What Happened in August 1975

Historical Events

  • Aug 1 38 government leaders signs Helsinki accord
  • Aug 1 41st Chicago Charities College All-Star Game: Pittsburgh 21, All-Stars 14 (54,103)
  • Aug 1 Helsinki Pact guaranteeing boundaries, rights signed by 35 nations
  • Aug 1 CSCE Final Act creates the Conference for Security and Co-operation in Europe
  • Aug 2 104°F (40°C) at Providence, Rhode Island (state record)
  • Aug 2 107°F (42°C) at Chester/New Bedford, Massachusetts (state record)
  • Aug 3 500 drown when 2 river boats collide and sink in China's West River
  • Aug 3 Louisiana Superdome is dedicated
  • Aug 3 Poland and West Germany reach accord about returning ethnic Germans

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 4 Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant is seriously hurt in a car crash in Rhodes, Greece

Rock Vocalist Robert Plant
Rock Vocalist
Robert Plant
  • Aug 5 Phillies 1st 8 batters get hits for a record, beat Cubs 13-5

AgreementContract of Interest

Aug 5 Stevie Wonder signs $13M contract with Motown

Singer-Songwriter Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 8 Hank Williams Jr. falls off the side of Ajax Peak in Montana

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Hank Williams Jr
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Hank Williams Jr
  • Aug 8 As a result of rainfall from Typhoon Nina, the Banqiao Dam in China fails, causing the collapse of almost 6 million buildings and 229,000 deaths
  • Aug 9 1st NFL game in Louisiana Superdome, Houston beats Saints 13-7
  • Aug 9 Dodger Davey Lopes steals record 32nd consecutive base without being caught
  • Aug 9 Donna Caponi Young wins LPGA Colgate European Ladies Golf Open

Sport awardGolf Major

Aug 10 57th PGA Championship: Jack Nicklaus shoots a 276 at Firestone Akron

  • Aug 10 David Frost purchases exclusive rights to interview Nixon
  • Aug 11 Expos' Jose Mangual struck out 5 times in a game
  • Aug 11 US vetoes proposed admission of North & South Vietnam to UN
  • Aug 13 Viv Richards out for 291 v England at Cricket, at the Oval
  • Aug 13 Bayardo Bar attack: Provisional Irish Republican Army volunteers carry out a gun and bomb attack on a pub in Belfast frequented by Ulster Volunteer Force commanders; 4 Protestant civilians and 1 UVF member are killed

BattleCoup d'état

Aug 14 -15] Pakistani military coup against Bangladeshi President Sheikh Mujibur Rahman

Founding Father of Bangladesh Sheikh Mujibur Rahman
Founding Father of Bangladesh
Sheikh Mujibur Rahman
  • Aug 14 Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich is buried at the Novodevichy Cemetery in Moscow
  • Aug 14 Norwegian King Olav V opens Longyearbyen Airport on Spitsbergen
  • Aug 15 Bangladesh military coup under Khondakar Moustaque Ahmed
  • Aug 15 Joanne Little acquitted of murder charges
  • Aug 15 Miki Takeo makes the first official pilgrimage to Yasukuni Shrine by an incumbent prime minister on the anniversary of the end of World War II.

Film release premierFilm Release

Aug 15 Indian action-adventure film "Sholay" directed by Ramesh Sippy, starring Dharmendra and Amitabh Bachchan is released, highest-grossing Indian film ever

  • Aug 16 "Rodgers & Hart" closes at Helen Hayes Theater NYC after 108 performances
  • Aug 16 Peter Gabriel quits Genesis
  • Aug 17 Jo Ann Washam wins LPGA Patty Berg Golf Classic
  • Aug 19 Astros hire Bill Virdon to replace Preston Gomez as manager
  • Aug 20 Il-62 crashes south of Damascus, Syria, killing 126
  • Aug 20 Viking 1 launched to orbit around Mars, soft landing
  • Aug 21 3 truck pile up kills 10, injures 26 on French highway
  • Aug 21 Rick & Paul Reuschel become 1st brothers to pitch a combined shut out
  • Aug 21 US lightens trade embargo against Cuba
  • Aug 22 McNichols Sports Arena in Denver opens
  • Aug 23 Classical Way wins Championship Cup at Roosevelt Raceway
  • Aug 23 Communists take over Laos
  • Aug 23 Ethiopian junta under Mengistu Haile
  • Aug 23 Free guitarist Paul Kossoff revived from dead after heart attack
  • Aug 23 Philip Kapleau conducts 1st jukai ceremony in Poland
  • Aug 23 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • Aug 24 Davey Lopes steals his 38th consecutive base, then thrown out stealing
  • Aug 24 Judy Rankin wins LPGA National Jewish Hospital Golf Open
  • Aug 24 Papadopoulos, Pattakos and Makarezos sentenced to death in Athens
  • Aug 24 SF Giant Ed Halick no-hits NY Giants, 6-0
  • Aug 24 Tampa Bay Rowdies beat Portland 2-0 for NASL cup
  • Aug 27 1st night match at US Tennis Open (Parun defeats Smith)
  • Aug 27 Veronica & Colin Scargill (England) complete tandem bicycle ride, a record 18,020 miles around the world
  • Aug 29 Star in Cygnus goes nova becoming 4th brightest in sky
  • Aug 30 KTW-AM in Seattle Wash changes call letters to KYAC (now KKFX)

