What Happened in October 1974

Historical Events

  • Oct 1 Watergate cover-up trial opens in Wash DC
  • Oct 1 "The Texas Chain Saw Massacre" horror film premieres in director Tobe Hooper's hometown, Austin, Texas in the US
  • Oct 1 "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" horror film directed by Tobe Hooper is 1st released in the US

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Oct 2 Hank Aaron's 733rd career HR on his last NL at bat

Baseball Player Hank Aaron
Baseball Player
Hank Aaron

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Oct 3 Ted Bundy victim Nancy Wilcox disappears in Salt Lake City, Utah

Serial Killer Ted Bundy
Serial Killer
Ted Bundy

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Oct 3 Pele retires as soccer player

Brazilian Football Legend Pele
Brazilian Football Legend
  • Oct 3 Watergate crinimal trial begins

Music releaseAlbum Release

Oct 4 John Lennon releases "Walls & Bridges" album

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • Oct 5 Guildford pub bombing by the IRA leaves 5 dead and 65 injured.
  • Oct 6 "Mack & Mabel" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 66 performances
  • Oct 6 Carole Jo Skala wins LPGA Sacramento Union Ladies Golf Classic
  • Oct 6 25th Formula One WDC: Emerson Fittipaldi wins by three points
  • Oct 7 German Democratic Republic amends constitution
  • Oct 8 Franklin National Bank collapses due to fraud and mismanagement; at the time it was the largest bank failure in the history of the United States.
  • Oct 9 Frank Robinson became 1st Black baseball manager (Cleve Indians)
  • Oct 9 Race riot in Boston due to "bussing"
  • Oct 9 Washington Capitals 1st NHL game, losing 6-3 to NY Rangers at Madison Square Garden Wash Caps begin a 37 game road losing streak
  • Oct 9 MLB National League Championship: Los Angeles Dodgers beat Pittsburgh Pirates, 3 games to 1
  • Oct 9 MLB American League Championship: Oakland Athletics beat Baltimore Orioles, 3 games to 1
  • Oct 10 A's Mike Andrews files $25 million lawsuit against Charlie Finley
  • Oct 10 Canadian John Hathaway begins 2-yr ride of 50,600 miles
  • Oct 10 Labour Party led by Harold Wilson wins UK general election
  • Oct 10 US Gen George Brown's speech deplores Jewish influence in US over his treatment during the 1973 World Series
  • Oct 10 The Irish National Liberation Army (INLA) and its political wing the Irish Republican Socialist Party (IRSP)founded at the Spa Hotel in the village of Lucan near Dublin
  • Oct 11 A's Catfish Hunter charge owner Charlie Finley with breach of contract
  • Oct 12 1st time Wash Caps are shutout as they are beat 6-0 by Minnesota
  • Oct 14 8th Country Music Association Award: Charlie Rich
  • Oct 15 National Guard mobilizes to restore order in Boston school busing
  • Oct 15 Nobel prize for chemistry awarded to Paul J Flory (macro molecules)
  • Oct 15 Washington Capitals 1st NHL tie, playing LA Kings to 1-1 tie
  • Oct 16 As' Ken Holtzman, who hasn't batted all season, belts 3rd inning home run in Game 4 & gets the win, 5-2
  • Oct 17 "Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope" closes at Playhouse NYC after 1065 per
  • Oct 17 NBA New Orleans Jazz begin a 28 game road losing streak
  • Oct 17 Washington Capitals 1st NHL home victory, beating Chicago 4-3
  • Oct 17 Oakland A's beat LA Dodgers, 4 games to 1 in 71st World Series makes A's only team other than Yanks to win 3 straight series
  • Oct 18 1st NBA game at Market Square Arena - Pacers beat Spurs 129-121
  • Oct 18 Andre van de Louw appointed Mayor of Rotterdam
  • Oct 18 Wings (Country Hams) release "Walking in the Park with Eloise"

