What Happened in August 1974

Historical Events

  • Aug 1 Virginia Squires trade Julius "Dr J" Erving to NY Nets
  • Aug 1 China's People's Liberation Army Navy, put into service ChangZheng 1, their first nuclear-powered submarine
  • Aug 3 "Little Night Music" closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 601 performances
  • Aug 3 "Words & Music" closes at John Golden Theater NYC after 127 performances
  • Aug 3 Guitarist Jeff Baxter quits Steely Dan & joins Doobie Brothers
  • Aug 4 Crawford-Butler Act allows Puerto Ricans to elect own governor
  • Aug 4 Sandra Haynie wins LPGA George Washington Golf Classic
  • Aug 5 Joan Jett forms her rock group Runaways

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 5 US President Richard Nixon admits he withheld information about Watergate break-in

37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon
  • Aug 6 6th time Phils get just 1 assist in game; no other team did it twice
  • Aug 6 Explosion & fire destory Great Northern RR yard in Wenatchee, Wash
  • Aug 7 Philippe Petit walks tightrope strung between twin towers
  • Aug 8 US President Richard Nixon announces he will resign at 12pm the next day
  • Aug 9 Richard Nixon resigns US presidency, VP Gerald Ford swears oath of office to become 38th US president
  • Aug 10 Judy Rankin wins LPGA Colgate-European American Golf Open
  • Aug 11 56th PGA Championship: Lee Trevino shoots a 276 at Tanglewood NC
  • Aug 11 Coup in East-Timor under UDT
  • Aug 11 Head-on collision between two buses kills 21 (Ankara, Turkey)

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Aug 12 Nolan Ryan strikes out 19 & walks only 2 as Angels top Red Sox, 4-2

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Aug 12 Yankees Mickey Mantle & Whitey Ford become 1st team mates inducted to hall of fame on same day

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle
MLB Pitcher Whitey Ford
MLB Pitcher
Whitey Ford
  • Aug 14 Congress authorizes US citizens to own gold
  • Aug 14 Turkish army attacks Nicosia Cyprus
  • Aug 14 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Aug 14 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • Aug 15 France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
  • Aug 15 Hurricane/floods ravage Bangladesh, 4,000 killed
  • Aug 15 Longest team (6) trampoline bouncing marathon (1,248 hours or 52 days)
  • Aug 15 South Korean President Park Chung-Hee escapes assassination
  • Aug 16 Ramones concert debut (NYC's CBGBs)
  • Aug 18 Joanne Carner wins LPGA St Paul Keller Golf Open
  • Aug 20 Brooklyn pitcher Dan Bankhead is 1st black to homer in his 1st at bat
  • Aug 20 Nelson Rockefeller selected US Vice President by President Ford
  • Aug 20 Nolan Ryan pitch measured at record 161.6 kph (100.4 mph)
  • Aug 23 John Lennon reports seeing a UFO in NYC
  • Aug 23 Zaheer Abbas scores 240 Pakistan v England at The Cricket Oval
  • Aug 24 Sandra Haynie wins LPGA National Jewish Hospital Golf Open
  • Aug 25 France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
  • Aug 25 LA Aztecs defeat Miami Toros to win NASL cup
  • Aug 26 Guinee-Bissau becomes independent of Portugal
  • Aug 26 Soyuz 15 carries 2 cosmonauts to space station Salyut 3
  • Aug 27 NY Met Benny Ayala hits a HR in his 1st at bat
  • Aug 28 Soyuz 15 returns to Earth
  • Aug 29 USSR performs underground nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • Aug 30 Express train runs at full speed into Zagreb, Yugoslavia, rail yard killing 153
  • Aug 30 Launching of 1st Dutch satellite, ANS, from Vandenberg
  • Aug 30 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Aug 31 Pirate Radio Veronica moves into Scheveningen harbor

