What Happened in January 1975

Historical Events

  • Jan 1 Haldeman, Ehrlichman, Mitchell & 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

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 1 63rd Men's Australian Open: John Newcombe beats Jimmy Connors (7-5, 3-6, 6-4, 7-6)

Tennis Legend Jimmy Connors
Tennis Legend
Jimmy Connors
  • Jan 1 63rd Women's Australian Open: Evonne Goolagong Cawley beats Martina Navratilova (6-3, 6-2)
  • 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 5 Charlie Smalls' "Wiz" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 1672 performances
  • 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 1000 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 esimated $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

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

US Federal Judge John Sirica
US Federal Judge
John Sirica
  • 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: Pittsburgh Steelers beat Minnesota Vikings, 16-6 in New Orleans Super Bowl MVP: Franco Harris, Pittsburgh, RB

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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

Politician, statesman Henry Kissinger
Politician, statesman
Henry Kissinger
  • 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
  • Jan 14 25th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 108-102 at Phoenix
  • Jan 15 Portugal signs accord for Angola's independence
  • Jan 15 Space Mountain opens at Disneyland
  • Jan 18 "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 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Colgate Golf Triple Crown
  • Jan 19 Triple J begins broadcasting in Sydney, Australia.
  • Jan 20 NFL Pro Bowl: NFC beats AFC 17-10
  • Jan 20 Terrence McNally's "Ritz" premieres in NYC
  • Jan 21 28th NHL All-Star Game: Wales beat Campbell 7-1 at Montreal
  • Jan 22 Landsat 2, an Earth Resources Technology Satellite, launched
  • Jan 23 "Barney Miller" premieres on ABC TV
  • Jan 23 Ralph Kiner elected to baseball's 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

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

NHL Star Denis Potvin
NHL Star
Denis Potvin

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Jan 25 Bangladeshi parliament disposes of premier Sheikh Mujibur Rahman

Founding Father of Bangladesh Sheikh Mujibur Rahman
Founding Father of Bangladesh
Sheikh Mujibur Rahman

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

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

Actor Jack Nicholson
Jack Nicholson
Film Producer Robert Evans
Film Producer
Robert Evans

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Playwright Edward Albee
Edward Albee
  • 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 take exciting series 3-2

1stHistoric Invention

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

Inventor Ernő Rubik
Ernő Rubik

Music releaseMusic Single

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

Musician Barry Manilow
Barry Manilow

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 31 John Lennon releases "#9 Dream"

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • Jan 31 UCLA defeats Kentucky 92-85 to win the NCAA basketball championship

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 1 Becky Kellar, ice hockey defenseman (Canada, Oly-98)
  • Jan 1 Chris Anstey, NBA center (Dallas Mavericks)
  • Jan 1 Eiichiro Oda, Japanese Manga artist
  • Jan 1 Sonali Bendre, Indian model and actress
  • Jan 1 Joe Cannon, American soccer player
  • Jan 2 Chris Cheney, Australian musician (The Living End)
  • Jan 2 Doug Robb, American singer (Hoobastank)
  • Jan 2 Dax Shepard, American actor
  • Jan 2 Reuben Thorne, New Zealand rugby union player
  • Jan 3 Danica McKellar, actress (Winnie Cooper-Wonder Years) [or Mar 3]
  • Jan 3 Jason Marsden, actor (General Hospital, Eddie-Munsters Today)
  • Jan 3 Thomas Bangalter, French DJ (Daft Punk)
  • Jan 5 Ray Morgan, announcer (I'd Like to See)
  • Jan 5 Kylie Bax, New Zealand model
  • Jan 5 Bradley Cooper, American actor (Silver Linnings Playbook, American Hustle), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Jan 6 James Farrior, linebacker (NY Jets)
  • Jan 6 Laura Berg, softball outfielder (Olympics-gold-96), born in Whittier, California
  • Jan 6 Yukana, Japanese seiyū
  • Jan 6 Jason King, English radio DJ (Radio 1)
  • Jan 7 Rob Waddell, New Zealand single scull rower (Olympics-96) and America's Cup sailor (Team NZ), born in Cambridge, New Zealand
  • Jan 8 Vitali Yachmenev, NHL right wing (LA Kings), born in Chelyabinsk, Russia
  • Jan 8 DJ Clue, American DJ and producer
  • Jan 8 Harris Jayaraj, Indian music composer
  • Jan 9 Justin Huish, Fountain Valley CA, archer (Olympics-gold-1996)
  • Jan 9 Mariano Friedick, Tarzana California, pursuit cyclist (Olympics-96)
  • Jan 9 Kiko Calero, Puerto Rican baseball player
  • Jan 9 Kimberley Ann Scott Mathers, former wife of Eminem
  • Jan 10 Shannon Kavanaugh, rocker (Ivory Soul), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Jan 10 Jake Delhomme, American football player
  • Jan 11 Brad Badger, American football player (Washington Redskins), born in Corvallis, Oregon
  • Jan 11 Rory Fitzpatrick, 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, rocker (Party-Rodeo, That's Why), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Jan 12 Jocelyn Thibault, NHL goalie (Montreal Canadiens), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Jan 12 Jason Freese, American musician
  • Jan 13 Angela Holbeck, Australian rower (Olympics-96)
  • Jan 14 Marcel Koning, soccer player (FC The Hague/NEC)
  • Jan 14 Ricardo López, Uruguayan-born stalker of Björk, born in Uruguay (d. 1996)
  • Jan 15 Greg Loveridge, cricketer (NZ leg-spinner, did not bowl v Zim 1996)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jan 15 Mary Pierce, tennis star (1995 Australian Open), born in Montreal, Quebec

