On This Day

What Happened in 1974

Important Events

  • Apr 20 'The Troubles', the Northern Ireland conflict between republican and loyalist paramilitaries, British security forces, and civil rights groups, claims its 1000th victim
  • May 18 India becomes the sixth nation to explode an atomic bomb
  • Jun 23 1st extraterrestrial message sent from Earth into space
  • Aug 8 US President Richard Nixon announces he will resign at 12pm the next day
  • Aug 9 Richard Nixon resigns as President of the United States and Vice President Gerald Ford swears the oath of office to take his place as the 38th US President
  • Nov 30 Most complete early human skeleton (Lucy, Australopithecus) discovered by Donald Johanson, Maurice Taieb, Yves Coppens and Tim White in the Middle Awash of Ethiopia's Afar Depression

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1974 in Film & TV

1974 in Music

  • Apr 6 19th Eurovision Song Contest: ABBA for Sweden wins singing "Waterloo" in Brighton
  • Aug 16 Ramones concert debut (NYC's CBGBs)
  • Oct 4 John Lennon releases "Walls & Bridges" album featuring No. 1 single "Whatever Gets You thru the Night"

1974 in Sport

  • Apr 4 Hank Aaron ties Babe Ruth's home-run record by hitting his 714th
  • Apr 8 Hammerin' Hank Aaron hits 715th HR, breaking Babe Ruth's record in Atlanta
  • Oct 30 "Rumble in the Jungle": Muhammad Ali KOs George Foreman in the 8th round in Kinshasa, Zaire; regains world heavyweight boxing title with famous "rope-a-dope" tactic

Did You Know?

The Heimlich maneuver for rescuing choking victims is published in the journal Emergency Medicine

On June 1, 1974


World Leaders in 1974

Famous People in 1974

Would You Believe?

The Universal Product Code is scanned for the first time to sell a package of Wrigley's chewing gum at the Marsh Supermarket in Troy, Ohio

On June 26, 1974

Famous Weddings

  • Jan 14 US Senator Bill Bradley (30) weds professor Ernestine Schlant
  • Jan 18 Author Maya Angelou (45) weds Paul Bernard Du Feu
  • Jan 31 "The Outlaw" actress Jane Russell (52) weds real-estate broker John Calvin People (45) in Santa Barbara, California

Famous Divorces

  • Feb 13 Professional boxer George Foreman (25) divorces Adrienne Calhoun after almost 3 years of marriage
  • Feb 20 Cher files for separation from husband Sonny Bono
  • May 6 Actress Maggie Smith (39) divorces actor Robert Stephens (42) after 6 years of marriage

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