What Happened in February 1974

Historical Events

  • 1st "Good Times" (spinoff from "Maude") premieres on CBS TV
  • 1st Kuala Lumpur is declared a Federal Territory.
  • 2nd Barbra Striesand's 1st #1 hit, "The Way We Were"
  • 2nd Pope Paul VI encyclical "To Honor Mary"
  • 2nd Smallest crowd at Cleveland Arena (Cavs vs Golden State-1,641)
  • 2nd The F-16 Fighting Falcon flies for the first time.
  • 2nd 10th British Commonwealth Games close in Christchurch, New Zealand
  • 3rd "Pajama Game" closes at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC after 65 performances
  • 3rd Sandra Palmer wins LPGA Burdine's Golf Invitational
  • 4th Chimpanzee Nim Chimsky signs his 1st word, at 2½ months
  • 4th Petroleum rationing ends in Netherlands
  • 4th Patricia Hearst (19), daughter of publisher Randolph Hearst, kidnapped by Symbionese Liberation Army
  • 4th Provisional Irish Republican Army bomb explodes on a bus in West Yorkshire, England, carrying British Army soldiers and some of their family members
  • 5th British mine strike
  • 5th Mats Wermelin, Sweden, scores all points in 272-0 basketball win
  • 5th Maximum speed on Autobahn reduced to 100 kph
  • 5th US Mariner 10 returns 1st close-up photos of Venus' cloud structure
  • 5th John Murtha becomes the first Vietnam War veteran elected to the Congress of the United States.
  • 5th Randolph Hearst’s 19-year-old daughter, Patty Hearst, is kidnapped from their home in California
  • 6th 3rd time Rangers shut-out Islanders 6-0
  • 6th Dutch speed limit set at 100km due to oil crisis
  • 6th US House of Reps begins determining grounds for impeachment of Nixon
  • 7th Grenada gains independence from Britain (National Day)

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7th Mel Brooks' "Blazing Saddles" opens in movie theaters starring Cleavon Little and Gene Wilder

Actor & Director Mel Brooks
Actor & Director
Mel Brooks
  • 7th UK Prime Minister Edward Heath calls for a general 'snap' election in the midst of a protracted miners strike
  • 7th The Symbionese Liberation Army claim responsibility for the for kidnapping of Patty Hearst, daughter of Randolph Hearst
  • 8th "Good Times" debuts on CBS TV
  • 8th Ringo releases "You're 16"
  • 8th Skylab 4's astronauts land
  • 8th Soap opera "Secret Storm" ends a 20 year run
  • 8th 3 US astronauts return to Earth after a 85 days in the US space station, Skylab
  • 9th "Daddy What If" by Bobby Bare peaks at #41
  • 9th "The Americans (A Canadian's Opinion)" by Gordon Sinclair peaks at #24
  • 9th US female Figure Skating championship won by Dorothy Hamill
  • 9th US male Figure Skating championship won by Gordon McKellen Jr
  • 10th "Gigi" closes at Uris Theater NYC after 103 performances
  • 10th Gail Denenber wins LPGA Sears Women's Golf Classic
  • 10th Iran/Iraqi border fight breaks out
  • 10th Judy Ikenberry wins 1st Us women's marathon (2:55:17)
  • 10th Silver futures hit record $4.81½ an ounce in London
  • 11th Dick Woodson is 1st of 48 to invoke baseball's new arbitration rule
  • 11th Titan-Centaur rocket test launch fails
  • 11th 1st baseball arbitration Twins pitcher Dick Woodson seeking $29,000 wins, Twins offered $23,000

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11th Henry Kissinger unveils Nixon Administration's seven-point "Project Independence" plan to make the U.S. energy independent

Politician, statesman Henry Kissinger
Politician, statesman
Henry Kissinger
  • 11th Libya nationalizes three US oil companies that had not agreed to 51 percent nationalization in September
  • 12th Heads of state of Algeria, Egypt, Syria, and Saudi Arabia discuss oil strategy in view of the progress in Arab-Israeli disengagement
  • 13th "Rainbow Jones" opens & closes at Music Box Theater NYC
  • 13th Dissident Nobel writer Alexander Solzhenitsyn expelled from USSR