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 102

  • Aug 1 Kerwin Waldroup, DL (Detroit Lions)
  • Aug 1 Beckie Scott, Canadian cross-country skiing athlete
  • Aug 2 Nabil Bouchlal, soccer player (Willem II)
  • Aug 2 Paul Grasmanis, defensive tackle (Chicago Bears)
  • Aug 2 Jeremy Castle, Oklahoma country singer and songwriter
  • Aug 2 Angie Cepeda, Colombian actress
  • Aug 3 Blaine Wilson, gymnast (Olympics-5th-96), born in Columbus, Ohio
  • Aug 3 Jenny Beck, actress (Claire Carroll-Guns & Paradise)
  • Aug 4 Canute Curtis, linebacker (Cincinnati Bengals)
  • Aug 4 Kily González, Argentine footballer
  • Aug 4 Keenan Milton, Professional Skater
  • Aug 5 Frankie Hejduk, soccer defender (Olympics-gold-96), born in La Mesa, California
  • Aug 5 Jamie Lynn Bolding, Lakeland Florida, Miss America-Florida (1997)
  • Aug 5 Jason Shelley, WLAF wide receiver (Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • Aug 5 Antoine Sibierski, French footballer
  • Aug 5 Kajol Mukherjee, Indian actress (Fanaa, My Name Is Khan), born in Mumbai, Maharashtra
  • Aug 6 Adrian Voinea, Focsani Romania, tennis star (1995 Malta)
  • Aug 6 Alvin Williams, NBA guard (Portland Trailblazers)
  • Aug 6 Bobby Petta, soccer player (Feyenoord, RKC)
  • Aug 6 Nelson Vargas, Holoyoke Mass, soccer forward (Olympics-gold-96)
  • Aug 6 Ever Carradine, American actress
  • Aug 7 Jeff Buckey, tackle (Miami Dolphins)
  • Aug 7 Philippe De Rouville, Victoriaville, NHL goalie (Pitts Penguins)
  • Aug 8 Andrei Mezin, NHL goaltender (Team Belarus, Oly-98)
  • Aug 8 Scott D'Amore, Canadian professional wrestler and manager
  • Aug 8 Andy Priaulx, British race car driver
  • Aug 9 Derek Fisher, NBA guard (LA Lakers)
  • Aug 9 Tremayne Allen, tight end (Chicago Bears)
  • Aug 9 Kirill Reznik, American politician
  • Aug 9 Nicola Stapleton, English actress
  • Aug 10 Dave Fiore, tackle (San Francisco 49ers)
  • Aug 10 Miro Simonovic, hockey goaltender (Team Slovakia 1998)
  • Aug 10 Walt Harris, cornerback (Chicago Bears)
  • Aug 10 David Sommeil, French footballer
  • Aug 10 Luis Marín, Costa Rican footballer
  • Aug 11 Audrey Mestre, French diver
  • Aug 11 Will Friedle, American actor
  • Aug 11 Hadiqa Kiyani, Pakistani pop star
  • Aug 11 Anju Jain, Indian cricketer(women's team)
  • Aug 12 Peter Pucher, hockey forward (Team Slovakia 1998)
  • Aug 12 Wendy Palmer, WNBA forward (Utah Starzz)
  • Aug 13 Jarrod Washburn, American baseball player
  • Aug 14 Chucky Atkins, American basketball player
  • Aug 14 Martin Bulloch, Scottish musician (Mogwai)
  • Aug 14 Christopher Gorham, American actor
  • Aug 14 Ana Matronic, American singer (Scissor Sisters)
  • Aug 15 Ramon Morel, Villa Gonzalez Dom Rep, pitcher (Pittsburgh Pirates)
  • Aug 15 Natasha Henstridge, Canadian actress
  • Aug 16 Bryan Chiu, CFL defensive tackle (Montreal Alouettes)
  • Aug 16 Krizstina Egerszegi, Hungarian backstroke swimmer (100/200m WR)
  • Aug 16 Roger Cedeno, Valencia Edo Venezuela, outfielder (LA Dodgers)
  • Aug 16 Ryan Longwell, NFL kicker (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31)
  • Aug 16 Iván Hurtado, Ecuadorian footballer
  • Aug 17 Tony Hajjar, Lebanese musician (At the Drive-In, Sparta)
  • Aug 17 Nicola Kraus, American novelist
  • Aug 18 Sekou Soumah, soccer player (Willem II)
  • Aug 18 Shivnarine Chanderpaul, cricketer (WI left-handed batsman 1994-)
  • Aug 20 Denesha Reid, Miss USA-Georgia (1997)
  • Aug 20 Maxim Vengerov, Russian violinist
  • Aug 20 Amy Adams, American actress
  • Aug 20 Big Moe, American rapper (d. 2007)
  • Aug 20 Szabolcs Sáfár, Hungarian footballer
  • Aug 20 Andy Strachan, Australian musician (The Living End)
  • Aug 20 Misha Collins, American actor (Supernatural), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Aug 21 Amy Fisher, shot Mary Jo Buttafucco, born in Long Island, New York
  • Aug 21 Pietra Gay, WNBA guard/forward (Houston Comets)
  • Aug 22 Brimstone, American professional wrestler
  • Aug 22 Agustín Pichot, Argentine rugby player
  • Aug 22 Stefano Verderi, Italian guitarist
  • Aug 23 Paula Gaye Montgomery, Cabot Ark, Miss America (Arkansas-3rd-1996)
  • Aug 23 Ray Park, Scottish actor
  • Aug 23 Shifty, American musician (Crazy Town)
  • Aug 23 Benjamin Limo, Kenyan runner
  • Aug 23 Christian Beranek, American graphic novelist and actor
  • Aug 24 Archie Amerson, CFL running back (Hamilton Tiger Cats)
  • Aug 24 Tony McCombs, linebacker (Arizona Cardinals)
  • Aug 24 Orla Fallon, Irish Vocalist for Celtic Woman
  • Aug 25 Chris Mantilla, diver (Olympics-96), born in West Palm Beach, Florida
  • Aug 25 Darren Benson, NFL defensive tackle (Dallas Cowboys)
  • Aug 25 Mike Jenkins, wide receiver (Cincinnati Bengals)
  • Aug 25 Eric Millegan, American actor
  • Aug 25 Dave Luza, Dutch comedian
  • Aug 26 Freddie Scott, NFL wide receiver (Atlanta Falcons)
  • Aug 26 Kelvin Cato, NBA center (Portland Trailblazers)
  • Aug 26 Eric D. Snider, American humor columnist / movie reviewer
  • Aug 27 Sean Woodson, safety (Buffalo Bills)
  • Aug 27 José Vidro, Puerto Rican baseball player
  • Aug 27 Michael Mason, New Zealand cricketer
  • Aug 28 Mark Smith, defensive end (Arizona Cardinals)
  • Aug 28 Takahito Eguchi, Japanese composer
  • Aug 28 Johan Andersson, Swedish game programmer
  • Aug 28 Carsten Jancker, German footballer
  • Aug 29 Brad Boston, soling sailor (Olympics-96), born in Sarnia, Ontario
  • Aug 29 Kumi Tanioka, Japanese composer

