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• A referendum on EEC membership produced a YES vote for Britain to remain a part of the European Economic Community.

• West Indies cricketer Gary Sobers and actor Charlie Chaplin are knighted by the Queen.

Dr Donald Coggan is installed as Archbishop of Canterbury.

• The Queen opens New Covent Garden fruit and vegetable market at Nine Elms

• 42 die in the Moorgate Disaster when a tube train crashes into the end of a tunnel at Moorgate station.

• The first tanker arrived in the Thames bringing North Sea Oil ashore and the Queen opened the first pipeline from the Forties Field.

• In November, three people die in a fire on the Ekofisk A oil platform.

• The last Wolseley car rolls off the production line.

Dutch Elm Disease is affecting three million trees in the Midlands and the South, and continues to spread.

• Proceedings in the House of Commons are broadcast on radio for the first time.

• Saigon falls to the Communist forces, bringing an end to the Vietnam War.

• British electricity prices rise by a record 33 per cent.

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• 1975 was International Women’s Year. It saw the introduction of the Sex Discrimination Act and the Equal Pay Act. It also saw the election of Margaret Thatcher as Conservative Party leader although she would have to wait until 1979 before she would become Britain’s first woman Prime Minister.

• The Government would have to rescue the British Leyland motor company and come to the aid of Chrysler UK at the same time as limiting wage rises to £6 per week for those earning up to £8500.

The Year of the EEC Referendum

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