On This Day

What Happened in January 1974

Historical Events

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 1 Lee MacPhail takes over as AL president, succeeding Joe Cronin

Baseball Player and Manager Joe Cronin
Baseball Player and Manager
Joe Cronin
  • Jan 1 NBC radio begins on the hour news 24 hours a day (following CBS lead)
  • Jan 1 World Population Year begins
  • Jan 1 With effect from this date the New Zealand government terminates all tariff preferences previously granted to South Africa

Sport awardAustralian Men's Tennis Open

Jan 1 Australian Open Men's Tennis: American Jimmy Connors wins his only Australian title; beats home favourite Phil Dent 7-6, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3

Tennis Legend Jimmy Connors
Tennis Legend
Jimmy Connors
  • Jan 1 60th Rose Bowl: #4 Ohio State beats #7 Southern California, 42-21
  • Jan 1 40th Orange Bowl: #6 Penn State beats #13 LSU, 16-9
  • Jan 1 Ernie DiGregorio of Buffalo hands out 25 assists in the Braves' 120-119 win over Portland, establishing an NBA single-game record for assists by a rookie

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 2 55 MPH speed limit imposed by Richard Nixon

37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon
  • Jan 2 Worst fire in Argentine history destroys 1.2 million acres
  • Jan 3 Arias Navarro succeeds Carrero Blanco as Premier of Spain
  • Jan 3 Burma accepts its constitution
  • Jan 3 Gold hits record $121.25 an ounce in London
  • Jan 3 Miguel Pinero's "Short Eyes," premieres in NYC
  • Jan 4 Nixon refuses to hand over tapes subpoenaed by Watergate Committee

Appears on tv showTV Show Appearance

Jan 5 Raul Julia appears on "The Bob Newhart Show" in "Oh, Brother"

Comedian and Actor Bob Newhart
Comedian and Actor
Bob Newhart

  • Jan 5 An earthquake in Lima, Peru, kills six people, and damages hundreds of houses
  • Jan 6 "CBS Mystery Theater" premieres on radio
  • Jan 6 United Kingdom begins three-day work week during energy crisis
  • Jan 6 In response to the 1973 energy crisis, daylight saving time commences nearly four months early in the United States.
  • Jan 7 Gasoline rationed in Netherlands
  • Jan 8 E Wilson Jr's musical "Let My People Come" premieres in NYC
  • Jan 8 Gold hits record $126.50 an ounce in London
  • Jan 8 Silver hits record $3.40 an ounce in New York
  • Jan 11 ABC airs final episode of "Love, American Style"
  • Jan 12 "Joker" by Steve Miller Band peaks at #1
  • Jan 12 Libya & Tunisia announces they are merging as "Islamic Arab Republic"
  • Jan 13 Super Bowl VIII, Rice Stadium, Houston, TX: Miami Dolphins beat Minnesota Vikings, 24-7; MVP: Larry Csonka, Miami, RB
  • Jan 13 Seraphim is elected Archbishop of Athens and All Greece.
  • Jan 14 World Football League founded
  • Jan 15 TV sitcom "Happy Days" begins an 11 year run on ABC, starring Ron Howard, Henry Winkler, Marion Ross and Ton Bosley
  • Jan 15 24th NBA All-Star Game, Seattle Center Coliseum: West beats East, 134-123; MVP: Bob Lanier, Detroit Pistons, C
  • Jan 15 Expert panel reports 18½ minute gap in Watergate tape, 5 separate erasures

Book releaseHistoric Publication

Jan 16 "Jaws" by Peter Benchley is published by Doubleday

Jaws Novelist Peter Benchley
Jaws Novelist
Peter Benchley
  • Jan 16 L A Landslide kills 9 in Canyonville, Oregon
  • Jan 17 Styne, Comdem & Green's musical "Lorelei" premieres in NYC

