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Fun Facts and Trivia From the Year 1975

Gregory DeVictor is a trivia enthusiast who loves to write articles on American nostalgia.

This article teaches you fun facts, trivia, and history events from the year 1975.

This article teaches you fun facts, trivia, and history events from the year 1975.

What Happened in the Year 1975?

What are some fun facts, trivia, and history events from the year 1975? What were some of the top news stories in the U.S. and around the world, and what major events took place in the business and financial sectors? What was popular in everyday life, and what happened in science, technology, sports, and in the entertainment industry? From world leaders to pioneers to innovators, who were the most influential people in 1975? What about famous birthdays, marriages, and deaths that year, as well as how much things cost at the grocery store? Finally, what was the year 1975 best known for, and was it a good or bad year overall?

Here is a summary of what took place in 1975:

  1. The 1973-75 recession was caused by OPEC’s oil embargo, exorbitant gas prices, heavy government spending on the Vietnam War, and a Wall Street stock crash in 1973-74. It was also the longest economic downturn in the U.S. since the Great Depression. Unemployment peaked at 9.0%, 2.3 million jobs were lost, and “the dollar had an average inflation rate of 10.08% per year between 1973 and 1975, producing a cumulative price increase of -17.47%.” Nevertheless, the American economy began to emerge from the recession during March 1975. Industrial production started to improve, the unemployment and inflation rates began to fall, and consumer confidence even showed a slight increase.
  2. On April 30, 1975, U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War came to an end. Diplomacy.State.gov explains that “the South Vietnamese capital of Saigon fell to the North Vietnamese Army, effectively ending the Vietnam War. In the days before, U.S. forces evacuated thousands of Americans and South Vietnamese from Saigon. American diplomats were on the frontlines, organizing what would be the most ambitious helicopter evacuation in history.”
  3. Watergate players John Mitchell, H. R. Haldeman, and John D. Ehrlichman were sentenced to 2½-8 years for conspiracy and obstruction of justice.
  4. The U.S. House of Representatives passed a $21.3 billion “anti-recession tax-cut bill,” and President Ford announced that he would seek the 1976 Republican presidential nomination.
  5. Construction began on the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System (TAPS), which was being built to carry “billions of barrels of North Slope oil to the port of Valdez.”
  6. Chrysler Corporation offered the first car rebates, in order to stimulate sales after the auto industry went into a deep decline during the 1973-75 recession.
  7. The California Agricultural Labor Relations Act (CALRA)—which established collective bargaining for agricultural workers—became law.
  8. The U.S. House of Representatives voted to restore citizenship to General Robert E Lee, a Confederate general “who led the South's attempt at secession during the Civil War.”
  9. Jimmy Hoffa, who served as the president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT), disappeared in suburban Detroit. (Hoffa was legally declared dead in 1982.)
  10. The Department of the Interior designated grizzly bears as an endangered species.
  11. The 1975 Conservative party leadership election was held in Great Britain, and the Conservatives chose Margaret Thatcher as their new leader. Thatcher “won the title after successfully challenging the leadership of former Prime Minister Edward Heath, making her the first woman in that role.”
  12. British voters decided to remain in the Common Market, London had its first recorded snowfall in June, and the Moorgate tube crash in London killed 43 people and injured 74 others.
  13. The Pittsburgh Steelers won the Super Bowl, the Philadelphia Flyers clinched the Stanley Cup, and the Cincinnati Reds were the World Series Champs.
  14. MLB legends Ralph Kiner and William Johnson were both inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
  15. MLB Commissioner Bowie Kuhn was reelected to another seven-year term.
  16. Microsoft was founded as a partnership between Bill Gates and Paul Allen to develop and sell computer software.
  17. Ernő Rubik applied for a patent for his "Magic Cube" invention, which later became known as a “Rubik's Cube.”
  18. At the 47th Academy Awards, which honored the best films of 1974, The Godfather Part II won an Oscar for Best Picture, and Francis Ford Coppola (The Godfather Part II) won an Oscar for Best Director. Likewise, Art Carney (Harry and Tonto) won an Oscar for Best Actor, and Ellen Burstyn (Alice Doesn’t Love Here Anymore) won an Oscar for Best Actress.
  19. The morning news magazine, Good Morning America, debuted on ABC, and the soaps, As the World Turns and The Edge of Night, switched from live to pre-taped broadcasts.
  20. The musical, A Chorus Line, premiered at the Shubert Theater in New York City for 6,137 performances. In 1976, the show received nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Direction of a Musical, and Best Choreography. A Chorus Line also received a special Tony Award in 1984 for becoming Broadway’s longest-running musical.
  21. Saturday Night Live, the late-night comedy and variety show, premiered on NBC with George Carlin as host. Currently in its 47th season, Saturday Night Live is now streaming on Peacock—NBCUniversal’s video streaming service—in addition to its coast-to-coast live television broadcasts.
  22. Consumer products introduced in 1975 included Betamax, Big Red gum, Country Time lemon-flavored drink mixes, Famous Amos chocolate cookies, Freshen Up chewing gum, Miller Lite, the Terrible Towel, and Warheads candy.
  23. In 1975, Angelina Jolie, Kate Winslet, Drew Barrymore, Tiger Woods, Rich Dollaz, Cheyenne Jackson, and Bradley Cooper were all born.
  24. American companies and brands introduced during 1975 include Bisquitville, Book Soup, Chili’s, Earth Fare, Family Express, Kronos Foods, Microsoft, Mysterious Press, and Supercuts.
  25. At the 48th Scripps National Spelling Bee, the winner was 14-year-old Tosteson Garcia of Puerto Rico, who correctly spelled the word “incisor.”

