What Happened in October 1975

Historical Events

  • Oct 1 Britain grants internal self-government to Seychelles
  • Oct 1 Ellice Islands split from Gilbert Islands, take name "Tuvalu"

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Oct 1 "The Thrilla in Manila"; Muhammad Ali stops Joe Frazier in 14 in Quezon City, the Philippines to retain his WBC/WBA heavyweight title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion Joe Frazier
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Joe Frazier
  • Oct 1 Reunion Island stops printing stamps, France takes over production
  • Oct 2 The Ulster Volunteer Force kill 7 civilians in a series of attacks across Northern Ireland; 6 were Catholic civilians and 1 was a Protestant civilian
  • Oct 2 Four Ulster Volunteer Force members killed after a bomb they are carrying prematurely explodes in Farrenlester, near Coleraine

Music releaseAlbum Release

Oct 3 George Harrison releases "Extra Texture" album in UK

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
Singer-Songwriter
George Harrison
  • Oct 3 Ireland AKZO director Tiede Herrema kidnap
  • Oct 4 A Cessna 310Q airplane crashes over Wilmington, North Carolina, killing the pilot and severely injuring several pro wrestlers affiliated with the NWA's Mid-Atlantic promotion. One of the survivors is the legendary Ric Flair.
  • Oct 5 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Oct 5 Austrian Niki Lauda wins the United States Grand Prix at Watkins Glen to claim his first World Formula 1 drivers championship; wins by 19.5 points from Emerson Fittipaldi of Brazil
  • Oct 7 Players' Association files a suit on behalf of Dodgers' Andy Messersmith

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 7 US decides John Lennon won't be deported due to UK pot conviction

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • Oct 7 MLB National League Championship: Cincinnati Reds beat Pittsburgh Pirates, 3 games to 0
  • Oct 7 MLB American League Championship: Boston Red Sox beat Oakland Athletics, 3 games to 0
  • Oct 8 San Antonio Spurs, then members of the ABA, defeat the NBA's Atlanta Hawks, 109-107 in the first basketball game ever played in the Louisiana Superdome

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 9 Emperor Hirohito of Japan visits San Francisco

Emperor of Japan Hirohito
Emperor of Japan
Hirohito

Nobel prizeNobel Prize

Oct 9 Soviet dissident Andrei Sakharov wins Nobel Peace Prize

Nuclear Physicist & Soviet Dissident Andrei Sakharov
Nuclear Physicist & Soviet Dissident
Andrei Sakharov
  • Oct 10 Israel formally signs Sinai accord with Egypt

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 11 Islander's Bryan Trottier's 1st career hat trick

NHL Star Bryan Trottier
NHL Star
Bryan Trottier

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Oct 11 "Saturday Night Live" created by Lorne Michaels premieres on NBC with George Carlin as host

Television Producer Lorne Michaels
Television Producer
Lorne Michaels
  • Oct 12 Archbishop Oliver Plunkett became 1st Irish-born saint in 7 centuries
  • Oct 12 Jacqueline Hansen runs women's world record marathon (2:38:19)
  • Oct 12 NASA launches space vehicle S-195

Music awardsMusic Awards

Oct 13 9th Country Music Association Award: John Denver wins

Country Singer John Denver
Country Singer
John Denver

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 13 Rock vocal Neil Young undergoes throat surgery

Singer-songwriter Neil Young
Singer-songwriter
Neil Young

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 14 US President Gerald Ford escapes injury when his limousine is struck broadside

38th US President Gerald Ford
38th US President
Gerald Ford
  • Oct 15 Iceland moves intl boundary from 50 to 200 miles
  • Oct 17 1st Space Shuttle main engine test at National Space Tech Labs, Miss
  • Oct 17 UN passes resolution saying "Zionism is a form of racism"
  • Oct 18 Simon & Garfunkel reunite on "Saturday Night Live", sing "My Little Town"
  • Oct 18 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • Oct 19 "A Chorus Line", held record longest-running Broadway show (6,137 performances), first premieres at the Shubert Theatre in New York
  • Oct 19 Cleveland Browns' Don Cockroft kicks club record 5 field goals
  • Oct 20 Supreme Court rules teachers could spank their pupils after warning
  • Oct 20 Soviet orbiter Venera 9 becomes the 1st spacecraft to orbit Venus
  • Oct 21 "Treemonisha" opens at Uris Theater NYC for 64 performances
  • Oct 21 Coast Guard Academy 1st allows women to enroll