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 29 Jay Onrait, Canadian sports broadcaster (TSN, Fox Sports 1), born in Athabasca, Alberta

Sports Anchor Jay Onrait
Sports Anchor
Jay Onrait
  • Aug 30 Matt Bongiovi, heavy metal rocker (cousin of Jon Bon Jovi)
  • Aug 30 Javier Otxoa, Spanish cyclist
  • Aug 30 Aaron Barrett, Lead singer/guitarist of Reel Big Fish
  • Aug 30 Rich Cronin, US singer songwriter (Lyte Funkie Ones), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Aug 31 Andrei Medvedev, tennis star (1991 French Open junior), born in Kiev, Ukraine

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 7 Actress Faye Dunaway weds Peter Wolf of J. Geils Band

Actress Faye Dunaway
Actress
Faye Dunaway

HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 19 Oscar-winning lyricist Tim Rice (29) weds Jane McIntosh

Lyricist Tim Rice
Lyricist
Tim Rice

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 1 Ildebrando Antoniutti, Italian Catholic cardinal (b. 1898)
  • Aug 2 W. Douglas Hawkes, British racing driver (b. 1893)
  • Aug 3 Almira Sessions, actress (Oklahoma Annie), dies at 85
  • Aug 3 Erik Darling, American folk musician (Rooftop Singers), dies at 74
  • Aug 6 Gene Ammons, American jazz saxophonist (b. 1925)
  • Aug 7 Rosario Castellanos, Mexican poet (b. 1925)
  • Aug 7 Sylvio Mantha, professional ice hockey player (b. 1902)
  • Aug 8 Baldur von Schirach, German author/nazi politician, dies at 67
  • Aug 9 Bill Chase, American trumpet player and bandleader (b. 1934)
  • Aug 10 Ilona Massey, actress/singer (Ilona Massey Show), dies at 64
  • Aug 10 Ivor Dean, British actor (Theatre of Death), dies at 57
  • Aug 11 Jack Hill, cricketer (3 Tests for Australia 1953-55, 8 wickets), dies
  • Aug 11 Vicente Emilio Sojo, composer, dies at 86
  • Aug 13 Hugo Yarnold, cricketer (Umpire in 3 Tests for England), dies
  • Aug 13 Kate O'Brien, Irish writer (Pray for the Wanderer), dies at 76
  • Aug 14 Raymond Budd, South African trade unionist
  • Aug 15 Edmund Cobb, actor (Motorcycle Gang), dies at 82
  • Aug 15 Mrs Park Chung Hi, wife of South Korean president, murdered
  • Aug 16 Karl E Mundt, (Rep/Sen), dies
  • Aug 17 Aldo Palazzeschi, [Giurlani], Italian writer, dies at 89
  • Aug 17 Edgar Dearing, actor (Free & Easy, Abraham Lincoln), dies at 81
  • Aug 19 Rodger Davies, United States ambassador to Cyprus, murdered at 53 by Greek Cypriot gunmen during a demonstration outside the U.S. Embassy in Nicosia
  • Aug 20 Ilona Massey, actress (Love HAppy, Holiday in Mexico), dies at 62
  • Aug 22 Jacob Bronowski, Polish-born British mathematician and science writer best known as the presenter of the BBC television series, The Ascent of Man, dies of a heart attack at 66
  • Aug 23 Roberto Assagioli, Italian psychiatrist (b. 1888)
  • Aug 24 Alexander de Seversky, Russian-American aviation pioneer (b. 1894)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 26 Charles Lindbergh, US aviator, dies at 72

  • Aug 30 Abraham Schierbeek, Dutch biologist (Leeuwenhoek), dies at 87
  • Aug 31 William Pershing Benedict, American pilot
  • Aug 31 Norman Kirk, New Zealand prime minister (b. 1923