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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of July 15, 1975 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts




In The News

History is made and the Apollo and Soviet Soyuz spaceships link up. The commanders of the two ships conduct their handshakes in space… After two successful days of joint activities, both spacecrafts are undocked and part. Earlier, there was a problem with the probe designed to hook up the module that connected the two craft – but that got fixed.

A construction worker parachuted from the top of the 110-story World Trade Center’s north tower. He landed at the plaza level and suffered minor injuries to both legs. He was arrested and taken to Bellevue Hospital for observation.

The U.S. economy turned in its best performance in more than a year as inflation comes in at a 2-year-low.

President Ford personally apologizes to the family of Dr. Frank Olson, who died after he was given a dose of LSD by central Intelligence Agency agents in 1953.

President Ford vetoes a bill rolling back the price of new U.S. oil to $11.30 a barrel. He urged Congress to approve his plan for gradual decontrol of oil prices.

Scientific detective work by the Library of Congress has established that the oldest copy of the first published version of the Declaration of Independence is in Philadelphia. 

The House rejects a move to abolish its dissension-torn Intelligence Committee. It was to be replaced with that would become the first House contingent on a joint permanent House-Senate committee to keep watch on U.S. intelligence activities. 


Sports news – July 15, 1975

Joe Namath says he would like to play football two more years. He just signed a 20-year contract at $250,000 a year with Faberge, an international fragrance and cosmetics company. “I wouldn’t play with anybody except the Jets,” said Namath. 

Billy Martin is fired as manager of the Texas Rangers.


Entertainment/Celebrity news – July 15, 1975

Audrey Hepburn is back – making her first movie in 8 years. She’s shooting ”Robin and Marion” in Spain with Sean Connery.

Christina Onassis, one of the world’s richest women, marries Alexandros Andreadis, youngest son of Greek banker ship owner and business tycoon Stratis Andreadis. At her side – Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.


Music news – July 15, 1975

Ringo Starr is divorced by Maureen on grounds of adultery. He did not contest. Ringo’s divorce leaves only Paul McCartney of the four Beatles whose marriage has not broken up.

Passing – Country music star Lefty Frizzell after suffering a massive stroke. He was 47.

Two backup singers walk out on Elvis Presley during a concert in Norfolk. It had to do with him clowning around and bad breathe.


Entertainment/Celebrity news – July 15, 1975

Playing in Las Vegas –

Paul Anka – Caesars Palace

Juliet Prowse – Desert Inn

Connie Stevens – Flamingo

Jackson 5 – MGM Grand

Ann-Margret – Hilton

Buddy Hackett – Sahara

Wayne Newton – Sands

King Family – Thunderbird.


Television news – July 15, 1975

CBS turns down a television appearance by Richard Nixon in which it was proposed that he would talk about his White House years but not Watergate.

Joe Frazier cancels an appearance on Dinah Shore’s syndicated talk show after he learned that present champ Muhammad Ali was to be a guest on the same segment.


Tuesday night television listings/programs/TV guide – July 15, 1975

CBS – Good Times

NBC – Adam-12, Made for TV movie, Police Story, Tonight, Tomorrow

ABC – Happy Days, Made for TV movie, Marcus Welby, M.D., Wide World Myster

PBS – The Way It Was, Consumer Survival Kit


NBC Made for TV movie – “The Last Survivors” – Martin Sheen, Diane Baker, Christopher George, Anne Francis. Overcrowded lifeboat, too many passengers.


ABC Made for TV movie – “Let’s Switch!” – Barbara Eden, Barbara Feldon. A magazine editor and homemaker swap their lives. 


On the Tonight Show – Robert Klein guests. 

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