On This Day

What Happened on January 1, 1974

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

Australian Men's 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

Sports History

Lee MacPhail takes over as AL president, succeeding Joe Cronin

Baseball Player and Manager Joe Cronin
Baseball Player and Manager
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
1974 Highlights

About January 1, 1974

Day of the Week: Tuesday
How Long Ago? 47 years, 9 months and 22 days
Leap Year: No

Holidays: New Year's Day (Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom, United States)

Generation: Generation X
Chinese Zodiac: Ox
Star Sign: Capricorn