What Happened in June 1974

Historical Events

  • Jun 1 "My Girl Bill" by Jim Stafford hits #12
  • Jun 1 Arab oil ministers decide to end most restrictions on exports of oil to the United States but continue embargo against the Netherlands, Portugal, South Africa, and Rhodesia
  • Jun 1 Bundy victim Brenda Ball disappears from Burien, Washington
  • Jun 1 Chemical plant explodes in Flixborough Lincolnshire killing 28 in UK
  • Jun 1 The Heimlich maneuver for rescuing choking victims is published in the journal Emergency Medicine
  • Jun 2 Mali adopts constitution
  • Jun 2 Malta's constitution goes into effect

Historic Event

Jun 3 Yitzhak Rabin replaces resigning Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir, and forms a new government

  • Jun 4 Never repeated 10 cent Beer Night at Cleveland, unruly fans stumble onto field and cause Indians to forfeit the game to Rangers with score tied 5-5 in 9th
  • Jun 4 NFL grants franchise to Seattle Seahawks
  • Jun 4 Saudi Arabia announces that it will increase its participation in Aramco to 60 percent

Sports History

Jun 5 As' Reggie Jackson and Bill North engage in clubhouse fight at Detroit

  • Jun 6 47th National Spelling Bee: Julie Ann Junkin wins spelling hydrophyte
  • Jun 6 A new Instrument of Government is promulgated making Sweden a parliamentary monarchy
  • Jun 7 MLB San Diego Padres draft Brown University shortstop Bill Almon #1
  • Jun 8 106th Belmont: Miguel Rivera aboard Little Current wins in 2:29.2
  • Jun 8 Keyboardist Rick Wakeman quits rock group "Yes" (for the first time)
  • Jun 8 US and Saudi Arabia sign military-economic contract
  • Jun 10 "Feel Like Makin' Love" single released by Roberta Flack (Billboard Song of the Year 1974)

Sports History

Jun 10 Philadelphia Phillies slugger Mike Schmidt hits a ball off public address speaker hanging from Houston Astrodome roof

  • Jun 10 Rumor's government in Italy resigns
  • Jun 11 Bundy victim Georgann Hawkins disappears from UW, Seattle, Washington
  • Jun 11 Mel Stottlemyre sets an American League record by making his 272nd consecutive start without pitching a game in relief
  • Jun 13 Henry Aaron addresses House of Representatives
  • Jun 13 IMF establishes its "oil facility", a special fund for loans to nations whose balance of payments have been severely affected by high oil prices

Baseball Record

Jun 14 MLB Angels' Nolan Ryan strikes out 19 Boston Red Sox over 13 innings in a 15-inning 2-1 win for California at Anaheim Stadium

Historic Publication

Jun 15 "All the President's Men" by Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward detailing their Watergate investigation is published by Simon and Schuster in the US

Album Release

Jun 15 "Back Home Again" 8th studio album by John Denver is released (Billboard Album of the Year, 1975)

French Open Women's Tennis

Jun 15 French Open Women's Tennis: American teenager Chris Evert beats Olga Morozova of Russia 6-1, 6-2 for first of a record 7 French singles titles

  • Jun 15 Novelty song "The Streak" by Ray Stevens hits #1 on UK pop chart

French Open Men's Tennis

Jun 16 French Open Men's Tennis: Björn Borg of Sweden wins first career Grand Slam title; beats Manuel Orantes of Spain 2-6, 6-7, 6-0, 6-1, 6-1

