What Happened in July 1975

Historical Events

  • Jul 1 WEDway People Mover opens in Tomorrowland, Disney World, Florida

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 4 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Billie Jean King outclasses Evonne Goolagong 6-0, 6-1 for her 6th Wimbledon singles title

Tennis Legend Billie Jean King
Tennis Legend
Billie Jean King

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Jul 4 Ted Bundy victim Nancy Baird disappears from Layton, Utah

Serial Killer Ted Bundy
Serial Killer
Ted Bundy
  • Jul 5 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Arthur Ashe becomes first African-American to win Wimbledon, beats Jimmy Connors 6-1, 6-1, 5-7, 6-4
  • Jul 5 Cape Verde Islands gain independence after 500 years of Portuguese rule
  • Jul 5 At Knebworth Festival in England, Pink Floyd debut their album "Wish You Were Here" with pyrotechnics and an exploding plane which flies into the stage
  • Jul 6 Argentine government falls
  • Jul 6 Comoros declare independence from France (most of them)

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Jul 6 Dmitri Shostakovich completes Sonate for alto opus 147

  • Jul 6 Art Wall Jr. at 51 years, 7 months, 10 days becomes the second oldest to win a PGA Tour event, beating Gary McCord by 1 at the Greater Milwaukee Open (oldest Sam Snead)
  • Jul 7 TV soap opera "Ryan's Hope" premieres

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Jul 8 Israeli premier Yitzhak Rabin visits West Germany

5th Prime Minister of Israel Yitzhak Rabin
5th Prime Minister of Israel
Yitzhak Rabin

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Jul 8 US President Gerald Ford announced he'll seek Republican presidential nomination

38th US President Gerald Ford
38th US President
Gerald Ford
  • Jul 8 Quake damages over 2,000 temples in Pagan Burma, 20-foot-high seated Buddha of Thandawgya decapitated
  • Jul 9 The National Assembly of Senegal passes a law that paves way for a (albeit highly restricted) multi-party system
  • Jul 10 Gladys Knight and Pips Summer Series premieres on NBC-TV

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Jul 10 Test Cricket debut of Graham Gooch, v Australia, out for a pair

Cricketer Graham Gooch
Cricketer
Graham Gooch

Sport awardGolf Major

Jul 12 British Open Golf, Carnoustie: American Tom Watson wins 18-hole playoff by 1 stroke over Jack Newton of Australia; first of 8 major titles; first of 5 Open Championships

Golfer Tom Watson
Golfer
Tom Watson
  • Jul 12 Bob Taylor catches 7 in an innings, Derbyshire v Yorkshire
  • Jul 12 Sao Tomé e Príncipe gains independence from Portugal (National Day)
  • Jul 13 8.5" (21.6 cm) of rainfall, Dover, Delaware (state record)
  • Jul 14 EPCOT Center (Florida) plans announced
  • Jul 15 46th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 6-3 at County Stadium, Milwaukee
  • Jul 15 All star MVP: Bill Madlock (Pittsburgh Pirates) & John Matlock (NY Mets)
  • Jul 15 Soyuz 19 and Apollo 18 launched; will rendezvous 2 days later
  • Jul 16 Major League Baseball owners re-elect Commissioner Bowie Kuhn to a 7-year term
  • Jul 17 Apollo 18 and Soyuz 19 make 1st US/USSR linkup in space
  • Jul 17 Four British soldiers are killed by a Provisional Irish Republican Army remote-controlled bomb near Forkill, County Armagh; attack the first major breach of a February truce
  • Jul 18 Jury can't decide on trial of Dave Forbes of Boston Bruins (1st athlete indicted for excessive violence during play)
  • Jul 19 Apollo and Soyuz linked in orbit for 2 days, separate
  • Jul 19 NY Yankee catcher Thurman Munson's 1st-inning single & RBI are nullified because tar on his bat handle exceeds 18" limit
  • Jul 20 30th US Women's Open Golf Championship: American Sandra Palmer wins her second major (Titleholders Championship 1972)
  • Jul 20 India expels three reporters from "The Times", "The Daily Telegraph", and "Newsweek" because they refuse to sign a pledge to abide by government censorship
  • Jul 20 62nd Tour de France won by Bernard Thevenet of France
  • Jul 21 Billy Martin fired as Texas Rangers manager
  • Jul 21 NY Met Félix Millán hits 4 singles; erased by Joe Torres 4 double plays

