On This Day

What Happened on January 1, 1974

Day of the Week: Tuesday

Historical Events

  • 40th Orange Bowl: #6 Penn State beats #13 LSU, 16-9
  • 60th Rose Bowl: #4 Ohio State beats #7 Southern California, 42-21

Sport awardAustralian Tennis Open

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
  • 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
  • Lee MacPhail takes over as AL president, succeeding Joe Cronin
  • NBC radio begins on the hour news 24 hours a day (following CBS lead)
  • With effect from this date the New Zealand government terminates all tariff preferences previously granted to South Africa
  • World Population Year begins

Famous Birthdays

  • Johnie Church, NFL defensive end (Seattle Seahawks)