  • Jun 16 US Open Men's Golf, Winged Foot GC: Hale Irwin's score of 287 (+7) is good enough for the first of his 3 Open titles, 2 strokes ahead of runner-up Forrest Fezler
  • Jun 17 The Provisional Irish Republican Army bombs the Houses of Parliament in London, injuring 11 people and causing extensive damage
  • Jun 18 Gaston Thorn forms Luxembourg government
  • Jun 19 KC Royals pitcher Steve Busby throws his 2nd career no-hitter; beats Milwaukee Brewers, 2-0
  • Jun 19 Yemen Arab Republic (North Yemen) suspends constitution
  • Jun 21 24th Berlin International Film Festival: "The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz" wins the Golden Bear
  • Jun 23 1st extraterrestrial message sent from Earth into space
  • Jun 23 LPGA Championship Women's Golf, Pleasant Valley CC: 1965 champion Sandra Haynie wins by 2 shots from JoAnn Carner
  • Jun 24 India is dismissed for 42 in 17 overs in 2nd Test defeat to England at Lord's; lowest total in country's Test cricket history; Chris Old 5-21, Geoff Arnold 4-19
  • Jun 24 Kansas City pitcher Steve Busby retires first 9 White Sox to set AL record with 33 consecutive batsmen retired; Royals still lose, 3-1 to Chicago
  • Jun 26 The Universal Product Code is scanned for the first time to sell a package of Wrigley's chewing gum at the Marsh Supermarket in Troy, Ohio
  • Jun 27 American TV variety program "The Flip Wilson Show" last airs on NBC-TV, after 4 seasons, winning 2 Emmy Awards
  • Jun 27 US President Nixon visits USSR
  • Jun 28 Fall of earth and rocks kill 200 (Quebrada Blanca Canyon, Colombia)

Music Single

Jun 28 Paul McCartney & Wings release singles "Band on the Run" and "Zoo Gang" in UK

  • Jun 29 Military coup in Ethiopia
  • Jun 30 Canadian Open Golf (Peter Jackson Classic), Candiac GC: Carole Jo Skala wins by 3 from JoAnn Carner
  • Jun 30 Petty thief Peter Leonard sets fire to hide his burglary at a bowling alley, fires spreads next door to "Gulliver's" nightclub killing 24 (Port Chester, New York)
  • Jun 30 Soviet dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov defects to the West

Famous Birthdays

  • Jun 1 Akis Zikos, Greek soccer midfielder (18 caps; Skoda Xanthi, AEK Athens, Monaco), born in Athens, Greece

Alanis MorissetteAlanis Morissette (48 years old)

Jun 1 Canadian-America vocalist (Jagged Little Pill), born in Ottawa, Ontario

  • Jun 1 Michael Rasmussen, Danish road cyclist (best climber classification Tour de France 2005, 06), born in Tølløse, Denmark
  • Jun 2 Gata Kamsky, American chess player
  • Jun 2 Matt Serra, American mixed martial ar
  • Jun 2 Tammy Holmes, female outfielder (Colo Silver Bullets), born in Berkeley, California
  • Jun 3 Arianne Zuker, American actress (Days of Our Lives), born in Northridge, California

Kelly JonesKelly Jones (48 years old)

