Historical Events in 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 With effect from this date the New Zealand government terminates all tariff preferences previously granted to South Africa

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 1st 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 1st 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 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

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Jan 2nd 55 MPH speed limit imposed by Richard Nixon

37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
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
  • 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 United Kingdom begins three-day work week during energy crisis
  • 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

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

Jaws Novelist Peter Benchley
Jaws Novelist
Peter Benchley
  • 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 Christian Barnard transplants 1st human heart without removal of old

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Jan 25th 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 26th Bülent Ecevit becomes Prime Minister of Turkey for the 1st time

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

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

Actor Al Pacino
Al Pacino
  • 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"
  • 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 performances
  • 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 miners begin their strike in reaction to the three-day week
  • 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)

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Feb 7th Mel Brooks' "Blazing Saddles" opens in movie theaters starring Cleavon Little and Gene Wilder

Actor & Director Mel Brooks
Actor & Director
Mel Brooks
  • 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

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Feb 11th 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 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

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Feb 13th 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 13th 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 17th 49 die in stampede for seats at soccer match, Cairo, Egypt
  • Feb 17th Carol Mann wins LPGA Naples Lely Golf Classic
  • 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

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Feb 20th Gordie Howe comes out of retirement for $1M from Houston Aeros, WHA

Ice Hockey Legend Gordie Howe
Ice Hockey Legend
Gordie Howe
  • 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"
  • 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

Music concertMusic Concert

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

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

Music awardsMusic Awards

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

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

Music releaseMusic Recording

Mar 25th Barbra Streisand records the album "Butterfly"

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • Mar 25th 9th Academy of Country Music Awards: Charlie Rich and Loretta Lynn win

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

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

Boxing Champ George Foreman
Boxing Champ
George Foreman
  • Mar 26th Romanian communist party names party leader Ceausescu president
  • Mar 28th Rock group Raspberries breakup
  • Mar 29th Mariner 10's, 1st fly-by of Mercury, returns photos
  • Mar 29th 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
  • Mar 30th 128th Grand National: Brian Fletcher aboard Red Rum wins

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Apr 1st Ayatollah Khomeini calls for an Islamic Republic in Iran

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

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

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

  • Apr 2nd Arganat Comm publishes report concerning Yom Kippur War

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Apr 2nd 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 3rd 148 tornadoes are reported over an area covering a dozen states
  • Apr 3rd Gold hits record $197 an ounce in Paris
  • Apr 3rd 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 4th Hank Aaron ties Babe Ruth's home-run record by hitting his 714th

Baseball Player Hank Aaron
Baseball Player
Hank Aaron
  • Apr 5th Last day of Test cricket for Garry Sobers & Rohan Kanhai
  • Apr 5th World Trade Center, then the world's tallest building, opens in New York (110 stories)
  • Apr 6th 200,000 attend rock concert "California Jam" in Ontario
  • Apr 6th Firestone World Tournament of Champions won by Earl Anthony 11/16
  • Apr 6th Yankees 1st home game at Shea Stadium, beat Indians 6-1
  • Apr 6th 19th Eurovision Song Contest: ABBA for Sweden wins singing "Waterloo" in Brighton
  • Apr 7th Herb Gardner's "Thieves" premieres in NYC
  • Apr 8th Discovery Island opens
  • Apr 8th Hammerin' Hank Aaron hits 715th HR, breaking Babe Ruth's record in Atlanta
  • Apr 9th 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 10th American Boccaccio Association forms