What Happened in July 1975

Historical Events

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

Wimbledon Women's Tennis

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

Historic Event

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

Wimbledon Men's Tennis

Jul 5 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Arthur Ashe becomes first African-American to win Wimbledon, beats countryman Jimmy Connors 6-1, 6-1, 5-7, 6-4

  • Jul 5 Cape Verde Islands gain independence after 500 years of Portuguese rule

Music History

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)

Music History

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

Historic Event

Jul 8 Israeli premier Yitzhak Rabin visits West Germany

Election of Interest

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

  • 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

Sports History

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

British Golf Open

Jul 12 British Open Men's 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

  • 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

Election of Interest

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 New York Yankees catcher Thurman Munson's 1st-inning single & RBI are nullified because tar on his bat handle exceeds 18" limit; Minnesota Twins win, 2-1

US Women's Golf Open

Jul 20 US Open Women's Golf, Atlantic City CC: Sandra Palmer wins her second major title by 4 strokes from JoAnne Carner, Sandra Post and Nancy Lopez

  • 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 20 Bruce Springteen and the E Street Band kick off the Born to Run Tour at the Palace Theatre in Providence, Rhode Island; Steven Van Zandt debuts as a full-fledged member of the group

Sports History

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

Historic Event

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

Film & TV History

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

Historic Event

Jul 24 Giorgio Armani and Sergio Galeotti found Giorgio Armani S.p.A. in Milan, Italy

Music Single

Jul 25 RCA releases David Bowie single "Fame", with cameo appearance by John Lennon

  • 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 ("Illinois"), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Jul 2 Daniel Kowalski, Australian swimmer (Olympics-bronze/silver-96), born in Singapore
  • Jul 2 Éric Dazé, Canadian NHL left wing (Chicago Blackhawks; NHL All Star MVP 2002), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Jul 2 Erik Ohlsson, Swedish guitarist (Millencolin)
  • Jul 3 John Hargis, American swimmer (Olympic gold 4x100m medley relay 1996), born in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Jul 4 Tania Davis, Australian violinist, born in Sydney, Australia
  • Jul 5 Ai Sugiyama, Japanese tennis player (4-time Grand Slam doubles winner), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • Jul 5 Chris Gratton, Canadian NHL center (Canada World C'ships gold 1997; Tampa Bay Lightning), born in Brantford, Ontario
  • Jul 5 Hernán Crespo, Argentine soccer striker, coach (Argentina 64 caps, 35 goals; Parma, Chelsea, Banfield), born in Florida Este, Argentina
  • Jul 5 Gunnar H. Thomsen, Faroese musician (Týr), born in Faroe Islands
  • Jul 5 Kip Gamblin, Australian dancer and actor (Home and Away), born in Sydney, Australia
  • Jul 6 Amir-Abbas Fakhravar, Iranian journalist and activist (Annie Taylor Award), born in Tehran, Iran
  • Jul 6 Sebastián Rulli, Argentine actor (Rubi), born in Buenos Aires

50 Cent

Jul 6 50 Cent [Curtis James Jackson III], American rapper and businessman, born in Queens, New York

  • Jul 7 Tony Benshoof, American luger, born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • Jul 7 Michael Voss, Australian rules footballer, born in Traralgon, Australia
  • Jul 8 Elias "E. Vil" Viljanen, Finnish heavy metal guitarist (Sonata Arctica), born in Tampere, Finland
  • Jul 9 Jack White [Gillis], American musician (The White Stripes; Racontuers), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Jul 9 Shelton Benjamin, American professional wrestler
  • Jul 10 Stefán Karl Stefánsson, Icelandic actor (Lazytown), born in Hafnarfjörður, Iceland (d. 2018)
  • Jul 11 Samer el Nahhal, Finnish heavy metal bassist, sometimes known as OX (Lordi, 2005-19), born in Espoo, Finland
  • 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 stage and screen actor and singer, born in Spokane, Washington
  • Jul 13 Danni Boatwright, American model/beauty queen (Miss Teen USA 1992 2nd runner-up), born in Tonganoxie, Kansas
  • Jul 14 Matthew Kessinger, American figure skater (1995 Gt Lakes Jr champ), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • Jul 14 Taboo [Jaime Gomez], American rapper (Black Eyed Peas), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jul 14 Tim Hudson, American baseball player (San Francisco Giants), born in Columbus, Georgia
  • Jul 15 Kara Drew, An American professional wrestler better known as Cherry
  • Jul 15 Ben Pepper, Australian basketball player
  • 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, Canadian boxer (Olympics 1996), born in Georgetown, Guyana
  • Jul 17 Elena Anaya, Spanish actress, born in Palencia, Spain
  • Jul 17 Cécile de France, Belgian actress, born in Namur, Belgium
  • 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, born in Hammersmith, London
  • Jul 17 Terence Tao, Australian-Chinese mathematician, born in Adelaide, Australia
  • Jul 17 Andre Adams, New Zealand cricketer, born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • Jul 18 Torii Hunter, American baseball outfielder (MLB All Star 2002, 07, 09, 10, 13; Gold Glove Award 2001–09; Minnesota Twins, LA Angels of Anaheim, Detroit Tigers), born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas
  • Jul 18 Daron Malakian, American rock guitarist (System of a Down; Scars on Broadway), born in Hollywood, California
  • Jul 18 M.I.A [Mathangi "Maya" Arulpragasam], British-Sri Lankan rapper ("Paper Planes"; "Sunshowers"), born in London, England
  • 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 {Evans], American actress (Archer), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 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 Sung Hyun-ah, South Korean actress (Cello), born in South Korea
  • Jul 23 Surya Sivakumar, Tamil actor (Vaaranam Aayiram), born in Madras, India
  • 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

