What Happened in January 1974

Historical Events

  • Jan 1 Lee MacPhail takes over as AL president, succeeding Joe Cronin
  • Jan 1 NBC radio begins on the hour news 24 hours a day (following CBS lead)
  • Jan 1 World Population Year begins
  • Jan 1 With effect from this date the New Zealand government terminates all tariff preferences previously granted to South Africa

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 1 62nd Men's Australian Open: Jimmy Connors beats Phil Dent (7-6, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3)

Tennis Legend Jimmy Connors
Tennis Legend
Jimmy Connors
  • Jan 1 62nd Women's Australian Open: Evonne Goolagong Cawley beats Chris Evert (7-6, 4-6, 6-0)
  • Jan 1 60th Rose Bowl: #4 Ohio State beats #7 Southern California, 42-21
  • Jan 1 40th Orange Bowl: #6 Penn State beats #13 LSU, 16-9

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 2 55 MPH speed limit imposed by Richard Nixon

37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon
  • Jan 2 Worst fire in Argentine history destroys 1.2 million acres
  • Jan 3 Arias Navarro succeeds Carrero Blanco as premier of Spain
  • Jan 3 Burma accepts its constitution
  • Jan 3 Gold hits record $121.25 an ounce in London
  • Jan 3 Miguel Pinero's "Short Eyes," premieres in NYC
  • Jan 3 NY Yankees sign Bill Virdon as manager
  • Jan 4 Nixon refuses to hand over tapes subpoenaed by Watergate Committee
  • Jan 5 Raul Julia appears on Bob Newhart Show in "Oh, Brother"
  • Jan 5 An earthquake in Lima, Peru, kills six people, and damages hundreds of houses.
  • Jan 6 "CBS Mystery Theater" premieres on radio
  • Jan 6 United Kingdom begins three-day work week during energy crisis
  • Jan 6 In response to the 1973 energy crisis, daylight saving time commences nearly four months early in the United States.
  • Jan 7 Gasoline rationed in Netherlands
  • Jan 8 E Wilson Jr's musical "Let My People Come" premieres in NYC
  • Jan 8 Gold hits record $126.50 an ounce in London
  • Jan 8 Loch Ness Monster "photographed"
  • Jan 8 Silver hits record $3.40 an ounce in New York
  • Jan 11 ABC airs final episode of "Love, American Style"
  • Jan 12 "Joker" by Steve Miller Band peaks at #1
  • Jan 12 Libya & Tunisia announces they are merging as "Islamic Arab Republic"
  • Jan 13 Super Bowl VIII: Miami Dolphins beat Minnesota Vikings, 24-7 in Houston Super Bowl MVP: Larry Csonka, Miami, RB
  • Jan 13 Seraphim is elected Archbishop of Athens and All Greece.
  • Jan 14 World Football League founded
  • Jan 15 "Happy Days" begins an 11 year run on ABC
  • Jan 15 24th NBA All-Star Game: West beats East 134-123 at Seattle
  • Jan 15 Expert panel reports 18½ minute gap in Watergate tape, 5 separate erasures

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 16 "Jaws" by Peter Benchley is published by Doubleday

Jaws Novelist Peter Benchley
Jaws Novelist
Peter Benchley
  • Jan 16 L A Landslide kills 9, Canyonville, Oregon
  • Jan 17 Styne, Comdem & Green's musical "Lorelei" premieres in NYC
  • Jan 18 "$6 Million Man" starring Lee Majors premieres on ABC TV
  • Jan 18 Israel & Egypt sign weapons accord
  • Jan 19 Belgium government of Leburton falls
  • Jan 19 Notre Dame beats UCLA, ends NCAA-record 88-game basketball win streak
  • Jan 20 NFL Pro Bowl: AFC beats NFC 15-13
  • Jan 20 7th ABA All-Star Game: East 128 beats West 112 at Virginia
  • Jan 20 Essex Comm College beats Englewood Cliffs 210-67 in basketball
  • Jan 21 Gold hits record $161.31/silver hits record $3.97 an ounce in London
  • Jan 23 1st edition of women's magazine "Story"
  • Jan 24 10th British Commonwealth Games open in Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Jan 25 Christian Barnard transplants 1st human heart without removal of old

