October 1975 in History

Events in History

  • Oct 1 Britain grants internal self-government to Seychelles
  • Oct 1 Ellice Islands split from Gilbert Islands, take name "Tuvalu"
  • Oct 1 Reunion Island stops printing stamps, France takes over production
  • Oct 2 The Ulster Volunteer Force kill 7 civilians in a series of attacks across Northern Ireland; 6 were Catholic civilians and 1 was a Protestant civilian
  • Oct 2 Four Ulster Volunteer Force members killed after a bomb they are carrying prematurely explodes in Farrenlester, near Coleraine
  • Oct 3 Ireland AKZO director Tiede Herrema kidnap
  • Oct 4 A Cessna 310Q airplane crashes over Wilmington, North Carolina, killing the pilot and severely injuring several pro wrestlers affiliated with the NWA's Mid-Atlantic promotion. One of the survivors is the legendary Ric Flair.
  • Oct 5 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Oct 7 US decides John Lennon won't be deported due to UK pot conviction
  • Oct 9 Emperor Hirohito of Japan visits SF

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Oct 9 Soviet dissident Andrei Sakharov wins Nobel Peace Prize

Nuclear Physicist & Soviet Dissident Andrei Sakharov
Nuclear Physicist & Soviet Dissident
Andrei Sakharov
  • Oct 10 Israel formally signs Sinai accord with Egypt
  • Oct 12 Archbishop Oliver Plunkett became 1st Irish-born saint in 7 centuries
  • Oct 12 NASA launches space vehicle S-195

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Oct 14 US President Gerald Ford escapes injury when his limousine is struck broadside

38th US President Gerald Ford
38th US President
Gerald Ford
  • Oct 15 Iceland moves intl boundary from 50 to 200 miles
  • Oct 17 1st Space Shuttle main engine test at National Space Tech Labs, Miss
  • Oct 17 UN passes resolution saying "Zionism is a form of racism"
  • Oct 18 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • Oct 20 Supreme Court rules teachers could spank their pupils after warning
  • Oct 21 Coast Guard Academy 1st allows women to enroll
  • Oct 21 Mexico City's 1st major subway accident takes 26 lives
  • Oct 21 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • Oct 21 Venera 9, 1st craft to orbit planet Venus launched
  • Oct 22 Soviet spacecraft Venera 9 soft-lands on Venus
  • Oct 22 Turkish diplomat shot to death in Vienna
  • Oct 22 World Football League disbands after the Week 12 of their second season
  • Oct 23 Battle between Cuba & South Africa troops in Angola
  • Oct 23 Islander Glenn Resch's 5th shut-out opponent-Flyers 3-0
  • Oct 24 Turkish diplomat shot dead in Paris
  • Oct 25 USSR's Venera 10 makes day-side Venus landing

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Oct 26 Anwar Sadat became 1st Egyptian president to officially visit the United States

President of Egypt and Nobel Laureate Anwar Sadat
President of Egypt and Nobel Laureate
Anwar Sadat
  • Oct 26 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC
  • Oct 28 Cleveland Metroparks assume operating responsibilities for Zoo
  • Oct 28 Venezuela and foreign oil companies agree on nationalization as of January 1, 1976
  • Oct 29 Boston's Fred Lynn is the overwhelming choice as AL Rookie of Year
  • Oct 29 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Oct 29 'Yorkshire Ripper' Peter Sutcliffe kills first victim, Wilma McCann
  • Oct 30 King Juan Carlos assumes power in Spain
  • Oct 30 NY Daily News runs headline "Ford to City: Drop Dead"

Birthdays in History

  • Oct 9 Sean Ono Lennon, Son of John Lennon and Yoko Ono's, born in NYC, New York
  • Oct 23 Jessicka, American artist
  • Oct 27 Zadie Smith, British novelist

Weddings in History


HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 11 Future US President Bill Clinton (29) weds future US Senator and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham (28) in a Methodist ceremony in their living room in Fayetteville, Arkansas

Politician and US First Lady Hillary Clinton
Politician and US First Lady
Hillary Clinton
42nd US President Bill Clinton
42nd US President
Bill Clinton

Deaths in History

  • Oct 2 Kumaraswami Kamaraj, Indian political leader, Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu (b. 1903)
  • Oct 3 Bauke Tuinstra, Fries notary/writer (Ealse & I), dies at 75
  • Oct 3 Guy Mollet, Prime Minister of France (1956-57), dies at 69
  • Oct 10 Lillian Walker, dies at 88

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Oct 22 Arnold J. Toynbee, English historian (A Study of History), dies at 86

  • Oct 24 Ismail Erez, Turkish ambassador, killed by car bomb in Paris
  • Oct 24 Zdzisław Żygulski, Sr., Polish literary historian (b. 1888)
  • Oct 27 Rex Stout, US detective writer (Nero Wolfe), dies at 88
  • Oct 30 Gustav Ludwig Hertz, German physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1887)