1975 Facts, Fun Trivia and History
Quick Facts from 1975
Top Ten Baby Names of 1975
Jennifer, Amy, Heather, Melissa, Angela, Michael, Jason, Chris, Topher, James, David
Fashion Icons and Sex Symbols
Adrienne Barbeau, Barbi Benton, Lynda Carter, Charo, Britt Ekland, Beverly Johnson, Pam Grier, Diana Ross, Cheryl Tiegs, Mary Woronov
Sex Symbols, Hollywood Hunks and Leading Men
Warren Beatty, Sean Connery
“Two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions on a sesame seed bun.”
“I’d rather be dead than sing Satisfaction when I’m 45.”
“We’re gonna need a bigger boat.”
“We answer to a higher authority.”
“The ultimate driving machine”
“Don’t leave home without it.”
Time Magazine’s Women of the Year
American Women, Represented by Susan Brownmiller, Kathleen Byerly, Alison Cheek, Jill Conway, Betty Ford, Ella Grasso, Carla Hills, Barbara Jordan, Billie Jean King, Carol Sutton, Susie Sharp, and Addie Wyatt
Shirley Cothran (Denton, TX)
Summer Bartholomew (California)
Clayton Moore, who played the Lone Ranger on TV for 169 episodes and two feature films in the 1950s, was sued by the Wrather Corporation, who owned the Lone Ranger character by copyright. Although forever typecast, he proudly carried the character role and made appearances as The Ranger. After the suit, he wore wrap-around sunglasses instead of the mask.
Union Teamster Jimmy Hoffa disappeared.
1975 Pop Culture Facts & History
In 1975, Leonard Nimoy published his autobiography I Am Not Spock. In 1995, he published a second volume, I Am Spock.
The laser printer was invented.
Kool-Aid man began appearing in commercials for Kool-Aid, although the smiling pitcher was the face of Kool-Aid since 1954.
The Ford F-150 truck was introduced.
One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest won the big five Oscars – Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Writing.
Bruce Crapton played the lowest PGA score of 63.
The Herman Goelitz company introduced the gourmet jelly bean. The original flavors were Licorice, Lemon, Grape, Root Beer, Cream Soda, Green Apple, Tangerine, and Very Cherry. It was rebranded as ‘Jelly Belly’ in 2001.
Betamax (Beta) videotape was released.
Robert Williams, a Ford assembly line worker, is the first human in history to have been killed by a robot. A robotic arm hit him in 1979.
Cost of a Superbowl ad in 1975: $107,000
Caring for Pet Rocks, an invention credited to Gary Dahl but also claimed by PCM website founder Joe Hummel, who sold them as a preteen in the early 1970s. And avoiding the beaches, thanks to the film Jaws.
1st Appearances & 1975’s Most Popular Christmas Gifts, Toys and Presents
Mood rings, Pay Day, Pong (home version), Six Million Dollar Man action figures, Playmobil, Pet Rocks, Trac Ball
The Bomb (Television)
McLean Stevenson quit CBS’s TV Show M*A*S*H
Best Film Oscar Winner
The Godfather, part II (presented in 1975)
The Wiz (Musical) Opened on January 5, 1975 and closed on January 28, 1979
Popular and Best-selling Books From 1975
Centennial by James Michener
1975 Most Popular TV Shows
1. All in the Family (CBS)
1975 Billboard Number One Songs
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World Series Champions: Cincinnati Reds
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Most Popular Baby Names (BabyCenter.com)