This article teaches you fun facts, trivia, and historical events from the year 1975. Find out about popular TV shows, movies, music, books, foods, sports facts, famous birthdays, and other cool pop culture trends to get the right mix of questions and answers for your 1970s-themed trivia game.

In 1975, the Ford Motor Company was one of America’s largest corporations.

In 1975, the Ford Motor Company was one of America’s largest corporations.

Table of Contents

For easier reading and referencing, I have divided this article into the following categories:

  1. Grocery Prices in the Year 1975
  2. History Facts From the USA and World
  3. Sports Trivia
  4. 1970s Slang Words and Expressions
  5. Miscellaneous Fun Facts, Trivia, and Pop Culture Trends
  6. Entertainment News
  7. Nobel Prize Winners
  8. Best-Selling Fiction and Non-Fiction Books
  9. Most Popular Television Shows From 1975-76
  10. Most Popular Movies
  11. Ten Best Horror Films
  12. Biggest Pop Music Artists
  13. Top 40 Songs for the Year
  14. Food and Beverage Trivia
  15. Famous Birthdays
  16. Notable Weddings
  17. Famous People Who Died
  18. U.S. Automobile Production Figures for the Year
  19. America’s Largest Corporations
  20. American Companies and Brands Established During 1975
In 1975, you could buy a 12-ounce can of SPAM for 79 cents. (Today, that can of SPAM costs $3.39 at Target.)

In 1975, you could buy a 12-ounce can of SPAM for 79 cents. (Today, that can of SPAM costs $3.39 at Target.)

1. Grocery Prices in the Year 1975

These grocery facts have been made available courtesy of the Morris County Public Library and ThePeopleHistory.com.

  1. Apples (McIntosh): Three pounds for 59 cents
  2. Bacon: $1.29 for a one-pound package
  3. Bananas: 19 cents a pound
  4. Beans (Campbell’s, baked): 24 cents for a one-pound can
  5. Beef (ground chuck): 99 cents a pound
  6. Beef (sirloin steak): $1.29-$1.39 a pound
  7. Bread: 32 cents for a 22-ounce loaf
  8. Butter (Hotel Bar): 70 cents for a one-pound package
  9. Cake mix (Betty Crocker): 55 cents for an 18.5-ounce box
  10. Celery: 38 cents a stalk
  11. Cheese (American): 99 cents a pound
  12. Chicken (roasters): 49 cents a pound
  13. Coffee (Chock Full O’Nuts): 99 cents for a one-pound can
  14. Crackers (Nabisco premium saltines): 49 cents for a one-pound box
  15. Cranberries: 29 cents a pound
  16. Eggs: 59 cents a dozen
  17. Grapefruit: 79 cents for a five-pound bag
  18. Grapes: 69 cents a pound
  19. Ham (cooked): 79 cents a pound
  20. Jelly: 59 cents for a 12-ounce jar
  21. Juice (Del Monte, pineapple-grapefruit): 45 cents for a 32-ounce can
  22. Ketchup (Heinz): 59 cents for a 26-ounce bottle
  23. Mayonnaise (Kraft): 69 cents for a quart jar
  24. Milk: $1.57 per gallon
  25. Onions: Eight cents a pound
  26. Oranges (Florida): 79 cents for a five-pound bag
  27. Pot pie (Banquet, frozen): 99 cents for four eight-ounce packages
  28. Potatoes: 99 cents for a 20-pound bag
  29. Pot roast: 79 cents a pound
  30. Soup (Campbells): $1.00 for five 10.75-ounce cans
  31. SPAM: 79 cents for a 12-ounce can
  32. Strawberries: 29 cents a pound
  33. Sugar: $2.49 for a five pound bag
  34. Sweet corn: 10 ears for 79 cents
  35. Turkey: 43 cents a pound
In 1975, a 26-ounce bottle of Heinz ketchup cost 59 cents.

In 1975, a 26-ounce bottle of Heinz ketchup cost 59 cents.

