On This Day

February 1975 in History

Events in History

  • Feb 1 Otis Francis Tabler is 1st open homosexual to get security clearance to work for the Defense Department
  • Feb 2 Army offensive against rebels in Eritrea
  • Feb 2 US male Figure Skating championship won by Gordon McKellen Jr
  • Feb 3 Billy Herman, Earl Averill, & Bucky Harris elected to Hall of Fame
  • Feb 4 Haicheng earthquake, M 7.3, strikes Haicheng, Liaoning, China
  • Feb 6 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Feb 8 1800 Unification church couples wed in Korea
  • Feb 9 Soyuz 17 returns to Earth
  • Feb 10 The Provisional Irish Republican Army agrees to a truce and ceasefire with the British government and the Northern Ireland Office; Seven "incident centres" are established in nationalist areas to monitor the ceasefire

ReplacementLeadership Contest

Feb 11 Margaret Thatcher defeats Edward Heath for leadership of the British Conservative Party

British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
British Prime Minister
Margaret Thatcher
British Prime Minister Edward Heath
British Prime Minister
Edward Heath
  • Feb 13 Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash proclaims Turkish-Cypriot Federation
  • Feb 14 Bomb explodes at annex of Amsterdam metro station
  • Feb 18 Italy broadens abortion law
  • Feb 20 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Feb 20 A feud begins between the official Irish Republican Army and the Irish National Liberation Army; the two groups assassinate a number of each other's volunteers until the feud ends in June 1975

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 21 Watergate figures John Mitchell, H. R. Haldeman & John D Ehrlichman sentenced to 2½-8 yrs for conspiracy and obstruction of justice

Nixon's White House Chief of Staff H. R. Haldeman
Nixon's White House Chief of Staff
H. R. Haldeman
  • Feb 23 In response to the energy crisis, daylight saving time commences nearly two months early in the United States.
  • Feb 25 Ewen Chatfield flattened by Peter Lever & seriously injured
  • Feb 27 CDU-politician Peter Lorentz kidnapped in West Berlin
  • Feb 27 US House of Representatives pass $21.3 billion anti-recession tax-cut bill
  • Feb 28 EG signs accord of Lome with 46 developing countries
  • Feb 28 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Feb 28 A major London tube train crash at Moorgate station kills 43 people and injures a further 74.

Birthdays in History

  • Feb 6 Svend-Allan Sørensen, Danish artist, born in Kjellerup, Denmark
  • Feb 9 Clinton Grybas, Australian Football commentator (d. 2008)
  • Feb 10 Amber Frey, American witness in the Scott Peterson case
  • Feb 24 Ashley MacIsaac, Canadian fiddler
  • Feb 24 Maurizio Giuliano, writer and traveller
  • Feb 27 Shelby Walker, American mixed martial artist, born in Kingsville, Texas (d. 2006)

Deaths in History

  • Feb 3 William D. Coolidge, American physicist and inventor (b. 1873)
  • Feb 8 Robert Robinson, British chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1886)
  • Feb 9 Constant Burniaux, Belgian writer (The Abandoned) and art historian (Temps Inquiets), dies at 82
  • Feb 10 Nikos Kavvadias, Greek poet and writer (b. 1910)
  • Feb 11 Richard Ratsimandrava, Malagasy soldier and statesman, assassinated (b. 1931)
  • Feb 13 Henry P Van Dusen, US protestant theologist, dies at 77
  • Feb 14 Heintje Davids [Hendrika David], Dutch cabaret artist, dies at 87
  • Feb 14 Julian S. Huxley, English biologist, 1st director-general of UNESCO, dies at 87
  • Feb 14 P. G. Wodehouse, English-American writer (Bertie Wooster novels), dies at 93
  • Feb 18 Chivu Stoica [Stoica Chivu], premier of Romania (1955-61), dies at 66
  • Feb 18 Raymond Moley, US advisor to pres Roosevelt "Brain Trust", dies at 88
  • Feb 24 Nikolai A Bulganin, marshal/premier of USSR (1955-58), dies at 79

Person of interestElijah Muhammad

Feb 25 Elijah Muhammad [Elijah Robert Poole], American religious leader (Nation of Islam), dies of heart failure at 77

Religious Leader Elijah Muhammad
Religious Leader
Elijah Muhammad