On This Day

What Happened on February 8, 1974

Historical Events

  • 3 US astronauts return to Earth after a 85 days in the US space station, Skylab
  • American television soap opera "The Secret Storm" ends a 20 year run on CBS

Music Single

Ringo Starr releases a cover of "You're Sixteen" as a single in UK; originally released by Johnny Burnette in 1960

  • TV sitcom "Good Times", spin-off from "Maude", starring Esther Rolle, John Amos, and J.J. Walker, premieres on CBS TV

Famous Birthdays

  • Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, French musician, singer-songwriter, and producer (Daft Punk -"Get Lucky"), born in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France
  • 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? 47 years, 9 months and 21 days
Leap Year: No

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