Events in Film & Television in 1975

  • Jan 6 "AM America" premieres on ABC-TV with Bill Beutel as host
  • Jan 6 "Wheel Of Fortune" debuts on NBC-TV

Film & TV History

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

  • Jan 15 Space Mountain opens at Disneyland
  • Jan 18 "The Jeffersons" spinoff from "All in the Family" premieres on CBS
  • Jan 23 "Barney Miller" premieres on ABC TV
  • Jan 24 "Hot l Baltimore" situation comedy premieres on ABC TV

Golden Globes

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

  • Jan 29 First American Annual Comedy Awards, hosted by Alan King
  • Feb 11 Tv drama “Sarah T: Portrait of A Teenage Alcoholic”, starring Linda Blair, premieres on US network NBC
  • Feb 26 1st televised kidney transplant (Today Show)
  • Mar 1 Colour television transmissions begin in Australia.

Film and TV Awards

Mar 3 1st People's Choice Awards: John Wayne & Barbra Streisand win (Motion Pictures) and Alan Alda, Telly Savalas & Mary Tyler Moore win (TV)

  • Mar 7 "Mirror", Russian film directed by Andrei Tarkovsky, starring Margarita Terekhova and Ignat Daniltsev, is released

Film & TV History

Mar 13 Bernard Slade's stage comedy "Same Time, Next Year", starring Ellen Burstyn and Charles Grodin, opens at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre, NYC; later transfers to the Ambassador Theatre, and runs for a total of 1,453 performances

  • Mar 22 Walt Disney World Shopping Village opens

Music Single

Mar 25 Linda Ronstadt releases cover of the Everly Brothers' 1960 song "When Will I Be Loved" as a single; climbs to No. 2 in the charts

  • Apr 4 British sitcom "The Good Life" starring Richard Briers, Felicity Kendal, Paul Eddington and Penelope Keith debuts on BBC One

TV Show Appearance

Apr 28 Ringo Starr appears on "The Smothers Brothers Show", singing Hoyt Axton's "No No Song", and John Lennon is the guest on Tom Snyder's "Tomorrow" program, in what turns out to be his final television interview

  • May 4 Italian film "Seven Beauties" directed by Lina Wertmüller, starring Giancarlo Giannini, and Shirley Stoler released - first film directed by a women to be nominated for an Academy Award
  • May 14 Cult feminist film "Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles" written and directed by Chantal Ackerman and starring Delphine Seyrig premieres at Cannes
  • May 17 NBC pays $5M for rights to show "Gone With The Wind" one time

Emmy Awards

May 19 27th Emmy Awards: "The Mary Tyler Moore Show", Robert Blake & Jean Marsh win

  • May 23 28th Cannes Film Festival: "Chronicle of the Years of Fire" directed by Mohammed Lakhdar-Hamina wins the Palme d'Or
  • Jun 7 Sony introduces the Betamax videocassette recorder for sale to the public

Film Release

Jun 11 "Nashville", directed by Robert Altman and starring Ned Beatty and Ronee Blakley, is released

  • Jun 18 NBC News & Information Service (24 hr news) premieres on radio

Film Release

Jun 20 "Jaws", based on the book by Peter Benchley, directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Roy Scheider is released

  • Jun 27 25th Berlin International Film Festival: "Adoption" wins the Golden Bear
  • Jul 1 WEDway People Mover opens in Tomorrowland, Disney World, Florida
  • Jul 7 TV soap opera "Ryan's Hope" premieres
  • Jul 10 Gladys Knight and Pips Summer Series premieres on NBC-TV

Film & TV History

Jul 23 Alan Ayckbourn's "Absent Friends" premieres in London

  • Jul 30 7th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at El Cortez Hotel

Film Release

Aug 15 Indian action-adventure film "Sholay" directed by Ramesh Sippy, starring Dharmendra and Amitabh Bachchan is released, highest-grossing Indian film ever

Music History

Aug 16 Singer Peter Gabriel announces his departure from the rock group Genesis

  • Sep 1 Gunsmoke goes off the air


Sep 1 Jerry Lewis' 10th Muscular Dystrophy telethon

  • Sep 6 Tawny Elaine Godin (NY), 18, crowned 48th Miss America 1976

Film Premiere

Sep 19 "Fawlty Towers" starring John Cleese, Prunella Scales and Andrew Sachs premieres on BBC2 in the UK

  • Sep 29 "Three For Money" debuts on NBC-TV
  • Sep 29 Sharon Dahlonega Raiford Bush becomes American television's first African-American weathercaster.

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.

Television Premiere

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

  • Oct 18 Simon & Garfunkel reunite on "Saturday Night Live", sing "My Little Town"

Music History

Oct 21 Elton John is given a star in Hollywood

  • Nov 3 Good Morning America premieres on ABC (David Hartman & Nancy Dussault)
  • Nov 7 8th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at El Cortez Hotel

Film Release

Nov 19 Film adaptation of "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" based on book by Ken Kesey, directed by Milos Forman and starring Jack Nicholson and Louise Fletcher, is released (Academy Awards Best Picture 1976)

  • Nov 28 "As the World Turns" and "The Edge of Night", the final two American soap operas that had resisted going to pre-taped broadcasts, air their last live episodes.

Film & TV History

Dec 13 1st time "Saturday Night Live" uses a time delay, Richard Pryor hosts

  • Dec 16 1st broadcast of "One Day at a Time" on CBS TV