• US spacecraft Viking I lands on the planet Mars and sends back photographs.

    • The world’s largest warship, the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz is launched.

    • The first supersonic jet airliner, Concorde goes into service.

Viking Mars Mission

Other Facts from 1976

President: Gerald Ford



Average annual income


New car


Loaf of bread


Gallon of milk


Gallon of gas




Dow Jones Average  859 to 1015


Songs From 1976

  “If You Leave Me Now”
  “Tonight’s The Night”
  “Silly Love Songs”