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April 17, 1975

April 17, 1975, was a Thursday. It was 49 years, 1 month, and 3 days ago. The zodiac star sign for this date is Aries.

On This Day

What happened on this date?

Notable events that occurred on April 17, 1975:

  • The Khmer Rouge captures Phnom Penh.
Song charts

Top songs

These songs were on top of the music charts in the United States and the United Kingdom on April 17, 1975:

  • United States: "Philadelphia Freedom" by Elton John Band
  • United Kingdom: "Bye Bye Baby" by Bay City Rollers

The Billboard Hot 100 on April 17, 1975

These songs were dominating the music charts:

  • Philadelphia Freedom - The Elton John Band
  • Lovin' You - Minnie Riperton
  • No No Song/snookeroo - Ringo Starr
  • Express - B.T. Express
  • Poetry Man - Phoebe Snow
Play the top singles from 1975
A Spotify playlist of songs from the year 1975. Take a trip back to the days of Queen, 10cc, ABBA, Barry Manilow and the Bee Gees.
The Godfather Part II

Top movie

The movie "The Godfather Part II" was at the top of the box office on this day.

Facts

This date occurred 17,931 days ago. Approximately 598 months have passed. It was the 107th day of 1975, in week 16. The decade was the seventies. People who were born on April 17, 1975, are now 49 years old and belong to the Generation X generation. We have gone through approximately 199 seasons of weather since this date.

Take me back to April 17, 1975

Let's take a walk down memory lane.

The date is April 17, 1975, and it's a Thursday. Babies who are born today will have the star sign Aries. The summer of 1975 is drawing closer, and temperatures have started to rise.

In America, the song "Philadelphia Freedom" by Elton John Band is at the top of the singles charts, while "Bye Bye Baby" by Bay City Rollers is the number-one song in the UK. Gerald Ford is the President of the United States, and the movie The Godfather Part II is at the top of the box office. Harold Wilson is the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

On television, people are watching popular shows such as "Hawaii Five-O", "Hee Haw", "The Six Million Dollar Man", and "Harry O". In fashion, the hippie look from the 1960s and early 1970s has disappeared. The disco look is beginning to take off. Women are wearing t-shirts, khaki pants, mood rings, kimonos and flare jumpsuits. Meanwhile, men are wearing velvet sports coats, slogan t-shirts, flannel, frilly shirts, jeans and khaki chinos. Because it's 1975, the music charts are being dominated by the likes of Billy Swan, 10cc, Alain Barriere, Morris Albert, the Salsoul Orchestra, Captain & Tennille, Elton John and David Bowie.

If you were to travel back to this day, notable figures such as Eamon de Valera, Sal Mineo, Anissa Jones, and Rosalind Russell would all still be alive. People are playing video games such as "Space Race", "Gotcha", "Tank", and "Pursuit". Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "The Pink Panther Show", "Dastardly and Muttley in Their Flying Machines", "Hong Kong Phooey", and "Valley of the Dinosaurs".

Children are playing with toys such as Troll doll, VertiBird (toy helicopter), Shrinky Dinks, and Magna Doodle.

News

News, nostalgia, and fads

These are news stories, trending topics, and fads that were popular on April 17, 1975.

  • Mood rings have become a fad.

    Mood rings have become a fad

    Mood rings were a big fad in 1975 and 1976. The rings contained a special liquid that would show different colors at different temperatures.
  • Who were the best NBA players in 1975?

    Who were the best NBA players in 1975?

    The best NBA players in 1975 were Bob McAdoo, Rick Barry, Elvin Hayes, Nate Archibald and Walt Frazier.
  • 1975 in movies.

    1975 in movies

    Movies released in 1975 included Jaws, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Dog Day Afternoon, Shampoo, The Return of the Pink Panther, Funny Lady, The Apple Dumpling Gang, "Aloha, Bobby and Rose", The Other Side of the Mountain, Barry Lyndon, Monty Python and the Holy Grail and Death Race 2000.
  • Best soccer players.

    Best soccer players

    In 1975, the best soccer players were Oleg Blokhin, Franz Beckenbauer, Johan Cruyff, Berti Vogts, Sepp Maier, Ruud Geels, Jupp Heynckes, Paul Breitner, Colin Todd and Dudu Georgescu.
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.

    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

    "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1975.
  • American women.