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13th James 'Cool Papa' Bell is named to baseball's Hall of Fame

Baseball player Cool Papa Bell
Baseball player
Cool Papa Bell

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13th Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Russian novelist and historian, is deported from the Soviet Union to Frankfurt, West Germany and stripped of his Soviet citizenship

Writer and Nobel Laureate Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
Writer and Nobel Laureate
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
  • 17th 49 die in stampede for seats at soccer match, Cairo, Egypt
  • 17th Carol Mann wins LPGA Naples Lely Golf Classic
  • 17th Robert K. Preston, a disgruntled U.S. Army private, buzzes the White House with a stolen helicopter.
  • 17th 16th Daytona 500: Richard Petty wins (140.894 MPH)
  • 18th NASA launches Italian satellite San Marcos C-2 (235/843 km)
  • 18th US ambassador to India Daniel Moynihan present $2,046,700,000 check
  • 19th 1st American Music Awards: Helen Reddy & Jim Croce win
  • 20th Cher files for separation from husband Sonny Bono

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20th Gordie Howe comes out of retirement for $1M from Houston Aeros, WHA

Ice Hockey Legend Gordie Howe
Ice Hockey Legend
Gordie Howe
  • 21st Israeli forces leave western Suez
  • 21st Silver hits record $5.96½ an ounce in London
  • 21st Yugoslavia adopts constitution
  • 22nd Ethiopian police shoot at demonstrators
  • 23rd Teri Garr appears on Bob Newhart Show in "Confessions of an Orthodontist"
  • 24th Atje Keulen-Deelstra becomes world champ all-round skater
  • 24th Pakistan officially recognizes Bangladesh
  • 25th Veronica & Colin Scargill (England) begin tandem bicycle ride a record 18,020 miles around the world, completed on August 27, 1975
  • 26th Gold hits record $188 an ounce in Paris
  • 27th "People" magazine begins sales
  • 27th US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 28th Ethiopian government of Makonnen forms
  • 28th British parliamentary elections result in a hung parliament
  • 28th Taiwan police shoots into crowd
  • 28th US & Egypt re-form diplomatic relations after 7 years

Famous Birthdays

  • 1st Jennifer Lien, actress (Hannah Moore-Another World)
  • 1st Lisa Marie Scott, Pensacola FL, playmate (Feb, 1994)
  • 1st Walter McCarty, NBA forward (Boston Celtics)
  • 1st Roberto Heras, Spanish cyclist, born in Béjar, Spain
  • 1st David Meca, Spanish long distance swimmer
  • 2nd David Buck, kayak (alt-Olympics-96), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 2nd J R Conrad, offensive tackle/guard (NY Jets)
  • 2nd Jeff Cassar, soccer goalkeeper (Olympics-gold-96)
  • 3rd Konrad Gałka, Polish swimmer
  • 4th Brandon Convery, Kingston, NHL center (Toronto Maple Leafs)
  • 4th Chris Ward, defensive end (Baltimore Ravens)
  • 4th Mijntje Donners, Dutch hockey international
  • 5th Adrienne Johnson, WNBA guard (Cleveland Rockers)
  • 6th Nathan Davis, defensive tackle (Atlanta Falcons)
  • 6th Olaf Lindenbergh, soccer player (Ajax, De Graafschap)
  • 7th Ryan Phillips, linebacker (NY Giants)

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7th Steve Nash, Johannesburg South Africa, Canadian NBA guard (Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns, LA Lakers)

