 March 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-05. 
  28. ^ "Hull prison riot ends". BBC News. 3 September 1976. Archived from the original on 7 March 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-05. 
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  30. ^ "British warship blaze kills eight". BBC News. 23 September 1976. Archived from the original on 7 March 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-05. 
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  32. ^ "New train speeds into service". BBC News. 4 October 1976. Archived from the original on 7 March 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-05. 
  33. ^ "UDR men jailed for Showband killings". BBC News. 15 October 1976. Archived from the original on 7 March 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-05. 
  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 2008-02-05. 
  35. ^ "Duchess opens massive Selby coalfield". BBC News. 29 October 1976. Archived from the original on 7 March 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-05. 
  36. ^ "Bank robbers jailed for 100 years". BBC News. 16 November 1976. Archived from the original on 7 March 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-05. 
  37. ^ "The Nobel Peace Prize 1976". Retrieved 2008-02-05. 
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  42. ^ "First places of devotion". Vaguely Interesting. 2013-03-06. Retrieved 2015-01-05. 

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