Liz Truss

Jul 26 Liz Truss, British politician (C) (UK Foreign Secretary 2021-), born in Oxford, England

Alex Rodriguez

Jul 27 Alex Rodriguez, American MLB shortstop (14-time All Star), born in NYC, 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, American pop singer (Party - "Rodeo"; "That's Why"), born in Palm Springs, California (d. 2021)
  • Jul 30 Graham Nicholls, English artist, born in London, United Kingdom
  • Jul 30 Annie Parisse [Anne Marie Cancelmi], American actress (Law & Order, As the World Turns), born in Anchorage, Alaska
  • Jul 31 Sergei Gusev, Russian NHL defenseman (Dallas Stars), born in Nizhny Tagil, USSR
  • Jul 31 Randy Flores, American baseball pitcher (World Series 2006, St. Louis Cardinals), executive (American director scouting SL Cardinals) and broadcaster (Pac-12 Network), born in Bellflower, California
  • Jul 31 Simon Hirst, British radio DJ
  • Jul 31 Mike Lincoln, American MLB baseball relief pitcher, 1999-2010 (Pittsburgh Pirates, and 3 other teams), born in Carmichael, California
  • Jul 31 Allan von Schenkel, American double bassist, composer and performance artist
  • Jul 31 Andrew Hall, South African cricket batsman (21 Tests; HS 163 v India 1st Test 2004), born in Johannesburg, Transvaal
  • Jul 31 Kavinsky [Vincent Belorgey], French DJ and musician (Drive, OutRun), born in Seine-Saint-Denis, France

Famous Weddings

David Gilmour

Jul 7 Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour (29) weds American model and artist Virginia "Ginger" Hasenbein (26); divorce in 1990

William Peter Blatty

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

Famous Divorces


Jul 10 American singer and actress Cher (28) files for divorce from musician Gregg Allman (27), 10 days after their marriage - they reconcile, but separate in 1977 and divorce in 1979

Ringo Starr

Jul 17 Beatle member Ringo Starr & Maureen Cox Starkey divorce, after 10 years of marriage

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 12 Carl Snavely, American College Football Hall of Fame coach (Bucknell, North Carolina, Cornell 180–96–16), dies at 80
  • Jul 13 Owen Wynne, cricketer (6 Tests for South Africa 1948-50), lost at sea
  • Jul 14 [Arthur] Zutty Singleton, American jazz drummer (Louis Armstrong's Hot Five), dies at 77
  • Jul 14 Madan Mohan, India Hindi Film Melodious Music director, dies at 51
  • 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, Italian composer and musicologist, dies at 74
  • Jul 19 (William) "Lefty" Frizzell, American country music singer and songwriter ("If You've Got the Money (I've Got the Time)"; "Saginaw, Michigan"), dies at 47
  • 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, Dutch stage actress (Malle Gevallen), dies at 85
  • Jul 21 George Petty, American pin-up artist, dies at 81
  • Jul 25 Eugen Fink, German philosopher, dies at 69
  • Jul 26 Leigh Whipper, American actor (Hidden Eye, Jungle Queen), dies at 98
  • Jul 29 James [Benjamin] Blish, sci-fi author (Star Trek Reader), dies at 54