What Happened in September 1974

Historical Events

  • 1st Dutch law against pirate radio goes into effect
  • 1st Jane Blalock/Sue Roberts wins LPGA Southgate Ladies Golf Open
  • 1st Train accident at Zagreb Yugoslavia, 121 killed
  • 1st The SR-71 Blackbird sets (and holds) the record for flying from New York to London: 1 hour 54 minutes and 56.4 seconds.

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2nd Jerry Lewis' 9th Muscular Dystrophy telethon

Comedian Jerry Lewis
Jerry Lewis

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2nd US President Gerald Ford signs Employee Retirement Income Security Act

38th US President Gerald Ford
38th US President
Gerald Ford
  • 3rd Giants John Montefusco makes his major league debut

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3rd NBA guard Oscar Robertson retires

NBA Player Oscar Robertson
NBA Player
Oscar Robertson
  • 3rd US & German Democratic Republic establish diplomatic relations
  • 6th Saudi Arabia increases its oil buy-back price from 93 percent to 94.9 percent of posted price
  • 7th "Irene" closes at Minskoff Theater NYC after 605 performances
  • 7th Shirley Cothran (Texas), 21, crowned 47th Miss America 1975
  • 8th Ian Thompson wins marathon (2:13:18.8)
  • 8th Joanne Carner wins LPGA Dallas Civitan Golf Open

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8th US President Gerald Ford pardons former President Richard Nixon of all federal crimes

37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon
38th US President Gerald Ford
38th US President
Gerald Ford

Sport awardTennis Open

8th 94th Men's U.S. Open: Jimmy Connors beats Ken Rosewall (6-1, 6-0, 6-1)

Tennis Legend Jimmy Connors
Tennis Legend
Jimmy Connors
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ken Rosewall
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ken Rosewall

Sport awardTennis Open

8th 94th Women's U.S. Open: Billie Jean King beats Evonne Goolagong Cawley (3-6, 6-3, 7-5)

Tennis Legend Billie Jean King
Tennis Legend
Billie Jean King
  • 10th Lou Brock ties (104) & then sets (105) baseball stolen base mark
  • 10th Portugal recognizes independence of Rep of Guinea-Bissau
  • 10th Teuvo Louhivouri sets cycling distance record of 515.8 mi in 24 hrs
  • 10th Controversial TV drama "Born Innocent" premieres on US NBC tv, starring Linda Blair as an abused teen in a juvenile detention home
  • 11th Cards beat Mets, 4-3, in 25 (7h4m), record 202 plate appearances, Félix Millán & John Milner come to bat 12 times each
  • 12th Coup overthrows Emperor Haile Selassie in Ethiopia (National Day)
  • 12th Jeff "Skunk" Baxter joins Doobie Brothers
  • 13th -17] 3 Japanese kidnap French ambassador in Hague
  • 13th 1st broadcast of "The Rockford Files" on NBC-TV
  • 13th Phillies set NL record, using 27 players in a game, St Louis uses 24, tying record of 51. Phils win 7-3 in 17
  • 13th USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 13th OPEC instructs its Secretary General to "carry out a study of supply and demand in relation to possible production controls"
  • 14th Charles Kowal discovers Leda, 13th satellite of Jupiter
  • 15th Market Square Arena in Indianapolis opens
  • 15th Sandra Haynie wins LPGA Charity Golf Classic
  • 15th Air Vietnam flight 727 is hijacked, then crashes while attempting to land with 75 on board.
  • 16th BART begins regular transbay service

Music releaseMusic Recording

16th Bob Dylan records Blood on the Tracks

Singer-Songwriter Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan
  • 16th US President Gerald Ford announces conditional amnesty for US Vietnam War deserters
  • 16th US General Haig becomes NATO supreme commander in Europe
  • 17th Courageous (US) beats Southern Cross (Aust) in 23rd America's Cup
  • 18th Hurricane Fifi strikes Honduras with 110 mph winds, 5,000 die
  • 19th -20] Hurricane Fifi hits coast of Honduras; about 5,000 die

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19th The KGB begin a large-scale operation to discredit Russian novelist Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn and cut his communications with Soviet dissidents

Writer and Nobel Laureate Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
Writer and Nobel Laureate
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
  • 21st US Mariner 10 makes 2nd fly-by of Mercury
  • 23rd "Gypsy" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 120 performances
  • 23rd BBC Ceefax begins 1st teletext service
  • 24th Al Kaline, Detroit Tiger, is 12th to get 3,000 hits
  • 24th Clarence Jones of Kintetsu Buffaloes hits his 38th HR, 1st American to win a Japanese HR title
  • 25th US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 25th Scientists first report that freon gases from aerosol sprays are destroying the ozone layer
  • 26th US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 27th -10/26] Rome: 4th bishop synod
  • 27th Australian National Gallery buys W de Kooning's "Woman V" for $850,000
  • 28th "Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing" by Aretha Franklin peaks at #47
  • 28th "I'm A Ramblin' Man" by Waylon Jennings peaks at #75
  • 28th "Live It Up Part 1" by Isley Brothers peaks at #52