Basketball Player Steve Nash
Basketball Player
Steve Nash
  • 7th Emma McLaughlin, American novelist
  • 8th Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, French disc jockey (Daft Punk)
  • 8th Ulises de la Cruz, Ecuadorian footballer
  • 8th Seth Green, American actor and producer (Family Guy, Austin Powers), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 8th Kimbo Slice, American mixed martial artist
  • 9th Amber Valletta, Phoenix, Arizona, American actress and model (Hitch, Revenge)
  • 9th Brad Maynard, punter (NY Giants)
  • 9th John Wallace, NBA forward (Toronto Raptors)
  • 9th Orlando Bobo, guard (Minnesota Vikings)
  • 10th Andrew English, CFL receiver (BC Lions)
  • 10th Lea Ghirardi-Rubbi, Colombes France, tennis star (1994 Futures NC)
  • 10th Ty Law, NFL cornerback (NE Patriots)
  • 10th Ivri Lider, Israeli singer
  • 10th Tanoai Reed, American stunt performer

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10th Elizabeth Banks, Pittsfield, Massachusetts, American actress (The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Man on a Ledge)

  • 11th Brian Newman, guard (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
  • 11th Ronnie Ward, linebacker (Miami Dolphins)
  • 11th Wally Richardson, quarterback (Baltimore Ravens)
  • 11th D'Angelo, American singer
  • 11th Alex Jones, American radio host
  • 11th Zain Verjee, American newsreporter
  • 12th Ian Mcintyre, NHL left wing (Vancouver Canucks), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 12th Toranosuke Takagi, Japanese race car driver
  • 12th Fonzworth Bentley, American hip-hop artist
  • 13th Anthony Mortas, hockey forward (Team France 1998)
  • 13th Gus Hansen, Danish professional poker player

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13th Robbie Williams, English singer

  • 13th Jeff Duran, American radio personality
  • 14th Michael Lowery, NFL linebacker (Chicago Bears)
  • 14th Rob Jahrling, Australian rower (Olympics-96)
  • 14th Filippa Giordano, Italian singer
  • 14th Philippe Léonard, Belgian footballer
  • 15th Erik Schulz, Port Huron Mich, pairs skater (& Ilana Goldfogel)
  • 15th Jodie McMullen, Miss Universe-Australia/Miss Congeniality (1996)
  • 15th Tim Hall, running back (Oakland Raiders)
  • 15th Ugueth Urbina, Venezuelan pitcher (Montreal Expos), born in Caracas
  • 15th Miranda July, American performance artist
  • 15th Tomi Putaansuu, Finnish singer (Lordi)
  • 15th Seattle Slew, American racehorse (d. 2002)
  • 15th Alexander Wurz, Austrian race car driver
  • 16th Jevon Langford, defensive end (Cincinnati Bengals)
  • 16th Kathy McCormack, ice hockey forward (Canada, Oly-Silver-98)
  • 16th Kimberly Dawn Whipany, Oklahoma, rocker (PC Quest-Can You See)
  • 16th Fanis Katergiannakis, Greek footballer
  • 17th Jerry O'Connell, actor (Scream 2, Andrew-My Secret Identity), born in NYC, New York
  • 17th Valeria Mazza, Rosario Argentina, model (Cosmo-July 1995)
  • 17th Kaoru, Japanese musician
  • 17th Bryan White, American singer
  • 18th Yevgeny Kafelnikov, Russia, tennis star
  • 18th Jamey Carroll, American baseball player
  • 18th Ruby Dhalla, Canadian politician
  • 19th Yevgeny Kafelnikov, Sochi Russia, tennis star (1995 doubles-Hamburg)
  • 19th Danny Doring, American professional wrestler
  • 20th Katerina Kroupova, Olomouc Czech, tennis star (1994 Futures-Sofia-BUL)
  • 20th Ophelie Winter, French actress
  • 21st Alexei Lojkin, NHL forward (Belarus, Oly-98)
  • 21st Rohsaan Griffin, Texas City Texas, 200m runner
  • 21st Iván Campo, Spanish footballer
  • 21st Wish Bone, American rapper, (Bone Thugs-N-Harmony)
  • 22nd Aaron Gavey, Sudbury, NHL center (Tampa Bay Lightning)
  • 22nd Kyoko Nagatsuka, Shizuoka Prefecture Japan, tennis star (1996 Hobart)
  • 22nd James Blunt, English musician
  • 22nd Chris Moyles, English DJ
  • 23rd Herschelle Gibbs, cricketer (South African Test batsman 1996)
  • 23rd Kenyon Cotton, full back (Baltimore Ravens)
  • 23rd Jaime Villarreal, Mexican musician
  • 23rd Leko, American DJ
  • 24th Jeremy Laster, Fullerton California, water polo driver (Olympics-96)
  • 24th Simeon Rice, defensive end (Arizona Cardinals)
  • 24th Chad Hugo, American musician and producer (The Neptunes)
  • 24th Mike Lowell, Puerto Rican baseball player
  • 24th Bonnie Somerville, American actress and singer
  • 25th Detron Smith, NFL running back (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • 25th Tamarick Vanover, NFL wide receiver (KC Chiefs)
  • 26th Ron Fox, soccer player (Willem II)
  • 26th Sébastien Loeb, French rally driver
  • 27th Chris Dishman, guard (Arizona Cardinals)
  • 27th Jim Maher, cricketer (Queensland lefty batsman victorious 1995 side)
  • 28th Katie Allen, Australian field hockey full back/half back (Olympics-96)
  • 28th Kevin Abrams, cornerback (Detroit Lions)
  • 28th Michael Manasseri, actor (License to Drive)
  • 28th Michael Swift, WLAF CB (Rhein Fire)
  • 28th Lee Carsley, Irish footballer

