Historical Events for Year 1974

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Jan 1st - Lee MacPhail takes over as AL president, succeeding Joe Cronin
Jan 1st - NBC radio begins on the hour news 24 hours a day (following CBS lead)
Jan 1st - World Population Year begins
Jan 1st - 62nd Men's Australian Open: Jimmy Connors beats Phil Dent (7-6, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3)
Jan 1st - With effect from this date the New Zealand government terminates all tariff preferences previously granted to South Africa
Jan 1st - 62nd Women's Australian Open: Evonne Goolagong Cawley beats Chris Evert (7-6, 4-6, 6-0)
Jan 1st - 60th Rose Bowl: #4 Ohio State beats #7 Southern California, 42-21
Jan 1st - 40th Orange Bowl: #6 Penn State beats #13 LSU, 16-9
Jan 2nd - 55 MPH speed limit imposed by Richard Nixon
Jan 2nd - Worst fire in Argentine history destroys 1.2 million acres
Jan 3rd - Arias Navarro succeeds Carrero Blanco as premier of Spain
Jan 3rd - Burma accepts its constitution
Jan 3rd - Gold hits record $121.25 an ounce in London
37th US President Richard Nixon37th US President Richard Nixon Jan 3rd - Miguel Pinero's "Short Eyes," premieres in NYC
Jan 3rd - NY Yankees sign Bill Virdon as manager
Jan 4th - Nixon refuses to hand over tapes subpoenaed by Watergate Committee
Jan 5th - Raul Julia appears on Bob Newhart Show in "Oh, Brother"
Jan 5th - An earthquake in Lima, Peru, kills six people, and damages hundreds of houses.
Jan 6th - "CBS Mystery Theater," premieres on radio
Jan 6th - England begins 3 day work week during mine strike
Jan 6th - In response to the 1973 energy crisis, daylight saving time commences nearly four months early in the United States.
Jan 7th - Gasoline rationed in Netherlands
Jan 8th - E Wilson Jr's musical "Let My People Come" premieres in NYC
Jan 8th - Gold hits record $126.50 an ounce in London
Jan 8th - Loch Ness Monster "photographed"
Jan 8th - Silver hits record $3.40 an ounce in New York
Jan 11th - ABC airs final episode of "Love, American Style"
Jan 12th - "Joker" by Steve Miller Band peaks at #1
Jan 12th - Libya & Tunisia announces they are merging as "Islamic Arab Republic"
Jan 13th - Super Bowl VIII: Miami Dolphins beat Minnesota Vikings, 24-7 in Houston Super Bowl MVP: Larry Csonka, Miami, RB
Jan 13th - Seraphim is elected Archbishop of Athens and All Greece.
Jan 14th - World Football League founded
Jan 15th - "Happy Days" begins an 11 year run on ABC
Jan 15th - 24th NBA All-Star Game: West beats East 134-123 at Seattle
Jan 15th - Expert panel reports 18½ minute gap in Watergate tape, 5 separate erasures
Jaws Novelist Peter BenchleyJaws Novelist Peter Benchley Jan 16th - "Jaws" by Peter Benchley is published by Doubleday
Jan 16th - L A Landslide kills 9, Canyonville, Oregon
Jan 17th - Styne, Comdem & Green's musical "Lorelei" premieres in NYC
Jan 18th - "$6 Million Man" starring Lee Majors premieres on ABC TV
Jan 18th - Israel & Egypt sign weapons accord
Jan 19th - Belgium government of Leburton falls
Jan 19th - Notre Dame beats UCLA, ends NCAA-record 88-game basketball win streak
Jan 20th - NFL Pro Bowl: AFC beats NFC 15-13
Jan 20th - 7th ABA All-Star Game: East 128 beats West 112 at Virginia
Jan 20th - Essex Comm College beats Englewood Cliffs 210-67 in basketball
Jan 21st - Gold hits record $161.31/silver hits record $3.97 an ounce in London
Jan 23rd - 1st edition of women's magazine "Story"
Jan 24th - 10th British Commonwealth Games open in Christchurch, New Zealand
Jan 25th - Bulent Ecevit forms government in Turkey
Jan 25th - Christian Barnard transplants 1st human heart without removal of old
McDonald's Entrepreneur Ray KrocMcDonald's Entrepreneur Ray Kroc Jan 25th - Ray Kroc, CEO of McDonald's buys San Diego Padres baseball team for $12 million
Jan 26th - 31st Golden Globes: The Exorcist, Al Pacino, & Marsha Mason win
Jan 27th - "Lorelei" opens at Palace Theater NYC for 320 performances
Jan 28th - Sam Thompson, Jim Bottomley, & Jocko Conlan elected to Hall of Fame
Jan 29th - 27th NHL All-Star Game: West beat East 6-4 at Chicago
Jan 29th - Kuwait announces 60 percent government participation in BP-Gulf concession
Jan 29th - 1974 NFL Draft: Ed Jones from Tennessee State first pick by Dallas Cowboys
Jan 30th - USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
Feb 1st - "Good Times" (spinoff from "Maude") premieres on CBS TV
Feb 1st - Kuala Lumpur is declared a Federal Territory.