2. History Facts From the USA and World

  1. In 1975, Gerald Ford (R-Michigan) was President of the United States, and Nelson Rockefeller (R-New York) was the Vice-President.
  2. William E. Burger (Minnesota) was the Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court.
  3. Carl Albert (D-Oklahoma) was the Speaker of the House, and Mike Mansfield (D-Montana) was the Senate Majority Leader.
  4. The 93rd Congress (1973-75) was in session, and there were 243 Democrats and 192 Republicans. History.House.gov tells us that “The 93rd Congress responded to unilateral presidential actions with the War Powers Resolution, a new federal budget process, campaign reforms, and the Freedom of Information Act. Congressional investigations implicated Nixon in widespread misconduct after a break-in at the Democratic Party’s Watergate complex offices in Washington, but Nixon resigned before the House filed articles of impeachment against him.”
  5. On January 1, H. R. Haldeman—Nixon’s White House Chief of Staff—was convicted of Watergate crimes.
  6. On January 1, Americans could freely own and trade gold once again. (The limitation on gold ownership in the U.S. was repealed after President Ford signed a bill in 1974 “to permit United States citizens to purchase, hold, sell, or otherwise deal with gold in the United States or abroad.”)
  7. On January 12, Chrysler Corporation offered the first car rebates. The New York Times reports that “In the first significant attempt to reduce prices to stimulate car sales since the automobile industry went into its deep decline, the Chrysler Corporation plans to announce a system of rebates ... that will save buyers of certain new Chrysler cars from $200 to $400.”
  8. On January 23, former Pittsburgh Pirates slugger Ralph Kiner was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
  9. On January 30, Hungarian sculptor and professor of architecture Ernő Rubik applied for a patent for his "Magic Cube" invention, which later became known as a Rubik's cube.
  10. On February 10, William "Judy" Johnson was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. According to BaseballHall.org, “From 1971-74, Johnson served on the Hall of Fame’s Committee on the Negro Baseball Leagues. After stepping down from the Committee, he was elected to the Hall in 1975.”
  11. On February 11, the 1975 Conservative party leadership election was held in Great Britain, and the Conservatives chose Margaret Thatcher as their new leader. Thatcher “won the title after successfully challenging the leadership of former Prime Minister Edward Heath, making her the first woman in that role."
  12. On February 21, Watergate players John Mitchell, H. R. Haldeman, and John D. Ehrlichman were sentenced to 2½-8 years for conspiracy and obstruction of justice.
  13. On February 27, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a $21.3 billion “anti-recession tax-cut bill.”
  14. On February 28, a tube crash in London at Moorgate station killed 43 people and injured 74 others.
  15. On March 9, construction began on the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System (TAPS), which was being built to carry “billions of barrels of North Slope oil to the port of Valdez.”
  16. On March 22, the Walt Disney Shopping Village opened at Lake Buena Vista in Orlando.
  17. On April 4, Microsoft was founded as a partnership between Bill Gates and Paul Allen to develop and sell computer software. Today, Microsoft is a “technology corporation that produces computer software, consumer electronics, personal computers, and related services. Its best known software products are the Microsoft Windows line of operating systems, the Microsoft Office suite, and the Internet Explorer web browsers.”
  18. On April 21, American Bill Rogers won the men’s section of the Boston Marathon, and Liane Winter of West Germany won the women’s section.
  19. On April 30, U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War came to an end. Diplomacy.State.gov explains that “the South Vietnamese capital of Saigon fell to the North Vietnamese Army, effectively ending the Vietnam War. In the days before, U.S. forces evacuated thousands of Americans and South Vietnamese from Saigon. American diplomats were on the frontlines, organizing what would be the most ambitious helicopter evacuation in history.”
  20. On May 7, President Ford announced an end to the Vietnam War.
  21. On June 2, London had its first recorded snowfall in June.
  22. On June 5, the California Agricultural Labor Relations Act (CALRA)—which established collective bargaining for agricultural workers—became law.
  23. On June 6, British voters decided to remain in the Common Market.
  24. On June 18, NBC Radio’s news syndicate began operating. According to the New York Times, “The enterprise, using the resources of NBC News, will provide subscribing stations with a 50‐minute block of national and world news every hour of the day, leaving the remaining time for local news coverage by the stations themselves.”
  25. On June 29, 8.10” of rain fell in Litchville, North Dakota, setting a 24-hour state record.
  26. On July 8, President Ford announced that he would seek the 1976 Republican presidential nomination.
  27. On July 13, 8.5” of rain fell in Dover, Delaware, setting a state record.
  28. On July 16, MLB Commissioner Bowie Kuhn was reelected to another seven-year term.
  29. On July 20, Bernard Thevenet of France won the 62nd Tour de France.
  30. On July 29, President Ford became the first U.S. president to visit the Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz.
  31. On July 30, Jimmy Hoffa, who served as the president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT), disappeared in suburban Detroit. (Hoffa was legally declared dead in 1982.)
  32. On August 2, the temperature reached 104°F in Providence, Rhode Island, setting a state record.
  33. On August 2, the temperature reached 107°F in Chester/New Bedford, Massachusetts, setting a state record.
  34. On September 1, New York City’s transit fare increased from 35 cents to 50 cents.
  35. On September 5, Lynette Fromme, “a follower of jailed cult leader Charles Manson, attempted to assassinate U.S. President Gerald Ford, but was thwarted by a Secret Service agent.”
  36. On September 14, Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton became the first American-born saint.
  37. On September 22, President Ford “survived a second assassination attempt, this time by Sara Jane Moore of San Francisco.”
  38. On October 15, Iceland moved its international boundary from 50 to 100 miles.
  39. On October 20, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that teachers could spank their students after first giving them a warning.
  40. On October 21, the Coast Guard Academy allowed the first women to enroll.
  41. On November 4, MLB player Jim Palmer (Baltimore Orioles) won his second Cy Young Award. Then, on November 12, MLB player Tom Seaver (New York Mets) won his third Cy Young Award. (So, how do you get a Cy Young award? M.MLB.com tells us that “Named for the winningest pitcher in baseball history, the Cy Young Award is voted upon by the Baseball Writers' Association of America prior to the beginning of the postseason. From 1956 to 1966, the award was given to one pitcher, but has been given to one pitcher per league since 1967.”)
  42. On November 20, Ronald Reagan announced that he would seek the 1976 Republican presidential nomination.
  43. On December 11, the price for a first-class postage stamp increased from 10 cents to 13 cents.
  44. On December 16, MLB team owner Bill Veeck purchased 80% of the Chicago White Sox from John Allyn.
  45. On December 22, President Ford signed the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA) into law. The primary goals of the EPCA are to “increase energy production and supply, reduce energy demand, provide energy efficiency, and give the executive branch additional powers to respond to disruptions in energy supply.”
In 1975, the Pittsburgh Steelers were the Super Bowl champs.

