Memory Lane: 1976

Mac ComputerInflation continues to be a problem around the world.

The Concorde enters service and cuts Trans-Atlantic flying time to 3 1/2 hours.

One year after Microsoft is formed, Apple is formed by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak.

Nadia Comaneci scores the first ever perfect score in Gymnastics.

In South Africa riots in Soweto on June 16th mark the beginning of the end of Apartheid.

In music the first of the Punk Bands appear The Damned release New Rose classified as Punk Rock music.

 

In The News

Apple Computer Company formed

NASA unveils first space shuttle

Concorde begins operations

Fidel Castro President of Cuba

$2.00 bill issued,

United States Bicentennial celebration

Soweto riots

First Legionnaires Disease

Nadia Comaneci wins 3 gold medals,

 


Population/Economy

Population:

  • Wake County : 272,728
  • NC: 5,608,000
  • USA: 218,000,000

National Debt:

  • $$620,433,000,000 (1976)
  • $18,152,809,942,589 (2015)

Value of a Dollar$1 in 1973 is $5.52 in 2015

Cost Of Living 1976:

  • Yearly inflation rate: 5.75%
  • Year End Close Dow Jones Industrial Average: 1004
  • Average cost of new house: $43,400
  • Average income per year: $16,000
  • Average monthly rent: $220.00
  • Cost of a gallon of gas: $0.59
  • Plymouth Arrow $3,175.00
  • Polaroid Camera $28.00
  • Men’s Sports Jacket $37.15
  • Zenith 25″ Color TV $599.00
  • CB Radio $147.00
  • Micro Wave Oven $169.00
  • Ticket to Disneyland: Admission and 12 adventure tickets $8.25
  • Hamburger at McDonalds: $0.30

Ounce of Gold Price:

  • The cost of an ounce of gold was $124.84
  • The inflation-adjusted price of an ounce of gold was $526.75


Going to the Movies

Cost of a movie ticket: $2.13

Inflation-adjusted price of a movie ticket: $8.99

The cost of a movie ticket in 2015: $7.92

Top 5 Movies:

  1. Rocky
  2. To Fly! 
  3. A Star is Born 
  4. All the President’s Men
  5. The Omen

 

48th Academy Awards

  • Best Picture: Rocky
  • Best Director: John G. Avildsen 
  • Best Actor: Peter Finch- Network
  • Best Actress: Faye Dunaway- Network 
  • Best Supporting Actor: Jason Robards- All the President’s Men 
  • Best Supporting Actress: Beatrice Straight – Network

Top 10 TV Shows

  1. Happy Days – ABC – 22,428,000
  2. Laverne & Shirley – ABC – 22,000,800
  3. ABC Monday Night Movie – ABC – 18,512,000
  4. M*A*S*H – CBS – 18,440,800
  5. Charlie’s Angels – ABC – 18,369,600
  6. The Big Event – NBC – 17,372,800
  7. The Six Million Dollar Man – ABC – 17,230,400
  8. ABC Sunday Night Movie – ABC – 16,660,800
  9. Baretta – ABC – 16,660,800
  10. One Day at a Time – CBS – 16,660,800

Top 20 Pop Songs

  1. Wings – Silly Love Songs
  2. Elton John and Kiki Dee – Don’t Go Breaking My Heart
  3. Johnnie Taylor – Disco Lady
  4. Four Seasons – December, 1963 (Oh, What A Night)
  5. Wild Cherry – Play That Funky Music
  6. Manhattans – Kiss and Say Goodbye
  7. Miracles – Love Machine (Part 1)
  8. Paul Simon – 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover
  9. Gary Wright – Love Is Alive
  10. Walter Murphy and The Big Apple Band – A Fifth Of Beethoven
  11. Daryl Hall and John Oates – Sara Smile
  12. Starland Vocal Band – Afternoon Delight
  13. Barry Manilow – I Write The Songs
  14. Silver Convention – Fly, Robin, Fly
  15. Diana Ross – Love Hangover
  16. Seals and Crofts – Get Closer
  17. Andrea True Connection – More, More, More
  18. Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody
  19. Dorothy Moore – Misty Blue
  20. Sylvers – Boogie Fever


Top 20 Country Songs

  1. The Time I’ve Hurt Her More Than She Loves Me – Conway Twitty
  2. Sometimes – Bill Anderson & Mary Lou Turner
  3. The White Knight – Cledus Maggard
  4. Good Hearted Woman – Waylon Jennings & Willie Nelson
  5. The Roots Of My Raising – Merle Haggard
  6. Faster Horses – Tom T. Hall
  7. Till The Rivers All Run Dry – Don Williams
  8. You’ll Love A Good Thing – Freddy Fender
  9. ‘Til I Can Make It On My Own – Tammy Wynette
  10. Drinkin’ My Baby – Eddie Rabbit
  11. Together Again – Emmylou Harris
  12. Don’t The Girls All Get Prettier At Closing Time – Mickey Gilley
  13. My Eyes Can Only See As Far As You – Charlie Pride
  14. What Goes On When The Sun Goes Down – Ronnie Milsap
  15. After All The Good Is Gone – Conway Twitty
  16. One Piece At A Time – Johnny Cash
  17. I’ll Get Over You – Crystal Gayle
  18. El Paso City – Marty Robbins
  19. All These Things – Joe Stampley
  20. The Doors Always Open (Dave & Sugar)


This Year in Sports

ACC Football Champ: Maryland

ACC Basketball Champ: Virginia (Virginia  76 – North Carolina 62)

World Series Winner: Cincinnati Reds over the NY Yankees

Heavyweight Boxing Champ: Muhammad Ali

Super Bowl X: Pittsburgh Steelers(Steelers 21 -Dallas Cowboys-17)

NASCAR Season Winner: Cale Yarborough

Masters Winner: Raymond Floyd – 271 (-17) – won $40,000)

Wimbledon Winners:

  • Men’s Singles: Sweden Björn Borg defeated Romania Ilie Năstase, 6–4, 6–2, 9–7
  • Women’s Singles: United States Chris Evert defeated Australia Evonne Goolagong Cawley, 6–3, 4–6, 8–6
  • Men’s Doubles: United States Brian Gottfried / Mexico Raúl Ramírez defeated Australia Ross Case / Australia Geoff Masters, 3–6, 6–3, 8–6, 2–6, 7–5
  • Women’s Doubles: United States Chris Evert / United States Martina Navratilova defeated United States Billie Jean King / Netherlands Betty Stöve, 6–1, 3–6, 7–5
  • Mixed Doubles: France Françoise Dürr / Australia Tony Roche defeated United States Rosemary Casals / United States Dick Stockton, 6–3, 2–6, 7–5