1976

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January 19, 2022

Events

January

January 1 - The municipality of Metsämaa was merged with the rural municipality of Loimaa and the municipality of Tottijärvi with Nokia. January 3 - 20,000 people are evacuated from a flood caused by a hurricane in Denmark. January 5 - The MPLA, the People's Liberation Front of Angola, announces the occupation of FNLA headquarters by another party to the Civil War. January 5 - In a Kingsmill massacre, gunmen stop a minibus and shoot ten of its passengers near the village of Kingsmill in Northern Ireland. January 11 - A bloodless military coup takes place in Ecuador. January 12 - The UN Security Council votes 11-1 on the Palestinian Liberation Organization as a member of the UN. January 14 - US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger warns the Soviet Union against continuing to interfere in Angola's civil war. The Soviet Union, together with Cuba, supported the MPLA, the People's Front for Liberation in Angola. January 16 - The Bank of Finland presents a new 100-mark banknote. January 20 - A court in Stuttgart rejects a petition that detained members of the Baader-Meinhof terrorist group should have been treated as war criminals. January 20 - A strong snowstorm raged in Finland. January 21 - The first commercial flight is flown at Concorde. January 22 - A bombing is carried out on the Paris office of the Reunification Church. One person was seriously injured in the blast.

February

February 4 - An earthquake kills 22,000 people in Guatemala and Honduras. February 4 - The opening of the 1976 Winter Olympics is held in Innsbruck, Austria. February 7 - Security Minister Hua Guofeng is elected Prime Minister of China after the late Zhou Enlain. February 8 - The French Communist Party declares independence from Moscow at its party meeting. Party chairman Georges Marchais called for "socialism in the colors of France," and the term Eurocommunism was introduced. February 8 - The People's Liberation Front of Angola (MPLA) announces the acquisition of the last FNLA base in northern Angola. February 8 - The fire severely damaged Teollisuuden Voima's nuclear power plant under construction in Olkiluoto, Eurajoki. February 11 - The Organization of African Unity (OLAU) recognizes the government of the People's Liberation Front of Angola (MPLA) as the legitimate government of Angola. February 13 - A coup attempt by young officers in Nigeria is defeated. However, the hijackers managed to assassinate the head of state, General Muhammad, who was replaced by General Olusegun Obasanjo. February 13 - The first police strike in independent Finland began. However, the order in the country remained fairly good throughout the strike. The strike ended on March 1st. February 15 - Valco's Articles of Association signed in Helsinki. The Finnish state subscribed for 60 percent of the share capital and Salora and the Japanese Hitachi became minority shareholders. February 19 - A mild earthquake was experienced in Suomussalmi and Kuusamo. February 19 - Iceland severes diplomatic relations with Britain over "cod war." This was the first severance of diplomatic relations between the two NATO countries. February 20 - The Angolan government, formed by the MPLA, is recognized by all the Nordic countries. February 24 - The 25th party meeting of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union begins in Moscow. The meeting was attended by 103 delegations from 96 countries. Finland was represented by Aarne Saarinen and Taisto Sinisalo, leaders of both wings of the SKP. February 27 - Western Sahara declares independence.

March

March 10 - The Chinese People's Daily publishes a statement by the country's leader, Mao Zedong, in which he harshly criticized Deng Xiaoping, who was ignored in the election of a new prime minister, as a "capitalist road." March 12 - King Charles XVI of Sweden and the German Wave

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