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Jul 22 US House of Representives votes to restore citizenship to General Robert E. Lee

Confederate General Robert E. Lee
Confederate General
Robert E. Lee
  • Jul 23 Alan Ayckbourn's "Absent Friends" premieres in London
  • Jul 23 LA Dodgers W Crawford and Lee Lacy are 5th to hit consecutive pinch HRs

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Jul 25 David Bowie releases "Fame"

Singer-Songwriter David Bowie
Singer-Songwriter
David Bowie
  • Jul 26 Soyuz 18B returns to Earth
  • Jul 27 The British government closes its consulate in Angola following increasing fighting between the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola and South African troops
  • Jul 29 Ford became 1st US President to visit Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz
  • Jul 29 Military coup by General Mohammed leads to firing of President Jakubu Gowon
  • Jul 30 Simon Gray's "Otherwise Engaged" premieres in London
  • Jul 30 US Teamsters President Jimmy Hoffa disappears in suburban Detroit; Hoffa legally declared dead in 1982
  • Jul 30 7th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at El Cortez Hotel
  • Jul 30 Murtala Mohammed overthrows General Gowon to become Nigerian Head of State
  • Jul 31 The Miami Showband killings: Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF), a loyalist paramilitary group, shoot dead three members of an Irish showband at Buskhill, County Down, Ireland

