On This Day

What Happened on February 17, 1974

Day of the Week: Sunday

Historical Events

  • 16th Daytona 500: Richard Petty first driver to win back-to-back titles at Daytona; his 5th Great American race
  • 49 die in stampede for seats at soccer match, Cairo, Egypt
  • Robert K. Preston, a disgruntled U.S. Army private, buzzes the White House with a stolen helicopter.

Famous Birthdays

  • Al-Muhtadee Billah, crown prince of Brunei, born in Bandar Seri Begawan
  • Bryan White, American singer
  • Jerry O'Connell, American actor (Scream 2, Andrew-My Secret Identity), born in NYC, New York
  • Kaoru, Japanese musician