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 25 Ray Kroc, CEO of McDonald's buys San Diego Padres baseball team for $12 million

McDonald's Entrepreneur Ray Kroc
McDonald's Entrepreneur
Ray Kroc
  • Jan 26 Bülent Ecevit becomes Prime Minister of Turkey for the 1st time

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Jan 26 31st Golden Globes: The Exorcist, Al Pacino, & Marsha Mason win

Actor Al Pacino
Actor
Al Pacino
  • Jan 27 "Lorelei" opens at Palace Theater NYC for 320 performances
  • Jan 28 Sam Thompson, Jim Bottomley, & Jocko Conlan elected to Hall of Fame
  • Jan 29 27th NHL All-Star Game: West beat East 6-4 at Chicago
  • Jan 29 Kuwait announces 60 percent government participation in BP-Gulf concession
  • Jan 29 1974 NFL Draft: Ed Jones from Tennessee State first pick by Dallas Cowboys
  • Jan 30 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 110

  • Jan 1 Johnie Church, NFL defensive end (Seattle Seahawks)
  • Jan 2 Juha Lind, NHL forward (Team Finland Oly-Bronze-1998, Dallas)
  • Jan 3 Stefan Ustorf, Kaufbeuren Ger, NHL right wing (Washington Capitals)
  • Jan 3 Todd Warriner, Blenheim, NHL left wing (Toronto Maple Leafs)
  • Jan 3 Alessandro Petacchi, Italian cyclist
  • Jan 4 Carl Powell, defensive end (Indianapolis Colts)
  • Jan 4 Ian Moor, English singer
  • Jan 5 Calvin Collins, center/guard (Atlanta Falcons)
  • Jan 5 John Drew Nichols, Oklahoma, rocker (PC Quest-Can You See)
  • Jan 5 Michelle Scerri, Australian golfer (1995 Tasmanian), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • Jan 6 Juan Roque, tackle (Detroit Lions)
  • Jan 6 Marcus Crandell, CFL quarterback (Edmonton Eskimos)
  • Jan 6 Paul Grant, NBA center (Minn Timberwolves)
  • Jan 6 Daniel Cordone, Argentine footballer
  • Jan 7 Jennifer LeRoy, Craig CO, playmate (Feb, 1993)
  • Jan 8 Arjan Blaauw, Dutch soccer player (FC Groningen)
  • Jan 8 Brian Roberson, wide receiver (NY Giants)
  • Jan 9 Craig Wishart, cricketer (Zimbabwe Test batsman vs South Africa 1995)
  • Jan 9 Jamain Stephens, NFL offensive tackle (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • Jan 9 Farhan Akhtar, Indian Bollywood Director, Actor, Producer, Singer.
  • Jan 10 Andre Kirwan, CFL receiver (Toronto Argonauts)
  • Jan 10 Hollis Thomas, defensive tackle (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • Jan 10 Davide Dionigi, Italian footballer
  • Jan 10 Akari Kaida, Japanese composer
  • Jan 10 Jemaine Clement, New Zealand actor (Flight of the Conchords), born in Masterton
  • Jan 10 Steve Marlet, French footballer
  • Jan 10 Hrithik Roshan, Indian actor
  • Jan 11 Echo Leta Johnson, playmate (Jan, 1993), born in Austin, Texas
  • Jan 11 Goran Lozanovski, Australian soccer midfielder (Olyroos, Olympics-96)
  • Jan 11 Rod Jones, NFL guard (Cincinnati Bengals)
  • Jan 11 Toderick Malone, WLAF wide receiver (London Monarchs)
  • Jan 11 Warren Morris, Alexandria LA, baseball infielder (Olympics-bronze-96)
  • Jan 11 Jens Nowotny, German footballer
  • Jan 12 Melanie Jayne Chisholm, "Sporty Spice", Widnes, vocalist (Spice Girls)
  • Jan 12 Tor Arne Hetland, Norwegian cross-country skier
  • Jan 13 Matt Lepsis, NFL tackle (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • Jan 13 Sergei Brylin, NHL center (NJ Devils), born in Moscow, Russia
  • Jan 14 Hugues Legault, 50m swimmer (Olympics-96), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Jan 14 Kevin Jefferson, NFL linebacker (Cin Bengals)
  • Jan 14 Michael Dritlein, WLAF wide receiver (Rhein Fire)
  • Jan 14 Nancy Napolski, Hinsdale Idaho, air rifle (Olympics-1996)
  • Jan 14 Kevin Durand, Canadian actor
  • Jan 15 Aubrey Jo Hiller, Missoula Montana, Miss America-Montana (1997)
  • Jan 15 Mike Minter, safety (Carolina Panthers)
  • Jan 15 Ray King, American baseball player

