On This Day

What Happened in January 1975

Historical Events

Historic Event

Jan 1 H. R. Haldeman, Ehrlichman, Mitchell and Mardian convicted of Watergate crimes

  • Jan 1 International Women's Year begins
  • Jan 1 Sweden adopts constitution
  • Jan 1 U.S. Federal oil depletion allowance eliminated for large producers

Australian Men's Tennis Open

Jan 1 Australian Open Men's Tennis: Home favourite John Newcombe wins 7th and last career Grand Slam singles title; beats Jimmy Connors of the US 7-5, 3-6, 6-4, 7-6

  • Jan 1 61st Rose Bowl: #5 Southern California beats #3 Ohio State, 18-17
  • Jan 1 41st Orange Bowl: #9 Notre Dame beats #2 Alabama, 13-11
  • Jan 2 US Department of Interior designates grizzly bear a threatened species
  • Jan 4 "Good News" closes at St James Theater NYC after 16 performances
  • Jan 4 "Gypsy" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 120 performances
  • Jan 4 "Over Here" closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 341 performances
  • Jan 4 Ford Executive Order on CIA Activities within the US (No 11828)
  • Jan 4 Ice thickness measured at 4776 m, Wilkes Land, Antarctica
  • Jan 4 Montreal Canadiens shutout Washington Capitals 10-0
  • Jan 4 New Orleans Jazz set a then NBA record (with 24-second shot clock) by scoring only 20 points in the first half of a 111-89 loss in Seattle; unwanted record stands for nearly 25 years
  • Jan 5 Charlie Smalls' musical "The Wiz", an updated take on "The Wizard of Oz", starring Stephanie Mills, Stu Gilliam, and Dee Dee Bridgewater, opens at Majestic Theater, NYC; runs for 1672 performances, winning 7 Tony and 6 Drama Desk Awards
  • Jan 5 Salyut 4 with crew of 2 is launched for 30 days
  • Jan 5 14 die when British freighter "Lake Illawarra" rams pylon bridge between Derwent & Hobart, Tasmania & ship sinks
  • Jan 6 "AM America" premieres on ABC-TV with Bill Beutel as host
  • Jan 6 "Wheel Of Fortune" debuts on NBC-TV
  • Jan 6 A thousand Led Zeppelin fans, waiting overnight inside the lobby of the Boston Garden for tickets to the group's February 4th gig to go on sale, cause a riot and an estimated $30,000 damage
  • Jan 7 Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to AR Ammons (Sphere)
  • Jan 7 Gary Geld & Peter Udell's musical "Shenandoah" premieres in NYC for 1050 performances
  • Jan 7 Led Zeppelin fans riot before Boston concert causing $30,000 damage

Historic Event

Jan 8 Judge John Sirica orders release of Watergate's John W. Dean III, Herbert W. Kalmbach and Jeb Stuart Magruder from prison

  • Jan 9 600 employees of Royal Canadian Mint go on strike
  • Jan 9 Australia beat England by 171 runs in 4th Test to regain Ashes
  • Jan 11 Soyuz 17 carries 2 cosmonauts to space station Salyut 4
  • Jan 12 Chrysler Corp offers 1st car rebates
  • Jan 12 Super Bowl IX, Tulane Stadium, New Orleans, LA: Pittsburgh Steelers beat Minnesota Vikings, 16-6; MVP: Franco Harris, Pittsburgh, RB

Historic Event

Jan 13 Henry Kissinger hints at military action against oil countries in case of "actual strangulation of the industrialized world" in the wake of oil shock

  • Jan 14 Anita Wold (Norway) sets women's ski jump distance record-98 m
  • Jan 14 USSR breaks trade agreement with US
  • Jan 14 17-year-old Lesley Whittle is kidnapped in Shropshire, England

NBA All-Star Game

Jan 14 25th NBA All-Star Game, Arizona Vets Memorial Coliseum, Phoenix, Az: East beats West, 108-102; MVP: Walt Frazier, NY Knicks, PG

