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1975 Events

Dubbed the International Year of the Woman by the United Nations, 1975 was a calm year compared to the one that preceded it, especially in the U.S.

Nonetheless, there are events that occurred that are quite memorable.

Some of those 1975 events include:


  • Volkswagen introduces a new car called the Golf, which would become one of their best sellers
  • Wheel of Fortune premieres


  • Margaret Thatcher becomes prime minister of the United Kingdom
  • Daylight Savings Time is launched to months early in response to the U.S. energy crisis


  • Construction of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline begins
  • Queen Elizabeth makes Charlie Chaplin a knight
  • International Women’s Day is celebrated


  • In Albuquerque, New Mexico, Microsoft in founded by Bill Gates
  • Communist forces take Saigon and the Vietnam War ends


  • Busch Gardens Williamsburg opens
  • Bobby Unser wins the Indianapolis 500 for the second time
  • Junko Tabei is the first female to reach the summit of Mount Everest


  • PM Indira Gandhi declares a state of emergency
  • Thank God I'm a Country Boy, aka Country Boy by the American singer John Denver hits #1 on the music charts


  • Disney announces plans to build EPCOT Center
  • A Chorus Line premieres on Broadway


  • The Louisiana Superdome opens
  • Motown entices Stevie Wonder with an $8 million contract
  • NASA begins the Viking program and launches the first probe towards Mars


  • Elizabeth Ann Seton becomes the first U.S. saint when she is canonized by the Roman Catholic church
  • The World Football League calls it quits


  • Muhammad Ali beats Joe Frazier in the famous “Thilla in Manila” fight
  • The first episode of Saturday Night Live airs on NBC
  • Liz Taylor re-marries Richard Burton
  • Amwar Sadat becomes the first Egyptian president to visit the U.S.


  • Spain begins its trip towards democracy when Francisco Franco dies and King Juan Carlos takes the reigns
  • Kilauea volcano erupts in Hawaii
  • Microsoft becomes a registered trademark


  • Robert and Elizabeth Dole marry