What Happened in February 1975

Historical Events

  • Feb 1 "Hoppy, Gene & Me" by Roy Rogers peaks at #65
  • Feb 1 "Men on the Moon" closes at Little Theater NYC after 5 performances
  • Feb 1 1st successful Wash Cap penalty shot, Ken Lockett vs Vancouver Canucks
  • Feb 1 Lorne Henning scores on 3rd Islander penalty shot
  • Feb 1 Otis Francis Tabler is 1st open homosexual to get security clearance to work for the Defense Department
  • Feb 2 Army offensive against rebels in Eritrea
  • Feb 2 Donna Caponi Young wins LPGA Burdine's Golf Invitational
  • Feb 2 US female Figure Skating championship won by Dorothy Hamill
  • Feb 2 US male Figure Skating championship won by Gordon McKellen Jr
  • Feb 3 Billy Herman, Earl Averill, & Bucky Harris elected to Hall of Fame
  • Feb 4 Haicheng earthquake, M 7.3, strikes Haicheng, Liaoning, China
  • Feb 6 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Feb 7 NBA New Orleans Jazz end a 28 game road losing streak
  • Feb 8 1800 Unification church couples wed in Korea
  • Feb 8 Caps only got one shot in a period against Islanders
  • Feb 9 Sandra Haynie wins LPGA Naples Lely Golf Classic
  • Feb 9 Soyuz 17 returns to Earth
  • Feb 10 William "Judy" Johnson selected to baseball Hall of Fame
  • Feb 10 The Provisional Irish Republican Army agrees to a truce and ceasefire with the British government and the Northern Ireland Office; Seven "incident centres" are established in nationalist areas to monitor the ceasefire

ReplacementLeadership Contest

Feb 11 Margaret Thatcher defeats Edward Heath for leadership of the British Conservative Party

British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
British Prime Minister
Margaret Thatcher
  • Feb 11 Tv drama “Sarah T: Portrait of A Teenage Alcoholic”, starring Linda Blair, premieres on US network NBC
  • Feb 13 Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash procliams Turkish-Cypriot Federation
  • Feb 14 Bomb explodes at annex of Amsterdam metro station
  • Feb 16 Washington Capitals 1st NHL shutout, beating KC Scouts 3-0
  • Feb 16 17th Daytona 500: Benny Parsons wins (153.649 MPH)

Music awardsMusic Awards

Feb 18 2nd American Music Awards: Olivia Newton-John & John Denver win

Singer and actress Olivia Newton-John
Singer and actress
Olivia Newton-John
Country Singer John Denver
Country Singer
John Denver
  • Feb 18 Italy broadens abortion law
  • Feb 20 Leonard Baichan scores 105* on Test Cricket debut, v Pakistan Lahore
  • Feb 20 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Feb 20 A feud begins between the official Irish Republican Army and the Irish National Liberation Army; the two groups assassinate a number of each other's volunteers until the feud ends in June 1975

Music releaseAlbum Release

Feb 21 John Lennon releases "Rock 'n' Roll" album

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • Feb 21 Watergate figures John Mitchell, H. R. Haldeman & John D Ehrlichman sentenced to 2½-8 yrs for conspiracy and obstruction of justice
  • Feb 23 Amy Alcott wins LPGA Orange Blossom Golf Classic
  • Feb 23 In response to the energy crisis, daylight saving time commences nearly two months early in the United States.
  • Feb 25 Ewen Chatfield flattened by Peter Lever & seriously injured
  • Feb 26 "Night... Made America Famous" opens at Barrymore NYC for 75 performances
  • Feb 26 1st televised kidney transplant (Today Show)
  • Feb 27 CDU-politician Peter Lorentz kidnapped in West Berlin
  • Feb 27 US House of Representatives pass $21.3 billion anti-recession tax-cut bill
  • Feb 28 41 killed in London Underground, as train speeds past final stop
  • Feb 28 EG signs accord of Lome with 46 developing countries
  • Feb 28 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Feb 28 A major tube train crash at Moorgate station, London kills 43 people.

