Historical Events in October 1975

Boxing Title Fight

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

  • Oct 1 Britain grants internal self-government to Seychelles
  • Oct 1 Ellice Islands split from Gilbert Islands, take name "Tuvalu"
  • Oct 1 Reunion Island stops printing stamps, France takes over production
  • Oct 2 Four Ulster Volunteer Force members killed after a bomb they are carrying prematurely explodes in Farrenlester, near Coleraine
  • 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

Album Release

Oct 3 Apple Records releases George Harrison's sixth studio album, "Extra Texture" in UK

  • Oct 3 Ireland AKZO director Tiede Herrema kidnap

Plane Crash

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.

Sports History

Oct 5 Austrian Niki Lauda wins the United States Grand Prix at Watkins Glen to claim his first Formula 1 World Drivers Championship; wins by 19.5 points from Emerson Fittipaldi of Brazil

  • Oct 5 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Oct 7 MLB American League Championship: Boston Red Sox beat Oakland Athletics, 3 games to 0
  • Oct 7 MLB National League Championship: Cincinnati Reds beat Pittsburgh Pirates, 3 games to 0
  • Oct 7 Players' Association files a suit on behalf of Dodgers' Andy Messersmith

Music History

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

  • 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

Historic Event

Oct 9 Emperor Hirohito of Japan visits San Francisco

Nobel Prize

Oct 9 Soviet dissident Andrei Sakharov wins Nobel Peace Prize

  • Oct 10 Israel formally signs protocol for the Sinai II Agreement accord with Egypt, in Jerusalem [1]

Film Premiere

Oct 10 Ken Russell's surreal biographical musical comedy film "Lisztomania", starring Roger Daltrey as 19th-century Hungarian composer Franz Liszt, and soundtrack arranged by progressive rock keyboardist Rick Wakeman, premieres

Television Premiere

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

NHL Record

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

  • Oct 12 American Jacqueline Hansen runs women's world record marathon 2:38:19 in the Nike OTC Marathon, Eugene, Oregon
  • Oct 12 Archbishop Oliver Plunkett became 1st Irish-born saint in 7 centuries
  • Oct 12 NASA launches space vehicle S-195

Music History

Oct 13 Rock vocalist Neil Young undergoes throat surgery

Historic Event

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

  • 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), premieres on Broadway at the Shubert Theatre in New York
  • Oct 19 Cleveland Browns' Don Cockroft kicks club record 5 field goals
  • Oct 20 Soviet orbiter Venera 9 becomes the 1st spacecraft to orbit Venus
  • Oct 20 Supreme Court rules teachers could spank their pupils after warning
  • Oct 21 "Treemonisha" opens at Uris Theater NYC for 64 performances
  • Oct 21 Coast Guard Academy 1st allows women to enroll

Music History

Oct 21 Elton John is given a star in Hollywood

  • 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; runs for 453 performances

Sports History

Oct 22 Baseball World Series: Cincinnati Reds beat Boston Red Sox, 4-3 at Fenway Park for 4 games to 3 series win; MVP: Reds switch hitter Pete Rose

  • 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

Album Release

Oct 25 Columbia Records releases "Still Crazy After All These Years", the fourth solo studio album by American singer-songwriter Paul Simon; it features the title track and the hits "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover" and "My Little Town", and wins 2 Grammy Awards

  • 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

Historic Event

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

  • 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

Music History

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

  • Oct 28 Calvin Murphy (Houston) begins NBA free throw streak of 58 games
  • Oct 28 Cleveland Metroparks assume operating responsibilities for Zoo (Cleveland, Ohio)
  • Oct 28 Venezuela and foreign oil companies agree on nationalization as of January 1, 1976

Historic Event

Oct 29 'Yorkshire Ripper' Peter Sutcliffe kills his first victim, Wilma McCann

  • Oct 29 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 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"

Music History

Oct 31 Irish singer-songwriter Bob Geldof's first appearance with The Boomtown Rats