On This Day

July 1975 in History

Events in History

Historic Event

Jul 4 Ted Bundy victim Nancy Baird disappears from Layton, Utah

  • Jul 5 Cape Verde Islands gain independence after 500 years of Portuguese rule
  • Jul 6 Argentine government falls
  • Jul 6 Comoros declare independence from France (most of them)

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 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 Soyuz 19 and Apollo 18 launched; will rendezvous 2 days later
  • 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 19 Apollo and Soyuz linked in orbit for 2 days, separate
  • 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

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

Historic Event

Jul 24 Giorgio Armani and Sergio Galeotti found Giorgio Armani S.p.A. in Milan, Italy

  • 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 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

Birthdays in History

  • Jul 6 Amir-Abbas Fakhravar, Iranian journalist and activist (Annie Taylor Award), born in Tehran, Iran
  • Jul 7 Michael Voss, Australian rules footballer, born in Traralgon, Australia
  • Jul 17 Terence Tao, Australian-Chinese mathematician, born in Adelaide, Australia
  • Jul 20 Birgitta Ohlsson, Swedish politician
  • Jul 30 Graham Nicholls, English artist, born in London, United Kingdom
  • Jul 31 Simon Hirst, British radio DJ

Deaths in History

  • Jul 4 Georgette Heyer, English novelist (Friday's Child), dies at 71
  • Jul 6 Otto Skorzeny, German/Austrian SS (Mussolini/Ardennen), dies
  • Jul 7 Jacob Bjerknes, Norwegian-American meteorologist (USAF in London), dies at 77
  • Jul 10 Achiel H van Acker, Belgian premier (1945-46, 1954-58), dies at 77
  • Jul 11 Kurt Pinthus, German-American writer, dies at 89
  • Jul 15 Charles Weidman, US dancer/choreographer (Fables for Our Time), dies
  • Jul 17 Modoc, the elephant, dies at age 78 (oldest known nonhuman mammal)
  • Jul 17 Konstantine Gamsakhurdia, Georgian writer and public benefactor, dies at 82
  • Jul 21 George Petty, American pin-up artist, dies at 81
  • Jul 25 Eugen Fink, German philosopher, dies at 69