On This Day

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 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

Sports History

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

Sports History

Feb 8 Pete Maravich scores 47 points as the New Orleans Jazz end a 28 game NBA road losing streak with a 106-102 win over the Hawks in Atlanta

  • Feb 8 1800 Unification church couples wed in Korea
  • Feb 8 Caps only got one shot in a period against Islanders
  • 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

Leadership Contest

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

  • 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 proclaims 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 after Cale Yarborough sends race leader David Pearson spinning on the backstretch; Parsons avoids the accident and takes the victory
  • 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

Album Release

Feb 21 John Lennon releases "Rock 'n' Roll" album, cover songs of early rock numbers

Music History

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 In response to the energy crisis, daylight saving time commences nearly two months early in the United States.
  • Feb 26 "Night... Made America Famous" opens at Barrymore, NYC; runs 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 EG signs accord of Lome with 46 developing countries
  • Feb 28 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Feb 28 A major London tube train crash at Moorgate station kills 43 people and injures a further 74.

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 1 Big Boi [Antwan André Patton], American musician (Outkast), born in Savannah, Georgia
  • Feb 2 Todd Bertuzzi, Sudbury, NHL right wing (NY Islanders)
  • Feb 2 Ieroklis Stoltidis, Greek footballer
  • Feb 2 Vaggelis Koutsoures, Greek footballer
  • Feb 4 Konstantinos Nebegleras, Greek footballer
  • Feb 4 Natalie Imbruglia, Australian-British singer-songwriter (Left of the Middle), born in Sydney, Australia
  • Feb 5 Giovanni van Bronckhorst, Dutch soccer player (Feyenoord), born in Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • Feb 5 Jan l'Ami, Dutch soccer player (Willem II), born in Breda, Netherlands
  • Feb 5 Adam Carson, American musician (AFI), born in Ukiah, California
  • Feb 6 Chad Allen, American baseball outfielder (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Dallas, Texas
  • Feb 6 Svend-Allan Sørensen, Danish artist, born in Kjellerup, Denmark
  • Feb 6 Tomoko Kawase, Japanese singer, born in Kyoto, Japan
  • Feb 7 Alexandre Daigle, NHL center (Ottawa Senators), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Feb 7 Marika Lehtimaki, ice hockey center (Finland, Olympics 1998)
  • Feb 7 Wes Borland, American rock guitarist (Limp Bizkit), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • Feb 8 Damon Denson, American guard (New England Patriots), born in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania,
  • Feb 8 Joshua Morrow, American actor (Nicholas Newman-Young & Restless), born in Juneau, Alaska
  • 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), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Feb 10 Amber Frey, American witness in the Scott Peterson case
  • Feb 10 Kool Savas, German rapper, born in Aachen, Germany
  • Feb 10 Hiroki Kuroda, Japanese baseball player, born in Osaka, Japan
  • Feb 11 Jacque Vaughn, American basketball guard (Utah Jazz) and coach (Orlando Magic), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Feb 11 Andrew "Andy" Lally, American sports car & stock car racing driver, born in Northport, New York
  • Feb 12 Chris Szarka, CFL fullback (Saskatchewan Roughriders), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Feb 12 Matt Finkes, NFL linebacker (NY Jets), born in Piqua, Ohio
  • Feb 12 Scot Pollard, NBA center (Detroit Pistons), born in Murray, Utah
  • Feb 12 Seth Payne, NFL defensive tackle (Jacksonville Jaguars), born in Clifton Springs, New York
  • Feb 13 Mark Gerald Keddell, New Zealand 200m runner (Olympics 1996), born in Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Feb 13 Ben Collins, English auto racer (ASCAR Racing Series 2003) and stunt driver (former Top Gear 'Stig'), born in Bristol, England
  • Feb 14 Yul Kwon, American lawyer & television host, born in Flushing, New York
  • Feb 15 Robert Fuchs, Dutch footballer (PSV, DESK Kaatsheuvel), born in Eindhoven, Netherlands
  • Feb 15 Brendon Small, American comedian and animator, born in Springfield, Illinois
  • Feb 16 Casey Barrett, 200m Butterfly (Olympics 1996), 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, Korean tennis star (1993 Futures-Seoul), born in Pusan, Korea
  • Feb 17 Todd Harvey, Canadian NHL center (Dallas Stars), born in Hamilton, Ontario
  • Feb 17 Vaclav Prospal, NHL forward (Team Czech Olympic gold 1998, Philadelphia)
  • Feb 17 Harisu [Lee Kyung-eun], South Korean singer, model and actress, born in Seongnam, Korea
  • Feb 18 Scott Tucker, American 400m/800m freestyle relay (Olympics 1996), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • Feb 18 Gary Neville, English footballer, born in Bury, United Kingdom
  • Feb 18 Sarah Joy Brown, American actress (General Hospital), born in Eureka, California
  • Feb 19 Raymond Graanoogst, Suriname-Dutch soccer player (FC Utrecht)
  • Feb 19 Mikko Kavén, Finnish footballer
  • Feb 19 Daewon Song, Korean professional skateboarder
  • Feb 19 Daniel Adair, Canadian drummer and percussionist (Nickelback; 3 Doors Down), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Feb 20 Brendan Witt, Humboldt, NHL defenseman (Washington Capitals)
  • Feb 20 Brian Littrell, American pop (Backstreet Boys), and Christian music singer, born in Lexington, Kentucky
  • Feb 20 Ismael Kirui, Marakwet Kenya, 5k runner
  • Feb 20 Liván Hernández, Cuban baseball player
  • Feb 21 Scott Miller, Australian swimmer (Olympic silver 1996), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • Feb 21 Troy Slaten, American actor (Jerry-Parker Lewis Can't Lose), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Feb 22 Charles O'Bannon, American NBA guard (Detroit Pistons), born in Bellflower, California