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 1 Mandy Leigh, Greensburg Penn, actress (Bloodscent)
  • Aug 2 Mineiro, Brazilian footballer
  • Aug 2 Ingrid Rubio, Spanish actress (Infidels), born in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
  • Aug 3 Ndukwe Kalu, defensive end (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • Aug 3 Trevor Pryce, NFL defensive tackle (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • Aug 3 Aryiro Strataki, Greek heptathlete
  • Aug 3 Chris Nevin, New Zealand cricketer
  • Aug 4 Beau Morgan, running back (Dallas Cowboys)
  • Aug 4 Kaipo Spenser, Wailuku HI, baseball pitcher (Olympic bronze 1996)
  • Aug 4 Andy Hallett, American actor
  • Aug 4 Daniella van Graas, Dutch model and actress
  • Aug 5 Ami Foster, actress (Margaux-Punky Brewster)
  • Aug 5 Erin Gingrich, Miss America-Arizona (1997), born in Yuma, Arizona
  • Aug 5 Eicca Toppinen, Finnish cellist (Apocalyptica)
  • Aug 5 Antony Cotton, English actor
  • Aug 6 Rik Platvoet, Dutch soccer player, (FC Twente, MVV)
  • Aug 6 Renate Götschl, Austrian alpine skier
  • Aug 6 Victor Zambrano, Venezuelan baseball player
  • Aug 6 Jamie McGonnigal, American actor
  • Aug 7 Alshermond Singleton, linebacker (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
  • Aug 7 Edgar Renteria, Barranquilla Colombia, infielder (Florida Marlins)
  • Aug 7 Jimmy van Fessem, soccer player (Willem II)
  • Aug 7 Gaahl (Kristian Eivind Espedal), Norwegian musician
  • Aug 7 Koray Candemir, Turkish singer

Person of interestCharlize Theron

Aug 7 Charlize Theron, South African actress (Mad Max, The Cider House Rules, Monster), born in Benoni, Transvaal

  • Aug 9 Mathew James Coad, 100m/200m runner (Olympics 1996), born in Wellington, New Zealand
  • Aug 9 Mike Lamb, American baseball player
  • Aug 10 Lise Mackie, Te Kuiti NZ, Australian swimmer (Olympics 1996)
  • Aug 11 Chris Kelly, [Mack Daddy], Teaneck NJ, rapper (Kris Kross-Warm it Up)
  • Aug 11 Davey von Bohlen, American musician, (The Promise Ring, Maritime)
  • Aug 11 Ronald Clarke, American musician and founder of aliennetwork Records
  • Aug 12 Anders Myrvold, Lorenskog Nor, NHL defenseman (Colorado Avalanche)
  • Aug 12 Paul Gaudoin, Australian field hockey halfback (Olympics 1996)
  • Aug 12 Raegan Scott, WNBA forward/center (Utah Starzz)
  • Aug 12 Regan Upshaw, defensive end (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
  • Aug 12 Robyn Hancock, Grand Rapids Ohio, Miss America-Ohio (1997)

Person of interestCasey Affleck

Aug 12 Casey Affleck, American actor (Manchester by the Sea, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford), born in Falmouth, Massachusetts