    American women

    "American women" were named Time Person of the Year in 1975. This cover symbolized the new consciousness of women and their changing roles in American society.
  • Judy Collins - "Send in the Clowns"

    Judy Collins - "Send in the Clowns"

    "Send in the Clowns" by Judy Collins won a Grammy for 1975's Song of the Year.
  • 1975 in music.

    1975 in music

    Billboard-topping music artists in 1975 included The Eagles, The Elton John Band, Glen Campbell, John Denver, KC and the Sunshine Band, Stevie Wonder, Frankie Valli, Minnie Riperton, The Bee Gees and Freddy Fender.
  • Roller skates.

    Roller skates

    The popularity of roller skates exploded during the second half of the 1970s.
  • Disco music.

    Disco music

    Disco music became mainstream during the latter half of the 1970s. Nightclub-goers often wore extravagant outfits. Furthermore, dances such as the "Hustle", the "Bump" and the "Penguin" also became popular.
  • The Vietnam War is in its final stages.

    The Vietnam War is in its final stages

    The war in Vietnam was still ongoing. However, the US military had withdrawn. Meanwhile, North Vietnamese forces continued to win battles and make inroads into the south.
  • Hitchhiking is declining.

    Hitchhiking is declining

    Although hitchhiking is still pretty common, it is beginning to decline due to people's falling trust in strangers, lower air travel prices, an increase in highways, and more affordable cars.
  • Music cassette tapes are becoming popular.

    Music cassette tapes are becoming popular

    Audio cassettes started becoming widespread from about 1972 onward. Although they lacked the sound quality of vinyl records, they were far more convenient and portable.
  • Color TV surpasses black-and-white.

    Color TV surpasses black-and-white

    Sales of color TV sets were beginning to surpass sales of the older black-and-white models. By this stage, almost all of the popular daytime networks were broadcasting in color.
  • Wallpaper.

    Wallpaper

    Wallpaper was extremely common in people's homes throughout the 1970s and 1980s. It wasn't until the mid-late 1980s that "modernism" started to creep in.
  • Office workers are using typewriters.

    Office workers are using typewriters

    Although personal computers began to emerge during the 1970s, typewriters were still the norm for most office workers.
  • The Volkswagen Beetle.

    The Volkswagen Beetle

    The Volkswagen Beetle was one of the most common cars on the road. Sales of the vehicle increased following the release of the 1968 film The Love Bug (and its subsequent spin-offs).
  • Lava lamps are all the rage.

    Lava lamps are all the rage

    Sales of lava lamps increased in the late 1960s. It wasn't until the second half of the 1970s that they started to go out of fashion.

Personality traits

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Events

What happened around this time?

News stories, pop culture trends, and other events that happened around April 17, 1975.

  • March 31, 1975: The last episode of Western drama series "Gunsmoke" is aired.
  • April 4, 1975: Microsoft is founded by Bill Gates and Paul Allen.
  • April 6, 1975: Ted Bundy abducts 25-year-old Denise Lynn Oliverson from Grand Junction, Colorado.
  • April 13, 1975: The Lebanese Civil War begins.
  • This date: April 17, 1975
  • April 18, 1975: The Cambodian Genocide begins as the Khmer Rouge begins the forced evacuation of Phnom Penh.
  • April 24, 1975: Welsh singer Pete Ham commits suicide at the age of 27.
  • April 26, 1975: North Vietnamese forces begin their assault on Saigon.
  • April 29, 1975: America begins to evacuate US citizens from Saigon, Vietnam.
  • April 30, 1975: The Vietnam War ends after communist forces seize control of Saigon.
  • May 3, 1975: FA Cup Final 1975: West Ham United defeat Fulham 2-0.
  • May 6, 1975:
    • Serial killer Ted Bundy abducts and murders 12-year-old Lynette Dawn Culver in Pocatello, Idaho.
    • Actor Sean Connery and Moroccan-French painter Micheline Roquebrune are married in Casablanca.
Zodiac info

Zodiac

Zodiac, birthstone, and birth flower information.

Personality summary image

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on April 17, 1975, will have the star sign Aries.
  • Zodiac Element: Fire.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1975 was the year of the Rabbit (Yin Fire).
  • The Life Path Number for this date is 7.
  • Native American Zodiac: April 17, 1975 falls under the Falcon.
  • Birthstone: A person during the month of April will have the birthstone Diamond.
  • Birth flower (April): The Daisy and the Sweet Pea.

1970s fashion

Photographs of 1970s fashion and hairstyles.

1970s fashion

Television shows

TV series on April 17, 1975

People in April 1975 were watching the following TV series:

TV shows from April 1975.

