29 July-Tom Dunphy

Tom Dunphy was one of the founding members of the Royal Showband. The band was founded in Waterford in 1957. With Dunphy as leader and Brendan Bowyer as lead singer, it became the most popular band in Ireland. In 1975 Tom Dunphy was killed in a car accident in Co Leitrim. At the time he was travelling to perform at the Mary from Dungloe Festival in Co Donegal.

Following its formation the Royal Showband played at venues across Ireland and toured extensively in Great Britain and the US. It had several number one hits, the most popular of which was ‘The Hucklebuck’ in 1965. In 1970 Brendan Bowyer and Tom Dunphy left the Royal Showband to form a new band called the ‘Big 8’. The ‘Big 8’ was based primarily in Las Vegas but also toured in Ireland.

Tom Dunphy of the Royal Showband and the ‘Big 8’ died in a car crash near Carrick-on-Shannon, Co Leitrim in the year 1975 On This Day.

Waterford, Ireland

 

05 July-Arthur Ashe

Arthur Ashe was a World No. 1 tennis player. He is the only African-American male tennis player to win the United States, Wimbledon and Australian Opens. He is the first black American to be ranked number 1 tennis player in the world. Ashe was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1985.

Arthur Robert Ashe was born in Richmond, Virginia, USA on July 10th 1943. He began playing tennis at the age of seven. Ashe, in 1963, became the first African-American to be a member of the United States Davis Cup team. He played with the Davis Cup team for ten years winning in 1968, 1969 and 1970. He won the US Open in 1968, Australian Open 1970, French Open in 1970 and 1971 and Wimbledon in 1975.

In July 1979 Arthur Ashe suffered a heart attack. He had just completed a coaching session for underprivileged children in New York City. Ashe later underwent heart surgery during which he contracted HIV from a blood transfusion. He established programmes to raise awareness of, and to help fight the disease. Arthur Ashe died of Aids-related pneumonia on February 6th 1993. He was just 49 years old.

Arthur Ashe defeated fellow American Jimmy Connors to become the first African American to win a Wimbledon singles title in the year 1975 On This Day.

Arthur Ashe Monument

Arthur Ashe

 

20 June-JAWS

Jaws is a thriller film which is commonly referred to as the first modern day block-buster. It is set in a fictional tourist town in New England. The film tells the story of a giant man-eating shark which wreaks havoc when it attacks swimmers at the resort. The attacks prompt the local police chief to hunt the shark with the assistance of a professional shark hunter and a marine biologist.

The filming of Jaws began on May 2nd 1974. It was filmed on the island of Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts and was directed by Steven Spielberg. Several factors including, filming at sea and the frequent malfunctioning of the mechanical sharks caused unexpected delays. The film was eventually released in 1995 and became the highest-grossing film of all time. It remained so until the release of Star Wars two years later.

Jaws was released in the year 1975 On This Day.

Jaws

 

 

 

11 February-Margaret Thatcher

Margaret Thatcher was the first female British Prime Minister. She served as leader of the Conservative Party from 1975 to 1990 and as Prime Minister from 1979 to 1990. Thatcher was the longest serving Prime Minister of Britain since 1827.

Margaret Thatcher was born Margaret Hilda Roberts in Grantham, Lincolnshire, England on October 13th 1925. She studied chemistry at the University of Oxford, graduating in 1947. She worked as a research chemist whilst studying law and began practicing as a barrister in 1954.

In 1959 Margaret Thatcher was elected as Conservative MP for the constituency of Finchley. She rose through the ranks of the Conservative Party and was elected leader in 1975. The Conservative Party won the 1979 General Election and Thatcher was elected Prime Minister. She served as Prime Minister until 1990.

Margaret Thatcher was elected leader of the Conservative Party in the year 1975 On This Day.

Margaret Thatcher (including picture with Robert Muldoon)

30 December-Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods is a professional golfer who is a native of California USA. He is one of the most successful golfers of all time. The recipient of numerous awards, Woods was inducted into the California Hall of Fame in 2007.

Eldrick Tont ‘Tiger’ Woods was born in Cypress, California, USA in 1975. He was introduced to golf as a child by his father. Woods won the Junior World Championships six times between 1988 and 1991. He turned professional in 1996. At age 21 Woods had reached the number one position in the world rankings by June 1997.

Since then Tiger Woods has been world number one for the most consecutive weeks. He has also been the world number one for the greatest total number of weeks of any other golfer. He has been awarded PGA Player of the Year a record eleven times. With Rory McIlroy, Woods shares the honour of winning both the Silver Medal and The Gold Medal at The Open Championship.

Tiger Woods was born in the year 1975 On This Day.

Tiger Woods