  • Jan 15 Portugal signs accord for Angola's independence
  • Jan 15 Space Mountain opens at Disneyland

Film & TV History

Jan 15 Pioneering American female comedian Phyllis Diller gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

  • Jan 18 "The Jeffersons" spinoff from "All in the Family" premieres on CBS
  • Jan 19 4 mail truck assault on El Al B-747 in Paris, escape to Iraq
  • Jan 19 Triple J begins broadcasting in Sydney, Australia.
  • Jan 20 25th NFL Pro Bowl, Miami Orange Bowl: NFC beats AFC, 17-10; MVP: James Harris, LA Rams, QB
  • Jan 20 Terrence McNally's play "Ritz" premieres in NYC
  • Jan 21 28th NHL All-Star Game, Montreal Forum: Wales Conference beats Campbell Conference, 7-1; MVP: Syl Apps Jr., Pittsburgh, C
  • Jan 22 Landsat 2, an Earth Resources Technology Satellite, launched
  • Jan 23 "Barney Miller" premieres on ABC TV
  • Jan 23 Former Pittsburgh Pirates slugger Ralph Kiner is elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame
  • Jan 24 "Hot l Baltimore" situation comedy premieres on ABC TV
  • Jan 24 Fastest Earth-bound object, 7200 kph, in vacuum centrifuge, England

Sports History

Jan 25 10th hat trick in NY Islander history, Denis Potvin's 1st

Historic Event

Jan 25 Bangladeshi parliament disposes of premier Sheikh Mujibur Rahman

Golden Globes

Jan 25 32nd Golden Globes: "Chinatown", Jack Nicholson, & Gena Rowlands win

Historic Event

Jan 26 Edward Albee's "Seascape" premieres in NYC

  • Jan 28 8th ABA All-Star Game: East 151 beats West 124 at San Antonio
  • Jan 28 1975 NFL Draft: Steve Bartkowski from University of California first pick by Atlanta Falcons
  • Jan 29 "Men on the Moon" opens at Little Theater NYC for 5 performances
  • Jan 29 First American Annual Comedy Awards, hosted by Alan King
  • Jan 29 West Indies win fifth test against India to win an exciting series 3-2

Historic Invention

Jan 30 Ernő Rubik applies for a patent for his "Magic Cube" invention, later to be known as a Rubik's cube

Music Single

Jan 31 Barry Manilow's single "Mandy" goes gold

Music Single

Jan 31 John Lennon releases single "#9 Dream"

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 1 Becky Kellar-Duke, Canadian ice hockey defenseman (Olympics gold 2002, 06, 10; World C'ship gold 1999, 2000, 01, 04), born in Hagersville, Ontario
  • Jan 1 Eiichiro Oda, Japanese Manga artist (One Piece - best selling Manga series and comic series ever), born in Kumamoto, Japan
  • Jan 1 Sonali Bendre, Indian model and actress
  • Jan 1 Fernando Tatís Sr., Dominican baseball third baseman (MLB record 8 RBI in one inning, 1999; St. Louis Cardinals), born in San Pedro de Macorís, Dominican Republic
  • Jan 2 Chris Cheney, Australian rockabilly guitarist, songwriter, and vocalist (The Living End - "One Said to the Other"; "White Noise"; The Wrights - "Evie"), record producer and studio owner, born in Melbourne, Australia, born in Melbourne, Australia
  • Jan 2 Doug Robb, American singer (Hoobastank - "The Reason"), born in Agoura Hills, California
  • Jan 2 Dax Shepard, American actor (Parenthood (TV series); CHiPS (movie)), born in Highland Township, Michigan
  • Jan 2 Reuben Thorne, New Zealand rugby union flanker and captain (50 caps; captain 2002-03; Canterbury Crusaders), born in Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Jan 3 Danica McKellar, American actress (Wonder Years - "Winnie Cooper"), born in La Jolla, California
  • Jan 3 Jason Marsden, American actor (General Hospital; Munsters Today; Step By Step), born in Providence, Rhode Island
  • Jan 3 Thomas Bangalter, French DJ (Daft Punk - "Get Lucky"), born in Paris, France
  • Jan 5 Kylie Bax, New Zealand model, born in Thames, New Zealand

