1976 in Wales

1976 in Wales

This article is about the particular significance of the year 1976 to Wales and its people.


*Prince of Wales - Charles, Prince of Wales
*Princess of Wales - "vacant"
*Secretary of State for Wales - John Morris
*Archbishop of Wales - Gwilym Owen Williams


*February - Charles, Prince of Wales, becomes commander of HMS Bronington.
*March 1 - Merlyn Rees ends Special Category Status for those sentenced for scheduled terrorist crimes relating to the civil violence in Northern Ireland.
*June-September A very hot summer brings a major drought with water shortages.
*24 September Former Submarine Commander Neil Rutherford, DSC & Bar murders four people at the Red Gables Hotel in Penmaenmawr [North Wales Weekly News, 30th September 1976] .
*7 December - Princess Lilian, Duchess of Halland (formerly Lilian Davies of Swansea) marries Prince Bertil of Sweden after a 30-year relationship.
*The InterCity 125 high-speed train runs for the first time between Swansea and London (Paddington)
*The Welsh Regional Office of the European Community opens in Cardiff.
*Miners’ leader Dai Francis challenges Charles, Prince of Wales, in the election for Chancellor of the University of Wales.

Arts and literature

*Dic Jones loses the National Eisteddfod chair on a technicality.
*Actor Stanley Baker is given a knighthood, a few months before his death.
*Griff Rhys Jones becomes Vice-President of the Cambridge University Footlights Dramatic Club.
*Mistar Urdd is created by Wynne Melville Jones.



*National Eisteddfod of Wales (held in Cardigan)

*National Eisteddfod of Wales: Chair - Alan Llwyd
*National Eisteddfod of Wales: Crown - Alan Llwyd
*National Eisteddfod of Wales: Prose Medal - Marged Prichard

New books

*Ruth Bidgood - "Not Without Homage"
*J. M. Edwards - "Cerddi Ddoe a Heddiw"
*John Emyr - "Enaid Clwyfus"
*Geraint Jarman - "Cerddi Alfred Street"
*Gwilym R. Jones - "Y Syrcas a Cherddi Eraill"
*Alan Llwyd - "Edrych Trwy Wydrau Lledrith"
*Alun Llywelyn-Williams - "Gwanwyn yn y Ddinas"
*Kenneth Morgan - "Keir Hardie"
*Marged Prichard - "Gwylanod ar y Mynydd"
*Bernice Rubens - "I Sent a Letter to My Love"

New drama

*John Gwilym Jones - "Gobaith Mawr y Ganrif"


*Edward H. Dafis -" 'Sneb yn Becso Dam"
*Alun Hoddinott - "Murder the Magician" (opera)
*Dafydd Iwan - "Mae'r Darnau yn Disgyn i'w Lle" (album)
*Geraint Jarman - "Gobaith Mawr y Ganrif" (album)
*Daniel Jones - "Dance Fantasy"



Welsh-language films



*Sir Huw Wheldon is knighted for his services to broadcasting.

Welsh-language television


English-language television

*"How Green Was My Father", with Ryan Davies


*Rugby union - Wales win their seventh Grand Slam.


*14 January - Scott Young, footballer
*6 April - James Fox, singer
*8 May - Ian Watkins, pop singer
*16 June - Cian Ciaran, musician
*25 June - Iestyn Harris, rugby player
*14 July - Geraint Jones, cricketer
*9 August - Aled Haydn-Jones, radio producer
*7 November - Andrew Davies, cricketer
*20 DecemberAdam Powell, inventor
*"date unknown" - Steffan Cravos, musician and language activist


*3 January - Mal Evans, Beatles' former roadie and patron of Badfinger
*4 February - Roger Livesey, actor
*12 February - John Lewis, Marxist philosopher
*28 AprilRichard Hughes, novelist
*28 June - Sir Stanley Baker, actor
*18 July - Jenkin Alban Davies, Welsh international rugby captain
*30 August - David Rees-Williams, 1st Baron Ogmore, politician
*22 November - Rupert Davies, actor
*"date unknown" - Sir Tudor Thomas, ophthalmic surgeon
*"date unknown" - Meirion Williams, songwriter


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