Historical Events in 1974

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  • 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

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 1 62nd Women's Australian Open: Evonne Goolagong Cawley beats Chris Evert (7-6, 4-6, 6-0)

Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert
  • 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

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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

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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

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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
  • 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)

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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

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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

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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

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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

Music concertMusic Concert

Mar 1 George Harrison announces his concert tour of US in November

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
Singer-Songwriter
George Harrison
  • Mar 1 Ian & Greg Chappell make 264 partnership v NZ cricket at Wellington
  • Mar 1 Watergate grand jury indicts 7 presidential aides

Music awardsMusic Awards

Mar 2 16th Grammy Awards: Roberta Flack Best Record - "Killing Me Softly", Stevie Wonder Best Album - "Innervisions"

Singer-Songwriter Stevie Wonder
Singer-Songwriter
Stevie Wonder
  • Mar 2 1st class postage raised to 10 cents from 8 cents
  • Mar 2 Grand jury concludes US President Richard Nixon is involved in Watergate cover-up
  • Mar 2 Greg Chappell makes 247* v NZ, 410 minutes, 29 fours 1 six
  • Mar 3 "Sextet" opens at Bijou Theater NYC for 9 performances
  • Mar 3 Despite Billy Harris' hat trick Islanders lose 3-4
  • Mar 3 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Orange Blossom Golf Classic
  • Mar 3 World's worst air disaster, Turkish DC-10 crashes in Paris (346 die)
  • Mar 4 David Hares' "Knuckle" premieres in London

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Mar 4 Harold Wilson replaces resigning Edward Heath as British premier

British Prime Minister Harold Wilson
British Prime Minister
Harold Wilson
  • Mar 5 "Candide" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 740 performances
  • Mar 5 Ralph Stewart failed in 2nd Islander penalty shot
  • Mar 6 "Over Here" opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 341 performances
  • Mar 6 An Italian loses a record $1,920,000 at roulette in Monte Carlo
  • Mar 6 Ian & Greg Chappell score cricket
  • Mar 7 "Monitor" (US Civil War Ship) restored at Cape Hatteras NC
  • Mar 7 1st general strike in Ethiopia
  • Mar 8 Charles de Gaulle Airport opens in Paris, France
  • Mar 9 Last Japanese soldier, a guerrilla operating in Philippines, surrenders, 29 years after World War II ended
  • Mar 9 21st ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: NC State beats Maryland, 103-100 (OT)
  • Mar 10 "Sextet" closes at Bijou Theater NYC after 9 performances
  • Mar 10 Carol Mann wins LPGA S&H Green Stamp Golf Classic
  • Mar 10 Christian Democrats win Belgium parliamentary election
  • Mar 10 Lawrence Rowe completes 302 v Eng Bridgetown, 36 fours 1 six
  • Mar 11 Mount Etna in Sicily erupted
  • Mar 11 Rhino Store gives people 5 cents to take home Danny Bonaduce's Album
  • Mar 12 Bundy victim Donna Manson disappears, Evergreen SC, Olympia, Wash
  • Mar 13 Glenn Turner scores twin tons for NZ's 1st win against Aust
  • Mar 15 Brazilian president Garastazu Médici resigns
  • Mar 16 1st performance at new Grand Ole Opry House at Opryland in Nashville
  • Mar 17 Jane Blalock wins LPGA Bing Crosby Golf Classic International
  • Mar 18 Most Arab oil producing nations end embargo against US
  • Mar 19 Jefferson Starship begins their 1st tour
  • Mar 21 Attempt made to kidnap Princess Anne in London's Pall Mall
  • Mar 24 36th NCAA Mens Basketball Championship: NC State beats Marquette 76-64
  • Mar 25 Barbra Streisand records the album "Butterfly"

Music awardsMusic Awards

Mar 25 9th Academy of Country Music Awards: Charlie Rich and Loretta Lynn win

Singer-songwriter Loretta Lynn
Singer-songwriter
Loretta Lynn

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Mar 26 George Foreman TKOs Ken Norton in 2 for heavyweight boxing title in Caracas, Venezuela

Boxing Champ George Foreman
Boxing Champ
George Foreman
  • Mar 26 Romanian communist party names party leader Ceausescu president
  • Mar 28 Rock group Raspberries breakup
  • Mar 29 Mariner 10's, 1st fly-by of Mercury, returns photos

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Mar 29 Chinese farmers discover the Terracotta Army near Xi'an, 8,000 clay warrior statues buried to guard tomb of China's 1st emperor Qin Shi Huang

First Emperor of the Qin dynasty Qin Shi Huang
First Emperor of the Qin dynasty
Qin Shi Huang
  • Mar 30 128th Grand National: Brian Fletcher aboard Red Rum wins

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Apr 1 Ayatollah Khomeini calls for an Islamic Republic in Iran

Supreme Leader of Iran Ayatollah Khomeini
Supreme Leader of Iran
Ayatollah Khomeini
  • Apr 1 Pioneer Hall opens at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground, Florida
  • Apr 1 Yourdon Inc consulting formed by Edward Yourdon
  • Apr 1 In the England the Metropolitan and non-metropolitan counties come into being.

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

Apr 2 46th Academy Awards: "The Sting", Glenda Jackson & Jack Lemmon win

  • Apr 2 Arganat Comm publishes report concerning Yom Kippur War

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Apr 2 Tony Greig takes 8-86 v WI Port-of-Spain (later 5-70 in 2nd inn)

Cricketer and Commentator Tony Greig
Cricketer and Commentator
Tony Greig
  • Apr 3 148 tornadoes are reported over an area covering a dozen states
  • Apr 3 Gold hits record $197 an ounce in Paris
  • Apr 3 The Super Outbreak : tornadoes in the east, south & midwest United States killed approximately 315 people, with nearly 5,500 injured

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Apr 4 Hank Aaron ties Babe Ruth's home-run record by hitting his 714th

Baseball Player Hank Aaron
Baseball Player
Hank Aaron
  • Apr 5 Last day of Test cricket for Garry Sobers & Rohan Kanhai
  • Apr 5 World Trade Center, then the world's tallest building, opens in New York (110 stories)
  • Apr 6 200,000 attend rock concert "California Jam" in Ontario
  • Apr 6 Firestone World Tournament of Champions won by Earl Anthony 11/16
  • Apr 6 Yankees 1st home game at Shea Stadium, beat Indians 6-1
  • Apr 6 19th Eurovision Song Contest: ABBA for Sweden wins singing "Waterloo" in Brighton
  • Apr 7 Herb Gardner's "Thieves" premieres in NYC
  • Apr 8 Discovery Island opens
  • Apr 8 Hammerin' Hank Aaron hits 715th HR, breaking Babe Ruth's record in Atlanta
  • Apr 9 San Diego Padres owner Ray Kroc, addresses fans "Ladies & gentlemen, I suffer with you I've never seen such stupid baseball playing in my life"
  • Apr 10 American Boccaccio Association forms