Can You Answer These Questions About the Year 1975?

HISTORY

Robin Tyler

6 Min Quiz

Image: Tom Kelley Archive/Retrofile RF/Getty Images

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?

Name the future Prime Minister of Britain that became the Conservative Party leader in 1975?

Margaret Thatcher became the leader of the Conservative Party in 1975. By 1979, she was the Prime Minister of Great Britain.

Advertisement

Which popular Volkswagen model, still produced today, was introduced in 1975?

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.

Advertisement

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?

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.

Advertisement

What war ended on April 30, 1975?

The Vietnam War ended on April 30, 1975. Over 58,000 US troops died in the conflict.

Advertisement

Queen Elizabeth II knighted a very famous actor in 1975. Who was he?

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.

Advertisement

Name the Queen classic released on October, 31.

The most famous of Queen's singles, 'Bohemian Rhapsody' hit one million in sales in a mere nine weeks after it was released.

Advertisement

First introduced in 1975, this piece of jewelry was very popular with teenagers. What is it?

Mood rings, created by Josh Reynolds and Maris Ambats, were all the rage in 1975.

Advertisement

Certainly one of the oddest gifts for children in 1975, one of these below became the must-have present for Christmas. What was it?

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.

Advertisement

Which organization was outlawed by the British government in 1975?

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.

Advertisement

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?

David Bowie and John Lennon wrote 'Fame' to lament the nature of celebrity. It proved a massive hit!

Advertisement

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?

"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.

Advertisement

Today they are one of the biggest companies in the world, but in 1975 they were just starting out. Name the company, please.

That's right, in April 1975, Microsoft was formed by Bill Gates and Paul Allen. We all know how that turned out!

Advertisement

Which member of the Star Trek cast published his memoirs, entitled 'I Am Not Spock?'

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.

Advertisement

An American institution and still running today, this much loved TV show first premiered on October 11, 1975. Can you name it?

The original cast of Saturday Night Live has included Chevy Chase, Jane Curtin, Jim Belushi and Gilda Radner.

Advertisement

One of the world's greatest golfers is born in 1975. Who is he?

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.

Advertisement

In 1975, Junko Tabei became the first woman to _______

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.

Advertisement

Can you name the Atari game that is considered to be the first home video game ever?

Released through Sears, Pong became an instant hit and this was the start of the home video game industry.

Advertisement

In August, NASA launch a space craft towards Mars. What is its name?

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.

Advertisement

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?

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.

Advertisement

What was the song of the year in 1975?

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.

Advertisement

Name the Saudi head of state assassinated in 1975, please.

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.

Advertisement

What home video playback device was released in 1975?

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.

Advertisement

Name the American president in 1975, please.

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.

Advertisement

Any idea which heavy metal band formed in London in 1975?

Formed in London in 1975, Iron Maiden are one of the top heavy metal bands in the world today.

Advertisement

Which American city saw their police force strike in 1975?

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.

Advertisement

Who hosted the first ever Saturday Night Live episode on October 11,1975?

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.

Advertisement

In 1975, this man was reported missing in the United States. He has never been found.

Jimmy Hoffa disappeared on July 30, 1975. A union leader, Hoffa's was never found and he was declared dead in 1982.

Advertisement

Which famous American truck made its debut in 1975?

The Ford F-150 was introduced in 1975 with a 1976 model year. This was the birth of an American pickup legend.

Advertisement

Name the tennis player who won her sixth Wimbledon singles title in 1975.

Billie Jean King won Wimbledon for the sixth and last time in 1975. It was here last Grand Slam title.

Advertisement

Which team were crowned Super Bowl champions in 1975?

The Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Minnesota Vikings 16 - 6 at Super Bowl XI on January 12, 1975.

Advertisement

Who tried to assassinate President Gerald Ford on September 5, 1975?

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.

Advertisement

Which team were crown World Series champions in 1975?

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.

Advertisement

Which microcomputer, released in January 1975, started the microcomputer revolution?

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.

Advertisement

Who were the NBA champions in 1975?

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.

Advertisement

Name the Spanish dictator whose death in 1975 saw the monarchy restored to that country.

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.

Advertisement

About HowStuffWorks Play

How much do you know about dinosaurs? What is an octane rating? And how do you use a proper noun? Lucky for you, HowStuffWorks Play is here to help. Our award-winning website offers reliable, easy-to-understand explanations about how the world works. From fun quizzes that bring joy to your day, to compelling photography and fascinating lists, HowStuffWorks Play offers something for everyone. Sometimes we explain how stuff works, other times, we ask you, but we’re always exploring in the name of fun! Because learning is fun, so stick with us!

Explore More Quizzes