In 1975, the Pittsburgh Steelers were the Super Bowl champs.

3. Sports Trivia

Generally suitable for all age groups, sports questions are a welcome addition to any trivia quiz.

  1. Kentucky Derby: Foolish Pleasure
  2. NBA Champions: Golden State Warriors
  3. NCAA Basketball: UCLA
  4. NCAA Football Champs: Oklahoma
  5. Orange Bowl: Notre Dame over Alabama
  6. Rose Bowl: USC over Ohio State
  7. Stanley Cup Champs: Philadelphia Flyers
  8. Sugar Bowl: Nebraska over Florida
  9. Super Bowl: Pittsburgh Steelers
  10. U.S. Open Golf: Lou Graham
  11. U.S. Open Tennis (men/women): Manuel Orantes/Christine Marie Evert
  12. Wimbledon (men/women): Arthur Ashe/Billie Jean King
  13. World Series Champions: Cincinnati Reds

4. 1970s Slang Words and Expressions

Here are some of the most popular slang words and expressions from the 1970s:

  1. Bad: Good, great
  2. Boogie: Dance
  3. Bummer: Too bad
  4. Chill: Relax
  5. Copacetic: OK, no problem
  6. Dork: Nerd
  7. Dream on: A response to someone who is being unrealistic
  8. Dude: A generic term for a guy
  9. Fab: Short for fabulous
  10. Far out: Very cool in a weird way
  11. Freak out: To become frightened
  12. Funky: Cool in an eccentric way
  13. Gig: A temporary job
  14. Go bananas: Go crazy
  15. Going around: Dating
  16. Good vibes: Positive energy
  17. Groovy: Cool in a hip way
  18. Keep on truckin’: Don’t stop now
  19. Nifty: Cool in a neat way
  20. Out of sight: Cool in an impressive way
  21. Pad: Where someone lives
  22. Psych: To trick someone
  23. Putz: A klutzy or dorky person
  24. Right on: Yes, I agree
  25. Rip off: Something that is poor quality
  26. Space cadet: An airhead or goofy person
  27. Take a chill pill: Calm down
  28. The lowdown: The truth or the real story
  29. To the max: Take something to the extreme
  30. Trippin': Acting crazy
In 1975, the Philadelphia Flyers clinched the Stanley Cup.

In 1975, the Philadelphia Flyers clinched the Stanley Cup.

  1. In 1975 the most popular baby names for boys were Michael, Jason, Christopher, David, and James. Today, the most popular names include Liam, Noah, Oliver, Elijah, and William.
  2. In 1975, the most popular baby names for girls were Jennifer, Amy, Melissa, Heather, and Angela. Today, the most popular names include Olivia, Emma, Amelia, Ava, and Sophia.
  3. The average life expectancy at birth in the U.S. was 72.86 years.
  4. Fashion icons in 1975 were Jacqueline Bisset, Carol Burnett, Diahann Carroll, Angie Dickinson, Margaux Hemingway, Mary Tyler Moore, Suzanne Pleshette, Diana Ross, and Donna Summer.
  5. Shirley Clothran (Texas) was crowned Miss America.
  6. Summer Bartholomew (California) became Miss USA.
  7. The cost of a Super Bowl ad was $107,000.
  8. Consumer products introduced in 1975 included Betamax, Big Red gum, Country Time lemon-flavored drink mixes, Famous Amos chocolate cookies, Freshen Up chewing gum, Miller Lite, the Terrible Towel, and Warheads candy.
  9. On January 1, the private ownership of gold was legalized in the United States.
  10. On January 2, the Department of the Interior designated grizzly bears as an endangered species.
  11. On May 2, Apple Records, a record label founded by the Beatles, shut down several subdivisions.
  12. On July 9, a 4.6 magnitude earthquake took place in western Minnesota. It was also felt in northern Iowa, southeastern North Dakota, and eastern South Dakota.
  13. On July 10, Cher filed for divorce from Gregg Allman 10 days after they married.
  14. On July 22, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to restore citizenship to General Robert E Lee.
  15. On August 11, the U.S. vetoed the “proposed admission” of North and South Vietnam to the United Nations.
  16. Foster Grant sunglasses: $5.00
  17. Chevrolet Caprice: $4,819
  18. Movie ticket: $2.03
  19. Postage stamp: 13 cents
  20. Public college tuition: $1,809
  21. Private college tuition: $3,776
  22. Violent crime per 1,000 people: 53.0
  23. Property crime per 1,000 people: 48.1
  24. Unemployment peaked at 9.0% in May.
  25. Inflation rate: 9.13%
  26. Average income per year: $14,100
  27. Average cost of a new house: $39,300
  28. Average monthly rent: $200
  29. Average cost of a new car: $4,250
  30. Average cost of a gallon of gas: 44 cents
In 1975, the game show, Wheel of Fortune, premiered on NBC, and has since aired over 7,000 shows.

In 1975, the game show, Wheel of Fortune, premiered on NBC, and has since aired over 7,000 shows.

