Fun Facts From 1975


Do you remember where you were in 1975? To help jog your memory, here are some fun facts and key historical highlights from the year Microsoft was born …

  • Mood Rings

  • Rubik’s Cubes

  • Pet Rocks

  • Hip-huggers, bellbottoms, leisure suits

  • 8-Tracks

  • Disco

  • PEZ candy

  • Magic 8-Balls

  • Song of the Year: Captain and Tennille,
    “Love Will Keep Us Together”

  • Album of the Year: Paul Simon,
    “Still Crazy After All These Years”

  • Movies:
    “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” “Jaws,” “Nashville.” “Dog Day Afternoon,” “Barry Lydon”

  • “Saturday Night Live”
    premieres on NBC; George Carlin hosts the first show.

  • “A Chorus Line”
    appears on Broadway.

  • “All in the Family”
    is America’s top television show for the fifth straight year.

  • President: Gerald R. Ford

  • Vice President: Nelson A. Rockefeller

  • Population: 215,973,199

  • Unemployment: 5.6%

  • Cost of first-class stamp: $.10

  • Quart of milk: $.46; loaf of bread: $.33

  • Vietnam War ends (April 30).

  • Apollo and Soyuz spacecraft take off for U.S.-Soviet link-up in space (July 15).

  • Margaret Thatcher is the first woman elected to lead Britain’s Conservative Party.

  • Egypt reopens the Suez Canal after eight years.

  • 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.

  • Computer hobbyists Stephen Wozniak and Steven Jobs begin working on computer designs. Together they develop the Apple 1 prototype.

  • Super Bowl: Pittsburgh Steelers 16, Minnesota Vikings 6

  • World Series: Cincinnati Reds 4, Boston Red Sox 3

  • NBA Championship: Golden State Warriors def. Washington Bullets 4-0

  • Arthur Ashe wins Wimbledon and World Court Championships; Billie Jean King wins sixth Wimbledon crown and retires from singles.

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