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 21 Elton John is given a star in Hollywood

Singer Elton John
Singer
Elton John
  • Oct 21 Mexico City's 1st major subway accident takes 26 lives
  • Oct 21 Red Sox Carlton Fisk's 12th inning HR beats Reds 7-6 in game 6 of WS

  • Oct 21 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • Oct 22 "Me & Bessie" opens at Ambassador Theater NYC for 453 performances
  • Oct 22 Cincinnati Reds beat Boston Red Sox, 4 games to 3 in 72nd World Series
  • Oct 22 Soviet spacecraft Venera 9 soft-lands on Venus, becoming the first lander to return images from the surface of another planet
  • Oct 22 Turkish diplomat shot to death in Vienna
  • Oct 22 World Football League disbands after the Week 12 of their second season
  • Oct 23 Battle between Cuba & South Africa troops in Angola
  • Oct 23 Islander Glenn Resch's 5th shut-out opponent-Flyers 3-0
  • Oct 23 Women take the day off in Iceland to commemorate “International Women’s Year”, shutting the country down for a day
  • Oct 24 Turkish diplomat shot dead in Paris
  • Oct 25 Denver Nuggets 1st game at McNichols Sports Arena beat St Louis Spirits
  • Oct 25 USSR's Venera 10 makes day-side Venus landing

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 26 Anwar Sadat becomes the 1st Egyptian president to officially visit the United States

President of Egypt and Nobel Laureate Anwar Sadat
President of Egypt and Nobel Laureate
Anwar Sadat
  • Oct 26 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC
  • Oct 26 Cuba beats Mexico for its 4th Pan Am Games Gold Medal in baseball

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 27 Covers of both Time & Newsweek picture rock singer Bruce Springsteen

Singer-Songwriter Bruce Springsteen
Singer-Songwriter
Bruce Springsteen
  • Oct 28 Calvin Murphy (Houston) begins NBA free throw streak of 58 games
  • Oct 28 Cleveland Metroparks assume operating responsibilities for Zoo
  • Oct 28 Venezuela and foreign oil companies agree on nationalization as of January 1, 1976
  • Oct 29 Boston's Fred Lynn is the overwhelming choice as AL Rookie of Year
  • Oct 29 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Oct 29 'Yorkshire Ripper' Peter Sutcliffe kills first victim, Wilma McCann
  • Oct 30 Giants pitcher John "the Count of" Montefusco wins NL Rookie of Year
  • Oct 30 John Bucyk, Boston, became 7th NHLer to score 500 goals
  • Oct 30 King Juan Carlos assumes power in Spain
  • Oct 30 NY Daily News runs headline "Ford to City: Drop Dead"

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 31 Bob Geldof's first appearance with The Boomtown Rats

Singer-Songwriter and Political Activist Bob Geldof
Singer-Songwriter and Political Activist
Bob Geldof

Famous Birthdays

  • Oct 1 Eric Morel, PR, US flyweight boxer (Olympics 1996)
  • Oct 1 Zoltán Sebescen, German footballer
  • Oct 1 Chulpan Khamatova, Russian actress
  • Oct 1 Kim Suna, Korean actress
  • Oct 3 India Arie [Simpson], American singer and actress (Voyage to India), born in Denver, Colorado
  • Oct 3 Talib Kweli, American rapper
  • Oct 4 Cristiano Lucarelli, Italian football player

Person of interestKate Winslet

Oct 5 Kate Winslet, British actress (Titanic, Revolutionary Road), born in Reading, Berkshire, England