6. Entertainment News

  1. On January 6, AM America premiered on ABC with Bill Beutel as host.
  2. On January 5, Charlie Smalls' musical, The Wiz, opened at the Majestic Theater in NYC for 1672 performances.
  3. On January 6, the game show, Wheel of Fortune, debuted on NBC.
  4. On January 15, comedian Phyllis Diller received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
  5. On January 18, The Jeffersons, a sitcom that was a spinoff from All in the Family, premiered on CBS.
  6. On January 23, the sitcom, Barney Miller, debuted on ABC.
  7. On January 26, Edward Allbee’s play, Seascape, opened in NYC.
  8. On February 18, at the 2nd Annual American Music Awards, John Denver was voted the Favorite Male Artist - Pop/Rock, Olivia Newton-John was voted the Favorite Female Artist - Pop/Rock, and Gladys Knight & the Pips was voted the Favorite Band, Duo or Group.
  9. On March 3, the 1st People’s Choice Awards honored the best in popular culture in 1974. At the ceremonies, The Sting was voted the Favorite Motion Picture, Barbra Streisand was voted the Favorite Motion Picture Actress, and John Wayne was voted the Favorite Motion Picture Actor.
  10. On March 10, The Rocky Horror Picture Show opened at the Belasco Theater NYC for 45 performances.
  11. On March 13, Bernard Slade’s romantic comedy play, Same Time, Next Year, opened in NYC.
  12. On March 26, Ken Russell's film, Tommy, based on the rock opera by The Who, opened in London.
  13. On April 8, at the 47th Academy Awards, which honored the best films of 1974, The Godfather Part II won an Oscar for Best Picture, and Francis Ford Coppola (The Godfather Part II) won an Oscar for Best Director. Likewise, Art Carney (Harry and Tonto) won an Oscar for Best Actor, and Ellen Burstyn (Alice Doesn’t Love Here Anymore) won an Oscar for Best Actress.
  14. On April 20, at the 29th Tony Awards, Equus won a Tony for Best Play, and The Wiz won a Tony for Best Musical. Likewise, John Dexter (Equus) won a Tony for Best Direction of a Play, George Faison (The Wiz) won a Tony for Best Choreography, and Carl Toms (Sherlock Holmes) won a Tony for Best Scenic Design.
  15. On April 23, Harold Pinter’s play, No Man’s Land, opened in London.
  16. On May 5, the Pulitzer Prize was awarded to Michael Shaara for his historical novel—Killer Angels.
  17. On May 11, Natalie Cole released her debut album—Inseparable.
  18. On May 19, at the 27th Primetime Emmy Awards, Mary Tyler Moore (CBS) received an Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series, and Upstairs, Downstairs (PBS) received an Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series. Likewise, Tony Randall (The Odd Couple) received an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, and Valerie Harper (Rhoda) received an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series.
  19. On May 26, Glen Campbell released his single—Rhinestone Cowboy.
  20. On June 11, Nashville, a film directed by Robert Altman and starring Ned Beatty and Ronee Blakley, was released.
  21. On June 20, Jaws, a film directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Roy Scheider, debuted.
  22. On June 25, Barry White’s, Can’t Get Enough of Your Love Baby, was released.
  23. On July 7, the soap, Ryan’s Hope, premiered on ABC, where it would air for 13 years.
  24. On August 5, Stevie Wonder signed a $13M contract with Motown.
  25. On September 1, the western drama, Gunsmoke, went off the air after 20 seasons and 635 episodes.
  26. On September 29, WGPR, the first black-owned television station in the U.S., began broadcasting in Detroit.
  27. On September 29, the game show, Three For Money, premiered on NBC.
  28. On October 11, Saturday Night Live, the late-night comedy and variety show, premiered on NBC with George Carlin as host. Currently in its 47th season, Saturday Night Live is now streaming on Peacock—NBCUniversal’s video streaming service—in addition to its coast-to-coast live television broadcasts.
  29. On October 19, the musical, A Chorus Line, premiered at the Shubert Theater in New York City for 6,137 performances. In 1976, the show received nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Direction of a Musical, and Best Choreography. A Chorus Line also received a special Tony Award in 1984 for becoming Broadway’s longest-running musical.
  30. On October 21, Elton John received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
  31. On October 22, the musical revue, Me and Bessie, opened at the Ambassador Theater in NYC for 453 performances.
  32. On November 3, the morning news magazine, Good Morning America, debuted on ABC.
  33. On November 19, the film, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, directed by Milos Forman and starring Jack Nicholson and Louise Fletcher, was released.
  34. On November 28, the soaps, As the World Turns and The Edge of Night, switched from live to pre-taped broadcasts.
  35. On December 8, the musical, Raisin, closed at the 46 Street Theater in NYC after 847 performances.
In 1975, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest was one of the most popular films.

In 1975, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest was one of the most popular films.

7. Nobel Prize Winners

This Nobel Prize information from 1975 has been made available courtesy of NobelPrize.com.

  • Chemistry: Vladimir Prelog and John Cornforth
  • Economic Sciences: Leonid Kantorovich and Tjalling Koopmans
  • Literature: Eugenio Montale
  • Peace: Andrei Sakharov
  • Physics: Aage Bohr, James Rainwater, and Ben Roy Mottelson
  • Physiology or medicine: Howard Temin, Renato Dulbecco, and David Baltimore

8. Best-Selling Fiction and Non-Fiction Books

This book trivia from 1975 has been made available courtesy of PublishersWeekly.com.

