Can You Answer These Questions About the Year 1975?

By: Robin Tyler

Can You Answer These Questions About the Year 1975?
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About This Quiz

1975, the midpoint of the decade of the 70's was indeed a year to remember!

These were tumultuous times where the world certainly was changing.

1975 saw the birth of the blockbuster movie, the first of which saw a very hungry shark snapping people in half! It also saw the beginnings of a music form that would rally against the establishment - punk rock. In America, the Ramones were in full swing while in the UK, the Sex Pistols formed and started spitting their vitriol at the establishment, the monarchy especially.

But that's not all that happened in 1975. People disappeared and still to this day, were never found. The United States and the USSR co-operated in space but not on Earth while a certain 'Iron Lady' took control of the British Conservative Party to change politics in the United Kingdom forever.

The Vietnam war came to an end, Sears sold the first home gaming system, and microcomputing stepped into the limelight! And a famous painting, 'The Night Watch' by Rembrandt was attacked and slashed in Holland.

Those are just a few things that happened during 1975, and we have a few more that you will need to identify in our 1975 quiz.

Are you up to it?

Pet Rock Certainly one of the oddest gifts for children in 1975, one of these below became the must-have present for Christmas. What was it?
Pet rock
It was a rock. And it was a pet. Really? Kids fell for this? The fad lasted about a year before dropping off but not before 1.5 million pet rocks were sold.
Nintendo Gameboy
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle figurines
Tamagotchi

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Tiger Woods One of the world's greatest golfers is born in 1975. Who is he?
Rory McIlroy
Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods, one of the greatest golfers in the world, was born to Earl and Kultilda Woods in 1975. A few short years later Woods appears on the Bob Hope show and shows the world his already burgeoning golf prowess at two years old.
Ernie Els
Dustin Johnson

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Pete Davidson An American institution and still running today, this much loved TV show first premiered on October 11, 1975. Can you name it?
Cagney and Lacey
Saturday Night Live
The original cast of Saturday Night Live has included Chevy Chase, Jane Curtin, Jim Belushi and Gilda Radner.
The Young and the Restless
All My Children

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Spock Which member of the Star Trek cast published his memoirs, entitled 'I Am Not Spock?'
William Shatner
DeForest Kelley
James Doohan
Leonard Nimoy
He certainly was Spock and the reason many people watched the show. In fact, Leonard Nimoy is the only cast member to appear in every episode.

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Vietnam War
The Vietnam War ended on April 30, 1975. Over 58,000 US troops died in the conflict.
Korean War
South African Bush War
Six Day War

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Jaws 1975 introduced us to a large animal with an appetite for human flesh. Lucky it was only at the movies. Which movie are we talking about?
"Sharknado"
"The Blue Ocean"
"Bigfoot"
"Jaws"
"Jaws" was something completely different and put a lot of people off swimming in the ocean. An animatronic shark was used in many scenes and it even had a name... Bruce! "Jaws" was directed by Steven Spielberg.

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Mount Everest In 1975, Junko Tabei became the first woman to _______
swim the English Channel
row across the Atlantic
cross the Sahara desert
summit Everest
On May 16, 1975, Junko Tabei became the first woman to summit Everest. What made this feat even more incredible is that during the same expedition, she and her party were covered by an avalanche. She was unconscious for six minutes until she was dug out. Incredibly, she carried on and achieved her goal.

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Pong Can you name the Atari game that is considered to be the first home video game ever?
Space Invaders
Centipede
Pong
Released through Sears, Pong became an instant hit and this was the start of the home video game industry.
Combat

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Ford-F150 Which famous American truck made its debut in 1975?
International CXT
Ford F-150
The Ford F-150 was introduced in 1975 with a 1976 model year. This was the birth of an American pickup legend.
Chevrolet Camino
Jeep Honcho

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George Carlin Who hosted the first ever Saturday Night Live episode on October 11,1975?
Bill Murray
George Lucas
George Carlin
A respected comic at the time, George Carlin was the first host of Saturday Night Live, setting up a long tradition that still continues to this day.
None of the above

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Steelers Which team were crowned Super Bowl champions in 1975?
Pittsburgh Steelers
The Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Minnesota Vikings 16 - 6 at Super Bowl XI on January 12, 1975.
Minnesota Vikings
New York Giants
Dallas Cowboys

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Ireland Which organization was outlawed by the British government in 1975?
Khmer Rouge
African National Congress
Irish Republican Army
The Irish Republican Army were fighting for the freedom of Northern Ireland, wanting the British to stop ruling the country so Ireland could be reunited.
None of the above

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How High Would You Rank in the Mafia? 1 In 1975, this man was reported missing in the United States. He has never been found.
Jimmy Hoffa
Jimmy Hoffa disappeared on July 30, 1975. A union leader, Hoffa's was never found and he was declared dead in 1982.
DB Cooper
John Paul Getty III
Patty Hearst

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Muhammad Ali 1975 was the year of one of the world's greatest boxing bouts when Joe Frazier and Mohammed Ali clashed for the heavyweight championship. What was the bout called?
The bout with cloud
The fight in the night
The thrilla in Manilla
This was the third time Frazier and Ali had met! Ali eventually went on to win to again show he was the greatest heavyweight in the world.
The scrap

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Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen Name the Queen classic released on October, 31.
'Killer Queen'
'Bohemian Rhapsody'
The most famous of Queen's singles, 'Bohemian Rhapsody' hit one million in sales in a mere nine weeks after it was released.
'Radio Gaga'
'I Want To Break Free'

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Spain Name the Spanish dictator whose death in 1975 saw the monarchy restored to that country.
Gen. Fernando Alonso
Gen. Francisco Franco
Francisco Franco came to power in Spain in 1939 after leading a Nationalist revolution in the preceding years. His death saw the return of the exiled monarchy and Spain returning to a democracy.
Gen. Marco Torres
Gen. Raul Mata