  • Jan 18 "$6 Million Man" starring Lee Majors premieres on ABC TV
  • Jan 18 Israel & Egypt sign weapons accord
  • Jan 19 Belgium government of Leburton falls
  • Jan 19 Notre Dame beats UCLA, 71-70 in South Bend, Indiana to end Bruins' NCAA-record 88-game basketball win streak
  • Jan 19 China and South Vietnam clash over the Paracel Islands, resulting in a Chinese victory
  • Jan 20 24th NFL Pro Bowl, Arrowhead Stadium, KC, Missouri: AFC beats NFC, 15-13; MVP: Garo Yepremian, Miami Dolphins, PK
  • Jan 20 7th ABA All-Star Game: East 128 beats West 112 at Virginia
  • Jan 20 Essex Comm College beats Englewood Cliffs 210-67 in basketball
  • Jan 21 Gold hits record $161.31, silver hits record $3.97 an ounce in London
  • Jan 23 1st edition of women's magazine "Story"
  • Jan 24 10th British Commonwealth Games open in Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Jan 25 Dr Christiaan Barnard transplants 1st heterotopic heart transplant (adding donor heart without removal of old)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 25 Ray Kroc, CEO of McDonald's buys San Diego Padres baseball team for $12 million

McDonald's Entrepreneur Ray Kroc
McDonald's Entrepreneur
Ray Kroc
  • Jan 26 Bülent Ecevit becomes Prime Minister of Turkey for the 1st time

Film tv awardsGolden Globes

Jan 26 31st Golden Globes: "The Exorcist", Al Pacino, & Marsha Mason win

Actor Al Pacino
Al Pacino
Writer & Filmmaker William Peter Blatty
Writer & Filmmaker
William Peter Blatty
Actor Max Von Sydow
Max Von Sydow
  • Jan 27 "Lorelei" opens at Palace Theater NYC for 320 performances
  • Jan 28 Sam Thompson, Jim Bottomley, & Jocko Conlan elected to Hall of Fame
  • Jan 29 27th NHL All-Star Game, Chicago Stadium: Western Division beats Eastern Division, 6-4; MVP: Garry Unger, St. Louis, C
  • Jan 29 Kuwait announces 60 percent government participation in BP-Gulf concession
  • Jan 29 1974 NFL Draft: Ed Jones from Tennessee State first pick by Dallas Cowboys
  • Jan 30 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 2 Ludmila Formanová, Czech athlete (World C'ship gold 800m 1999), born in Čáslav, Czech Republic
  • Jan 2 Tomáš Řepka, Czech soccer defender (46 caps; Sparta Prague, Fiorentina, West Ham United), born in Slavičín, Czech Republic
  • Jan 3 Stefan Ustorf, Kaufbeuren Ger, NHL right wing (Washington Capitals)
  • Jan 3 Alessandro Petacchi, Italian road cyclist (Tour de France 2010; Giro d'Italia 2004; Vuelta a España 2005), born in La Spezia, Italy
  • Jan 4 Carl Powell, American football defensive end (Indianapolis Colts), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Jan 4 Ian Moor, English singer, born in North Ferriby, United Kingdom
  • Jan 6 Juan Roque, American football tackle (Detroit Lions), born in San Diego, California
  • Jan 6 Marcus Crandell, CFL quarterback (Edmonton Eskimos), born in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Jan 6 Paul Grant, NBA center (Minn Timberwolves), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Jan 6 Daniel Cordone, Argentine footballer, born in General Rodríguez Partido, Argentina
  • Jan 8 Arjan Blaauw, Dutch soccer player (FC Groningen), born in Stadskanaal, Netherlands
  • Jan 9 Craig Wishart, Zimbabwean cricketer (Zimbabwe Test batsman vs South Africa 1995), born in Harare, Zimbabwe
  • Jan 9 Jamain Stephens, American NFL offensive tackle (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Lumberton, North Carolina
  • Jan 9 Farhan Akhtar, Indian Bollywood film director & actor, born in Mumbai, India
  • Jan 10 Hollis Thomas, American football defensive tackle (Philadelphia Eagles), born in Abilene, Texas
  • Jan 10 Davide Dionigi, Italian footballer, born in Modena, Italy
  • Jan 10 Akari Kaida, Japanese composer, born in Hyogo, Japan
  • Jan 10 Jemaine Clement, New Zealand actor & musician (Flight of the Conchords), born in Masterton, New Zealand
  • Jan 10 Steve Marlet, French footballer, born in Pithiviers, France
  • Jan 10 Hrithik Roshan, Indian actor & dancer (Bang Bang!, Fiza, Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai), born in Mumbai, Maharashtra
  • Jan 11 Goran Lozanovski, Australian soccer midfielder (Olyroos, Olympics 1996)
  • Jan 11 Rod Jones, American NFL guard (Cincinnati Bengals), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Jan 11 Warren Morris, American baseball infielder (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Alexandria, Louisiana
  • Jan 11 Jens Nowotny, German footballer, born in Malsch, Germany