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 1 Martijn Reuser, Dutch soccer player (Ajax)
  • Feb 1 Big Boi, American musician (Outkast)
  • Feb 2 Macey Brooks, wide receiver (Dallas Cowboys)
  • Feb 2 Todd Bertuzzi, Sudbury, NHL right wing (NY Islanders)
  • Feb 2 Ieroklis Stoltidis, Greek footballer
  • Feb 2 Vaggelis Koutsoures, Greek footballer
  • Feb 4 Elana Eve Chomiszak, Miss America-Rhode Island (1997), born in Providence, Rhode Island
  • Feb 4 Miriam Ruppert, Miss Universe-Germany (1996)
  • Feb 4 Konstantinos Nebegleras, Greek footballer
  • Feb 5 Giovanni van Bronckhorst, Dutch soccer player (Feyenoord)
  • Feb 5 Jan l'Ami, Dutch soccer player (Willem II)
  • Feb 5 Adam Carson, American musician (AFI)
  • Feb 6 Chad Allen, baseball outfielder (Olympics-bronze-96), born in Dallas, Texas
  • Feb 6 Leo Insam, hockey defenseman (Team Italy 1998)
  • Feb 6 Svend-Allan Sørensen, Danish artist
  • Feb 6 Tomoko Kawase, Japanese singer
  • Feb 7 Alexandre Daigle, NHL center (Ottawa Senators), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Feb 7 Marika Lehtimaki, ice hockey center (Finland, Oly-98)
  • Feb 7 Wes Borland, American guitarist (Limp Bizkit)
  • Feb 8 Damon Denson, guard (New England Patriots)
  • Feb 8 Joshua Morrow, Juneau Alaska, actor (Nicholas Newman-Young & Restless)
  • Feb 9 Viktor Chistiakov, Russian-born Australian athlete
  • Feb 9 Clinton Grybas, Australian Football commentator (d. 2008)
  • Feb 10 Tina Thompson, WNBA forward (Houston Comets)
  • Feb 10 Amber Frey, American witness in the Scott Peterson case
  • Feb 10 Kool Savas, German rapper
  • Feb 10 Hiroki Kuroda, Japanese born baseball player
  • Feb 11 Chuck Watanabe, kayak (alt-Olympics-96)
  • Feb 11 Jacque Vaughn, NBA guard (Utah Jazz)
  • Feb 11 Kim Weir, Miss USA-Nebraska (1997)
  • Feb 11 Andy Lally, American race car driver
  • Feb 12 Chris Szarka, CFL full back (Saskatchewan Roughriders)
  • Feb 12 Matt Finkes, linebacker (NY Jets)
  • Feb 12 Scot Pollard, NBA center (Detroit Pistons)
  • Feb 12 Seth Payne, defensive tackle (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • Feb 13 Mark Gerald Keddell, 200m (Olympics-96), born in Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Feb 13 Iván González, Puerto Rican writer and musician
  • Feb 13 Ben Collins, English racing car driver (ASCAR-2003)
  • Feb 14 Jennifer Michelle Roberts, Miss America-NC (1997), born in Greensboro, North Carolina
  • Feb 14 Yul Kwon, American Survivor contestant
  • Feb 15 Robert Fuchs, soccer player (PSV)
  • Feb 15 Brendon Small, American comedian and animator
  • Feb 16 Casey Barrett, 200m Butterfly (Olympics-96), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Feb 16 Marty Murray, Deloraine, NHL center (Calgary Flames)
  • Feb 16 Nanase Aikawa, Japanese singer
  • Feb 16 Vanina Ickx, Belgian racing driver
  • Feb 16 Don Jeffcoat, American actor
  • Feb 17 Sung-Hee Park, Pusan Korea, tennis star (1993 Futures-Seoul)
  • Feb 17 Todd Harvey, Hamilton, NHL center (Dallas Stars)
  • Feb 17 Vaclav Prospal, NHL forward (Team Czech Oly-Gold-1998, Philadelphia)
  • Feb 17 Wish Bone, American rapper
  • Feb 17 Harisu, South Korean singer, model and actress
  • Feb 18 Scott Tucker, 400m/800m freestyle relay (Olympics-96), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • Feb 18 Gary Neville, English footballer
  • Feb 18 Sarah Joy Brown, actress (General Hospital), born in Eureka, California
  • Feb 19 Paul Frey, dance skater (& Ponte-1995 Eastern Jr champ), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Feb 19 Raymond Graanoogst, Suriname/Dutch soccer player (FC Utrecht)
  • Feb 19 Mikko Kavén, Finnish footballer
  • Feb 19 Daewon Song, Korean professional skateboarder
  • Feb 20 Brendan Witt, Humboldt, NHL defenseman (Washington Capitals)
  • Feb 20 Brian Littrell, singer (Backstreet Boys)
  • Feb 20 Ismael Kirui, Marakwet Kenya, 5k runner
  • Feb 20 Liván Hernández, Cuban baseball player
  • Feb 21 Scott Miller, Australian swimmer (Olympics-silver-96), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • Feb 21 Troy Slaten, actor (Jerry-Parker Lewis Can't Lose)
  • Feb 22 Charles O'Bannon, NBA guard (Detroit Pistons)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Feb 22 Drew Barrymore, American actress (ET, Firestarter, Poison Ivy), born in Los Angeles, California

