On This Day

What Happened on January 21, 1974

Historical Events

  • Gold hits record $161.31, silver hits record $3.97 an ounce in London

Famous Birthdays

  • Alex Sperafico, Brazilian racing driver
  • Jerald Sowell, American football fullback (NY Jets), born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Jerry Wunsch, tackle (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
  • Keith Hufnagel, American skateboarder (founded skate/clothing company HUF), born in NYC, NY (d. 2020)
  • Orpheus Roye, defensive end (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • Rove McManus, Australian television host and comedian

Famous Deaths

  • Jan Arends, Dutch poet/author, dies at 48
  • Ken Viljoen, cricketer (played 27 Tests for South Africa 1930-47), dies
  • Lewis L Strauss, head US Atomic Energy Comm (1953-58), dies at 78
1974 Highlights

About January 21, 1974

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 47 years, 5 months and 2 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Generation X
Chinese Zodiac: Ox
Star Sign: Aquarius