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Events in History in January 1975

  • Jan 1 Haldeman, Ehrlichman, Mitchell & Mardian convicted of Watergate crimes
  • 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
Playwright
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

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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
Inventor
Ernő Rubik