In 1976 (the year you were born)
Gerald Ford is president of the US
The US celebrates its bicentennial, marking the 200th anniversary of its independence
The Viking II sets down on Mars' Utopia Plains
Promising, "I will never lie to you," Jimmy Carter is elected president of the United States
Israeli commandos rescue hostages from Entebbe, Uganda
The Concorde begins flights from New York to Europe
George W. Bush is arrested and fined for driving under the influence of alcohol
Cray-1, the first commercially developed supercomputer, is invented by Seymour Cray
Freddie Prinze Jr., Reese Witherspoon, Colin Farrell, 50 Cent, Fred Savage, and Shannon Elizabeth are born
Cincinnati Reds win the World Series
Pittsburgh Steelers win Superbowl X
Montreal Canadiens win the Stanley Cup
Rocky is the top grossing film
Filming begins on George Lucas' Star Wars
The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins is published
The Eagles Their Greatest Hits compilation becomes the first album in history to be certified platinum
"Tonight's The Night" by Rod Stewart spends the most time at the top of the US chart
Charlie's Angels and The Muppet Show premiere
In fact, I was born the very day that Viking II landed. I am inordinately proud of this fact.
I did not realize that I am as old as "The Muppet Show." That was one of my favorite things when I was around six or seven, was to sit up at 8:00 on Saturday nights with my mom and my dad. We'd all cuddle together and watch "The Muppet Show" on Channel 8. I saw a few old episodes on DVD recently, and I'm beginning to realize just how many of those jokes went right over my head. Of course, that's the genius of "The Muppet Show," that a six-year-old and her thirty-five-year-old parents can all get age-appropriate humor out of it.
It's time to play the music
It's time to light the lights. . .