Fiction:

1. Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow

2. The Moneychangers by Arthur Hailey

3. Curtain by Agatha Christie

4. Looking for Mister Goodbar by Judith Rossner

5. The Choirboys by Joseph Wambaugh

6. The Eagle Has Landed by Jack Higgins

7. The Greek Treasure: A Biographical Novel of Henry and Sophia Schliemann by Irving Stone

8. The Great Train Robbery by Michael Crichton

9. Shogun by James Clavell

10. Humboldt's Gift by Saul Bellow

Nonfiction:

1. Angels: God's Secret Agents by Billy Graham

2. Winning Through Intimidation by Robert Ringer

3. TM: Discovering Energy and Overcoming Stress by Harold H. Bloomfield

4. The Ascent of Man by Jacob Bronowski

5. Sylvia Porter's Money Book by Sylvia Porter

6. Total Fitness in 30 Minutes a Week by Laurence E. Morehouse and Leonard Gross

7. The Bermuda Triangle by Charles Berlitz with J. Manson Valentine

8. The Save-Your-Life Diet by David Reuben

9. Bring on the Empty Horses by David Niven

10. Breach of Faith: The Fall of Richard Nixon by Theodore H. White

This TV trivia has been made available courtesy of Nielsen.com.

  1. All in the Family (CBS)
  2. Rich Man, Poor Man (ABC)
  3. Laverne & Shirley (ABC)
  4. Maude (CBS)
  5. The Bionic Woman (ABC)
  6. Phyllis (CBS)
  7. Sanford and Son (NBC)
  8. Rhoda (CBS)
  9. The Six Million Dollar Man (ABC)
  10. ABC Monday Night Movie (ABC)
  11. Happy Days (ABC)
In 1975, All in the Family was one of the most popular TV shows.

In 1975, All in the Family was one of the most popular TV shows.

This movie trivia has been made available courtesy of The-Numbers.com.

  1. Jaws
  2. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
  3. Shampoo
  4. Dog Day Afternoon
  5. The Return of the Pink Panther
  6. Three Days of the Condor
  7. Funny Lady
  8. The Other Side of the Mountain
  9. Tommy
  10. The Apple Dumpling Gang

11. Ten Best Horror Films

This film trivia from 1975 has been made available courtesy of IMDB.com.

  1. Jaws
  2. Shivers
  3. Deep Red
  4. The Rocky Horror Picture Show
  5. Race with the Devil
  6. Alucarda
  7. Trilogy of Terror
  8. Salo, or the 120 Days of Sodom
  9. The Devil’s Rain
  10. Who Can Kill a Child?

12. Biggest Pop Music Artists

Here are some of the popular music artists and groups from 1975:

  1. Barry Manilow
  2. Barry White
  3. Bruce Springsteen
  4. Captain & Tennille
  5. The Carpenters
  6. David Bowie
  7. The Doobie Brothers
  8. Earth, Wind & Fire
  9. Elton John
  10. Gladys Knight & the Pips
  11. Helen Reddy
  12. Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes
  13. The Isley Brothers
  14. John Denver
  15. Kool & the Gang
  16. Linda Ronstadt
  17. Neil Sedaka
  18. Olivia Newton-John
  19. Paul McCartney & Wings
  20. The Pointer Sisters
  21. Smokey Robinson
  22. The Spinners
  23. Stevie Wonder
  24. The Temptations
  25. Tony Orlando & Dawn
In 1975, Jaws was one of the highest-grossing films.

In 1975, Jaws was one of the highest-grossing films.

13. Top 40 Songs for the Year

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1. Love Will Keep Us Together: The Captain and Tennille

2. Rhinestone Cowboy: Glen Campbell

3. Philadelphia Freedom: Elton John

4. Before the Next Teardrop Falls: Freddy Fender

5. My Eyes Adored You: Frankie Valli

6. Shining Star: Wind and Fire

7. Fame: David Bowie

8. Laughter In the Rain: Neil Sedaka

9. One of These Nights: Eagles

10. Thank God I'm a Country Boy: John Denver

11. Jive Talkin': The Bee Gees

12. The Best of My Love: Eagles

13. Lovin' You: Minnie Riperton

14. Kung Fu Fighting: Carl Douglas

15. Black Water: The Doobie Brothers

16. Ballroom Blitz: The Sweet

17. (Hey, Won't You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song: B.J. Thomas

18. He Don't Love You (Like I Love You): Tony Orlando and Dawn

19. At Seventeen: Janis Ian

20. Pick Up the Pieces: The Average White Band

21. The Hustle: Van McCoy and The Soul City Symphony

22. Lady Marmalade: Labelle

23. Why Can't We Be Friends: War

24. Love Won't Let Me Wait: Major Harris

25. Boogie On Reggae Woman: Stevie Wonder

26. Wasted Days and Wasted Nights: Freddy Fender

27. Fight the Power (Pt. 1): The Isley Brothers

28. Angie Baby: Helen Reddy

29. Jackie Blue: The Ozark Mountain Daredevils

30. Fire: The Ohio Players

31. Magic: Pilot

32. Please Mr. Postman: The Carpenters

33. Sister Golden Hair: America

34. Lucy In the Sky With Diamonds: Elton John

35. Mandy: Barry Manilow

36. Have You Never Been Mellow: Olivia Newton-John

37. Could It Be Magic: Barry Manilow

38. Cat's In the Cradle: Harry Chapin

39. Wildfire: Michael Murphy

40. I'm Not Lisa: Jessi Colter

In 1975, Watergate salad was a popular food trend.

