The following events took place in 1976:
- January 1 – Dale Cooper's father faces bankruptcy and decides to give up his house and move into the small apartment above his print shop. Cooper saves items that he deems to be essential for his future endeavors.
- January 30 – Cooper's father moves into the apartment, taking an aluminum awning from the house as a memento.
- Unsure of what day it is, Cooper records a tape, wishing that he had packed rubber boots.