I was born today, September 21, in 1976. My parents are Roxane Carr Service and Harold Eugene Gryder. Here are some fun facts that happened in 1976.
Population: 4.158 billion
population by decade
Nobel Peace Prize:
Mairead Corrigan and Betty Williams (both Northern Ireland)
- US Supreme Court rules that blacks and other minorities are entitled to retroactive job seniority (March 24).
- Ford signs Federal Election Campaign Act (May 11).
- US Supreme Court rules that death penalty is not inherently cruel or unusual and is a constitutionally acceptable form of punishment (July 3).
- Nation celebrates Bicentennial (July 4).
- Mysterious disease strikes American Legion convention in Philadelphia, eventually claiming 29 lives (Aug. 4).
- Jimmy Carter elected US President (Nov. 2).
Federal spending: $371.79 billion
Federal debt: $629.0 billion
Median Household Income
(current dollars): $12,686
Consumer Price Index: 56.9
Cost of a first-class stamp: $0.13