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28th "Papa Don't Take No Mess Part 1" by James Brown peaks at #31

Singer James Brown
James Brown
  • 28th "Rock Me Gently" by Andy Kim peaks at #1
  • 28th "Surfin' USA" by Beach Boys reenters chart & peaks at #36

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28th US 1st Lady Betty Ford undergoes a radical mastectomy

US First Lady Betty Ford
US First Lady
Betty Ford

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28th California Angel Nolan Ryan 3rd no-hitter beats Minn Twin, 4-0

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan
  • 28th John Lennon appears as guest DJ on WNEW-FM (NYC)
  • 28th Mick Ronson joins Mott the Hoople
  • 29th 4th NYC Women's Marathon won by Katherine Switzer in 3:07:29
  • 29th 5th NYC Marathon won by Norbert Sander in 2:26:30
  • 29th Joanne Carner wins LPGA Portland Ladies Golf Classic
  • 30th General Francisco da Costa Gomesz succeeds General António de Spínola as President of Portugal

Famous Birthdays

  • 1st Jason Taylor, American football player
  • 1st Jhonen Vasquez, American comic book artist
  • 2nd Jason Lawson, NBA center (Orlando Magic)
  • 2nd Karina Wieland, Australian rower (Olympics-96)
  • 2nd Daniel Southworth, American actor and stunt performer
  • 3rd Rebecca Bailey, cyclist (Olympics-96), born in Christchurch, New Zealand
  • 3rd Sergei Yerkovich, hockey defenseman (Team Belarus 1998)
  • 3rd Clare Kramer, American actress
  • 4th Jean Lavertue, weightlifter (Olympics-96), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 4th Nona Gaye, daughter of Marvin Gaye/singer
  • 4th Carmit Bachar, American musician (Pussycat Dolls)
  • 4th Lincoln Roberts, West Indian cricketer
  • 5th Rawl Lewis, West Indian cricketer
  • 6th Justin Whalin, actor (Jimmy-Lois & Clark, Charles in Charge), born in San Francisco, California
  • 6th Tim Henman, English tennis player
  • 6th Nina Persson, Swedish musician (The Cardigans)
  • 7th Antonio McDyess, NBA forward (Phoenix Suns)
  • 7th Mario Frick, Liechtensteiner footballer
  • 8th Braulio Luna, Mexican footballer
  • 8th Tanaz Eshaghian, Iranian-born American documentarian
  • 9th Jennie Kwan, actress (Samantha Woo-California Dreams), born in Glendale, California
  • 9th Leah O'Brien, Garden Grove California, softball infielder (Olympic-gold-96)
  • 9th Mathias Färm, Swedish guitarist (Millencolin)
  • 9th Vikram Batra, Officer of the Indian Army
  • 9th Ana Carolina, Brazilian singer, composer and musician
  • 10th Ben Wallace, NBA forward (Wash Wizards)
  • 10th Jill Chartier, Miss Oregon USA (1996)
  • 10th Sandra Cacic, tennis star, born in Joliet, Illinois
  • 10th Ryan Phillippe, American actor
  • 11th Lucian Sahetapy, soccer player (FC Groningen)
  • 12th Nuno Valente, Portuguese footballer
  • 12th Caroline Aigle, First female French fighter pilot (d. 2007)
  • 12th Jennifer Nettles, American country singer, part of Sugarland
  • 13th Travis Knight, NBA center (Boston Celtics)
  • 13th Keith Murray, American rapper
  • 14th Hicham El Guerrouj, Moroccan athlete
  • 15th Jamie Stevens, German singer
  • 16th Justin Whalin, actor (Jimmy Olsen-Lois & Clark), born in San Francisco, California
  • 17th Bas Leferink, soccer player (Go Ahead Eagles)
  • 17th Jason Hewitt, Australian baseball infielder (Olympics-1996)
  • 17th Rasheed Wallace, NBA forward (Portland Trailblazers)
  • 17th Tormod Granheim, Norwegian adventurer
  • 17th Mirah, American musician
  • 18th Sol Campbell, English footballer
  • 18th Ticha Penicheiro, Portuguese basketball player
  • 18th Xzibit, American rapper
  • 19th Victoria Silverstedt, Skelleftehamn, Västerbottens län, Swedish model (1997 Playmate of the Year)

