On This Day

January 1975 in History

Events in History

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Jan 1 H. R. Haldeman, Ehrlichman, Mitchell and Mardian convicted of Watergate crimes

Nixon's White House Chief of Staff H. R. Haldeman
Nixon's White House Chief of Staff
H. R. Haldeman
  • Jan 1 International Women's Year begins
  • Jan 1 Sweden adopts constitution
  • Jan 1 U.S. Federal oil depletion allowance eliminated for large producers
  • Jan 2 US Department of Interior designates grizzly bear a threatened species
  • 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 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 7 Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to AR Ammons (Sphere)

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

US Federal Judge John Sirica
US Federal Judge
John Sirica
  • Jan 9 600 employees of Royal Canadian Mint go on strike
  • Jan 11 Soyuz 17 carries 2 cosmonauts to space station Salyut 4
  • Jan 12 Chrysler Corp offers 1st car rebates

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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

US Secretary of State and Political Scientist Henry Kissinger
US Secretary of State and Political Scientist
Henry Kissinger
  • Jan 14 USSR breaks trade agreement with US
  • Jan 14 17-year-old Lesley Whittle is kidnapped in Shropshire, England
  • Jan 15 Portugal signs accord for Angola's independence
  • 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 Terrence McNally's play "Ritz" premieres in NYC
  • Jan 22 Landsat 2, an Earth Resources Technology Satellite, launched
  • Jan 24 Fastest Earth-bound object, 7200 kph, in vacuum centrifuge, England

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Jan 25 Bangladeshi parliament disposes of premier Sheikh Mujibur Rahman

Founding Father of Bangladesh Sheikh Mujibur Rahman
Founding Father of Bangladesh
Sheikh Mujibur Rahman

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

Playwright Edward Albee
Edward Albee
  • Jan 28 8th ABA All-Star Game: East 151 beats West 124 at San Antonio
  • Jan 29 West Indies win fifth test against India to win an exciting series 3-2

InventionHistoric Invention

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

Inventor Ernő Rubik
Ernő Rubik

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 1 Eiichiro Oda, Japanese Manga artist (One Piece - best selling Manga series and comic series ever), born in Kumamoto, Japan
  • Jan 3 Thomas Bangalter, French DJ (Daft Punk - "Get Lucky"), born in Paris, France
  • Jan 6 Jason King, English radio DJ (Radio 1), born in Tenbury Wells, United Kingdom
  • Jan 9 Kimberley Ann Scott [Kim Mathers], Former wife of Eminem, born in Warren, Michigan
  • Jan 11 Matteo Renzi, Italian politician and Prime Minister of Italy (2014-), born in Florence, Italy
  • Jan 14 Ricardo López, Uruguayan-born stalker of Björk, born in Uruguay (d. 1996)
  • Jan 15 Edith Bowman, Scottish television and radio presenter, born in Anstruther, United Kingdom
  • Jan 16 Greg Strause, American visual effects creator, born in Waukegan, Illinois
  • Jan 28 David Zingler, American writer
  • Jan 31 Jackie O, Australian radio host, born in Tasmania, Australia

Deaths in History

  • Jan 2 Theo Osterkamp, German fighter pilot, dies at 82
  • Jan 3 Robert Neumann, Austrian-British author (False Flag), dies at 77
  • Jan 3 Walter Linck, Swiss sculptor, dies at 71
  • Jan 4 Carlo Levi, Italian writer (Parole Sono Pietre), dies at 72
  • Jan 8 Louis J H C A de Bourbon, Dutch writer/poet (Gypsy Blood), dies at 66
  • Jan 9 Pyotr Sergeyevich Novikov, Russian mathematician (group theory), dies at 73
  • Jan 12 Caryn Campbell, Bundy victim, disappears from Snowmass, Colo
  • Jan 19 Thomas Hart Benton, American painter and muralist (Lonesome Road) dies at 85
  • Jan 22 Klaas Voskuil, Dutch journalist, dies at 79
  • Jan 22 Andrew George Burry, Swiss-born manufacturer and businessman (b. 1873)
  • Jan 24 Erich Kempka, German chauffeur to Adolf Hitler, dies at 64
  • Jan 25 Charlotte Whitton, Canadian politician, Mayor of Ottawa (1951-56), dies at 78
  • Jan 27 Bill Walsh, American producer and writer (b. 1913)
  • Jan 28 Ola Raknes, Norwegian psychoanalyst and philologist (b. 1887)