Information for the Year 1975

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  • Pol Pot and Khmer Rouge take over Cambodia (April).
  • The city of Saigon is surrendered and remaining Americans are evacuated, ending the Vietnam War (April 30).
  • American merchant ship Mayaguez, seized by Cambodian forces, is rescued in operation by US Navy and Marines, 38 of whom are killed (May 15).
  • Apollo and Soyuz spacecraft take off for US-Soviet link-up in space (July 15).
  • Population:  4.086 billion
  • Nobel Peace Prize:  Andrei D. Sakharov (USSR)
  • John N. Mitchell, H. R. Haldeman, John D. Ehrlichman found guilty of Watergate cover-up (Jan. 1); sentenced to 30 months to 8 years in jail (Feb. 21).
  • President Ford escapes assassination attempt in Sacramento, Calif. (Sept. 5).
  • President Ford escapes second assassination attempt in 17 days (Sept. 22).
  • President:  Gerald R. Ford
  • Vice President:  Nelson A. Rockefeller
  • Population:  215,973,199
  • Life expectancy:  72.6 years
  • US GDP (1998 dollars):   $1,630.60 billion
  • Federal spending:   $332.33 billion
  • Federal debt:   $541.9 billion
  • Median Household Income(current dollars): $11,800
  • Consumer Price Index:   53.8
  • Unemployment:  8.5%
  • Cost of a first-class stamp:   $0.10 ($0.13 as of 12/31/75)
  • Super Bowl  Pittsburgh Steelers defeated Minnesota Vikings (SCORE 16-6)
  • World Series of Baseball  Cincinnati Reds defeated Boston Red Sox
  • National Basketball Association Championship  Golden St. Warriors defeated Washington Bullets
  • National Hockey League Stanley Cup  Philadelphia Flyers defeated Buffalo
  • Women Wimbledon Tennis  Billie Jean King defeated E. Cawley (6-0 6-1)
  • Men Wimbledon Tennis  Arthur Ashe defeated Jimmy Connors (6-1 6-1 5-7 6-4)
  • Kentucky Derby Horse Race Champion  Foolish Pleasure
  • National College Athletic Association Basketball Championship  UCLA defeated Kentucky (SCORE 92-85)
  • National College Athletic Association Football Champions  Oklahoma (RECORD 11-1-0)
  • ABC, CBS and NBC agree to create a "family hour," an early evening time slot.
  • Saturday Night Live premieres on NBC. George Carlin hosts the first show.
  • Academy Award, Best Picture:  The Godfather Part II
  • Grammy Award - Record of the Year  I Honestly Love You by Olivia Newton-John
  • Emmy Award - Best Television Comedy   The Mary Tyler Moore Show - CBS
  • Miss America:  Rebecca Shirley Cothran (Texas)
  • Home videotape systems (VCRs) are developed in Japan by Sony (Betamax) and Matsushita (VHS).
  • The Altair home computer kit allows consumers to build and program their own personal computers.

 

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