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Throwback Thursday: July 4, 1975

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Today is the United States’ 237th birthday! Here’s what was happening on this date 38 years ago.

Throwback Thursday: July 4, 1975

On July 4, 1776, America, then owned and ruled by Great Britain, decided to secede and becomes its own country. Though America had legally declared its separation on July 2, and they had already drafted the Declaration of Independence, on July 4, it all became official, finalized. A lot of things have changed -- A LOT -- but at the same time, some things are the same. Here's a look back at what was happening on July 4, 1975, because why not?!


Billie Jean King defeated Evonne Goolagong Cawley at the 82nd Wimbledon. It was King's 12th and final career Grand Slam.See, Wimbledon was still going on!


A few games happened on Independence Day in 1975. The Kansas City Royals beat the Chicago White Sox, 3-2; the Baltimore Orioles beat the New York Yankees, 5-4; the Oakland A's romped the California Angels, 6-0; the New York Mets beat the Philadelphia Phillies, 4-3.

And the Mets had a winning record!

What were people reading?

New York Times' Bestseller list was topped by a book called The Moneychangers by Arthur Hailey. The novel tells the story of the drama inside the politics of a fictional bank in a fictional Midwestern city, though the bank is supposed to represent Bank of America, some people have suggested.

What were people listening to?

The number one single through July 4, 1975 was "Love Will Keep Us Together" by The Captain & Tennille. The album topped the Billboard Hot 100 for four weeks. The actual song had been written and performed by other artists in years prior, but Captain and Tennille brought it to new heights on their debut album.

The top album at the time was Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy by Elton John. John's ninth album was the first to ever debut number one on the Billboards and it remained there for seven weeks.

So music was a little different than now, but it could be worse.

Happy 4th of July, everyone!

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