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Oct 18 Chicago Bull Nate Thurmond becomes 1st in NBA to complete a quadruple double-22 pts, 14 rebounds, 13 assists & 12 blocks

NBA Forward Nate Thurmond
NBA Forward
Nate Thurmond
  • Oct 19 Det Red Wing Mickey Redmond scores 1st hat trick against Wash Caps
  • Oct 19 Detroit Pistons beat Trailblazers in Portland (next win 6-1-90)
  • Oct 19 Niue becomes self-govering, in association with New Zealand
  • Oct 20 1st broadcast of "Derrick" on ZDF
  • Oct 20 Bard's presentation of "Richard III" opens at Lincoln Center NYC
  • Oct 21 1st Islander shut-out opponent-Billy Smith 5-0 vs Caps
  • Oct 21 Sandra Palmer wins LPGA Cubic Corp Golf Classic
  • Oct 22 Yanks trade Bobby Murcer to Giants for Bobby Bonds
  • Oct 23 Cubs trade Billy Williams to A's for Manny Trillo, Knowles & Locker
  • Oct 23 Lake Isaac in Cleveland Metroparks' Big Creek Reservation dedicated
  • Oct 24 Billy Martin named AL Manager of Year (Texas Rangers)
  • Oct 25 US Air Force fires 1st ICBM
  • Oct 25 Dmitri Shostakovitch' 15th String Quartet premieres in Leningrad
  • Oct 25 Wings release "Junior's Farm"
  • Oct 26 Cleveland Coliseum opens for NBA's Cavaliers & MISL's Crunch
  • Oct 27 Chantal Langlace runs female world record marathon (2:46:24)
  • Oct 28 1st time 2 Islanders hat trick in same game-MacMillian & Westfall
  • Oct 28 Luna 23 launched (landing on Moon)
  • Oct 28 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Oct 29 Law bans discrimination of sex or marital status in credit application

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Oct 30 California Angel Nolan Ryan throws fastest recorded pitch (100.9 MPH)

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan
  • Oct 30 Catfish Hunter is named AL Cy Young Award

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Oct 30 Muhammad Ali KOs George Foreman in 8th round in Kinshasa Zaire ('The Rumble in the Jungle')

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
  • Oct 30 "The Texas Chain Saw Massacre" horror film premieres in Los Angeles
  • Oct 31 Ted Bundy victim Laura Aime disappears in Utah
  • Oct 31 Dutch Marines end hostage crisis in Scheveningen prison

