Saturday, July 18, 2009

~FLASHBACK 1975~



  • 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).

ECONOMICS:
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)

EVENTS:
  • ABC, CBS and NBC agree to create a "family hour," an early evening time slot that is free of violence and sex.
  • Saturday Night Live premieres on NBC. George Carlin hosts the first show.
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest sweeps the top Oscars, winning Best Picture, Director, Actor, and Actress.
MOVIES:
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Jaws, Nashville, Dog Day Afternoon, Barry Lyndon

BOOKS:
What were YOU doing in 1975?




















3 comments:

Book Bird Dog said...

I remember the opposition to Lyndon Johnson and the war, which helped Ford get elected. Johnson turned down the chance to run again. I was on the Washington Mall in 1967 watching all the proceedings that helped turn Johnson grey overnight. An oldy, for sure.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

I was nine, so most of those events are just blurs to me. I do remember Jaws and some of the music.

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Linda Ellen said...

I was looking through my Google reader, and I was struck by the image of the child on the cover of the Times. In 1975, I wasn't even born yet, but my parents were smack in the middle of the Viet Nam war. It's not something that is easily forgotten.

Honestly, I don't know what I was doing in 1975. Maybe I was living another life, maybe I was flower, or simply put, maybe I was just waiting. =)

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