Feb 2nd - Barbra Striesand's 1st #1 hit, "The Way We Were"
Actor Al PacinoActor Al Pacino Feb 2nd - Pope Paul VI encyclical "To Honor Mary"
Feb 2nd - Smallest crowd at Cleveland Arena (Cavs vs Golden State-1,641)
Feb 2nd - The F-16 Fighting Falcon flies for the first time.
Feb 2nd - 10th British Commonwealth Games close in Christchurch, New Zealand
Feb 3rd - "Pajama Game" closes at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC after 65 perfs
Feb 3rd - Sandra Palmer wins LPGA Burdine's Golf Invitational
Feb 4th - Chimpanzee Nim Chimsky signs his 1st word, at 2½ months
Feb 4th - Petroleum rationing ends in Netherlands
Feb 4th - Patricia Hearst (19), daughter of publisher Randolph Hearst, kidnapped by Symbionese Liberation Army
Feb 4th - Provisional Irish Republican Army bomb explodes on a bus in West Yorkshire, England, carrying British Army soldiers and some of their family members
Feb 5th - British mine strike
Feb 5th - Mats Wermelin, Sweden, scores all points in 272-0 basketball win
Feb 5th - Maximum speed on Autobahn reduced to 100 kph
Feb 5th - US Mariner 10 returns 1st close-up photos of Venus' cloud structure
Feb 5th - John Murtha becomes the first Vietnam War veteran elected to the Congress of the United States.
Feb 5th - Randolph Hearst’s 19-year-old daughter, Patty Hearst, is kidnapped from their home in California
Feb 6th - 3rd time Rangers shut-out Islanders 6-0
Feb 6th - Dutch speed limit set at 100km due to oil crisis
Feb 6th - US House of Reps begins determining grounds for impeachment of Nixon
Feb 7th - Grenada gains independence from Britain (National Day)
Actor & Director Mel BrooksActor & Director Mel Brooks Feb 7th - Mel Brooks' "Blazing Saddles" opens in movie theaters starring Cleavon Little and Gene Wilder
Feb 7th - UK Prime Minister Edward Heath calls for a general 'snap' election in the midst of a protracted miners strike
Feb 7th - The Symbionese Liberation Army claim responsibility for the for kidnapping of Patty Hearst, daughter of Randolph Hearst
Feb 8th - "Good Times" debuts on CBS TV
Feb 8th - Ringo releases "You're 16"
Feb 8th - Skylab 4's astronauts land
Feb 8th - Soap opera "Secret Storm" ends a 20 year run
Feb 8th - 3 US astronauts return to Earth after a 85 days in the US space station, Skylab
Feb 9th - "Daddy What If" by Bobby Bare peaks at #41
Feb 9th - "The Americans (A Canadian's Opinion)" by Gordon Sinclair peaks at #24
Feb 9th - US female Figure Skating championship won by Dorothy Hamill
Feb 9th - US male Figure Skating championship won by Gordon McKellen Jr
Feb 10th - "Gigi" closes at Uris Theater NYC after 103 performances
Feb 10th - Gail Denenber wins LPGA Sears Women's Golf Classic
Feb 10th - Iran/Iraqi border fight breaks out
Feb 10th - Judy Ikenberry wins 1st Us women's marathon (2:55:17)
Feb 10th - Silver futures hit record $4.81½ an ounce in London
Feb 11th - Dick Woodson is 1st of 48 to invoke baseball's new arbitration rule
Feb 11th - Titan-Centaur rocket test launch fails
Feb 11th - 1st baseball arbitration Twins pitcher Dick Woodson seeking $29,000 wins, Twins offered $23,000
Politician, statesman Henry KissingerPolitician, statesman Henry Kissinger Feb 11th - Henry Kissinger unveils Nixon Administration's seven-point "Project Independence" plan to make the U.S. energy independent
Feb 11th - Libya nationalizes three US oil companies that had not agreed to 51 percent nationalization in September
Feb 12th - Heads of state of Algeria, Egypt, Syria, and Saudi Arabia discuss oil strategy in view of the progress in Arab-Israeli disengagement
Feb 13th - "Rainbow Jones" opens & closes at Music Box Theater NYC
Feb 13th - Dissident Nobel writer Alexander Solzhenitsyn expelled from USSR
Feb 13th - James 'Cool Papa' Bell is named to baseball's Hall of Fame
Feb 13th - Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Russian novelist and historian, is deported from the Soviet Union to Frankfurt, West Germany and stripped of his Soviet citizenship
Feb 17th - 49 die in stampede for seats at soccer match, Cairo, Egypt
Feb 17th - Carol Mann wins LPGA Naples Lely Golf Classic
Writer and Nobel Laureate Aleksandr SolzhenitsynWriter and Nobel Laureate Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn Feb 17th - Robert K. Preston, a disgruntled U.S. Army private, buzzes the White House with a stolen helicopter.