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19th Jimmy Fallon, American actor and comedian, born in New York City, New York

Comedian and TV Host Jimmy Fallon
Comedian and TV Host
Jimmy Fallon
  • 20th Michael Waddington, American defense lawyer
  • 21st Taral Hicks, American musician
  • 21st Andy Todd, English footballer
  • 22nd Gary Trent, NBA forward (Portland Trailblazers)
  • 22nd Yoo Chae-yeong, South Korean singer and actress
  • 23rd Doris Glenn Easterly, diver (Olympics-96), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • 23rd Matt Hardy, American professional wrestler
  • 23rd Harumi Inoue, Japanese actress and model
  • 24th Kiwane Garris, NBA guard (Denver Nuggets)
  • 24th Matt McKeon, Florissant MO, soccer midfielder (Olympics-gold-96)
  • 25th Daniel Kessler, American musician (Interpol)
  • 26th Alison Davies, Australian rower (Olympics-96)
  • 26th Gary Hall Jr, US, 50m/100m/400m free relay (Oly-gold/2 silver-96)
  • 26th Katie Kauffman, West Lawn Pa, field hockey midfielder (Olympics-96)
  • 26th Martin Muursepp, NBA forward (Dallas Mavericks)
  • 26th Boris Cepeda, German-Ecuadorian pianist and diplomat
  • 27th Edward Thomas, CFL linebacker (Montreal Alouettes)
  • 27th Lina Gaviria, Miss Universe-Colombia (1996)
  • 28th Joonas Kolkka, Finnish footballer
  • 28th Mariya Kiselyova, Russian swimmer
  • 28th John Light, English actor
  • 29th Danielle DuClos, actress (Midnight Run, Zits)
  • 29th Brian Ash, American film producer
  • 30th Jeremy Giambi, American baseball player

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

14th Singer-composer Quincy Jones Jr (41) weds actress Peggy Lipton (28) in Los Angeles, California

Composer & Singer Quincy Jones Jr
Composer & Singer
Quincy Jones Jr

Famous Divorces

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

13th Singer-composer Quincy Jones Jr (28) divorces actress Ulla Andersson (41) after 5 years of marriage

Composer & Singer Quincy Jones Jr
Composer & Singer
Quincy Jones Jr

Famous Deaths

  • 3rd Harry Partch, American composer (b. 1901)
  • 4th Creighton W Abrams, US general/army staff chief (Vietnam), dies at 59
  • 4th Marcel Achard, French dramatist (La forges the Paris), dies at 75
  • 4th Lewi Pethrus, Swedish politician (b. 1884)
  • 6th Olga Baclanova, actress (Freaks, Docks of NY), dies at 75
  • 6th Otto Kruger, actor (Lux Video Theater), dies on 89th birthday
  • 8th Robert Cox, last surviving member of Keystone Kops, dies at 79
  • 9th Sultan Ismail Hajibeyov, composer, dies at 55
  • 11th Víctor Olea Alegría, Chilean Socialist Party member
  • 14th Barbara Jo Allen, actress (Girl Rush, Melody Ranch), dies at 66
  • 14th Pieter Y Adriani, Dutch tax lawyer, dies at 95
  • 14th Vera Vague, [Barbara Jo Allen], actress (Follow the Leader), dies at 70
  • 14th Warren Hull, actor (Strike it Rich, Who in the World), dies at 71
  • 18th Edna Best, actress (Key, Calendar, Escape), dies at 74
  • 19th Eve March, actress (Adam's Rib, Danny Boy), dies at 63
  • 20th Carlyle Blackwell Jr, entertainer, dies at 61
  • 20th Robert Herberigs, Flemish composer (La Chanson d'Eve), dies at 88

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21st Jacqueline Susann, author (Valley of the Dolls), dies of cancer at 53

  • 21st Walter Brennan, American actor (Real McCoys, At Gun Point), dies at 80
  • 23rd Cliff Arquette, American comedian (Charlie Weaver), dies at 68
  • 23rd Gerhard Nebel, German writer, dies at 70
  • 23rd Robbie Mcintosh, drummer (Average White Band), overdoses at 24

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25th Coco the Clown, [Nikolai Poliakoff], dies at 73

Famous Clown Coco the Clown
Famous Clown
Coco the Clown
  • 25th William Sloane, publisher/writer ("Edge of Running Water"), dies
  • 27th Silvio Frondizi, Argentine lawyer, assassinated by the Triple A(b. 1907)
  • 28th Raymond Largay, actor (April in Paris, Variety Girl), dies at 88
  • 29th John Smallenbroek, Dutch Internal minister, dies at 72
  • 30th Carlos Prats, Chilean Constitutionalist General, assassinated in the frame of Operation Condor