The Marianas Islands became a U.S. Commonwealth.
Puerto Rican nationalists bombed a cafe in New York City, killing 4 and wounding 50.
As remaining Americans fled South Viet Nam, the government surrendered to the Communists.
Americans and Soviets symbolically united their space programs as the Apollo and Soyuz docked in space.
Former Teamster President Jimmy Hoffa disappeared.
As part of the administrative shake-up known as the "Halloween Massacre", Henry Kissinger resigned as Security Council head and President Ford named George Bush as CIA director.
President Ford visited China, the Philippines and Indonesia.
The corruption investigation that had toppled Vice President Agnew resulted in indictments for Maryland governor Marvin Mandel and five staffers on racketeering charges.
A former Charles Manson follower, Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme, unsuccessfully attempted to assassinate President Ford in Sacramento. Two weeks later, FBI informant Sara Jane Moore was arrested on charges of attempting to shoot Ford in San Francisco.
The Vatican canonized Elizabeth Seton as its first American-born Catholic saint.
113 died when lightning struck a jet approaching New York's Kennedy International Airport. The strike shut down the jet's power, causing it to spin in and crash.
11 died and 75 were injured when a bomb exploded in a passenger terminal at LaGuardia Airport.
Nabisco's Nutterbutter cookies briefly surpassed Oreos as America's favorite.
All In The Family was America's top TV show for the fifth straight year. Hollywood Squares was the leading daytime show. Saturday Night Live received an Emmy for outstanding comedy series.
Hit songs included Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds by Elton John with John Lennon, Fame by David Bowie with John Lennon, Black Water by the Doobie Brothers, Jive Talkin' by the Bee Gees, Shining Star by Earth, Wind & Fire, Love Will Keep Us Together by the Captain & Tenille and the disco anthem The Hustle by Van McCoy & The Soul City Symphony.