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1976 in the United Kingdom

1976 in the United Kingdom:
Other years
1974 | 1975 | 1976 (1976) | 1977 | 1978
Individual countries of the United Kingdom
England | Northern Ireland | Scotland | Wales
Sport, Television and music

Events from the year 1976 in the United Kingdom. This year is notable for the prolonged drought and subsequent heat wave.

Incumbents

Events

January

February

March

April

May

June

  • 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 for murder of 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 15 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 heat wave, 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

August

  • 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 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

October

November

  • 16 November – The seven perpetrators of an £8 million van robbery at the Bank of America in Mayfair are sentenced to a total of 100 years in jail.[36]

December

Undated

  • 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

Births

Deaths

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