February 1974 in History

Events in History

  • Feb 1 Kuala Lumpur is declared a Federal Territory.
  • Feb 2 Pope Paul VI encyclical "To Honor Mary"
  • Feb 2 The F-16 Fighting Falcon flies for the first time.
  • Feb 2 10th British Commonwealth Games close in Christchurch, New Zealand
  • 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 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 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)
  • 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 Ringo releases "You're 16"
  • Feb 8 Skylab 4's astronauts land
  • 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 Iran/Iraqi border fight breaks out
  • Feb 10 Silver futures hit record $4.81½ an ounce in London
  • Feb 11 Titan-Centaur rocket test launch fails

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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 Dissident Nobel writer Alexander Solzhenitsyn expelled from USSR

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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 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 20 Cher files for separation from husband Sonny Bono
  • 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 Pakistan officially recognizes Bangladesh
  • 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

Birthdays in History

  • Feb 4 Mijntje Donners, Dutch hockey international
  • Feb 7 Emma McLaughlin, American novelist
  • Feb 8 Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, French disc jockey (Daft Punk)
  • Feb 8 Kimbo Slice [Kevin Ferguson], American mixed martial artist, born in the Bahamas (d. 2016)
  • Feb 10 Tanoai Reed, American stunt performer
  • Feb 11 Alex Jones, American radio host
  • Feb 11 Zain Verjee, American newsreporter
  • Feb 12 Fonzworth Bentley, American hip-hop artist
  • Feb 13 Gus Hansen, Danish professional poker player
  • Feb 13 Jeff Duran, American radio personality
  • Feb 15 Miranda July, American performance artist
  • Feb 18 Ruby Dhalla, Canadian politician
  • Feb 22 Chris Moyles, English DJ

Weddings in History

HeartWedding of Interest

Feb 23 US Governor Jeb Bush (21) weds philantropist Columba Bush (20) in Austin, Texas

US Governor Jeb Bush
US Governor
Jeb Bush

Deaths in History

  • Feb 1 Lynda Ann Healy, 1st Bundy murder victim, abducted in Seattle
  • Feb 4 Satyendra Nath Bose, Indian physicist (b. 1894)
  • Feb 8 Fern Andra, dies at 80
  • Feb 8 Fritz Zwicky, Swiss/US astronomer (supernova, dark matter), dies at 75
  • Feb 9 Cees de Lange, Dutch conferencier, dies at 60
  • Feb 16 John Garand, Canadian rifle engineer and manufacturer (b. 1888)
  • Feb 22 Samuel Byck, American attempted assassin of Richard Nixon (b. 1930)
  • Feb 28 Mees Toxopeus, Dutch rescue-vessel captain, dies at 89