9 retro magazine covers from 40 years ago to transport you back in time

In 1976, everyone was obsessed with John Travolta.

It's sad to say, but summer is just about over. With Labor Day coming up this Monday, it's time to start putting away our tank tops and shorts and to start pulling out our sweaters and jeans. 

Forty years ago, we can bet people were just as bummed about the seasons changing. The summer of 1976 was huge, with both the Bicentennial and the Montreal Olympics making it an extra hot one. 

But the fall of 1976 was equally exciting. Here's what the world was like four decades ago, through the lens of magazine covers. Do you remember any of these events or people? Take a look. 

People 

People

When people think of Cher in the 1970s, they think of Sonny Bono. But let's not forget the performer was married to Gregg Allman during the latter half of the decade, and gave birth to her second child, Elijah Blue. We must say, Gregg looks thrilled to be a new dad. 

People

Who remembers Phyllis George? The former Miss America became a sportscaster in the 1970s, turning her fame into a formidable career. 

Time 

TIME

If there are two things Americans love, it's football and politics. Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter entered the home stretch of their campaigns right around the time football season kicked off. Carter won the presidency, and the Oakland Raiders won the Super Bowl. 

TIME

After more than 30 years in power, China's Mao Zedong died on September 9, 1976, leading everyone to wonder what would happen to the communist country in his wake.

TV Guide 

TV Guide

The fall television season was right around the corner, and TV Guide was giving us a sneak peak. If you want a sneak peak at our fall schedule, debuting September 5, check it out here

TV Guide

One of the biggest shows to debut in 1976 was Charlie's Angels, which vaulted Farrah Fawcett to superstardom. Other shows to debut that year were Alice, The Muppet Show and The Bionic Woman.

Rolling Stone 

Rolling Stone

Fun fact: In September 1976, Neil Diamond sang a duet with Henry Winkler of Happy Days at a concert in Los Angeles. 

Tiger Beat

Tiger Beat

In the '70s, Tiger Beat couldn't get enough of the Osmonds, the Cassidy Brothers and John Travolta. This issue asks the important question: Will success change John Travolta? Spoiler alert: It did. 

Ladies Home Journal

Ladies Home Journal

Barbara Walters has interviewed everyone throughout her illustrious career, including herself! In this issue of Ladies Home Journal, Walters asked the tough questions, and answered them too. We wonder if she made herself cry...

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