Famous Birthdays

  • Oct 1 Keith Duffy, Irish singer (Boyzone), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • Oct 1 Mats Lindgren, NHL forward (Team Sweden Oly-1998, Edmonton)
  • Oct 1 Christian Borle, American actor
  • Oct 2 Anthony Johnson, NBA guard (Sacramento Kings)
  • Oct 2 Ricky Bell, cornerback (Chicago Bears)
  • Oct 2 Simon Gregson, British actor
  • Oct 2 Michelle Krusiec, American actress
  • Oct 2 Mark Porter, New Zealand racing driver (d. 2006)
  • Oct 2 Paul Teutul Jr., co-star of American Chopper
  • Oct 3 Mike Johnson, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Oct 4 Claudia Elena Vasquez, Miss Universe-best costume (Colombia, 1997)
  • Oct 4 Paco León, Spanish actor
  • Oct 5 Douglas Emerson, actor (Robbie-Herbie the Love Bug), born in Glendale, California
  • Oct 5 Heather Headley, Trinidadian singer
  • Oct 5 Rich Franklin, American Mixed Martial Artist
  • Oct 5 Colin Meloy, American singer (The Decemberists)
  • Oct 6 Brian Kelly, Mission Viejo California, soccer midfielder (Olympics-gold-96)
  • Oct 6 Geert Jelle de Vries, Dutch soccer player (SC Heerenveen)
  • Oct 6 Kenny Jonsson, Angelholm SW, NHL defenseman (Team Sweden, NY Islander)
  • Oct 6 Jeremy Sisto, American actor
  • Oct 6 Walter Centeno, Costa Rican footballer
  • Oct 7 Alexander Polinsky, actor (Adam-Charles in Charge), born in San Francisco, California
  • Oct 7 Benjamin Oberman, pairs skater (& Naomi Grabow), born in Denver, Colorado
  • Oct 7 Shannon MacMillan, Syosset NY, soccer forward (Olympics-96)
  • Oct 7 Allison Munn, American actress
  • Oct 7 Charlotte Nilsson, Swedish singer
  • Oct 8 Rashaan Salaam, NFL running back (Chicago Bears)
  • Oct 8 Rod Manuel, defensive end (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • Oct 8 Fredrik Modin, Swedish hockey player
  • Oct 8 DJ Q-Ball, American musician (Bloodhound Gang)
  • Oct 8 Koji Murofushi, Japanese hammer thrower
  • Oct 9 Kavika Pittman, defensive end (Dallas Cowboys)
  • Oct 9 Keith Booth, NBA forward (Chicago Bulls)
  • Oct 9 Kieren Hutchison, New Zealand actor
  • Oct 10 Chris Pronger, NHL defenseman (Team Canada Oly-1998, St. Louis)
  • Oct 10 Naike Rivelli, Germany, model/daughter of Ornella Muti
  • Oct 10 Assi Cohen, Israeli comedian and actor
  • Oct 10 Julio Ricardo Cruz, Argentinian footballer
  • Oct 10 Dale Earnhardt Jr, American NASCAR Sprint Cup series driver
  • Oct 11 Jason Arnott, Collingwood Ontario, NHL center (Edmonton Oilers)
  • Oct 11 Terje Haakonsen, Norwegian snowboarder
  • Oct 12 Karmyn Tyler, Miss America-Louisiana (1996), born in Shreveport, Louisiana
  • Oct 12 Miroslav Satan, Topolcany CZE, NHL forward (Team Slovakia, Edmonton)
  • Oct 12 Rachyl Hoskins, Miss USA-Kentucky (1997)
  • Oct 12 Stephen Lee, English snooker player
  • Oct 12 Marie Wilson, Canadian actress
  • Oct 13 Anthony Carbone, Australian soccer midfielder (Olyroos, Olympics-96)
  • Oct 13 Hawick Lau, Chinese actor and singer
  • Oct 13 Joseph Utsler, American rapper (Insane Clown Posse)
  • Oct 14 Kim Williams, WNBA guard (Utah Starzz)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Oct 14 Natalie Maines, American musician (Dixie Chicks), born in Lubbock, Texas