Drew Barrymore

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

  • Feb 22 Gregory Maddalone, American dance skater (with partner Demkowski), born in Schenectady, New York
  • Feb 23 Bohdan Ulihrach, Czech tennis player, born in Kolín, Czech Republic
  • Feb 23 Chris Garner, NBA guard (Toronto Raptors), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Feb 23 Michael Tricario, actor (Randy-Wonder Years)
  • Feb 23 Pat Barnes, American football quarterback (KC Chiefs), born in Arlington Heights, Illinois
  • Feb 23 Michael Cornacchia, American actor, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Feb 23 Robert Lopez, American composer (Frozen), youngest ever to become an EGOT (Emmy; Grammy; Oscar; and Tony awards winner), born in Manhattan, New York
  • Feb 23 Natalia Verbeke, Argentine actress, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Feb 24 Ashley MacIsaac, Canadian fiddler
  • Feb 24 Maurizio Giuliano, writer and traveller
  • Feb 25 Hercules Kyvelos, boxer (Olympics 1996), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Feb 25 Chelsea Handler, American comedian and actress
  • Feb 26 Cindy Werley, American field hockey player (Olympics 1996), born in Allentown, Pennsylvania
  • Feb 26 Mike Wilson, Canadian NHL defenseman (Buffalo Sabres), born in Brampton, Canada
  • Feb 27 Christina Nigra, American actress (Out of This World), born in Agoura Hills, California
  • Feb 27 Duce Staley, American football running back (Super Bowl 2005, Pittsburgh Steelers) and coach (Detroit Lions ass HC Philadelphia Eagles, Detroit Lions), born in West Columbia, South Carolina
  • Feb 27 Marcus Robinson, American football wide receiver (Chicago Bears), born in Fort Valley, Georgia
  • Feb 27 Prodromos Korkizoglou, Greek decathlete, born in Larissa, Greece
  • Feb 27 Shelby Walker, American mixed martial artist, born in Kingsville, Texas (d. 2006)
  • Feb 28 Azhar Mahmood, Pakistan cricket all-rounder (21 Tests, 900 runs @ 30.00, 3 x 100s, 39 wickets), born in Rawalpindi, Pakistan
  • Feb 28 Mike Rucker, American football player

Famous Weddings

Johnny Bench

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

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 1 Richard Wattis, British actor (Hobson's Choice, Prince & Showgirl, The Man Who Knew Too Much), dies from a heart attack at 62
  • Feb 3 Robert Evett, American composer, dies at 52
  • Feb 3 William D. Coolidge, American physicist and inventor (modern x-ray tube), dies at 101
  • Feb 3 Umm Kulthum [Ibrahim], Egyptian singer and actress, dies at 76

Louis Jordan

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

  • Feb 4 Julian Fuhs, German-American jazz pianist and bandleader (Follies Band), dies at 83
  • Feb 5 Åke Persson, Swedish bebop jazz trombonist (Kenny Clarke-Francy Boland Big Band, 1963–71), dies at 42
  • Feb 7 Brendan Fay, actor (Hustler, Man on a Swing), dies at 54
  • Feb 8 John H. Secondari, American author and newscaster (Open Hearing), dies at 55
  • Feb 8 Martyn Green, British actor (Gilbert & Sullivan, Iceman Cometh), dies at 75
  • Feb 8 Robert Robinson, British chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1886)
  • Feb 9 Constant Burniaux, Belgian writer (The Abandoned) and art historian (Temps Inquiets), 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 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 biologist, 1st director-general of UNESCO, dies at 87
  • Feb 14 P. G. Wodehouse, English-American writer (Bertie Wooster novels), dies at 93
  • Feb 16 Morgan Taylor, American athlete (Olympic gold 400m hurdles 1924; bronze 1928, 32), dies at 71
  • Feb 16 (Adanelle) "Norman" Treigle, American operatic bass-baritone, dies of an accidental sleeping pill overdose at 47
  • Feb 18 Chivu Stoica [Stoica Chivu], premier of Romania (1955-61), dies at 66
  • Feb 18 Raymond Moley, US advisor to pres Roosevelt "Brain Trust", dies at 88
  • Feb 18 Nazir Ali, Indian cricket all-rounder (2 Tests; first Indian Test 1932), dies at 68
  • Feb 19 Luigi Dallapiccola, Italian 12-tone composer (Il prigioniero; Ulisse), dies of Pulmonary edema at 71
  • Feb 20 Edgar "Cookie" Fairchild, American bandleader (Jerry Colonna Show), dies at 76
  • Feb 20 Lillian Fontaine, actress (Suddenly it's Spring), dies at 88
  • Feb 20 Robert Strauss, American actor (Stalag 17, The Seven Year Itch), dies from a stroke at 61
  • Feb 24 Nikolai A Bulganin, marshal/premier of USSR (1955-58), dies at 79

Elijah Muhammad

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

  • Feb 27 Neville Cardus, English writer and cricketer, dies at 86
  • Feb 28 István Kardos, Hungarian composer, dies at 83