Historical Events in February 1974

  • Feb 1 "Good Times" (spinoff from "Maude") premieres on CBS TV
  • Feb 1 Kuala Lumpur is declared a Federal Territory.

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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

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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