In 1975, Watergate salad was a popular food trend.

14. Food and Beverage Trivia

EatThis.com tells us that “In a yearbook consisting entirely of food, the 1970s would be a colorful entry. It was a decade marked by health consciousness, packaged goods, French cuisine, and global awareness.” During the 1970s, we saw everything from green goddess dressing and Jell-O salads to Hamburger Helper and lo mein.

Here are over 50 of the most popular foods from the 1970s:

  1. Alpen cereal
  2. Beef Bourguignon
  3. Betty Crocker French Toastwiches
  4. Black Forest cake
  5. Blue Nun
  6. California rolls
  7. Campbell’s Chunky Soup
  8. Carrot cake
  9. Cheese balls
  10. Cheese fondue
  11. Chex Mix
  12. Chicken tikka masala
  13. Crepes Suzette
  14. Cup Noodles
  15. Deviled eggs
  16. Egg McMuffin
  17. Fajitas
  18. Fondue
  19. Freshen Up gum
  20. Frozen yogurt
  21. General Tso’s chicken
  22. Golden Grahams
  23. Granola bars
  24. Hamburger Helper
  25. Happy Meal
  26. Hawaiian cuisine
  27. Honey Nut Cheerios
  28. Hunt’s Manwich
  29. Jell-O 1-2-3
  30. Jell-O salads
  31. Jelly Belly jelly beans
  32. Libbyland frozen dinners
  33. Mississippi mud pie
  34. Mug-o-Lunch
  35. Munchkins donut hole treats
  36. Pasta primavera
  37. Perrier
  38. Poke cake
  39. Pop Rocks
  40. Post Pink Panther flakes
  41. Quarter Pounder
  42. Quiche Lorraine
  43. Ring Pops
  44. Snack Mate pasteurized cheese spreads
  45. Snapple
  46. Space Dust candy
  47. Spaghetti-Os
  48. SPAM and eggs
  49. Subway BMT
  50. Tab
  51. TV dinners
  52. Twix
  53. Wacky cake
  54. Watergate salad
In 1975, Black Forest cake was all the rage.

In 1975, Black Forest cake was all the rage.

15. Famous Birthdays

Here are some of the famous people who were born in 1975:

  1. Allen Iverson: Basketball player
  2. Angelina Jolie: Movie actress
  3. Anthony McPartlin: TV show host
  4. Bethany Gaskin: YouTube star
  5. Bradley Cooper: Movie actor
  6. Charlize Theron: Actress and producer
  7. Chelsea Handler: Comedian, actress, writer, television host, producer, and activist
  8. Cheyenne Jackson: Stage actor
  9. Christina Hendricks: Actress and former model
  10. Danni Boatwright: Actress, TV host, model, and beauty queen
  11. Danny Cooksey: Actor, voice actor, and singer
  12. David Beckham: Soccer player
  13. Drew Barrymore: Movie actress
  14. Fergie: Pop singer
  15. Jamie Oliver: Chef
  16. Jesse Tyler Ferguson: TV actor
  17. Kate Gosselin: Reality star
  18. Kate Winslet: Movie actress
  19. Katie Hopkins: Reality star
  20. Mark Ronson: Music producer
  21. Mel B: Pop singer
  22. Michael Buble: Jazz singer
  23. Rich Dollaz: Entrepreneur
  24. Tiger Woods: Golfer
  25. Travis Barker: Drummer

16. Notable Weddings

These marriage facts have been made available courtesy of OnThisDay.com.

  1. On January 21, actress Zsa Zsa Gabor married toy inventor Jack Ryan.
  2. On February 21, Cincinnati Reds catcher Johnny Bench married Vickie Chesser.
  3. On March 29, molecular biologist Peter Agre married Mary Macgill.
  4. On April 2, actress Jane Curtin married television producer Patrick Lynch.
  5. On May 6, actor Sean Connery married Micheline Roquebrune.
  6. On June 30, singer and actress Cher married musician Gregg Allman.
  7. On August 23, actress Maggie Smith married playwright Beverley Cross.
  8. On September 1, broadcasting pioneer Roone Arledge married Ann Fowler.
  9. On September 13, novelist Danielle Steel married Danny Zugelder.
  10. On September 20, British comic actor Dudley Moore married American actress Tuesday Weld.
  11. On October 10, actress Elizabeth Taylor remarried actor Richard Burton.
  12. On October 11, future U.S. President Bill Clinton married future U.S. Senator and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham.
  13. On November 8, NBA legend Larry Bird married high school sweetheart Janet Condra.
  14. On December 6, U.S. Senator Bob Dole married former Senator Elizabeth Hanford.
  15. On December 30, director Martin Scorsese married teacher and author Julia Cameron.

17. Famous People Who Died

This information has been made available courtesy of TheFamousPeople.com.

