On This Day

What Happened on July 17, 1975

Historical Events

  • Apollo 18 and Soyuz 19 make 1st US/USSR linkup in space
  • 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

Famous Birthdays

  • Andre Adams, New Zealand cricketer, born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • C├ęcile de France, Belgian actress, born in Namur, Belgium
  • Elena Anaya, Spanish actress, born in Palencia, Spain
  • Konnie Huq, English television presenter, born in Hammersmith, London
  • Paul Hinojos, American guitarist (At The Drive-In, The Mars Volta), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Terence Tao, Australian-Chinese mathematician, born in Adelaide, Australia
  • Troy Amos Ross, Canadian boxer (Olympics 1996), born in Georgetown, Guyana

Famous Divorces

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

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

Beatles Drummer Ringo Starr
Beatles Drummer
Ringo Starr

Famous Deaths

  • Konstantine Gamsakhurdia, Georgian writer and public benefactor, dies at 82
  • Modoc, the elephant, dies at age 78 (oldest known nonhuman mammal)
1975 Highlights

About July 17, 1975

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 46 years, 3 months and 4 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Generation X
Chinese Zodiac: Rabbit
Star Sign: Cancer