Tag Archives: 1975

What Happened – January 6

The earliest event that Wiki says happened on this day is “1066 – Harold Godwinson is crowned King of England” and the most recent is “2009 – Gaza War: Israeli Defense Forces retaliated against mortar attacks in the Gaza Strip by firing on or near a school.”   A few other … Continue reading

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What Happened – November 29

It was on this day in 1972 that Atari officially released Pong. A prototype of the game had been in a California tavern for the past two months, and the machine was so popular that it kept breaking due to an overflow of quarters. … Continue reading

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What Happened – November 10

It was on this day in 1871 that Henry Stanley finds the missionary he was searching for, greeting him with “Dr. Livingstone, I presume?” He was working as a correspondent in Africa for the New York Herald when he was asked to lead an expedition … Continue reading

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What Happened – October 13

It was on this day in 1975 that singer Charlie Rich, while presenting the award for Country Music Association’s Entertainer of the Year, burned the envelope that held the name. John Denver was the winner and Rich seemed to be upset … Continue reading

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What Happened – October 11

It was on this day in 1975 that NBC first broadcast Saturday Night.  Later re-named Saturday Night Live, this debut episode was broadcast live and was hosted by George Carlin. The first sketch featured John Belushi and Andy Kaufman, Albert Brooks had a pre-recorded film, Chevy Chase … Continue reading

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What Happened – August 24

It was on this day in 1975 that Queen started recording their song ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ at a studio in Wales. Freddie Mercury first started writing it in the late 1960’s and had used some of the arrangement in other songs. It … Continue reading

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What Happened – August 20

It was on this day in 1975 that NASA launched Viking 1. A little over a year later it became the first spacecraft to successfully land on Mars. It collected data and sent information back to Earth for over six years. … Continue reading

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What Happened – July 17

It was on this day in 1955 that Disneyland had a “soft open” to the press and invited guests, one day before their official opening. About 20 of the rides and attractions were ready, but a lot of other stuff…including the water … Continue reading

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What Happened – June 20

It was on this day in 1943 that two men started fighting in Detroit over a remark made to a woman. One was black, one was white and racial tensions were already high in the city. The fight quickly turned … Continue reading

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What Happened – June 5

It was on this day in 1989 that a man stood up to some Chinese tanks. There had been protests (mostly from students seeking economic reforms, but some people wanting democracy) in Tiananmen Square since the middle of April. The … Continue reading

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