1976: Newtown's Bruce Jenner won the Olympic decathlon in Montreal with a record 8,618 points and became one of the most popular athletes of the time with his face on Wheaties boxes, making movies and guest appearances on TV shows. He is in the Olympic Hall of Fame and the U.S. Track and Field Hall of Fame. 1976: The CIAC conducted its first football championships in Class LL, L, M and S on Dec. 4. 1976: The Whalers had two downtown parades. The first was after they lost in seven games to the WHA Houston Aeros. The second? After Lemieux went top shelf on Mike Liut in 1986. Never let it be said you needed to win a championship to get a hockey parade in the Insurance City. 1976: Heartbreak: the Huskies reached the Elite Eight, but coach Dee Rowe's finest team - Tony Hanson, Joey Whelton, et al, is eliminated by Rutgers in Greensboro, N.C., on March 18.
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