What Happened in 1974

Significant Events

  • Mar 29 Chinese farmers discover the Terracotta Army near Xi'an, 8,000 clay warrior statues buried to guard tomb of China's 1st emperor Qin Shi Huang
  • Apr 1 Ayatollah Khomeini calls for an Islamic Republic in Iran
  • Apr 5 World Trade Center, then the world's tallest building, opens in New York (110 stories)
  • Apr 20 'The Troubles', the Northern Ireland conflict between republican and loyalist paramilitaries, British security forces, and civil rights groups, claims its 1000th victim
  • May 18 India becomes the sixth nation to explode an atomic bomb
  • Jun 23 1st extraterrestrial message sent from Earth into space
  • Aug 8 US President Richard Nixon announces he will resign at 12pm the next day
  • Oct 30 The Rumble in the Jungle: Muhammad Ali KOs George Foreman in the 8th round in Kinshasa, Zaire
  • Nov 30 Most complete early human skeleton (Lucy, Australopithecus) discovered by Donald Johanson, Maurice Taieb, Yves Coppens and Tim White in the Middle Awash of Ethiopia's Afar Depression
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The Universal Product Code is scanned for the first time to sell a package of Wrigley's chewing gum at the Marsh Supermarket in Troy, Ohio

On June 26, 1974

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