Feb 17th - 16th Daytona 500: Richard Petty wins (140.894 MPH)
Feb 18th - NASA launches Italian satellite San Marcos C-2 (235/843 km)
Feb 18th - US ambassador to India Daniel Moynihan present $2,046,700,000 check
Feb 19th - 1st American Music Awards: Helen Reddy & Jim Croce win
Feb 20th - Cher files for separation from husband Sonny Bono
Feb 20th - Gordie Howe comes out of retirement for $1M from Houston Aeros, WHA
Feb 21st - Israeli forces leave western Suez
Feb 21st - Silver hits record $5.96½ an ounce in London
Feb 21st - Yugoslavia adopts constitution
Feb 22nd - Ethiopian police shoot at demonstrators
Feb 23rd - Teri Garr appears on Bob Newhart Show in "Confessions of an Orthodontist"
Ice Hockey Legend Gordie HoweIce Hockey Legend Gordie Howe Feb 24th - Atje Keulen-Deelstra becomes world champ all-round skater
Feb 24th - Pakistan officially recognizes Bangladesh
Feb 25th - Veronica & Colin Scargill (England) begin tandem bicycle ride a record 18,020 miles around the world, completed on August 27, 1975
Feb 26th - Gold hits record $188 an ounce in Paris
Feb 27th - "People" magazine begins sales
Feb 27th - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
Feb 28th - Ethiopian government of Makonnen forms
Feb 28th - British parliamentary elections result in a hung parliament
Feb 28th - Taiwan police shoots into crowd
Feb 28th - US & Egypt re-form diplomatic relations after 7 years
Mar 1st - George Harrison announces his concert tour of US in November
Mar 1st - Ian & Greg Chappell make 264 partnership v NZ cricket at Wellington
Mar 1st - Watergate grand jury indicts 7 presidential aides
Actress/Singer Bette MidlerActress/Singer Bette Midler Mar 2nd - 16th Grammy Awards: Killing Me Softly, Bette Midler wins
Mar 2nd - 1st class postage raised to 10 cents from 8 cents
Mar 2nd - Grand jury concludes Pres Nixon is involved in Watergate cover-up
Mar 2nd - Greg Chappell makes 247* v NZ, 410 minutes, 29 fours 1 six
Mar 3rd - "Sextet" opens at Bijou Theater NYC for 9 performances
Mar 3rd - Despite Billy Harris' hat trick Islanders lose 3-4
Mar 3rd - Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Orange Blossom Golf Classic
Mar 3rd - World's worst air disaster, Turkish DC-10 crashes in Paris (346 die)
Mar 4th - David Hares' "Knuckle" premieres in London
Mar 4th - Harold Wilson replaces resigning Edward Heath as British premier
Mar 5th - "Candide" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 740 performances
Mar 5th - Ralph Stewart failed in 2nd Islander penalty shot
Mar 6th - "Over Here" opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 341 performances
LPGA Golfer Kathy WhitworthLPGA Golfer Kathy Whitworth Mar 6th - An Italian loses a record $1,920,000 at roulette in Monte Carlo
Mar 6th - Ian & Greg Chappell score cricket

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