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1975 Historical Event(s)
- January 14, 1975 – Teenage heiress Lesley Whittle is kidnapped by Donald Neilson, aka “the Black Panther”.
- February 11, 1975 – New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Wood Rabbit in Chinese astrology.
- March 22, 1975 – A fire at the Browns Ferry Nuclear Power Plant in Decatur, Alabama causes a dangerous reduction in cooling water levels.
- April 19, 1975 – India’s first satellite Aryabhata is launched.
- April 30, 1975 – Fall of Saigon (or Liberation of Saigon from the Communist perspective): Communist forces gain control of Saigon. The Vietnam War formally ends with the unconditional surrender of South Vietnamese president Duong Van Minh.
- August 4, 1975 – The Japanese Red Army takes more than 50 hostages at the AIA Building housing several embassies in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The hostages include the U.S. consul and the Swedish chargé d’affaires. The gunmen win the release of five imprisoned comrades and fly with them to Libya.
- September 22, 1975 – Sara Jane Moore tries to assassinate U.S. President Gerald Ford, but is foiled by Oliver Sipple.
- October 16, 1975 – The Balibo Five, a group of Australian television journalists based in the town of Balibo in the then Portuguese Timor (now East Timor), are killed by Indonesian troops.
- December 7, 1975 – Indonesia invades East Timor.
Who Were Born On 1975?
- February 2, 1975 – Donald Driver, American football player
- March 1, 1975 – Maya Kulenovic, Canadian painter
- March 5, 1975 – Jolene Blalock, American actress
- April 27, 1975 – Chris Carpenter, American baseball player
- May 22, 1975 – Tracy Brookshaw, American professional wrestler and valet
- June 8, 1975 – Shilpa Shetty, Indian actress
- July 7, 1975 – Tony Benshoof, American luger
- October 14, 1975 – Michael Duberry, English Footballer (Oxford United F.C.)
- December 8, 1975 – Jerrelle Clark, American wrestler
- December 25, 1975 – Marcus Trescothick, English cricketer