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1975

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U.S. Facts

  • President: Gerald R. Ford
  • Population: 215,973,199
  • Life Expectancy: 72.6 years
  • Unemployment: 8.5%
  • Average Annual Salary: $15,546
  • Minimum Wage: $2.10 per hour

What Things Cost

  • Automobile: $4,950
  • Gasoline: $0.57 cents per gallon
  • House: $42,600
  • Bread: $0.28 cents per loaf
  • Milk: $1.40 per gallon
  • Postage Stamp: $0.10

Major U.S. Events

  • JFormer United States Attorney General John N. Mitchell, & former White House aides H. R. Haldeman, John D. Ehrlichman are found guilty of Watergate cover-up
  • The American merchant ship Mayaguez, seized by Cambodian forces, is rescued by U.S. Navy and Marines

Major World Events

  • The city of Saigon is surrendered and remaining Americans are evacuated, ending the Vietnam War
  • President Ford escapes 2 assassination attepts in 17 days.
  • In New Zealand, Maori leader Whina Cooper leads a march of 5000 people in support of Maori claims to their land

January-March

  • Ella Grasso becomes Governor of Connecticut, becoming the first woman to serve as a Governor in the U.S. who did not succeed her husband.
  • Algiers Accord - Iran and Iraq announce a settlement over their border dispute.

April-July

  • The Suez Canal opens for the first time since the Six-Day War
  • In Detroit, Michigan, Teamsters Union president Jimmy Hoffa is reported missing.

August-December

  • Irish Republican Army outlawed in the United Kingdom.
  • The name "Micro-soft" is used by Bill Gates in a letter to Paul Allen for the first time.

Top Songs

  • Love will Keep us Together by Captain and Tenille
  • Island Girl by Elton John
  • Get Down Tonight by KC & The Sunshine Band
  • Killer Queen by Queen
  • Jive Talkin' by The Bee Gees

Other New Songs

  • Thank God I'm A Country Boy by John Denver
  • Free Bird by Lynyrd Skynyrd
  • When Will I Be Loved by Linda Ronstadt
  • Mexico by James Taylor
  • You Are So Beautiful by Joe Cocker

Top Movies

  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
  • Tommy
  • Dog Day Afternoon
  • Jaws
  • Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Top Books

  • Humboldt's Gift by Saul Bellow
  • Before the Fall by William Safire
  • Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow
  • The Great Train Robbery by Michael Crichton
  • Curtain by Agatha Christie

Top TV Shows (1974-75)

  • All in the Family
  • The Jeffersons
  • M*A*S*H
  • The Waltons
  • Maude
  • Hawaii Five-O

Major League Baseball: World Series

  • Cincinnati Reds d. Boston Red Sox

Pro Football: Championship

  • Super Bowl: Pittsburgh Steelers d. Minnesota Vikings

Ice Hockey: Stanley Cup

  • Montreal Canadiens d. Philadelphia Flyers

Pro Basketball: Championship

  • Golden St. Warriors d. Washington Bullets

NCAA Champions

  • Football: Northern Michigan University
  • Basketball: UCLA Bruins

Other Champions

  • Boxing: wins heavyweight title
  • Golf: Jack Nicklaus is PGA player of the year
  • Tennis: Manuel Orantes and Jimmy Connors win the U.S. Open
  • Horse Racing: Foolish Pleasure wins Kentucky Derby
  • Auto Racing: Bobby Unser wins Indianapolis 500
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