On This Day

What Happened on February 8, 1974

Historical Events

  • "Good Times" (spinoff from "Maude") premieres on CBS TV
  • 3 US astronauts return to Earth after a 85 days in the US space station, Skylab

Music releaseMusic Single

Ringo Starr releases the single "You're 16" in the UK

Beatles Drummer Ringo Starr
Beatles Drummer
Ringo Starr
  • Soap opera "Secret Storm" ends a 20 year run

Famous Birthdays

  • Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, French disc jockey (Daft Punk)
  • Kimbo Slice [Kevin Ferguson], American mixed martial artist, born in the Bahamas (d. 2016)
  • Seth Green, American actor and producer (Family Guy, Austin Powers), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Ulises de la Cruz, Ecuadorian footballer

Famous Deaths

  • Fern Andra [Vernal Andrews], American actress who worked in German silent cinema, dies at 80
  • Franz Weyergans, Belgian writer and translator (Les Gens Heureux), dies at 61
  • Fritz Zwicky, Swiss astronomer (supernova, dark matter), dies at 75
1974 Highlights

About February 8, 1974

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 46 years, 9 months and 19 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Generation X
Chinese Zodiac: Tiger
Star Sign: Aquarius