Bradley Cooper

Jan 5 Bradley Cooper, American actor (Silver Linnings Playbook, American Hustle), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

  • Jan 6 James Farrior, American football linebacker (NY Jets), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • Jan 6 Laura Berg, American softball outfielder (Olympic gold 1996), born in Whittier, California
  • Jan 6 Jeremy Linn, American 100m breaststroke (Olympics-silver/gold-96), born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
  • Jan 6 Yukana, Japanese voicer actress & singer, born in Futtsu, Japan
  • Jan 6 Jason King, English radio DJ (Radio 1), born in Tenbury Wells, United Kingdom
  • Jan 7 Rob Waddell, New Zealand single scull rower (Olympics 1996) and America's Cup sailor (Team NZ), born in Cambridge, New Zealand
  • Jan 8 Vitali Yachmenev, American NHL right wing (LA Kings), born in Chelyabinsk, Russia
  • Jan 8 DJ Clue, [Ernesto Shaw] American hip-hop DJ and music producer, born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 8 Harris Jayaraj, Indian music composer, born in Chennai, India
  • Jan 9 Justin Huish, American archer (Olympic gold individual, team 1996), born in Fountain Valley, California
  • Jan 9 Mariano Friedick, American pursuit cyclist (Olympics 1996), born in Tarzana, California
  • Jan 9 Kimberley Ann Scott [Kim Mathers], Former wife of Eminem, born in Warren, Michigan
  • Jan 10 Shannon Kavanaugh, American rocker (Ivory Soul), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Jan 10 Jake Delhomme, American football player, born in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana
  • Jan 11 Brad Badger, American football player (Washington Redskins), born in Corvallis, Oregon
  • Jan 11 Rory Fitzpatrick, American NHL defenseman (Montreal Canadiens), born in Rochester, New York
  • Jan 11 Matteo Renzi, Italian politician and Prime Minister of Italy (2014-), born in Florence, Italy
  • Jan 12 Chase Hampton, American pop-rocker (The Party - "Rodeo", "That's Why"), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Jan 12 Jocelyn Thibault, Canadian NHL goalie (Montreal Canadiens), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Jan 12 Jason Freese, American musician, born in Orange County, California
  • Jan 13 Angela Holbeck, Australian rower (Olympics 1996)
  • Jan 14 Marcel Koning, Dutch football player (FC The Hague/NEC), born in The Hague, Netherlands
  • Jan 14 Ricardo López, Uruguayan-born stalker of Björk, born in Uruguay (d. 1996)
  • Jan 15 Greg Loveridge, New Zealand cricketer (NZ leg-spinner, did not bowl v Zim 1996), born in Palmerston North, New Zealand

Mary Pierce

Jan 15 Mary Pierce, French tennis player (Australian Open 1995, French Open 2000), born in Montreal, Quebec