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jan 16 Kate Moss, English model (Calvin Klein), born in Croydon, England

Supermodel Kate Moss
Supermodel
Kate Moss
  • Jan 17 Derrick Mason, wide receiver (Tennessee Oilers)
  • Jan 17 Guillermo Mercedes, Dominican/US baseball infielder (Texas Rangers)
  • Jan 17 Marcus Spriggs, offensive tackle (Buffalo Bills)
  • Jan 17 Sharon Marie Ferris, NZ, sailor (Olympics-96)
  • Jan 17 Vesko Kountchev, Bulgarian musician
  • Jan 17 Yang Chen, Chinese footballer
  • Jan 18 Devon Odessa, actor (Sharon-My So Called Life, Girl of Limberlost)
  • Jan 18 Shane Burton, defensive tackle (Miami Dolphins)
  • Jan 18 Michael Tunn, Australian television and radio
  • Jan 18 Christian Burns, English musician (BBMak)
  • Jan 18 Maulik Pancholy, American actor
  • Jan 18 Princess Claire of Belgium
  • Jan 19 Amaury Telemaco, Higuey Dom Rep, pitcher (Chicago Cubs)
  • Jan 19 Gregory Playfair, Suriname/Dutch soccer player (PSV)
  • Jan 19 Tarik Oulida, soccer player (Ajax/Seville)
  • Jan 19 Walter Jones, tackle (Seattle Seahawks)
  • Jan 19 Jaime Moreno, Bolivian footballer
  • Jan 19 Frank Caliendo, American comedian
  • Jan 20 Calvin Harrison, Orlando Florida, 200m/400m runner
  • Jan 20 Rae Carruth, wide receiver (Carolina Panthers)
  • Jan 21 Jerald Sowell, fullback (NY Jets)
  • Jan 21 Jerry Wunsch, tackle (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
  • Jan 21 Orpheus Roye, defensive end (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • Jan 21 Rove McManus, Australian television host and comedian
  • Jan 21 Alex Sperafico, Brazilian racing driver
  • Jan 22 Pavel Mikhalevitch, soccer player (NEC)
  • Jan 22 Stephanie Rottier, St Niklaas Belgium, tennis star (1995 semi Prague)
  • Jan 23 Glen Chapple, cricketer (Lancashire & England A pace bowler)
  • Jan 23 Tiffani-Amber Theissen, actress (Saved by Bell, 90210), born in Long Beach, California
  • Jan 23 Rebekah Elmaloglou, Australian actress
  • Jan 23 Yosvani Pérez, Cuban baseball player
  • Jan 23 Richard T. Slone, British artist
  • Jan 24 Kristy Sargeant, ice pairs (1994 Skate Canada), born in Edmonton, Alberta
  • Jan 24 Layla Linn, Miss New Mexico USA (1996)
  • Jan 24 Tim Biakabutuka, running back (Carolina Panthers)
  • Jan 24 Ed Helms, American actor
  • Jan 24 Shii Ann Huang, American game show contestant
  • Jan 25 Adam Meadows, offensive tackle (Indianapolis Colts)
  • Jan 25 Daniel Sproule, Australian field hockey halfback (Olympics-96)
  • Jan 25 Jonathan Bryan Colling, rocker (4 Fun-Unbelievable Fun Boys), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Jan 25 Robert Budreau, Canadian film director
  • Jan 26 Shannon Hale, American author
  • Jan 27 ZP Theart, South African-born English singer (Dragonforce)
  • Jan 28 Derrick Mayes, NFL wide receiver (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31)
  • Jan 28 Jermaine Dye, outfielder (Atlanta Braves), born in Oakland, California
  • Jan 28 Tony Delk, NBA guard (SF Warriors)
  • Jan 28 Vitaly Tregubov, hockey defenseman (Team Kazakhstan Oly-1998)
  • Jan 28 Zack Bronson, safety (San Francisco 49ers)
  • Jan 28 Jermaine Dye, American baseball player
  • Jan 28 Magglio Ordóñez, Venezuelan baseball player
  • Jan 29 David LaFleur, tight end (Dallas Cowboys)
  • Jan 29 Jeff Mitchell, corner (Baltimore Ravens)
  • Jan 29 Kris Burley, Truro Nova Scotia, gymnist (Olympics-96)
  • Jan 29 Pat Walsh, WLAF Tackle (London Monarchs)

