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Welcome to Retroville! It's 1976!


  • Supreme Court rules that blacks and other minorities are entitled to receive retroactive job seniority
  • President Ford signs the Federal Election Campaign Act
  • Supreme Court reverses itself and rules that the death penalty is not unconstitutional allowing states to, once again, institute the death penalty
  • The Nation celebrates its bicentennial with celebrations held in every city culminating in the issuance by the U.S. Mint of the bicentennial quarter commemorating the event
  • Pro-Palestinian hijackers take an Air France plane and hole 103 hostages until Israeli commandos attack Entebbe Airport to rescue them resulting in the death of one Israeli and several Ugandan soliders
  • Legionnaire's Disease strikes at a Philadelphia American Legion convention leaving 29 dead
  • US Academy of Sciences announces that CFCs (chlorofluorocarbons) are depleting the ozone layer
  • Cincinnati Reds defeat NY Yankees to win the World Series
  • Bruce Jenner wins the Olympic decathalon in Montreal at the Summer Games
  • Actor Sal Mineo dies after being stabbed by an intruder in his home
  • Actor Jack Cassidy commits suicide at 57


  • CBS Radio Mystery Theater
  • Encore Theater
  • Gunsmoke
  • I Was a Communist for the FBI
  • Judy Canova Show
  • Turk Murphy Jazz Band


  • Delvecchio
  • Quincy
  • Captain & Tennille
  • Laverne & Shirley
  • One Day at a Time
  • Baa Baa Black Sheep
  • Bionic Woman
  • Charlie's Angels
  • Alice
  • The Blue Knight
  • Barney Miller
  • Donny & Marie
  • Spencer's Pilots
  • Serpico
  • Mork & Mindy


  • Atari games
  • Muhammad Ali action figures
  • Little Professor calculators
  • Pet socks
  • Pet rocks


  • Car: $5,418
  • Gasoline: 60 cents per gallon
  • House: $48,000
  • Bread: 30 cents per loaf
  • Milk: $1.42 per gallon
  • Postage Stamp: 13 cents
  • Average Annual Salary: $16,870
  • Minimum Wage: $2.30 per hour


  • Rocky - action drama by John G. Avildsen starring Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young, and Carl Weathers


  • A Chorus Line - based on the book by James Kirkwood and Nicholas Dante, music by Marvin Hamlisch, lyrics by Edward Kleban, choreographed by Michael Bennet and Bob Avian, starring Kelly Bishop, Pamela Blair, Wayne Cilento, and Kay Cole


  • Humboldt's Gift by Saul Bellow (fiction)
  • A Chorus Line by Michael Bennet, James Kirkwood, Nicholas Dante, Marvin Hamlisch, and Edward Kleban (drama)
  • Lamy of Santa Fe by Paul Horgan (history)
  • Edith Wharton: A Biography by R.W.B. Lewis (biography)
  • Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror by John Ashbery (poetry)
  • Why Survive? Being Old in America by Robert N. Butler (non-fiction)


  • Betty Williams, Northern Ireland, co-founder of the Peace People; and
  • Mairead Corrigan, Northern Ireland, co-founder of the Peace People


  • December 1963 (Oh What a Night) by The Four Seasons
  • If You Leave Me Now by Chicago
  • Tonight's The Night by Rod Stewart
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