Person of interestMel C

Jan 12 Melanie Chisholm, English singer "Sporty Spice" (Spice Girls - "Wannabee"), born in Whiston, England

Singer-Songwriter Mel C
Mel C
  • Jan 12 Tor Arne Hetland, Norwegian cross-country skier, born in Stavanger, Norway
  • Jan 13 Matt Lepsis, NFL tackle (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • Jan 13 Sergei Brylin, Russian NHL center (NJ Devils), born in Moscow, Russia
  • Jan 14 Hugues Legault, Canadian 50m swimmer (Olympics 1996), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Jan 14 Nancy Napolski, American sports shooter (Olympics 1996), born in Hinsdale, Idaho
  • Jan 14 Kevin Durand, Canadian actor (The Strain), born in Thunder Bay, Canada
  • Jan 15 Mike Minter, American football safety (Carolina Panthers), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Jan 15 Ray King, American baseball player, born in Chicago, Illinois

Person of interestKate Moss

Jan 16 Kate Moss, English model, born in Croydon, England

Supermodel Kate Moss
Kate Moss
  • Jan 17 Derrick Mason, American football wide receiver (Tennessee Oilers), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Jan 17 Guillermo Mercedes, Dominican-American baseball infielder (Texas Rangers), born in La Romana, Dominican Republic
  • Jan 17 Marcus Spriggs, American offensive tackle (Buffalo Bills), born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi
  • Jan 17 Sharon Marie Ferris, New Zealand sailor (Olympics 1996), born in Scarborough, Canada
  • Jan 17 Vesko Kountchev, Bulgarian musician, born in Sofia, Bulgaria
  • Jan 17 Yang Chen, Chinese footballer, born in Beijing, China
  • Jan 17 Annemarie Jacir, Palestinian filmmaker and poet, born in Bethlehem, Palestine
  • Jan 18 Devon Odessa, American actress (Sharon-My So Called Life, Girl of Limberlost), born in Parkersburg, West Virginia
  • Jan 18 Shane Burton, American football defensive tackle (Miami Dolphins), born in Logan, West Virginia
  • Jan 18 Michael Tunn, Australian radio announcer & television presenter, born in Adelaide, Australia
  • Jan 18 Christian Burns, British rock singer-songwriter and guitarist (BBMak), born in Liverpool, England
  • Jan 18 Maulik Pancholy, American actor, born in Dayton, Ohio
  • Jan 18 Princess Claire of Belgium, British-Belgian land surveyor, born in Bath, United Kingdom
  • Jan 19 Amaury Telemaco, Dominican baseball pitcher (Chicago Cubs), born in Higüey, Dominican Republic
  • Jan 19 Gregory Playfair, Dutch football player (PSV), born in Paramaribo, Suriname
  • Jan 19 Tarik Oulida, Dutch football player (Ajax/Seville), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Jan 19 Walter Jones, American football offensive tackle (Seattle Seahawks), born in Aliceville, Alabama
  • Jan 19 Jaime Moreno, Bolivian footballer, born in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia
  • Jan 19 Frank Caliendo, American comedian & impressionist, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jan 20 Calvin Harrison, American athlete (Olympic gold medalist), born in Orlando, Florida
  • Jan 20 Rae Carruth, American football wide receiver (Carolina Panthers), born in Sacramento, California
  • Jan 21 Jerald Sowell, fullback (NY Jets)
  • Jan 21 Jerry Wunsch, tackle (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