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Microsoft Today they are one of the biggest companies in the world, but in 1975 they were just starting out. Name the company, please.
Microsoft
That's right, in April 1975, Microsoft was formed by Bill Gates and Paul Allen. We all know how that turned out!
Apple
IBM
Hewlett Packard

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1970s What was the song of the year in 1975?
'No No Song' - Ringo Star
'Love Will Keep Us Together' - Captain & Tennille
First recorded by Neil Sedaka in 1973, the Captain and Tennille version of 'Love Will Keep Us Together' was the top song of 1975. It stayed at number one for four weeks and was the best selling song of that year.
'Get Dancin' - Disco-Tex and the Sex-O-Lettes
'God Save The Queen' - The Sex Pistols

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Margaret Thatcher Name the future Prime Minister of Britain that became the Conservative Party leader in 1975?
Tony Blair
John Major
Margaret Thatcher
Margaret Thatcher became the leader of the Conservative Party in 1975. By 1979, she was the Prime Minister of Great Britain.
David Cameron

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California Which American city saw their police force strike in 1975?
New York
Miami
Denver
San Fransisco
The strike by the San Francisco police force in 1975 was very serious. A bomb was even set off on the Major's lawn at one point.

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John Lennon David Bowie's first American No 1, 'Fame' was released in 1975. Off the album 'Young Americans,' it was co-written by another famous artist. Who?
Bruce Hornsby
Johnny Ramone
Bill Withers
John Lennon
David Bowie and John Lennon wrote 'Fame' to lament the nature of celebrity. It proved a massive hit!

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Gerald Ford Who tried to assassinate President Gerald Ford on September 5, 1975?
Lynette Fromme
A follower of Charles Manson, Lynette Fromme tried to assassinate Gerald Ford in 1975. She was immediately restrained after pulling out her gun and sent to prison. She was only released in 2009.
Sirhan Sirhan
Jack Ruby
Charles Manson

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Astronaut The first joint mission between the United States and the USSR in space saw the Apollo space craft dock with a Russian vehicle. What was it called?
Siberia
Soyuz
Despite the Cold War, the U.S.S.R. and the United States found common ground to operate together... in space of all places. Both spacecraft launched on the same day, with the Russians spending six days in space and the Americans nine.
Vostok
None of the above

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President Name the American president in 1975, please.
Ronald Reagan
George W Bush Senior
Richard Nixon
Gerard R Ford
Ford was only a few months into his presidency in 1975, have taken office on August 9, 1974. He was in office till January 20, 1977.

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Elizabeth II Queen Elizabeth II knighted a very famous actor in 1975. Who was he?
Clint Eastwood
Charlie Chaplin
Charlie Chaplin was 86 when knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1975. One wonders why it took so long to give possibly the most recognized actor in the world his knighthood. Chaplin died two years later.
Charles Bronson
Hugh Grant

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Volkswagen Golf Which popular Volkswagen model, still produced today, was introduced in 1975?
Scirocco
Touareg
Sharon
Golf
The Golf from Volkswagen introduced the first of the hot hatches that dominated the late 1970's and 1980s. The GTI model was a particular favorite with boy racers around the world.

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The Reds Which team were crown World Series champions in 1975?
Cincinnati Reds
In a battle of the Reds, the Cincinnati Reds defeated the Boston Red Sox 4-3 in the 1975 World Series with Peter Rose claiming the MVP award.
Boston Red Sox
New York Yankees
Baltimore Orioles

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Mars In August, NASA launch a space craft towards Mars. What is its name?
Skylab
Colombia
Apollo
Viking 1
Viking 1 was launched on August 20, 1975. Almost a year later, in July 1976, it landed on the planet to begin its mission of sending back information about the red planet.

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Saudi Arabia Name the Saudi head of state assassinated in 1975, please.
Mohammed Bin Salman
Ibn Saud
Faisal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud
Faisal was assassinate by Faisal bin Musaid, the son of his half-brother on March 25, 1975. He was shot twice at point blank range.
None of the above

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Tennis ball Name the tennis player who won her sixth Wimbledon singles title in 1975.
Chris Evert
Margaret Court
Billie Jean King
Billie Jean King won Wimbledon for the sixth and last time in 1975. It was here last Grand Slam title.
Martina Navratilova

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Jamaal Wilkes Who were the NBA champions in 1975?
Golden State Warriors
The Golden State Warriors destroyed the Washington Bullets in the NBA finals, easily cruising to a 4-0 win. Rick Barry of the Warriors was named MVP.
Washington Bullets
New York Knicks
Houston Rockets

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Betamax What home video playback device was released in 1975?
Betamax
Developed by Sony, Betamax was released in Japan on May 10, 1975. Betamax machines hit the United States by the end of the year, with VHS, its big rival released the following here. VHS went on to win the home video wars.
Home film projectors
VHS
None of the above

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Iron Maiden Any idea which heavy metal band formed in London in 1975?
Metallica
Iron Maiden
Formed in London in 1975, Iron Maiden are one of the top heavy metal bands in the world today.
AC/DC
Slayer

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Altair 8800 Which microcomputer, released in January 1975, started the microcomputer revolution?
ZX Spectrum
Commodore 64
Altair 8800
Sold by mail order, the Altair was an immediate success with over a 1,000 sold in the first month. This was the start of the microcomputer revolution.
PlayStation

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Mood ring First introduced in 1975, this piece of jewelry was very popular with teenagers. What is it?
Earrings
Mood rings
Mood rings, created by Josh Reynolds and Maris Ambats, were all the rage in 1975.
Toe rings
Gold chains

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