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

Jan 14 US Senator Bill Bradley (30) weds professor Ernestine Schlant

Basketball Player/US Senator Bill Bradley
Basketball Player/US Senator
Bill Bradley

HeartWedding of Interest

Jan 18 Author Maya Angelou (45) weds Paul Bernard Du Feu

Author, Poet and Actress Maya Angelou
Author, Poet and Actress
Maya Angelou
  • Jan 31 "The Outlaw" actress Jane Russell (52) weds real-estate broker John Calvin People (45) in Santa Barbara, California

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 2 Tex Ritter, country singer (5 Star Jubilee), dies at 67
  • Jan 3 Gino Cervi, actor (Becket, Don Camillo), dies at 72
  • Jan 4 Karel Janeček, Czech composer, dies at 70
  • Jan 5 Roy Bargy, orchestra leader (Jimmy Durante Show), dies at 79
  • Jan 5 Lev Oborin, Russian pianist (b. 1907)
  • Jan 6 David Alfaro Siqueiros, Mexican sculptor/muralist, dies at 77
  • Jan 7 Charles Alfred Coulson, British Chemist (theoretical), dies at 63
  • Jan 13 Raoul Jobin, Canadian tenor (b. 1906)
  • Jan 13 Salvador Novo, Mexican writer and poet (b. 1904)
  • Jan 14 Josef Smrkovsky, Czechoslovakia parliament chairman, dies at 62
  • Jan 15 Karel Salmon, composer, dies at 76
  • Jan 20 Edmund Blunden, British poet/critic, dies at 77
  • Jan 21 Jan Arends, Dutch poet/author, dies at 48
  • Jan 21 Ken Viljoen, cricketer (played 27 Tests for South Africa 1930-47), dies
  • Jan 21 Lewis L Strauss, head US Atomic Energy Comm (1953-58), dies at 78
  • Jan 22 Leon Lontoc, actor (Henry-Burke's Law), dies at 64
  • Jan 26 Siegfried von Vegesack, German writer, dies at 85
  • Jan 26 Wiktor Labunski, composer, dies at 78
  • Jan 27 Georgios Grivas, Greek gen/oppos leader on Cyprus (EOKA), dies at 75
  • Jan 27 Paula Ludwig, Austrian German poet, dies at 74
  • Jan 30 Bill Whitty, cricketer (37 wkts v South Africa 1910-11 series), dies
  • Jan 31 Glenn Morris, olympian/actor (Tarzan's Revenge), dies at 61
  • Jan 31 Harry Baum, actor (Crime & Punishment), dies at 58
  • Jan 31 Paul Haesaerts, Flemish architect/painter (Flandre), dies at 72
  • Jan 31 Roger Pryor, actor (Lady by Choice), dies at 72

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jan 31 Samuel Goldwyn, Polish/English/US film magnate (MGM), dies of natural causes at 91

Hollywood Mogul Samuel Goldwyn
Hollywood Mogul
Samuel Goldwyn