January 1974 in History

Events in History

  • Jan 1 Lee MacPhail takes over as AL president, succeeding Joe Cronin
  • 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

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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 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 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 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 12 Libya & Tunisia announces they are merging as "Islamic Arab Republic"
  • Jan 13 Seraphim is elected Archbishop of Athens and All Greece.
  • Jan 14 World Football League founded
  • 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 18 Israel & Egypt sign weapons accord
  • Jan 19 Belgium government of Leburton falls
  • Jan 20 7th ABA All-Star Game: East 128 beats West 112 at Virginia
  • 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
  • Jan 26 Bülent Ecevit becomes Prime Minister of Turkey for the 1st time
  • Jan 28 Sam Thompson, Jim Bottomley, & Jocko Conlan elected to Hall of Fame
  • Jan 29 Kuwait announces 60 percent government participation in BP-Gulf concession
  • Jan 30 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 12 Tor Arne Hetland, Norwegian cross-country skier
  • Jan 18 Michael Tunn, Australian television and radio
  • Jan 18 Princess Claire of Belgium
  • Jan 23 Richard T. Slone, British artist
  • Jan 24 Kristy Sargeant, ice pairs (1994 Skate Canada), born in Edmonton, Alberta
  • Jan 24 Layla Linn, Miss New Mexico USA (1996)
  • Jan 24 Shii Ann Huang, American game show contestant
  • Jan 26 Shannon Hale, American author
  • Jan 30 Jemima Khan, English socialite

Deaths in History

  • Jan 6 David Alfaro Siqueiros, Mexican sculptor/muralist, dies at 77
  • Jan 7 Charles Alfred Coulson, British Chemist (theoretical), dies at 63
  • Jan 13 Salvador Novo, Mexican writer and poet (b. 1904)
  • Jan 14 Josef Smrkovsky, Czechoslovakia parliament chairman, dies at 62
  • Jan 20 Edmund Blunden, British poet/critic, dies at 77
  • Jan 21 Jan Arends, Dutch poet/author, dies at 48
  • Jan 21 Lewis L Strauss, head US Atomic Energy Comm (1953-58), dies at 78
  • Jan 26 Siegfried von Vegesack, German writer, dies at 85
  • Jan 27 Georgios Grivas, Greek gen/oppos leader on Cyprus (EOKA), dies at 75
  • Jan 27 Paula Ludwig, Austrian German poet, dies at 74
  • Jan 31 Paul Haesaerts, Flemish architect/painter (Flandre), dies at 72

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Jan 31 Samuel Goldwyn, Polish/English/US film magnate (MGM), dies of natural causes at 91

Hollywood Mogul Samuel Goldwyn
Hollywood Mogul
Samuel Goldwyn