What Happened in 1975

Significant Events

  • Feb 11 Margaret Thatcher defeats Edward Heath for leadership of the British Conservative Party
  • Mar 21 Ethiopia abolishes its monarchy after 3,000 years
  • Apr 4 Microsoft is founded as a partnership between Bill Gates and Paul Allen to develop and sell BASIC interpreters for the Altair 8800
  • Apr 29 Vietnam War: US begins to evacuate its citizens from Saigon in Operation Frequent Wind in response to advancing North Vietnamese forces, bringing an end to US involvement in the war
  • Nov 11 Australian Prime Minister Gough Whitlam removed from office by Governor General Sir John Kerr - 1st elected PM removed in 200 yrs
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1975 in Film & TV

  • Jan 6 "Wheel Of Fortune" debuts on NBC-TV
  • Mar 1 Colour television transmissions begin in Australia.
  • Mar 7 "Mirror", Russian film directed by Andrei Tarkovsky, starring Margarita Terekhova and Ignat Daniltsev, is released
  • Jun 7 Sony introduces the Betamax videocassette recorder for sale to the public
  • Oct 11 "Saturday Night Live" created by Lorne Michaels premieres on NBC with George Carlin as host

1975 in Music

  • Sep 25 Pink Floyd's concept album "Wish You Were Here" reaches No. 1 in the US, goes on to sell 13 million copies
  • Oct 19 "A Chorus Line", held record longest-running Broadway show (6,137 performances), first premieres at the Shubert Theatre in New York
  • Nov 6 First performance of the Sex Pistols at St Martins College, London

1975 in Sport

  • Oct 1 "The Thrilla in Manila"; Muhammad Ali stops Joe Frazier in 14 in Quezon City, the Philippines to retain his WBC/WBA heavyweight title

World Leaders in 1975

Famous People in 1975

Famous Weddings

  • Jan 21 Actress Zsa Zsa Gabor (57) weds toy inventor Jack Ryan (48) (div. 1976)
  • Feb 21 Cincinnati Reds catcher Johnny Bench (27) weds Vickie Chesser in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Mar 8 5th Earl of Lichfield Patrick Anson (35) weds Lady Leonora Grosvenor (26), daughter of the 5th Duke of Westminster at Chester Cathedral in England
  • Mar 29 Molecular biologist Peter Agre (26) weds Mary Macgill
  • Apr 2 Actress Jane Curtin (27) weds television producer Patrick Lynch

Famous Divorces

  • Jun 26 Cher divorces Sonny Bono
  • Jul 10 Cher files for divorce from Gregg Allman, 10 days after their marriage
  • Jul 17 Beatle member Ringo Starr & Maureen Cox divorce
  • Nov 10 Journalist Ben Bradlee (54) divorces Antoinette Pinchot after 19 years of marriage
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