Barney Miller
Barney Miller
The Jeffersons
The Jeffersons
Baretta
Baretta
Police Woman
Police Woman
The Rockford Files
The Rockford Files
Harry O
Harry O
Little House on the Prairie
Little House on the Prairie
Good Times
Good Times
Happy Days
Happy Days
Kojak
Kojak
The Six Million Dollar Man
The Six Million Dollar Man
Barnaby Jones
Barnaby Jones

Cars in 1975

1975 saw the introduction of cars such as the Cadillac Seville, the Volkswagen Polo, the Chevrolet Monza, the Ford Granada, the AMC Pacer, and the Vauxhall Chevette.

Cars in 1975.

Children TV shows

Cartoons and children's TV shows in April 1975

Children and teenagers were watching the following cartoons and TV series:

Land of the Lost
Land of the Lost
Wheelie and the Chopper Bunch
Wheelie and the Chopper Bunch
Valley of the Dinosaurs
Valley of the Dinosaurs

Hong Kong Phooey
Hong Kong Phooey
The New Adventures of Gilligan
The New Adventures of Gilligan
Bagpuss
Bagpuss
Happy Days
Happy Days
Bailey's Comets
Bailey's Comets
Star Trek: The Animated Series
Star Trek: The Animated Series
Schoolhouse Rock!
Schoolhouse Rock!
The Adventures of Black Beauty
The Adventures of Black Beauty
Toys

Toys in 1975

Children were playing with the following toys and games:

Dungeons & Dragons
Dungeons & Dragons
Connect Four
Connect Four
Magna Doodle
Magna Doodle
Risk board game
Risk board game
Shrinky Dinks
Shrinky Dinks
Evel Knievel Stunt Cycle
Evel Knievel Stunt Cycle
Baby Alive (doll)
Baby Alive (doll)
Shrinky Dinks
Shrinky Dinks
Magnavox Odyssey
Magnavox Odyssey
Kenner SSP Racers
Kenner SSP Racers
Big Jim (action figure)
Big Jim (action figure)
Uno (card game)
Uno (card game)
Video games

Video games

Popular video games that people were playing in April 1975.

Pursuit 1975
Pursuit
Tank 1974
Tank
Gotcha 1973
Gotcha
Space Race 1973
Space Race
Pong 1972
Pong

Were you born on April 17, 1975?

If you were born on this date, then it is unlikely that you will remember anything from the year 1975.

This is because humans find it difficult to retrieve memories of their early childhood.

If you are looking for some childhood nostalgia, then you should check out April 17, 1981, instead.

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrities, historical figures, and other notable people who were born on April 17.

William Holden

William Holden

Actor Deceased
Born on April 17, 1918
He turned 57 on this day in 1975.

Börje Salming

Börje Salming

Ice hockey player Deceased
Born on April 17, 1951
He turned 24 on this day in 1975.

Sean Bean

Sean Bean

English actor
Born on April 17, 1959
He turned 16 on this day in 1975.

Redman

Redman

Rapper
Born on April 17, 1970
He turned 5 on this day in 1975.

Jennifer Garner

Jennifer Garner

Actress
Born on April 17, 1972
She turned 3 on this day in 1975.

Victoria Beckham

Victoria Beckham

Spice Girls
Born on April 17, 1974
She turned 1 on this day in 1975.

Tyron Woodley

Tyron Woodley

MMA fighter
Born on April 17, 1982
He was born exactly 7 years after this date.

Jake Cornish

Jake Cornish

Love Island contestant
Born on April 17, 1997
He was born exactly 22 years after this date.

USA

US President

Gerald Ford was the President of the United States on April 17, 1975.

UK

UK Prime Minister

Harold Wilson was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

Ireland

Irish Taoiseach

Liam Cosgrave was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception

Conception dates

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on April 17, 1975 was most likely conceived around July 25, 1974.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on April 17, 1975 is close to January 8, 1976.

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Stats for April 17, 1975

Statistics

Here are some interesting statistics about April 17, 1975:

  • 17,931 days have passed since this date.
  • 2,561 weeks have passed.
  • 1,549,238,400 seconds have passed since April 17, 1975.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beat approximately 1,807,444,800 times.
  • Since then, the Earth has traveled approximately 799,407,014,400 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 258,206,400 times.
  • You have taken approximately 133,234,502 steps. That's roughly 59,215 miles.
  • 18,590,861 meteors have entered the Earth's atmosphere.
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