  • Aug 13 Jason Gleasman, 220 lbs greco-roman wrestler (Olympics 1996), born in Wilmington, Delaware
  • Aug 13 James Carpinello, American actor
  • Aug 13 Joe Perry, English snooker player
  • Aug 14 Mike Vrabel, defensive end (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • Aug 14 Viaceslav Ivanovski, Israel, Men's Weightlifting 99kg
  • Aug 15 Bert Berry, linebacker (Indianapolis Colts)
  • Aug 15 Jurgen Dirkx, soccer player (PSV)
  • Aug 15 Bertrand Berry, American football player
  • Aug 15 Vijay Bharadwaj, Indian cricketer
  • Aug 16 Felicia Zimmermann, fencer-foil (Olympics 1996), born in Rochester, New York
  • Aug 16 Didier Agathe, French footballer
  • Aug 16 George Stults, American actor
  • Aug 16 Taika Waititi, New Zealand film director (Thor: Ragnarok), born in Wellington, New Zealand
  • Aug 17 İlhan Mansız, Turkish footballer
  • Aug 17 Giuliana DePandi, Italian-born American television personality
  • Aug 19 Chynna Clugston, American comic book creator
  • Aug 19 Tracie Thoms, American actress
  • Aug 20 Marianne Garvey, American reporter
  • Aug 20 Marcus Mastin, American author
  • Aug 21 Alicia Witt, American actress (Cybill, Fun), born in Worcester, Massachusetts
  • Aug 21 Simon Katich, Australian cricketer, born in Middle Swan, Australia
  • Aug 22 Charles C. Smith, American baseball player, NBA guard (Miami Heat), born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • Aug 22 Robert Enes, Australian soccer midfielder (Olyroos, Olympics 1996)
  • Aug 22 Clint Bolton, Australian former football goalkeeper, born in Bundaberg, Australia
  • Aug 22 Sheree Murphy, English actress (Emmerdale), born in Stoke Newington, London
  • Aug 22 Rodrigo Santoro, Brazilian actor (Love Actually), born in Petrópolis, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Aug 23 Joe Andruzzi, NFL guard (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31)
  • Aug 23 Eliza Carthy, English singer and fiddler
  • Aug 24 Mark de Vries, Surinamese-Dutch footballer, born in Paramaribo, Suriname
  • Aug 25 Molly Tuter, WNBA guard (Phoenix Mercury)
  • Aug 25 Petria Thomas, Lismore NSW Australia, swimmer (Olympic silver 1996)
  • Aug 25 Jeremy Horn, American MMA Fighter
  • Aug 26 Shea Seals, NBA guard (LA Lakers)
  • Aug 26 Morgan Ensberg, American baseball player
  • Aug 27 Jonny Moseley, American skier
  • Aug 27 Mark Rudan, Australian footballer
  • Aug 28 Jamie Cureton, English footballer
  • Aug 28 Gareth Farrelly, Irish footballer
  • Aug 28 Vera Jordanova, Finnish actress and model
  • Aug 29 Dante Basco, Filipino-American actor
  • Aug 30 Radhi Jaidi, Tunisian footballer
  • Aug 31 Raleigh Roundtree, tackle (San Diego Chargers)
  • Aug 31 Daniel Harding, British conductor
  • Aug 31 Takahiro Suwa, Japanese professional wrestler
  • Aug 31 James Black, Canadian singer-songwriter (Finger Eleven), born in Ontario, Canada

Famous Weddings

  • Aug 5 Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry (25) weds Elissa Jerret

HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 23 Actress Maggie Smith (40) weds playwright Beverley Cross (44) at the Guildford Register Office in Surrey, England

Actress Maggie Smith
Maggie Smith

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 1 Howard Joslin, American actor (Quebec, Detective Story), dies at 68
  • Aug 3 Ruth Lee, actress (Middleton Family at 1939 World's Fair), dies at 79
  • Aug 4 John Baragrey, American actor (Creeper, The Loves of Carmen), dies of a stroke at 57
  • Aug 8 Julian "Cannonball" Alderly, saxophonist/bandleader, dies of a stroke at 46
  • Aug 9 Dmitri Shostakovich, Russian composer, dies of lung cancer at 68
  • Aug 11 Anthony C McAuliffe, US gen/commandant 101st div (Nuts!), dies at 77
  • Aug 11 Howard Wendell, American actor (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, How to Murder Your Wife), dies at 67
  • Aug 14 Joris Baers, Flemish bibliographer (founder Boekengids), dies at 87

Person of interestSheikh Mujibur Rahman

Aug 15 Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Founding father of Bangladesh and 1st and 4th President of Bangladesh (1971-72 and 1975-76), assassinated in a military coup by a group of junior army officers at 53

Founding Father of Bangladesh Sheikh Mujibur Rahman
Founding Father of Bangladesh
Sheikh Mujibur Rahman
  • Aug 15 Clay Shaw, alleged John F. Kennedy assassination conspiracist & businessman (b. 1913)
  • Aug 17 Sig Arno [Siegfried Aron], German-Jewish actor (Holiday in Havana, My Friend Irma), dies at 80
  • Aug 17 Vladimir Kutz, Russian distance runner (Olympic gold 1956) dies at 48
  • Aug 19 Jim Londos, wrestler (b. 1897)
  • Aug 19 Ima Hogg, American society leader, Texas art patron and founder of Houston Symphony, dies at 93
  • Aug 23 Hank Patterson, American actor (Gunsmoke, Fred Ziffel-Green Acres), dies at 87
  • Aug 24 Charles H Revson, US cosmetic magnate, dies at 69
  • Aug 25 Frans van Amelsvoort, choir conductor, dies at 75
  • Aug 25 John R Dunning, US physicist, dies at 67
  • Aug 26 Cullen Landis, American actor (Soul of the Beast), dies at 80

Person of interestHaile Selassie

Aug 27 Haile Selassie [Ras Tafari Makonnen], Emperor of Ethiopia (1930-74), dies of suspected assassination by strangulation at 83

Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie
Ethiopian Emperor
Haile Selassie
  • Aug 28 Fritz Wotruba, Austrian sculptor (b. 1907)
  • Aug 29 Eamon de Valera, Irish president (1937..59), dies at 92
  • Aug 29 Leland T. Weed, American singer and actor, dies at 74
  • Aug 31 Pierre Blaise, French actor (Lacombe Lucien), dies at 24