• 1976.0000 FOIA Amended

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    During 1976, the Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”) was amended in the USA.




  • 1976.0000 Forward on interstellar missions

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    During 1976, Robert L Forward publishes an article entitled “A Program for Interstellar Exploration” in the Journal of the British Interplanetary Society proposing the launch of manned missions to Alpha Centauri around 2025.




  • 1976.0000 MENSA poll


    MENSA poll
    During 1976, MENSA International polled its members on UFOs. 64% of respondents indicated they believed UFOs “are spaceships from other planets”.




  • 1976.0000 Movie “The Man Who Fell to Earth”


    “The Man Who Fell to Earth”
    The movieThe Man Who Fell to Earth” (1976) was directed by Nicolas Roeg. It was based on a novel of the same title by Walter Trevis. It starred David Bowie.




  • 1976.0106 Kentucky multiple abduction

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    On 6 January 1976, there was an alleged abduction of Louise Smith, Mona Stafford and Elaine Thomas in Stanford, Kentucky whilst driving home from celebrating Mona Stafford’s birthday at a restaurant south of Lancaster, Kentucky. (Commonly referred to as “the Stanford, Kentucky multiple abduction” or the “Casey County abduction”.)

    This incident is Case 68 in Isaac Koi's "Top 100" article,  since it was referred to in 43 of the books covered by that article. 


  • 1976.0622 Canary Islands sightings

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    On 22 January 1976, there were alleged UFO sightings in the Spanish Canary Islands involving various witnesses and photographs.




  • 1976.0720 Viking 1 on Mars


    Viking 1 on Mars
    On 20 July 1976, Viking 1 touches down on Mars. First soil sample collected on 28 July 1976.





  • 1976.0919 Tehran jet chase incident

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    A jet chase occurred near Tehran, Iran at about 12.30am on 19 September 1976.

    This incident is Case 47 in Isaac Koi's "Top 100" article,  since it was referred to in 55 of the books covered by that article.

    This incident featured as the second best incident in a documentary produced by Paul Kimball entitled “Best Evidence: Top 10 UFO Cases”, purportedly based on the results of a survey conducted by Paul Kimball in 2005/2006 of “a select group of the world’s leading UFO researchers”.

    This incident came sixth in an online poll conducted in March/April 2006 by Paul Kimball of “the UFO case with the ‘best evidence’ ever”.

    This incident featured in a document (“the Rockefeller Briefing Document”) endorsed by Dr Mark Rodeghier (President of CUFOS), Richard Hall (Chairman of FUFOR) and Walter Andrus (President of MUFON) as containing “the best available evidence for the existence of UFOs”.

    The National Enquirer reported that it had decided to award $5,000 to six Iranians in relation to this incident, following the recommendations of the members of its “blue ribbon” panel of UFO experts. Unfortunately for the relevant Iranian individuals, they were not permitted to accept the cash award which was instead awarded to an Iranian charity similar to the Red Cross.

    This incident has also featured in lists by various UFO researchers of the top UFO cases, including the following:

    a list of cases produced by British ufologist Gary Heseltine for the Fortean Times in 2007 as part of a survey of various researchers of the ten cases from 1947 onwards that interested them the most.


  • 1976.1113 Joyce Bowles sighting


    Joyce Bowles sighting
    On 13 November 1976, there was an alleged sighting of a craft with several men onboard, near Winchester, England whilst Mrs Joyce Bowleswas driving with her neighbour Ted Pratt.




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