Singer-songwriter Natalie Maines
Natalie Maines
  • Oct 14 Joseph Utsler, American musician
  • Oct 16 Jermaine Lewis, wide receiver (Baltimore Ravens)
  • Oct 16 Paul Kariya, NHL left wing (Anaheim Mighty Ducks, Oly-98), born in Vancouver, Canada
  • Oct 16 Deo Grech, Maltese television presenter, songwriter
  • Oct 17 Janne Puurtinen, Finnish keyboarder (HIM)
  • Oct 17 Matthew Macfadyen, British actor
  • Oct 17 Ariel Levy, American feminist writer
  • Oct 17 John Rocker, American baseball player
  • Oct 18 Robbie Savage, Welsh footballer
  • Oct 18 Peter Svensson, Swedish musician (The Cardigans)
  • Oct 18 Zhou Xun, Quzhou, Zhejiang, Chinese actress and singer (Suzhou River, Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress)
  • Oct 19 Percy Ellsworth, safety (NY Giants)
  • Oct 19 Joy Bryant, American actress (Parenthood, Antwone Fisher), born in The Bronx, New York
  • Oct 20 Ayelet Ohayon, Israel, Women's foil fencer (Oly-1996)
  • Oct 20 Jerald Honeycutt, NBA forward (Milwaukee Bucks)
  • Oct 22 Layla Harvest Roberts, Kealakekua HI, playmate (Oct, 1997)
  • Oct 22 Miroslav Satan, Topolcany Slo, NHL left wing (Edmonton Oilers, Sabres)
  • Oct 22 Tim Kinsella, American musician
  • Oct 23 Beatrice Roini Liua Faumuina, NZ, discus thrower (Olympics-96)
  • Oct 23 Dani Tyler, softball infielder (Olympics-gold-96), born in Denver, Colorado
  • Oct 23 Kaleena Kiff, actress (Patti-Love Sidney), born in Santa Monica, California
  • Oct 23 Sander Westerveld, soccer player (FC Twente)
  • Oct 23 Derek Landy, Lusk, Ireland, author (Skulduggery Pleasant series)
  • Oct 24 Alexander PGR duke of Ulster, son of English prince Richard
  • Oct 24 Nathan Parks, tackle (KC Chiefs)
  • Oct 24 Jamal Mayers, Professional Hockey Player
  • Oct 25 Chris Murray, Port Hardy, NHL right wing (Montreal Canadiens)
  • Oct 25 Frank Middleton, NFL football player (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), born in Beaumont, Texas
  • Oct 25 Joanne Black, Miss Universe-Ireland (1996)
  • Oct 25 Lee Byung-Kyu, Korean baseball player
  • Oct 26 LISA, Japanese musician
  • Oct 27 Juan Viedna Schenkhuizen, soccer player (Ajax, NEC)
  • Oct 28 Braden Looper, Weatherford OK, baseball pitcher (Olympics-bronze-96)
  • Oct 28 Henri Crockett, NFL linebacker (Atlanta Falcons)
  • Oct 28 Joaquin Leaf Phoenix, PR, actor (Russkies, Space Camp)
  • Oct 28 Dejan Stefanović, Serbian footballer
  • Oct 28 Vicente Moreno, Spanish footballer
  • Oct 29 Mike Crawford, linebacker (Miami Dolphins)
  • Oct 29 R A Dickey, baseball pitcher (Olympics-bronze-96), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Oct 29 Renata Hornofova, Miss Universe-Czech Republic (1996)
  • Oct 29 Michael Vaughan, English cricketer
  • Oct 31 Jeff Gooch, linebacker (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
  • Oct 31 Julie Minta Gleneck, Miss New Hampshire USA (1996)
  • Oct 31 Serge Heuveling, soccer player (NEC)
  • Oct 31 Muzzy Izzet, Turkish footballer
  • Oct 31 Natasja Saad, Danish hip hop and reggae artist (d. 2007)

Famous Divorces

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Oct 10 Actress Elizabeth Montgomery (41) divorces director-producer William Asher (53) after 11 years of marriage

Famous Deaths

  • Oct 1 Spyridon Marinatos, Greek archaeologist (b. 1901)
  • Oct 2 Ina Seidel, writer, dies at 89
  • Oct 4 Anne Sexton, US poetess (Pulitzer 1967), dies at 45
  • Oct 6 Helmuth Koinigg, Austrian Formula One driver (b. 1948)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Oct 9 Oskar Schindler, German businessman (b. 1908)

Industrialist Oskar Schindler
Oskar Schindler
  • Oct 10 Marie Luise Kaschnitz, writer, dies at 73
  • Oct 12 Joseph Frederick Wagner, composer, dies at 74
  • Oct 13 Ed Sullivan, TV host (Ed Sullivan Show, Toast of the Town), dies at 73
  • Oct 16 Chembai Vaidyanatha Bhagavatar, noted Carnatic musician (b. 1895)
  • Oct 17 René A de Rooy, Suriname/Antillean poet, dies at 57
  • Oct 24 David Oistrach, Russian violinist, dies at 65
  • Oct 29 Victor E van Vriesland, poet (Mirror of Dutch Poetry), dies at 82