  • Feb 22 Gregory Maddalone, dance skater (& Demkowski), born in Schenectady, New York
  • Feb 23 Bohdan Utihrach, Czech, tennis star
  • Feb 23 Chris Garner, NBA guard (Toronto Raptors)
  • Feb 23 Michael Tricario, actor (Randy-Wonder Years)
  • Feb 23 Pat Barnes, quarterback (KC Chiefs)
  • Feb 23 Michael Cornacchia, American actor
  • Feb 23 Robert Lopez, American composer
  • Feb 23 Natalia Verbeke, Argentine actress
  • Feb 24 Ashley MacIsaac, Canadian fiddler
  • Feb 24 Maurizio Giuliano, writer and traveller
  • Feb 25 Hercules Kyvelos, boxer (Olympics-96), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Feb 25 Chelsea Handler, American comedian and actress
  • Feb 26 Cindy Werley, field hockey forward/midfielder (Oly-96), born in Allentown, Pennsylvania
  • Feb 26 Mike Wilson, Brampton, NHL defenseman (Buffalo Sabres)
  • Feb 27 Christina Nigra, actress (Out of This World)
  • Feb 27 Dana Marie Lane, Cheyenne Wyoming, Miss America-Wyoming (1996)
  • Feb 27 Duce Staley, running back (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • Feb 27 Marcus Robinson, wide receiver (Chicago Bears)
  • Feb 27 Prodromos Korkizoglou, Greek decathlete
  • Feb 27 Shelby Walker, American mixed martial artist (d. 2006)
  • Feb 28 Azhar Mahmood, cricket pace bowler (Pakistani ODI 1996)
  • Feb 28 Mike Rucker, American football player

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

Feb 21 Cincinnati Reds catcher Johnny Bench (27) weds Vickie Chesser in Cincinnati, Ohio

MLB Catcher Johnny Bench
MLB Catcher
Johnny Bench

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 1 Richard Wattis, actor (Dick & Duchess, Liberace), dies at 62
  • Feb 3 John Secondari, newscaster (Open Hearing), dies at 55
  • Feb 3 Robert Evett, composer, dies at 52
  • Feb 3 William D. Coolidge, American physicist and inventor (b. 1873)
  • Feb 3 Umm Kulthum, Egyptian singer (b. 1904)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Feb 4 Louis Jordan, American musician, songwriter and bandleader (Caldonia), dies of a heart attack at 66

Musician Louis Jordan
Musician
Louis Jordan
  • Feb 4 Howard Hill, American archer (b. 1899)
  • Feb 7 Brendan Fay, actor (Hustler, Man on a Swing), dies at 54
  • Feb 8 Martyn Green, actor (Gilbert & Sullivan, Mikado), dies at 75
  • Feb 8 Robert Robinson, British chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1886)
  • Feb 9 Constant Burniaux, Belgian art historian (L'amour Vivre), dies at 82
  • Feb 10 Nikos Kavvadias, Greek poet and writer (b. 1910)
  • Feb 11 Richard Ratsimandrava, Malagasy soldier and statesman, assassinated (b. 1931)
  • Feb 13 Dagmar Godowsky, actress (Common Law, Red Lights), dies at 78
  • Feb 13 Eric Harding Thiman, English composer, dies at 74
  • Feb 13 Henry P Van Dusen, US protestant theologist, dies at 77
  • Feb 14 Heintje Davids, [Hendrika David], Dutch cabaret artist, dies at 87
  • Feb 14 Julian S Huxley, English scholar/dir-gen (UNESCO), dies at 87
  • Feb 14 P. G. Wodehouse, English-American writer (Bertie Wooster novels), dies at 93
  • Feb 15 Julian Huxley, biologist, dies
  • Feb 16 Morgan Taylor, American athlete (b. 1903)
  • Feb 16 Norman Treigle, American bass-baritone (b. 1927)
  • Feb 18 Chivu Stoica, [Stoica Chivu), premier of Romania (1955-61), dies at 66
  • Feb 18 Luigi Dallapiccola, composer, dies
  • Feb 18 Raymond Moley, US advisor to pres Roosevelt "Brain Trust", dies at 88
  • Feb 18 Syed Nazir Ali, cricketer (2 Tests for India, 4 wickets), dies
  • Feb 19 Luigi Dallapiccola, Italian 12-tone composer, dies at 71
  • Feb 20 Edgar "Cookie" Fairchild, bandleader (Jerry Colonna Show), dies at 76
  • Feb 20 Lillian Fontaine, actress (Suddenly it's Spring), dies at 88
  • Feb 20 Robert Strauss, actor (Sgt Gruzewsky-Mona McCluskey), dies at 61
  • Feb 24 Nikolai A Bulganin, marshal/premier of USSR (1955-58), dies at 79

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Feb 25 Elijah Muhammad [Elijah Robert Poole], American religious leader (Nation of Islam), dies of heart failure at 77

Religious Leader Elijah Muhammad
Religious Leader
Elijah Muhammad
  • Feb 27 Neville Cardus, writer/cricketer, dies
  • Feb 28 Istvan Kardos, composer, dies at 83