Actress Kate Winslet
Actress
Kate Winslet
  • Oct 5 Scott E Weinger, American actor (Steve Taylor-Family Man, Full House), born in NYC, New York
  • Oct 5 Bobo Baldé, Guinean footballer
  • Oct 5 Parminder Nagra, English actress
  • Oct 6 Jan Harm Schippers, Dutch soccer player (SC Heerenveen, Veendam)
  • Oct 6 Reon King, West Indian cricketer from Guyana
  • Oct 7 Billy Walsh, soccer midfielder (Olympic gold 1996), born in Summit, New Jersey
  • Oct 7 Terry Gerin, American professional wrestler
  • Oct 7 Damian Kulash, American musician (OK Go)
  • Oct 7 Tim Minchin, Australian comedian and musician
  • Oct 9 Mahendra Nagamootoo, West Indian cricketer (Guyanese leg-spinner), born in Whim, Berbice, Guyana
  • Oct 9 Mark Viduka, Australian soccer striker (Olyroos, Olympics 1996), born in Melbourne, Australia
  • Oct 9 Sean Ono Lennon, Son of John Lennon and Yoko Ono's, born in NYC, New York
  • Oct 10 Ramón Morales, Mexican footballer (Guadalajara), born in La Piedad, Michoacán, Mexico
  • Oct 12 Scott von Der Ahe, American football linebacker (Indianapolis Colts), born in Lancaster, California

Person of interestMarion Jones

Oct 12 Marion Jones, track and field athlete/drug cheat (5 forfeited Olympic medals), born in Los Angeles, California

Track and Field Athlete/Drug Cheat Marion Jones
Track and Field Athlete/Drug Cheat
Marion Jones
  • Oct 13 Leo Koswal, Dutch soccer player (Dordrecht '90), born in Breda, Netherlands
  • Oct 14 Floyd Landis, American cyclist
  • Oct 14 Shaznay Lewis, English singer (All Saints)
  • Oct 15 Ginuwine [Elgin Baylor Lumpkin], American singer (Ginuwine...The Bachelor), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Oct 15 Glen Little, English footballer
  • Oct 16 Jacques Kallis, cricketer (South African Test all-rounder v England 1995)
  • Oct 16 Jamila Wideman, WNBA guard (LA Sparks)
  • Oct 16 Kellie Martin, Riverside CA, actress (Life Goes On, Cristy)
  • Oct 16 Brynjar Gunnarsson, Icelandic footballer
  • Oct 17 Francis Bouillon, American hockey player
  • Oct 18 Alex Cora, Puerto Rican baseball player
  • Oct 21 Henrique Hilário, Portuguese footballer
  • Oct 21 Toby Hall, American baseball player
  • Oct 22 Melchior Schoenmakers, soccer player (SC Heerenveen)
  • Oct 22 Martín Cardetti, Argentine footballer
  • Oct 22 Míchel Salgado, Spanish footballer
  • Oct 23 Keith Van Horn, NBA forward (NJ Nets), born in Fullerton, California
  • Oct 23 Odalys García, Cuban actress (Lente Loco), born in Havana, Cuba
  • Oct 23 Jessicka [Adams], American singer-songwriter, artist (Jack off Jill), born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Oct 24 Corey Dillon, HB (Cincinnati Bengals)
  • Oct 24 Juan Pablo Ángel, Colombian footballer
  • Oct 25 Eirik Glambek Bøe, Norwegian musician
  • Oct 25 Ryan Clement, former XFL quarterback
  • Oct 25 Zadie Smith, British novelist (White Teeth, On Beauty, Swing Time), born in Brent, London, England
  • Oct 26 Katja Riipi, ice hockey left wing (Finland, Olympics 1998)
  • Oct 26 Tammy Cleland, Sanford FL, synchronized swimmer (Olympic gold 1996)
  • Oct 27 Emily John Orton, Creswell Oregon, Miss America (Oregon-2nd-1996)
  • Oct 29 Kelly Lin, Chinese actress
  • Oct 30 Joanne Malar, swimmer (Olympics-11-92, 96), born in Hamilton, Ontario
  • Oct 30 Stephanie Camp, Rapid City SD, Miss America-SD (1997)
  • Oct 30 Ian D'Sa, Guitarist/Vocalist for Canadian rock band Billy Talent
  • Oct 30 Maria Thayer, American actress
  • Oct 31 Carla Boyd, Australian basketball player (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Wynyard, Tasmania
  • Oct 31 Jagan Hames, Australian decathlete (Olympics 1996), born in McLaren Vale, Australia
  • Oct 31 Fabio Celestini, Swiss footballer, born in Lausanne, Switzerland