  1. Anna Roosevelt Halsted: Writer and editor
  2. Aristotle Onassis: Business magnate
  3. Audrey Williams: Musician and songwriter
  4. Avery Brundage: Sports administrator
  5. Bernard Herrmann: Composer and conductor
  6. Casey Stengel: Baseball manager
  7. Charles Revson: Businessman
  8. Jimmy Hoffa: Labor leader
  9. Josephine Baker: Actress
  10. Julian Huxley: Biologist
  11. Larry Fine: Comedian
  12. Lefty Grove: Baseball pitcher
  13. Leroy Anderson: Classical composer and conductor
  14. Louis Jordan: Musician and actor
  15. Moe Howard: Actor
  16. Moms Mabley: Comedian
  17. Ozzie Nelson: Actor
  18. Richard Conte: Actor
  19. Rod Sterling: Screenwriter and TV producer
  20. Steve Prefontaine: Long-distance runner
  21. Susan Hayward: Actress
  22. T-Bone Walker: Guitarist
  23. Thornton Wilder: Playwright
  24. Tim Buckley: Singer, songwriter, banjoist, and guitarist
  25. Walker Evans: Journalist and photographer
In 1975, Hamburger Helper was a major asset for many home cooks. EatThis.com tells us that “It came with pasta and seasoning packets, so all you had to do was combine the separate pieces with water and ground beef to make a complete (and fast) meal.”

In 1975, Hamburger Helper was a major asset for many home cooks. EatThis.com tells us that “It came with pasta and seasoning packets, so all you had to do was combine the separate pieces with water and ground beef to make a complete (and fast) meal.”

18. U.S. Automobile Production Figures for the Year

Here are the U.S. automobile production figures for 1975:

  1. Chevrolet: 1,755,773
  2. Ford: 1,569,608
  3. Oldsmobile: 631,795
  4. Pontiac: 531,922
  5. Buick: 481,768
  6. Plymouth: 454,105
  7. Mercury: 404,650
  8. Dodge: 377,462
  9. Cadillac: 264,732
  10. Chrysler: 251,549
  11. AMC: 241,501
  12. Lincoln: 101,843
  13. Imperial: 8,830
  14. Checker: 450
  15. Avanti II: 125
  16. Excalibur: 90

19. America’s Largest Corporations

This corporate trivia has been made available courtesy of Money.CNN.com.

  1. Exxon Mobil
  2. General Motors
  3. Ford Motor
  4. Texaco
  5. Mobil
  6. ChevronTexaco
  7. Gulf Oil
  8. General Electric
  9. IBM
  10. ITT Industries
  11. Chrysler
  12. U.S. Steel
  13. Amoco
  14. Shell Oil
  15. AT&T
  16. Conoco
  17. DuPont
  18. Atlantic Richfield
  19. CBS
  20. Occidental Petroleum
  21. Bethlehem Steel
  22. Union Carbide
  23. Goodyear Tire & Rubber
  24. Tenneco Automotive
  25. ConocoPhillips

20. American Companies and Brands Established During 1975

  1. Biscuitville is a privately-held, fast-food restaurant chain that operates 62 locations in North Carolina and Virginia.
  2. Book Soup is an independent bookstore located at 8818 Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood, California.
  3. Chili’s is a casual dining restaurant chain that has 1,606 locations worldwide.
  4. Earth Fare is a health and wellness supermarket chain with 20 locations in eight states.
  5. Family Express is a privately-held convenience store chain that operates 70 locations across northern and central Indiana.
  6. Guemsey’s is an auction house based in New York City.
  7. Kronos Foods is a Chicago-based food service company which is the largest manufacturer of gyros in the world.
  8. Microsoft is an American technology corporation that “produces computer software, consumer electronics, personal computers, and related services. Its best known software products are the Microsoft Windows line of operating systems, the Microsoft Office suite, and the Internet Explorer web browsers.”
  9. Mysterious Press is a publishing company headquartered in New York City that specializes in mystery fiction.
  10. News Media Corporation is a family-owned newspaper corporation that publishes 65 different newspaper titles in eight states across the U.S.
  11. Penfield is an outdoor clothing brand known for its down-filled jackets.
  12. Rainy Day Books is an independent bookstore that is located in Fairway, Kansas, a wealthy suburb of Kansas City.
  13. A Room of One’s Own is an independent bookstore located at 2717 Atwood Avenue in Madison, Wisconsin.
  14. Streetlight Records is a chain of record shops that is based in Santa Cruz, California.
  15. Supercuts—a hair salon franchise with over 2,500 locations across the United States—was founded by Geoffrey M. Rappaport and Frank E. Emmett. The company’s first location was in Albany, New York.
In 1975, Supercuts—a hair salon franchise with over 2,500 locations across the United States—was founded by Geoffrey M. Rappaport and Frank E. Emmett. The company’s first location was in Albany, New York.

In 1975, Supercuts—a hair salon franchise with over 2,500 locations across the United States—was founded by Geoffrey M. Rappaport and Frank E. Emmett. The company’s first location was in Albany, New York.

References:

In 1975, Microsoft was founded as a partnership between Bill Gates and Paul Allen to develop and sell computer software.

In 1975, Microsoft was founded as a partnership between Bill Gates and Paul Allen to develop and sell computer software.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2021 Gregory DeVictor

Comments

Gregory DeVictor (author) from Pittsburgh, PA on October 23, 2021:

Mary, thanks for the comment. I agree, it was an outstanding year.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on October 23, 2021:

Thank you for bringing me back to memory lane. These are facts and events am so familiar with. What a great year that was

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