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

10th NBA player Julius Erving (23) weds model Turquoise Brown at Waldorf

NBA Legend Julius Erving
NBA Legend
Julius Erving

HeartWedding of Interest

16th MLB player Mike Schmidt (24) weds Donna Wightman

MLB Third Baseman Mike Schmidt
MLB Third Baseman
Mike Schmidt

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23rd US Governor Jeb Bush (21) weds philantropist Columba Bush (20) in Austin, Texas

US Governor Jeb Bush
US Governor
Jeb Bush

Famous Divorces


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

13th Professional boxer George Foreman (25) divorces Adrienne Calhoun after almost 3 years of marriage

Boxing Champ George Foreman
Boxing Champ
George Foreman

Famous Deaths

  • 1st Lynda Ann Healy, 1st Bundy murder victim, abducted in Seattle
  • 2nd Jean Absil, Belgian composer (Benedictions), dies at 80
  • 4th Mihail Andricu, composer, dies at 79
  • 4th Satyendra Nath Bose, Indian physicist (b. 1894)
  • 7th Arline Judge, actress (Age of Consent), dies at 61
  • 8th Fern Andra, dies at 80
  • 8th Fritz Zwicky, Swiss/US astronomer (supernova, dark matter), dies at 75
  • 9th Cees de Lange, Dutch conferencier, dies at 60
  • 11th Anna Q Nilsson, actress (Toll Gate, Sorrell & Son), dies at 85
  • 14th C S Dempster, cricketer (10 Tests for NZ, 723 runs), dies
  • 15th Kurt Magnus Atterberg, composer, dies at 86
  • 16th John Garand, Canadian rifle engineer and manufacturer (b. 1888)
  • 20th David Monrad Johansen, composer, dies at 85

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21st Tim Horton, Canadian hockey player and co-founder of Tim Hortons, dies in a car crash at 44

NHL Star and Businessman Tim Horton
NHL Star and Businessman
Tim Horton
  • 22nd Samuel Byck, American attempted assassin of Richard Nixon (b. 1930)
  • 23rd Florence Rice, actress (Girl in 1313, Carnival), dies at 63
  • 23rd Harry Ruby, American composer and writer (b. 1895)
  • 27th Pat Brady, Toledo Ohio, actor (Roy Rodgers Show), dies at 59
  • 28th Mees Toxopeus, Dutch rescue-vessel captain, dies at 89