  • Jan 21 Orpheus Roye, defensive end (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • Jan 21 Rove McManus, Australian television host and comedian
  • Jan 21 Alex Sperafico, Brazilian racing driver
  • Jan 21 Keith Hufnagel, American skateboarder (founded skate/clothing company HUF), born in NYC, NY (d. 2020)
  • Jan 22 Stephanie Rottier, Dutch tennis player (1995 semi Prague), born in Sint-Niklaas, Belgium
  • Jan 23 Glen Chapple, English cricketer (Lancashire & England A pace bowler), born in Skipton, United Kingdom
  • Jan 23 Tiffani Theissen, American actress (Saved by Bell, 90210), born in Long Beach, California
  • Jan 23 Rebekah Elmaloglou, Australian actress, born in Sydney, Australia
  • Jan 23 Yosvani Pérez, Cuban baseball player, born in Rodas, Cuba
  • Jan 23 Richard T. Slone, British artist, born in Newton-in-Furness, United Kingdom
  • Jan 24 Kristy Sargeant, Canadian ice pairs (1994 Skate Canada), born in Edmonton, Alberta
  • Jan 24 Tim Biakabutuka, American football running back (Carolina Panthers), born in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Jan 24 Ed Helms, American actor, born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Jan 24 Shii Ann Huang, American game show contestant, born in Taipei, Taiwan
  • Jan 25 Adam Meadows, American football player (Indianapolis Colts), born in Powder Springs, Georgia
  • Jan 25 Daniel Sproule, Australian field hockey halfback (Olympics 1996), born in Melbourne, Australia
  • Jan 25 Jonathan Bryan Colling, American pop singer (4 Fun - Unbelievable Fun Boys), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Jan 25 Robert Budreau, Canadian film director, born in London, Canada
  • Jan 26 Shannon Hale, American author, born in Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Jan 26 Rokia Traoré, Bambara Afro-beat and folk singer-songwriter, and guitarist (Tchamantché), born in Kolokani, Mali
  • Jan 27 Ole Einar Bjørndalen, Norwegian biathlete & coach, born in Drammen, Norway
  • Jan 28 Derrick Mayes, NFL wide receiver (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31)
  • Jan 28 Jermaine Dye, American baseball outfielder (Atlanta Braves), born in Oakland, California
  • Jan 28 Tony Delk, NBA guard (SF Warriors)
  • Jan 28 Zack Bronson, safety (San Francisco 49ers)
  • Jan 28 Magglio Ordóñez, Venezuelan baseball player
  • Jan 29 David LaFleur, American football tight end (Dallas Cowboys), born in Lake Charles, Louisiana
  • Jan 29 Jeff Mitchell, American football corner (Baltimore Ravens), born in Dallas, Texas
  • Jan 29 Kris Burley, Canadian gymnast (Olympics 1996), born in Truro, Canada

Person of interestChristian Bale

Jan 30 Christian Bale, British actor (Batman Begins, American Psycho, The Machinist), born in Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, Wales

  • Jan 30 Martina Jerant, Canadian basketball player (Olympics 1996), born in Windsor, Ontario
  • Jan 30 Robert Rollins, English cricketer (big-hitting Essex wicketkeeper-batsman), born in London, England
  • Jan 30 Jemima Khan, English socialite, previously married to Imran Khan, born in London, United Kingdom

Person of interestOlivia Colman

Jan 30 Olivia Colman, English actress (Broadchurch, The Favourite), born in Norwich, England

