On This Day

July 1975 in History

Events in History


Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Serial Killer Ted Bundy
Serial Killer
Ted Bundy
  • 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)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 8 Israeli premier Yitzhak Rabin visits West Germany

5th Prime Minister of Israel Yitzhak Rabin
5th Prime Minister of Israel
Yitzhak Rabin

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Jul 8 US President Gerald Ford announced he'll seek Republican presidential nomination

38th US President Gerald Ford
38th US President
Gerald Ford
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 22 US House of Representatives votes to restore citizenship to General Robert E. Lee

Confederate General Robert E. Lee
Confederate General
Robert E. Lee
  • Jul 23 Alan Ayckbourn's "Absent Friends" premieres in London

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

Fashion Designer Giorgio Armani
Fashion Designer
Giorgio Armani
  • 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