Saturday, July 18, 2009


  • 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).

US GDP (1998 dollars): $1,630.60 billion
Federal spending: $332.33 billion
Federal debt: $541.9 billion
Median Household Income
(current dollars):
Consumer Price Index: 53.8
Unemployment: 8.5%
Cost of a first-class stamp: $0.10 ($0.13 as of 12/31/75)

  • 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.
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Jaws, Nashville, Dog Day Afternoon, Barry Lyndon

What were YOU doing in 1975?


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.

L. Diane Wolfe

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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