On This Day

Historical Events in January 1975

Historic Event

Jan 1 H. R. Haldeman, Ehrlichman, Mitchell and 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

Australian Men's Tennis Open

Jan 1 Australian Open Men's Tennis: Home favourite John Newcombe wins 7th and last career Grand Slam singles title; beats Jimmy Connors of the US 7-5, 3-6, 6-4, 7-6

  • 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 4 New Orleans Jazz set a then NBA record (with 24-second shot clock) by scoring only 20 points in the first half of a 111-89 loss in Seattle; unwanted record stands for nearly 25 years
  • Jan 5 Charlie Smalls' musical "The Wiz", an updated take on "The Wizard of Oz", starring Stephanie Mills, Stu Gilliam, and Dee Dee Bridgewater, opens at Majestic Theater, NYC; runs for 1672 performances, winning 7 Tony and 6 Drama Desk Awards
  • 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 A thousand 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 estimated $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

Historic Event

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

  • 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, Tulane Stadium, New Orleans, LA: Pittsburgh Steelers beat Minnesota Vikings, 16-6; MVP: Franco Harris, Pittsburgh, RB

Historic Event

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

  • 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

NBA All-Star Game

Jan 14 25th NBA All-Star Game, Arizona Vets Memorial Coliseum, Phoenix, Az: East beats West, 108-102; MVP: Walt Frazier, NY Knicks, PG

  • Jan 15 Portugal signs accord for Angola's independence
  • Jan 15 Space Mountain opens at Disneyland

Film & TV History

Jan 15 Pioneering American female comedian Phyllis Diller gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

  • Jan 18 "The 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 Triple J begins broadcasting in Sydney, Australia.
  • Jan 20 25th NFL Pro Bowl, Miami Orange Bowl: NFC beats AFC, 17-10; MVP: James Harris, LA Rams, QB
  • Jan 20 Terrence McNally's play "Ritz" premieres in NYC
  • Jan 21 28th NHL All-Star Game, Montreal Forum: Wales Conference beats Campbell Conference, 7-1; MVP: Syl Apps Jr., Pittsburgh, C
  • Jan 22 Landsat 2, an Earth Resources Technology Satellite, launched
  • Jan 23 "Barney Miller" premieres on ABC TV
  • Jan 23 Former Pittsburgh Pirates slugger Ralph Kiner is elected to the Baseball 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

Sports History

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

Historic Event

Jan 25 Bangladeshi parliament disposes of premier Sheikh Mujibur Rahman

Golden Globes

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

Historic Event

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

  • 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 win an exciting series 3-2

Historic Invention

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

Music Single

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

Music Single

Jan 31 John Lennon releases single "#9 Dream"