On This Day

Historical Events in July 1975

  • 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

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

  • 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 David Bowie releases single "Fame"

  • 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