Tennis Player Mary Pierce
Tennis Player
Mary Pierce
  • Jan 15 Edith Bowman, Scottish television and radio presenter
  • Jan 16 Greg Strause, American visual effects creator
  • Jan 16 Gillian Iliana Waters, American actress
  • Jan 17 Tom Jenkinson, English musician (Squarepusher)
  • Jan 17 Freddy Rodriguez, Puerto Rican-American actor
  • Jan 17 Rami Yacoub, Swedish songwriter/producer
  • Jan 18 Derek Smith, linebacker (Washington Redskins)
  • Jan 19 Natalie Harvey, Australian 3k/5k runner (Olympics-96)
  • Jan 19 Noah Georgeson, American Musician and Producer
  • Jan 20 David Eckstein, American baseball player
  • Jan 20 Norberto Fontana, Argentine racing driver
  • 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 (Oly-96), born in Palmerston North, New Zealand
  • Jan 22 Felipe Giaffone, Brazilian racing driver
  • Jan 22 James Murray, British actor (Cucumber, Medici: Masters of Florence), born in Manchester, England
  • Jan 23 Kevin Alexander, NFL wide receiver (NY Giants)
  • Jan 23 Tito Ortiz, American UFC fighter
  • Jan 24 Rónald Gómez, Costa Rican footballer
  • Jan 25 John Piersma, American 200m/400m freestyle swimmer (Olympics-4th-96)
  • Jan 25 Dat Phan, Vietnamese stand-up comedian
  • Jan 25 Mia Kirshner, Canadian actress
  • Jan 25 Tim Montgomery, American athlete
  • Jan 27 Chaminda Vaas, brilliant Sri Lankan cricket pace bowler (1994- )
  • Jan 28 Anne Montminy, 10m diver (Olympics-17-92, 96), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Jan 28 Julian Dean, Waihi NZ, team pursuit cyclist (Olympics-96)
  • Jan 28 David Zingler, American writer
  • Jan 28 Lee Latchford-Evans, English singer
  • Jan 28 Junior Spivey, American baseball player
  • Jan 28 Terri Colombino, American Actress
  • Jan 29 Hendrik Dreekmann, German tennis star
  • Jan 29 Kelly Packard, actress (Tiffani Smith-California Dreams), born in Glendale, California
  • Jan 29 Maarten Kerkhof, soccer player (Vitesse, De Graafschap)
  • Jan 29 Sara Gilbert, actress (Melissa-Roseanne), born in Santa Monica, California
  • Jan 30 Juninho Pernambucano, Brazilian footballer
  • Jan 30 Yumi Yoshimura, Japanese singer (Puffy Amiyumi)
  • Jan 31 Kenard Lang, defensive end (Washington Redskins)
  • Jan 31 Jackie O, Australian radio host
  • Jan 31 Preity Zinta, Indian actress

Famous Weddings

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

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 1 Arthur Pierson, actor and director (Hat Check Girl), dies at 73
  • Jan 3 Milton J Cross, TV announcer (Met Opera Auditions), dies at 87
  • Jan 3 Robert Neumann, Austrian/British author (False Flag), dies at 77
  • Jan 3 Walter Linck, Swiss sculptor, dies at 71
  • Jan 4 Carlo Levi, Italian writer (Parole Sono Pietre), dies at 72
  • Jan 5 Don Wilson, pitcher (Astro), dies at 29 of carbon monoxide poisoning
  • 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, English actor (Rooney, Assassin), dies 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, 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 18 Gertrude Olmstead, American silent film actress, dies at 77
  • Jan 19 Thomas Hart Benton, American painter dies at 85 (b. 1889)
  • Jan 20 Franz Andre, Belgian conductor, dies at 81
  • Jan 21 Marie Lohr, actress (Pygmalion, Small Hotel, Escapade), dies at 84
  • 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, director (Rotterdam Bank), dies at 94
  • Jan 24 Larry Fine, actor (3 Stooges), dies at 72
  • Jan 25 Vivien Kellems, TV hostess (The Power of Women), dies at 78
  • Jan 25 Charlotte Whitton, Canadian politician, mayor of Ottawa (b. 1896)
  • Jan 26 Lubov Orlova, actress (Moscow Laughs, Man of Music, Tanya), dies at 72
  • 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