September 1974 in History

Events in History

  • Sep 1 Dutch law against pirate radio goes into effect
  • Sep 1 Train accident at Zagreb Yugoslavia, 121 killed
  • Sep 1 The SR-71 Blackbird sets (and holds) the record for flying from New York to London: 1 hour 54 minutes and 56.4 seconds.

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Sep 2 US President Gerald Ford signs Employee Retirement Income Security Act

38th US President Gerald Ford
38th US President
Gerald Ford
  • Sep 3 US & German Democratic Republic establish diplomatic relations
  • Sep 6 Saudi Arabia increases its oil buy-back price from 93 percent to 94.9 percent of posted price

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Sep 8 US President Gerald Ford pardons former President Richard Nixon of all federal crimes

37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon
38th US President Gerald Ford
38th US President
Gerald Ford
  • Sep 10 Portugal recognizes independence of Rep of Guinea-Bissau
  • Sep 11 Cards beat Mets, 4-3, in 25 (7h4m), record 202 plate appearances, Félix Millán & John Milner come to bat 12 times each
  • Sep 12 Coup overthrows Emperor Haile Selassie in Ethiopia (National Day)
  • Sep 12 Jeff "Skunk" Baxter joins Doobie Brothers
  • Sep 13 -17] 3 Japanese kidnap French ambassador in Hague
  • Sep 13 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Sep 13 OPEC instructs its Secretary General to "carry out a study of supply and demand in relation to possible production controls"
  • Sep 14 Charles Kowal discovers Leda, 13th satellite of Jupiter
  • Sep 15 Market Square Arena in Indianapolis opens
  • Sep 15 Air Vietnam flight 727 is hijacked, then crashes while attempting to land with 75 on board.
  • Sep 16 BART begins regular transbay service
  • Sep 16 US President Gerald Ford announces conditional amnesty for US Vietnam War deserters
  • Sep 16 US General Haig becomes NATO supreme commander in Europe
  • Sep 18 Hurricane Fifi strikes Honduras with 110 mph winds, 5,000 die
  • Sep 19 -20] Hurricane Fifi hits coast of Honduras; about 5,000 die

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Sep 19 The KGB begin a large-scale operation to discredit Russian novelist Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn and cut his communications with Soviet dissidents

Writer and Nobel Laureate Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
Writer and Nobel Laureate
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
  • Sep 21 US Mariner 10 makes 2nd fly-by of Mercury
  • Sep 24 Al Kaline, Detroit Tiger, is 12th to get 3,000 hits
  • Sep 24 Clarence Jones of Kintetsu Buffaloes hits his 38th HR, 1st American to win a Japanese HR title
  • Sep 25 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Sep 25 Scientists first report that freon gases from aerosol sprays are destroying the ozone layer
  • Sep 26 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Sep 27 -10/26] Rome: 4th bishop synod
  • Sep 27 Australian National Gallery buys W de Kooning's "Woman V" for $850,000
  • Sep 28 "Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing" by Aretha Franklin peaks at #47
  • Sep 28 "I'm A Ramblin' Man" by Waylon Jennings peaks at #75
  • Sep 28 "Live It Up Part 1" by Isley Brothers peaks at #52
  • Sep 28 "Rock Me Gently" by Andy Kim peaks at #1
  • Sep 28 "Surfin' USA" by Beach Boys reenters chart & peaks at #36

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Sep 28 US 1st Lady Betty Ford undergoes a radical mastectomy

US First Lady Betty Ford
US First Lady
Betty Ford
  • Sep 28 John Lennon appears as guest DJ on WNEW-FM (NYC)
  • Sep 28 Mick Ronson joins Mott the Hoople
  • Sep 29 4th NYC Women's Marathon won by Katherine Switzer in 3:07:29
  • Sep 30 General Francisco da Costa Gomesz succeeds General António de Spínola as President of Portugal

Birthdays in History

  • Sep 1 Jhonen Vasquez, American comic book artist
  • Sep 8 Tanaz Eshaghian, Iranian-born American documentarian
  • Sep 9 Vikram Batra, Officer of the Indian Army
  • Sep 10 Jill Chartier, Miss Oregon USA (1996)
  • Sep 12 Caroline Aigle, First female French fighter pilot (d. 2007)
  • Sep 17 Tormod Granheim, Norwegian adventurer
  • Sep 20 Michael Waddington, American defense lawyer
  • Sep 26 Gary Hall Jr, US, 50m/100m/400m free relay (Oly-gold/2 silver-96)

Deaths in History

  • Sep 4 Creighton W Abrams, US general/army staff chief (Vietnam), dies at 59
  • Sep 4 Marcel Achard, French dramatist (La forges the Paris), dies at 75
  • Sep 4 Lewi Pethrus, Swedish politician (b. 1884)
  • Sep 8 Robert Cox, last surviving member of Keystone Kops, dies at 79
  • Sep 11 Víctor Olea Alegría, Chilean Socialist Party member
  • Sep 14 Pieter Y Adriani, Dutch tax lawyer, dies at 95
  • Sep 14 Vera Vague, [Barbara Jo Allen], actress (Follow the Leader), dies at 70
  • Sep 20 Carlyle Blackwell Jr, entertainer, dies at 61

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Sep 21 Jacqueline Susann, author (Valley of the Dolls), dies of cancer at 53

  • Sep 23 Gerhard Nebel, German writer, dies at 70

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Sep 25 Coco the Clown, [Nikolai Poliakoff], dies at 73

Famous Clown Coco the Clown
Famous Clown
Coco the Clown
  • Sep 27 Silvio Frondizi, Argentine lawyer, assassinated by the Triple A(b. 1907)
  • Sep 29 John Smallenbroek, Dutch Internal minister, dies at 72
  • Sep 30 Carlos Prats, Chilean Constitutionalist General, assassinated in the frame of Operation Condor