9 nostalgic magazine covers from May 1976

40 years ago, it was all about Mary Hartman and the Fonz.

We can say all we want how much the world has changed in the past 40 years. While that's somewhat true, a lot has stayed the same.

Let's look back at some magazine covers from 1976. A political party was in turmoil over nominating a presidential nominee, John Travolta was on a popular show, and 30-year-olds were playing high schoolers on TV.

If that's proof nothing has changed, then we don't know what is. So sit back, relax and let's see what the world was like in May of 1976 through these nine magazine covers.


Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman were just as stunned as anyone that All The President's Men was all anyone could talk about. 

He wasn't a series regular when Happy Days premiered, but his popularity grew so large that he was gracing magazine covers by 1976. 


At this time in 1976, Ronald Reagan and Gerald Ford were battling it out to see who would get the Republican Party nomination.


She was TV's newest craze at the time, but Louise Lasser's show Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman didn't make it past 1977. 

TV Guide

The Fonz was enjoying massive popularity, and so were these two ladies from Milwaukee. Laverne & Shirley ended its first season in May as the third most watched television show, even beating Happy Days

Tiger Beat

Would you give John Travolta your phone number?

Rolling Stone

The elusive Marlon Brando received a stunning profile the same year he filmed The Missouri Breaks.

Oh look, it's Louise Lasser again! 


Even though the Fonz was supposed to be a teenager, Henry Winkler was 31 years old in May of 1976.

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