  • Jan 15 Edith Bowman, Scottish television and radio presenter, born in Anstruther, United Kingdom
  • Jan 15 Shahab Tolouie, Iranian Persian-Falmenco fusion guitarist, composer, and singer, born in Shahsavar, Mazandaran Province, Iran
  • Jan 16 Greg Strause, American visual effects creator, born in Waukegan, Illinois
  • Jan 16 Gillian Iliana Waters, American actress, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jan 17 Tom Jenkinson, English musician (Squarepusher), born in Chelmsford, United Kingdom
  • Jan 17 Freddy Rodriguez, Puerto Rican-American actor, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jan 17 Rami Yacoub, Swedish songwriter and producer, born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • Jan 18 Derek Smith, American football linebacker (Washington Redskins), born in American Fork, Utah
  • Jan 19 Natalie Harvey, Australian 3k/5k runner (Olympics 1996)
  • Jan 19 Noah Georgeson, American musician & producer, born in Nevada City, California
  • Jan 20 David Eckstein, American baseball player, born in Sanford, Florida
  • Jan 20 Norberto Fontana, Argentine racing driver, born in Arrecifes, Argentina
  • Jan 21 Willem Korsten, Dutch soccer player (Vitesse)
  • Jan 21 Ito, Spanish footballer
  • Jan 21 Nicky Butt, English footballer
  • Jan 21 Casey FitzRandolph, American speed skater
  • Jan 21 Yuji Ide, Japanese racing driver
  • Jan 22 Lee Maxwell Francis Vertongen, New Zealand cyclist (Olympics 1996), born in Palmerston North, New Zealand
  • Jan 22 Felipe Giaffone, Brazilian racing driver, born in São Paulo, Brazil
  • Jan 22 James Murray, British actor (Cucumber, Medici: Masters of Florence), born in Manchester, England
  • Jan 23 Kevin Alexander, American NFL wide receiver (NY Giants), born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Jan 23 Tito Ortiz, American UFC fighter, born in Huntington Beach, California
  • Jan 24 Rónald Gómez, Costa Rican footballer, born in Punta Arenas, Costa Rica
  • Jan 25 John Piersma, American 200m/400m freestyle swimmer (Olympic 4th 1996), born in Huntsville, Alabama
  • Jan 25 Dat Phan, Vietnamese-born American stand-up comedian, born in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  • Jan 25 Mia Kirshner, Canadian actress, born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Jan 25 Tim Montgomery, American athlete (Olympic gold 4x100m relay 2000; BALCO scandal), born in Gaffney, South Carolina
  • Jan 27 Chaminda Vaas, brilliant Sri Lankan cricket pace bowler (1994- )
  • Jan 27 Iván Calderón, Puerto Rican boxer (WBO mini flyweight title 2003-07; WBO, Ring magazine, lineal light flyweight title 2007-10), born in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico
  • Jan 28 Anne Montminy, 10m diver (Olympics-17-92, 96), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Jan 28 Julian Dean, Waihi NZ, team pursuit cyclist (Olympics 1996)
  • Jan 28 David Zingler, American writer
  • Jan 28 Lee Latchford-Evans, British pop singer (The Steps), born in Chester, England
  • Jan 28 Junior Spivey, American baseball player, born in Oklahoma, City, Oklahoma
  • Jan 28 Terri Colombino, American Actress
  • Jan 29 Kelly Packard, American actress (Tiffani Smith-California Dreams), born in Glendale, California
  • Jan 29 Sara Gilbert, American actress (Darlene Conner-Roseanne), born in Santa Monica, California
  • Jan 30 Juninho Pernambucano, Brazilian footballer, born in Pernambuco, Brazil
  • Jan 30 Yumi Yoshimura, Japanese singer (Puffy Amiyumi), born in Osaka Prefecture, Japan
  • Jan 31 Kenard Lang, American football defensive end (Washington Redskins), born in Orlando, Florida
  • Jan 31 Jackie O, Australian radio host, born in Tasmania, Australia
  • Jan 31 Preity Zinta, Indian actress & entrepreneur, born in Shimla, India
  • Jan 31 Kate Shutt, American jazz singer-songwriter and guitarist, born in New Wilmington, Pennsylvania

Famous Weddings

Zsa Zsa Gabor

Jan 21 Actress Zsa Zsa Gabor (57) weds toy inventor Jack Ryan (48) (div. 1976)

