The Deer Hunter
(Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken and Meryl Streep) wins the Oscar for Best Picture.
Other top movies are
Animal House (Chevy Chase and John Belushi),
Superman (Christopher Reeve),
Grease (John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John) and
Halloween (Jamie Lee Curtis, directed by John Carpenter).
and Village People top the music charts, while The Incredible Hulk
premieres on television.
Camp David Accords peace agreement is signed between
Louise Brown, from
in vitro fertilization (the test tube baby).
Paul VI dies at age of 80. The new Pope,
John Paul I, age 65, dies unexpectedly after 34 days in office on
September 28. He is succeeded by Cardinal Karol Wojtyla of
John Paul II on
The Copyright Act of
1976 takes effect, making sweeping changes to
United States copyright law.
Sweden becomes the first nation to ban
aerosol sprays that are thought to damage earth's protective
bulletin board system is created (CBBS in
Jim Jones's 900 followers commit
mass suicide in
Guyana, by drinking a cyanide-laced fruit drink.
Mexican town of
Coacalaco, Josť Ramon del Cuet, is forced to eat 12 pounds of bananas
and then resign.