What Happened in February 1974

Historical Events

  • Feb 1 "Good Times" (spinoff from "Maude") premieres on CBS TV
  • Feb 1 Kuala Lumpur is declared a Federal Territory.

Music release#1 in the Charts

Feb 2 Barbra Streisand's 1st #1 hit, "The Way We Were"

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Hall of fameHall of Fame

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

Baseball player Cool Papa Bell
Baseball player
Cool Papa Bell

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 13 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
  • Feb 17 49 die in stampede for seats at soccer match, Cairo, Egypt
  • Feb 17 Carol Mann wins LPGA Naples Lely Golf Classic
  • Feb 17 Robert K. Preston, a disgruntled U.S. Army private, buzzes the White House with a stolen helicopter.
  • Feb 17 16th Daytona 500: Richard Petty wins (140.894 MPH)
  • Feb 18 NASA launches Italian satellite San Marcos C-2 (235/843 km)
  • Feb 18 US ambassador to India Daniel Moynihan present $2,046,700,000 check
  • Feb 19 1st American Music Awards: Helen Reddy & Jim Croce win
  • Feb 20 Cher files for separation from husband Sonny Bono

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

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

Famous Birthdays

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

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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

Basketball Player Steve Nash
Basketball Player
Steve Nash
  • Feb 7 Emma McLaughlin, American novelist
  • Feb 8 Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, French disc jockey (Daft Punk)
  • Feb 8 Ulises de la Cruz, Ecuadorian footballer
  • Feb 8 Seth Green, American actor and producer (Family Guy, Austin Powers), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Feb 8 Kimbo Slice [Kevin Ferguson], American mixed martial artist, born in the Bahamas (d. 2016)
  • Feb 9 Amber Valletta, Phoenix, Arizona, American actress and model (Hitch, Revenge)
  • Feb 9 Brad Maynard, punter (NY Giants)
  • Feb 9 John Wallace, NBA forward (Toronto Raptors)
  • Feb 9 Orlando Bobo, guard (Minnesota Vikings)
  • Feb 10 Andrew English, CFL receiver (BC Lions)
  • Feb 10 Lea Ghirardi-Rubbi, Colombes France, tennis star (1994 Futures NC)
  • Feb 10 Ty Law, NFL cornerback (NE Patriots)
  • Feb 10 Ivri Lider, Israeli singer
  • Feb 10 Tanoai Reed, American stunt performer

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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

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

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Feb 13 Robbie Williams, English singer

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

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

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

NBA Legend Julius Erving
NBA Legend
Julius Erving

HeartWedding of Interest

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

MLB Third Baseman Mike Schmidt
MLB Third Baseman
Mike Schmidt

HeartWedding of Interest

Feb 23 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

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

Boxing Champ George Foreman
Boxing Champ
George Foreman

Famous Deaths

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

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Feb 21 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
  • Feb 22 Samuel Byck, American attempted assassin of Richard Nixon (b. 1930)
  • Feb 23 Florence Rice, actress (Girl in 1313, Carnival), dies at 63
  • Feb 23 Harry Ruby, American composer and writer (b. 1895)
  • Feb 27 Pat Brady, Toledo Ohio, actor (Roy Rodgers Show), dies at 59
  • Feb 28 Mees Toxopeus, Dutch rescue-vessel captain, dies at 89