Famous Weddings

  • Oct 10 Actress Elizabeth Taylor (43) 6th marriage and remarriage to actor Richard Burton (49)

HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 11 Future US President Bill Clinton (29) weds future US Senator and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham (28) in a Methodist ceremony in their living room in Fayetteville, Arkansas

Politician and US First Lady Hillary Clinton
Politician and US First Lady
Hillary Clinton
42nd US President Bill Clinton
42nd US President
Bill Clinton

HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 17 Bee Gees Maurice Gibb weds Yvonne Spencely

Guitarist of the Bee Gees Maurice Gibb
Guitarist of the Bee Gees
Maurice Gibb

Famous Deaths

  • Oct 1 Al Jackson, rock drummer (Booker T & The MG's), dies at 39
  • Oct 2 Wade Crosby, American actor (Sign of Wolf, Tales of Robin Hood), dies at 70
  • Oct 2 Kumaraswami Kamaraj, Indian political leader, Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu (b. 1903)
  • Oct 3 Bauke Tuinstra, Fries notary/writer (Ealse & I), dies at 75
  • Oct 3 Guy Mollet, Prime Minister of France (1956-57), dies at 69
  • Oct 4 Joan Whitney Payson, owner of New York Mets, dies at 72
  • Oct 4 May Sutton, American tennis champion and 1st American woman to win the singles title at Wimbledon in 1905, dies at 89
  • Oct 6 Henry Calvin, actor (Sgt Garcia-Zorro), dies at 57
  • Oct 8 Alberto Hemsi, composer, dies at 78
  • Oct 10 Lillian Walker, dies at 88
  • Oct 17 Vittorio Gui, Italian conductor and composer (Batture d'aspetto), dies at 90
  • Oct 18 Al Lettieri, American actor (Deadly Kiss, Pulp, Mr Majestyk, Getaway), dies of a heart attack at 47
  • Oct 21 Charles Reidpath, American athlete (Olympic gold 1912), dies at 86

Person of interestArnold J. Toynbee

Oct 22 Arnold J. Toynbee, English historian (A Study of History), dies at 86

  • Oct 23 Barboura Morris, actor (Wasp Woman, Machine-Gun Kelly), dies at 43
  • Oct 23 Charles Brokaw, American actor (Outer Gate, I Cover the War), dies at 77
  • Oct 24 Ismail Erez, Turkish ambassador, killed by car bomb in Paris
  • Oct 24 Zdzisław Żygulski, Sr., Polish literary historian, dies at 87
  • Oct 25 Frank Puglia, Italian actor (Black Orchid, Jungle Book), dies at 83
  • Oct 27 Rex Stout, US detective writer (Nero Wolfe), dies at 88
  • Oct 27 H. V. Porter, American basketball pioneer who created fan-shaped backboard, dies at 84
  • Oct 28 Georges Carpentier, French boxer (world light heavyweight champion, 1st $1m gate v J Dempsey), dies of a heart attack at 81
  • Oct 28 Oliver Nelson, American jazz composer and arranger (b. 1932)
  • Oct 29 John Scott Trotter, orchestra leader (George Gobel Show), dies at 67
  • Oct 30 Gustav Ludwig Hertz, German physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1887)
  • Oct 31 Joseph Calleia, Maltese-American actor (Jungle Book, Gilda), dies at 78
  • Oct 31 SD Burman, Indian musician (b. 1906)