life

Today in History

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.

U.S. Statistics

President: Gerald R. Ford
Vice President: Nelson A. Rockefeller
Population: 218,035,164
Life expectancy: 72.9 years
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000): 52.9
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000): 48.2

World Statistics

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).
US GDP (1998 dollars):   $1,819.00 billion
Federal spending:   $371.79 billion
Federal debt:   $629.0 billion
Median Household Income
(current dollars):  
$12,686 
Consumer Price Index:   56.9
Unemployment:   7.7%
Cost of a first-class stamp:   $0.13
Super Bowl
Pittsburgh d. Dallas (21-17)
World Series
Cincinnati d. NY Yankees (4-0)
NBA Championship
Boston d. Phoenix (4-2)
Stanley Cup
Montreal d. Philadelphia (4-0)
Wimbledon
Women: Chris Evert d. E. Cawley (6-3 4-6 8-6)
Men: Bjorn Borg d. I. Nastase (6-4 6-2 9-7)
Kentucky Derby Champion
Bold Forbes
NCAA Basketball Championship
Indiana d. Michigan (86-68)
NCAA Football Champions
Pittsburgh (12-0-0)
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