Famous Birthdays

  • Jul 1 Sufjan Stevens, American musician
  • Jul 2 Catalina Cristea, Bucharest Rom, tennis star (1995 quarter Jakarta)
  • Jul 2 Daniel Kowalski, Australian swimmer (Olympics-bronze/silver-96), born in Singapore
  • Jul 2 Eric Daze, NHL left wing (Chicago Blackhawks), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Jul 2 Erik Ohlsson, Swedish guitarist (Millencolin)
  • Jul 3 Jennifer Salinas, Miss USA-Illinois (1997)
  • Jul 3 John Hargis, American 100m butterfly (Olympics 1996), born in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Jul 3 Keri Houlihan, Penn, actress (Molly-Our House)
  • Jul 4 Reinhard Davis, hockey goaltender (Team Austria 1998)
  • Jul 4 Tania Davis, Australian violist
  • Jul 5 Ai Sugiyama, tennis star, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • Jul 5 Chris Gratton, Brantford, NHL center (Tampa Bay Lightning)
  • Jul 5 Christoph Brandner, hockey forward (Team Austria 1998)
  • Jul 5 Todd Macdonald, Charlestown, NHL goalie (Florida Panthers)
  • Jul 5 Hernán Crespo, Argentinian footballer
  • Jul 5 Gunnar H. Thomsen, Faroese musician (Týr)
  • Jul 5 Kip Gamblin, Australian dancer and actor
  • Jul 6 Amir-Abbas Fakhravar, Iranian journalist and activist (Annie Taylor Award), born in Tehran, Iran
  • Jul 6 Sebastián Rulli, Argentine actor
  • Jul 6 50 Cent [Curtis James Jackson III], American rapper and businessman, born in Queens, New York
  • Jul 7 Tony Benshoof, American luger
  • Jul 7 Michael Voss, Australian rules footballer
  • Jul 8 Elias Viljanen, Finnish Guitarist
  • Jul 9 Jack White, American musician (The White Stripes}
  • Jul 9 Shelton Benjamin, American professional wrestler
  • Jul 10 Alain Nasreddine, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Jul 10 Stefán Karl Stefánsson, Icelandic actor
  • Jul 11 Dawn Piepenbrink, wildrose Wis, pairs skater (& Nick Castaneda)
  • Jul 11 Samer el Nahhal, Finnish musician (Lordi)
  • Jul 11 Willie Anderson, American football player
  • Jul 11 Rubén Baraja, Spanish footballer
  • Jul 11 Riona Hazuki, Japanese actress
  • Jul 11 Lil' Kim [Kimberly Denise Jones], American rapper, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Jul 12 Cheyenne Jackson, American actor and singer
  • Jul 13 Danni Boatwright, American model/beauty queen (Miss Teen USA 1992 2nd runner-up), born in Tonganoxie, Kansas
  • Jul 14 Matthew Kessinger, figure skater (1995 Gt Lakes Jr champ), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • Jul 14 Taboo, American rapper
  • Jul 14 Tim Hudson, American baseball player
  • Jul 15 Kara Drew, An American professional wrestler better known as Cherry
  • Jul 15 Ben Pepper, Australian basketball player
  • Jul 16 Jonathan Zwinkel, hockey forward (Team France 1998)
  • Jul 16 Bas Leinders, Belgian racing car driver, born in Bree, Belgium
  • Jul 16 Ana Paula Arósio, Brazilian actress (Domingão do Faustão), born in São Paulo, Brazil
  • Jul 16 Jamie Oliver, Welsh keyboardist (No Devotion), born in Pontypridd, Wales
  • Jul 17 Troy Amos Ross, Georgetown Guyana, Canadian boxer (Olympics 1996)
  • Jul 17 Gino D'Acampo, Italian celebrity chef
  • Jul 17 Elena Anaya, Spanish actress
  • Jul 17 Cécile de France, Belgian actress
  • Jul 17 Paul Hinojos, American guitarist (At the Drive-In, The Mars Volta), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jul 17 Konnie Huq, English television presenter
  • Jul 17 Terence Tao, Australian-Chinese mathematician
  • Jul 17 Andre Adams, Former New Zealand Cricketer
  • Jul 18 Torii Hunter, baseball player
  • Jul 18 Daron Malakian, American guitarist (System of a Down, Scars on Broadway)
  • Jul 18 M.I.A [Mathangi "Maya" Arulpragasam], British-Sri Lankan rapper (Paper Planes, Sunshowers), born in London, England
  • Jul 19 Alexi Komarov, Yekaterinburg Russia, dance skater (& Carr-1995 Pac Champ)
  • Jul 20 Ray Allen, American basketball guard (10-time NBA All Star), born in Merced, California
  • Jul 20 Birgitta Ohlsson, Swedish politician
  • Jul 20 Judy Greer, American actress
  • Jul 20 Erik Hagen, Norwegian footballer
  • Jul 20 El Zorro, Mexican professional wrestler
  • Jul 20 Aimee Mullins, American Paralympic athlete/official (US Olympic Chef de Mission 2012), born in Allentown, Pennsylvania
  • Jul 21 Mike Sellers, CFL defensive end (Edmonton Eskimos)
  • Jul 21 Ravindra Pushpakumara, Sri Lankan cricketer (Test pace bowler)
  • Jul 23 Seong Hyeon-ah, South Korean actress
  • Jul 23 Surya Sivakumar, Tamil actor
  • Jul 24 Gloria Pizzichini, Italian tennis star
  • Jul 24 Eric Szmanda, American actor
  • Jul 24 Torrie Wilson, American wrestler
  • Jul 25 Jean-Claude Darcheville, French footballer, born in Sinnamary, French Guiana, France
  • Jul 26 Joe Smith, American NBA forward (Golden State Warriors), born in Norfolk, Virginia
  • Jul 27 Alex Rodriguez, American MLB shortstop (14-time All Star), born in New York City, New York
  • Jul 27 Alessandro Pistone, Italian footballer, born in Milan, Italy
  • Jul 27 Shea Hillenbrand, American baseball player, born in Mesa, Arizona
  • Jul 27 Fred Mascherino, American musician (Taking Back Sunday), born in Coatesville, Pennsylvania
  • Jul 28 Leonor Watling, Spanish actress and singer, born in Madrid, Spain
  • Jul 29 Seth Greisinger, American baseball pitcher (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Kansas City, Kansas
  • Jul 29 Corrado Grabbi, Italian footballer
  • Jul 30 Tifini Hale, Palm Springs California, rocker (Party-Rodeo, That's Why)
  • Jul 30 Graham Nicholls, English artist
  • Jul 30 Annie Parisse [Anne Marie Cancelmi], American actress (Law & Order, As the World Turns), born in Anchorage, Alaska
  • Jul 31 Sergei Gusev, Nizhny Tagil Russia, NHL defenseman (Dallas Stars)
  • Jul 31 Randy Flores, American baseball player
  • Jul 31 Simon Hirst, British radio DJ
  • Jul 31 Mike Lincoln, American baseball player
  • Jul 31 Allan von Schenkel, American musician

