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What Historical Events Happened the Year You Were Born?

Updated on May 5, 2011

What year were you born? I was born in 1975. Some might say that was not too long ago, other might say “OH! You are old!” To which, I say, “Thank you”.

There are some days I feel much older than others. I had to grow up quickly in order to survive. I think in my early 20s I reverted back to childhood a bit. For the most part, childhood things don’t interest me. I am not interested in video games like so many around me are. I would rather get lost in a good book.

So What Happened the Year I Was Born?

Stamps were 10 cents.

Saturday Night Live had its television debut.

Gerald Ford was president of the United States.

Patty Hearst was captured by the FBI. Patty was indicted and convicted of bank robbery.

First Lady Betty Ford was quoted in an interview as saying that she thought her children had smoked marijuana.

Famous Teamster, Jimmy Hoffa went missing without a trace.

The Pittsburgh Steelers win the Superbowl (IX)

Star Wars go in to production.

Jaws was one of two top grossing films.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show shared the top spot for being one of the top grossing films of the year.

Soul Train dance and music show premiers on television in the United States.

Barbara Streisand won the Grammy for best song for “The Way We Were.”

The Philadelphia Flyers won the Stanley Cup.

Marines rescued the crew of the American ship, Mayaguez, near Vietnam.

The Cincinnati Reds won the World Series.

Famous People Born the Same Year:

  • Natalie Imbruglia
  • Drew Barrymore
  • David Beckham
  • Enrique Iglesias
  • Angelina Joline
  • and Tiger Woods 

Some of My Favorite Things from 1975 that I Enjoy Today:

Kraft Macaroni and Cheese – was a favorite as a toddler, is a favorite now. Generic and store brands just won’t due.

1975 Chevy Camaro – no words, same thing for a 1975 Ford Mustang. When I was 15, my parents purchased my first car, a 1976 Camaro. Vrooom vroom.

Matchbox Cars – It’s a funny thing. They were too small for my Barbies, but they worked for the smaller dolls and GI Joe I had. Plus I loved playing “crash-up” with these little gems. I find myself in the toy section of local stores just to see how the cars look today.


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      Greg Schweizer 6 years ago from Corona, California.

      Hi C, I will do a hub for mine. I will also be sure to mention you and the fact that this was your idea. I just feel it can be a lot of fun to see what was happening at the times of others births. You see things like that at card stores and novelty counters, but don't think much about it. With all that is going on in the world today, it's good to do something fun for a change. Greg

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      Chrystal Mahan 6 years ago from Michigan

      This was a lot of fun. I think I may edit and add some more things, or perhaps a part 2?! I was running low on time and did not get as much for the last section as I would have liked.

      Feel free to do a hub of the same topic!

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      Brenda Barnes 6 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      Fun Hub!

      *Scrabble" debuts on board game market

      *Columbia U scientists develope an atomic clock accurate to within one second in 300 years

      *Israel acquires 4 of 7 Dead Sea scrolls

      *Elvis Presley made his 1st TV appearance

      *Israel attacks Gaza

      *First black executive on White House staff (E Frederic Morrow)

      *Disneyland televises its grand opening in Anaheim, California.

      *and many more in 1955:)

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      Greg Schweizer 6 years ago from Corona, California.

      Hi C, I feel so old that I believe Moses parted the seas the year I was born. Nice hub. I'll be 64 Sunday, 5/8. I think this is a great idea and I feel everyone should should write one for the year they were born. Research your own birth year and put it in a hub. Great idea Lady Luv. Greg

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      Lady Luv 6 years ago from Webster, MA, USA

      Hi! Great hub! Would you mind if I did this as well? I think this is awesome, and I want to do a hub like it too! Best hub I've read so far! Kudos!