Actress Olivia Colman
Olivia Colman
  • Jan 31 Bob Mulder, Dutch football player (Appingedam, FC Groningen), born in Delfzijl, Netherlands
  • Jan 31 Lorenzo Styles, American football linebacker (Atlanta Falcons), born in Sharon, Pennsylvania
  • Jan 31 Othella Harrington, American basketball forward (Houston Rockets), born in Jackson, Mississippi
  • Jan 31 Pavi Sald, Finnish ice hockey defenseman (Finland, Olympics 1998)
  • Jan 31 Tory Toogood, Australian rower (Olympics 1996)
  • Jan 31 Ariel Pestano, Cuban baseball player, born in Cuba

Famous Weddings

LoveWedding of Interest

Jan 14 US Senator Bill Bradley (30) weds professor Ernestine Schlant

Basketball Player and US Senator Bill Bradley
Basketball Player and US Senator
Bill Bradley

LoveWedding of Interest

Jan 18 Author Maya Angelou (45) weds Paul Bernard Du Feu

Author, Poet and Activist Maya Angelou
Author, Poet and Activist
Maya Angelou
  • Jan 31 "The Outlaw" actress Jane Russell (52) weds real-estate broker John Calvin People (45) in Santa Barbara, California

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 2 Tex Ritter, American country singer (5 Star Jubilee), dies at 67
  • Jan 3 Gino Cervi, Italian actor (Les Miserables, Naked Maja), dies at 72
  • Jan 3 Arthur Daley, American sportswriter (NY Times-Pulitzer 1956), dies from a heart attack at 69
  • Jan 4 Karel Janeček, Czech composer, dies at 70
  • Jan 5 Lev Oborin, Russian pianist (b. 1907)
  • Jan 6 David Alfaro Siqueiros, Mexican sculptor/muralist, dies at 77
  • Jan 7 Charles Alfred Coulson, British chemist (theoretical), dies at 63
  • Jan 13 Raoul Jobin, Canadian tenor (b. 1906)
  • Jan 13 Salvador Novo, Mexican writer and poet, dies at 69
  • Jan 14 Josef Smrkovsky, Czechoslovakia parliament chairman, dies at 62
  • Jan 15 Karel Salmon, Israeli composer, dies at 76
  • Jan 16 Roy Bargy, American pianist and composer (Jimmy Durante Show), dies at 79
  • Jan 20 Edmund Blunden, English poet and critic (Undertones of War) dies at 77
  • Jan 21 Jan Arends, Dutch poet/author, dies at 48
  • Jan 21 Ken Viljoen, cricketer (played 27 Tests for South Africa 1930-47), dies
  • Jan 21 Lewis L Strauss, head US Atomic Energy Comm (1953-58), dies at 78
  • Jan 22 Leon Lontoc, actor (Henry-Burke's Law), dies at 64
  • Jan 26 Siegfried von Vegesack, German writer, dies at 85
  • Jan 26 Wiktor Labunski, Polish-American composer, dies at 78
  • Jan 27 Georgios Grivas, Greek gen/oppos leader on Cyprus (EOKA), dies at 75
  • Jan 27 Paula Ludwig, Austrian German poet, dies at 74
  • Jan 30 Bill Whitty, Australian cricketer (left-arm bowler 1909-12), dies at 87
  • Jan 31 Glenn Morris, olympian/actor (Tarzan's Revenge), dies at 61
  • Jan 31 Harry Baum, actor (Crime & Punishment), dies at 58
  • Jan 31 Paul Haesaerts, Flemish architect/painter (Flandre), dies at 72
  • Jan 31 Roger Pryor, American actor (Lady by Choice, Belle of the Nineties, Identity Unknown), dies at 72

Person of interestSamuel Goldwyn

Jan 31 Samuel Goldwyn, Polish English American film magnate (MGM), dies of natural causes at 91

Hollywood Mogul Samuel Goldwyn
Hollywood Mogul
Samuel Goldwyn
  • Jan 31 Glen Morris, American Olympic track and field champion (Olympic gold, 1936) and actor (Tarzan, Hold That Co-ed), dies of congestive heart failure at 61