On This Day

What Happened on December 31, 1974

Historical Events

  • 41st Sugar Bowl: #8 Nebraska beats #18 Florida, 13-10

Australian Open Women's Tennis

Australian Open Women's Tennis: Australian Evonne Goolagong Cawley retains her title; beats Martina Navratilova of Czechoslovakia 6-3, 6-2

Football Awards

Ballon d'Or: Ajax forward Johan Cruyff wins back-to-back awards, and his 3rd overall, for best European football player ahead of Bayern Munich defender Franz Beckenbauer and Legia Warsaw midfielder Kazimierz Deyna

  • Gold legal in US, Franklin Mint strikes Panama's Gold 100 balboa coin
  • Lindsey Buckingham & Stevie Nicks join Fleetwood Mac
  • New York Yankees sign Cy Young Award winner Jim "Catfish" Hunter for 5 years for a record $3.75 million from the Oakland A's
  • Popular Electronics displays Altair 8800 computer

Famous Birthdays

  • Mario Aerts, Belgian cyclist, born in Herentals, Belgium
  • Ryan Sakoda, Japanese American professional wrestler, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • Tony Kanaan, Brazilian racing driver, born in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil
1974 Highlights

About December 31, 1974

Day of the Week: Tuesday
How Long Ago? 46 years, 11 months and 7 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Generation X
Chinese Zodiac: Tiger
Star Sign: Capricorn