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1975 was the 104th year after the founding of the city of Birmingham.






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See also: List of homicides in 1975




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  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest featuring Louise Fletcher as Nurse Ratched
  • The film version of Stay Hungry was shot in Birmingham.




In 1975 the Altair 8800 microcomputer was released. Wheel of Fortune premiered. The Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Minnesota Vikings 16–6 in Super Bowl IX. Construction of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System began. Microsoft was established. The Vietnam War ended with the fall of Saigon. The Apollo-Soyuz Test Project saw Soviet and American spacecraft dock in orbit for the first time. Jimmy Hoffa went missing. The Louisiana Superdome opened in New Orleans. The AH-64 Apache helicopter made its first flight. Muhammad Ali defeated Joe Frazier in the Thrilla in Manila boxing match. Saturday Night Live premiered. The Cincinnati Reds defeat the Boston Red Sox in the World Series. The SS Edmund Fitzgerald sank. The Group of Six (G-6) industrailized nations formed. Peter Gabriel departed the band Genesis, and was replaced on lead vocals by drummer Phil Collins.

Notable births in 1975 included actress Sara Gilbert, rapper Big Boi, singer Brian Littrell, actress Drew Barrymore, actress Eva Longoria, singer Fergie, baseball player Scott Rolen, football player and television correspondent Tiki Barber, singer Enrique Iglesias, football player Ray Lewis, musician Lauryn Hill, rapper André 3000, actress Angelina Jolie, basketball player Allen Iverson, actor Tobey Maguire, rapper 50 Cent, musician Jack White, basketball player Ray Allen, baseball player Alex Rodriguez, race car driver Jimmie Johnson, actress Kate Winslet, cyclist Floyd Landis, singer Ginuwine, poker player Chris Moneymaker, and golfer Tiger Woods.

Notable deaths included actor Larry Fine, writer P. G. Wodehouse, former Soviet premier Nikolai Bulganin, Chinese leader Chiang Kai-shek, Olympic athlete Harold Osborn, photographer Walker Evans, actress Marjorie Main, entertainer Josephine Baker, actor William Hartnell, actor Moe Howard, entertainer Ozzie Nelson, screenwriter Rod Serling, writer James Blish, writer Rex Stout, Spanish dictator Francisco Franco, race car driver Graham Hill, playwright Thornton Wilder, and film composer Bernard Herrman.

Notable novels of 1975 included Natalie Babbitt's Tuck Everlasting, James Clavell's Shōgun, Stephen Kings's 'Salem's Lot, and Bob Shea and Robert Anton Wilson's The Illuminatus! Trilogy.

Top box office hits included Jaws, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Dog Day Afternoon, and Shampoo. Another notable release was The Rocky Horror Picture Show. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest took Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Actor (Jack Nicholson), Best Actress (Louise Fletcher), Best Director (Miloš Forman), and Best Adapted Screenplay.

Albums released in 1975 included Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy by Elton John, Physical Graffiti by Led Zeppelin, Elton John's Greatest Hits, and One of These Nights by the Eagles. The Grammy Award for Album of the Year went to Still Crazy After All These Years by Paul Simon. Hit singles included the Captain & Tennille's "Love Will Keep Us Together", Tony Orlando and Dawn's "He Don't Love You (Like I Love You)", Neil Sedaka's "Bad Blood", Elton John's "Island Girl", and Silver Convention's "Fly, Robin, Fly".

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