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 7 Pink Floyd musician David Gilmour marries model and artist Virginia Hasenbein

Singer-songwriter and Producer David Gilmour
Singer-songwriter and Producer
David Gilmour

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 20 "The Exorcist" writer William Peter Blatty (47) weds tennis player Linda Tuero (24) in Las Vegas

Writer & Filmmaker William Peter Blatty
Writer & Filmmaker
William Peter Blatty

Famous Divorces

  • Jul 10 Cher files for divorce from Gregg Allman, 10 days after their marriage

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Jul 17 Beatle member Ringo Starr & Maureen Cox divorce

Beatles Drummer Ringo Starr
Beatles Drummer
Ringo Starr

Famous Deaths

  • Jul 2 James Robertson Justice, British actor (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Moby Dick), dies from effects of a stroke at 68
  • Jul 4 Georgette Heyer, English novelist (Friday's Child), dies at 71
  • Jul 5 Gilda dalla Rizza, Italian soprano, dies at 82
  • Jul 6 Otto Skorzeny, German/Austrian SS (Mussolini/Ardennen), dies
  • Jul 6 Ruffian, American racehorse (b. 1972)
  • Jul 7 Barbara Brown, American actress dies at 73
  • Jul 7 Vito Frazzi, Italian composer, dies at 86
  • Jul 7 Ruffian, American thoroughbred racehorse (b. 1972)
  • Jul 7 Jacob Bjerknes, Norwegian-American meteorologist (USAF in London), dies at 77
  • Jul 10 Achiel H van Acker, Belgian premier (1945-46, 1954-58), dies at 77
  • Jul 11 Kurt Pinthus, German-American writer, dies at 89
  • Jul 13 Owen Wynne, cricketer (6 Tests for South Africa 1948-50), lost at sea
  • Jul 14 Zutty Singleton, US jazz drummer, dies at 77
  • Jul 14 Madan Mohan, Hindi Film's Melodious Music director (b. 1924)
  • Jul 15 Charles Weidman, US dancer/choreographer (Fables for Our Time), dies
  • Jul 17 Modoc, the elephant, dies at age 78 (oldest known nonhuman mammal)
  • Jul 17 Konstantine Gamsakhurdia, Georgian writer and public benefactor , dies at 82
  • Jul 18 Federico Ghisi, composer, dies at 74
  • Jul 19 Lefty Frizzell, American country music singer and songwriter (b. 1928)
  • Jul 21 Billy West [Roy B Weissburg], Russian actor, Charlie Chaplin impersonator and silent film director (Further Perils of Laurel & Hardy), dies at 82
  • Jul 21 Fie Carelsen, actress (Malle Gevallen), dies at 85
  • Jul 21 George Petty, American pin-up artist, dies at 81
  • Jul 26 Leigh Whipper, actor (Hidden Eye, Jungle Queen), dies at 98
  • Jul 29 James [Benjamin] Blish, sci-fi author (Star Trek Reader), dies at 54