1976 (1976th) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, the 1976th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 976th year of the 2nd millennium, the 76th year of the 20th century, and the 7th year of the 1970s decade.
A national convention was held in Washington, D.C.
- The Center for Libertarian Studies was founded by Murray Rothbard.
- Libertarians for Life was founded
- Ron Paul is elected as a Republican in a special election to replace Robert R. Casey.
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