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 1 Arthur Pierson, Norwegian-born American actor & director (Hat Check Girl), dies at 73
  • Jan 1 Ken Loeffler, American College and Basketball Hall of Fame coach (National Invitation Tournament 1952; NCAA Basketball Tournament 1954, La Salle Explorers), dies from a heart attack at 72
  • Jan 2 Theo Osterkamp, German fighter pilot, dies at 82
  • Jan 3 Milton Cross, American radio announcer (Metropolitan Opera's Saturday Afternoon at the Opera, 1931-75), dies of a heart attack at 87
  • Jan 3 Robert Neumann, Austrian-British author (False Flag), dies at 77
  • Jan 3 Walter Linck, Swiss sculptor, dies at 71
  • Jan 3 René Thomas, Belgian jazz guitarist, dies of a heart attack at 47
  • Jan 4 Carlo Levi, Italian writer (Parole Sono Pietre), dies at 72
  • Jan 5 Don Wilson, American MLB pitcher, 1966-74, 2X no-hitters (Houston Astros), dies in his garage of carbon monoxide poisoning at 29
  • Jan 6 Noel Madison, actor (Jitterbugs, Black Raven), dies at 77
  • Jan 8 Anthony Warde, American actor (Dangers of the Canadian Mounted, Buck Rogers, Black Widow), dies at 66
  • Jan 8 John Dierkes, American actor (Shane, Daughter of Dr Jekyll, Hanging Tree), dies from emphysema at 69
  • Jan 8 John Gregson, British actor (Gideon CID, The Longest Day, Shirley's World), dies from a heart attack at 55
  • Jan 8 Louis J H C A de Bourbon, Dutch writer/poet (Gypsy Blood), dies at 66
  • Jan 8 Richard Tucker [Reuben Ticker], American tenor (La Gioconda), dies at 61
  • Jan 9 John Slater, British actor (Deadlock, 3 on a Spree), dies at 58
  • Jan 9 Pierre Fresnay, French actor (Monsieur Vincent, Grand Illusion), dies at 77
  • Jan 9 Pyotr Sergeyevich Novikov, Russian mathematician (group theory), dies at 73
  • Jan 11 Max Lorenz, German heldentenor famous for Wagner roles (b. 1901)
  • Jan 12 Caryn Campbell, Bundy victim, disappears from Snowmass, Colo
  • Jan 16 Thor Johnson, American conductor (Cincinnati Symphony, 1947-58; Nashville Symphony, 1967-75), dies at 61
  • Jan 18 Gertrude Olmstead, American silent film actress, dies at 77
  • Jan 19 Thomas Hart Benton, American painter and muralist (Lonesome Road) dies at 85
  • Jan 20 Franz Andre, Belgian conductor, dies at 81
  • Jan 21 Marie Lohr, actress (Pygmalion, Small Hotel, Escapade), dies at 84
  • Jan 21 Ernst Gernot Klussmann, German composer, dies at 73
  • Jan 22 Klaas Voskuil, Dutch journalist, dies at 79
  • Jan 22 Andrew George Burry, Swiss-born manufacturer and businessman (b. 1873)
  • Jan 23 Karel Paul van der Mandele, Dutch financier and director (Rotterdam Bank), dies at 94
  • Jan 24 Larry Fine, American actor and comedian (3 Stooges), dies at 72
  • Jan 24 Erich Kempka, German chauffeur to Adolf Hitler, dies at 64
  • Jan 25 Vivien Kellems, American industrialist, who battled the Federal tax system as discriminatory against single people, dies at 78
  • Jan 25 Charlotte Whitton, Canadian politician, Mayor of Ottawa (1951-56), dies at 78
  • Jan 26 Lubov Orlova, Russian actress (Moscow Laughs; Man of Music; Tanya), dies at 74
  • Jan 27 Bill Walsh, American producer and writer (b. 1913)
  • Jan 28 Ola Raknes, Norwegian psychoanalyst and philologist (b. 1887)
  • Jan 30 Boris Blacher, German composer (Purloined Letter), dies at 72
  • Jan 31 Štefan Németh-Šamorínsky, Slovak organist, choirmaster, composer and pedagogue (Birch Trees), dies at 78