Jun 3 Welsh rock singer (Stereophonics), born in Cwmaman, Wales

  • Jun 4 Andrew Gwynne, British politician
  • Jun 4 Darin Erstad, outfielder (California Angels)
  • Jun 4 James Miller, Australian pole vaulter (Olympics 1996)
  • Jun 4 Johnny Taylor, NBA forward (Orlando Magic)
  • Jun 4 Stefan Lessard, American bassist (Dave Matthews Band), born in Anaheim, California
  • Jun 5 Chad Allen [Lazzari], American actor (David-Our House, St Elsewhere), born in Cerritos, California
  • Jun 5 Russ Ortiz, American baseball player, born in Van Nuys, California
  • Jun 5 Tate Reeves, American politician, Governor of Mississippi (2020-), born in Florence, Mississippi
  • Jun 6 Brooke Wilkins, Australian softball pitcher (Olympic bronze 1996)
  • Jun 6 Danny Strong, American actor
  • Jun 6 Patrick Hape, tight end (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
  • Jun 6 Sonya Walger, British actress
  • Jun 6 Uncle Kracker [Matthew Shafer], American singer and rapper ("Follow Me"; "Drift Away"), born in Mount Clemens, Michigan
  • Jun 7 David Filoni, American director, producer, and screenwriter (Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008-20 TV series); The Mandalorian), born in Mt. Lebanon, Pennsylvania
  • Jun 7 Edward "Bear" Grylls, British adventurer, author and TV presenter (Man vs. Wild), born in Donaghadee, Northern Ireland
  • Jun 7 Jason Caswell, Canadian skeet shooter (Olympics 1996), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • Jun 7 Mahesh Bhupathi, Indian pro tennis player (Men's Doubles champ - French Open, 1999 & 2001; Wimbledon, 1999; US Open, 2002), born in Chennai, India
  • Jun 8 Gabe Northern, defensive end (Buffalo Bills)
  • Jun 9 Jana Nejedly, Canadian tennis player (Olympics 1996), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia
  • Jun 9 Randy Winn, American baseball outfielder (MLB All Star 2002; TB Devil Rays, Seattle Mariners, SF Giants) and analyst (NBC Sports Bay Area), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jun 9 Samoth [Tomas Haugen], Norwegian black metal guitarist, drummer (Emperor, Zyklon), and arsonist, born in Hammerfest, Norway
  • Jun 9 Tim Shaw, British radio personality
  • Jun 11 Emilee Klein, American golfer (3 LPGA Tour titles), born in Santa Monica, California
  • Jun 11 Tatiana Ignatieva, Belarusian tennis star (1994 Futures-Sopot POL), born in Minsk, Soviet Union
  • Jun 12 Hideki Matsui, Japanese baseball player, born in Neagari, Ishikawa, Japan
  • Jun 12 Kerry Kittles, American NBA guard (NJ Nets), born in Dayton, Ohio
  • Jun 13 Brande Roderick, American actress
  • Jun 13 Elli Overton, Canadian Australian swimmer (Olympic 5th 1992, 96)
  • Jun 13 Harvey Esajas, Suriname/Dutch soccer player (Feyenoord)
  • Jun 13 Selma Bjornsdottir, Icelandic singer (All Out of Luck), born in Reykjavík, Iceland
  • Jun 13 Steve-O, American television personality
  • Jun 13 Takahiro Sakurai, Japanese voice actor
  • Jun 13 Valeri Bure, NHL right wing (Montreal Canadiens, Olympic silver 1998), born in Moscow, Russia
  • Jun 14 Jang Jin-young, South Korean actress
  • Jun 14 Rod Payne, corner (Cincinnati Bengals)
  • Jun 15 Scott Tunkin, Australian baseball infielder (Olympics 1996)
  • Jun 16 David Fizdale, American basketball head coach (New York Knicks 2018-19; Memphis Grizzlies 2016-17), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jun 16 Paul Lee, British sculptural artist
  • Jun 17 Ricardo "Rikrok" Ducet, Jamaican-British singer (with Shaggy - "It Wasn't Me"), born in Manchester, Jamaica
  • Jun 18 Bumper Robinson, American actor (Webster; A Different World; Flatland), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Jun 18 Keith Poole, wide receiver (New Orleans Saints)
  • Jun 18 Vincenzo Montella, Italian footballer
  • Jun 19 Doug Mientkiewicz, American baseball player
  • Jun 21 Craig Lowndes, Australian racing driver (V8 Supercar Champion), born in Melbourne, Australia
  • Jun 21 Natasha Desborough, British radio personality, born in London, England
  • Jun 21 Neely Jenkins, American indie rocker (Tilley and the Wall), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • Jun 21 Rob Kelly, American football safety (New Orleans Saints), born in Mount Vernon, Ohio
  • Jun 22 Donald Faison, American actor (Scrubs - "Dr. Turk"), born in Harlem, New York City
  • Jun 22 Mark Wetges, field hockey midfielder (Olympics 1996), born in Walnut Creek, California
  • Jun 22 Nikolay Shirshov, Uzbekistani soccer defensive midfielder (64 caps; FC Pakhtakor Tashkent, FC Rostov), born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan (d. 2021)

VijayVijay (48 years old)

Jun 22 Indian actor and singer (Poove Unakkaga), born in Madras (now Chennai), India

  • Jun 23 Dontonio Wingfield, NBA forward (Portland Trailblazers)
  • Jun 23 Joel Edgerton, Australian actor
  • Jun 23 Maria Carolina Christina, Princess of Netherlands
  • Jun 23 Mark Hendrickson, NBA forward (Sacramento Kings)
  • Jun 24 Adam Treu, guard/tackle (Oakland Raiders)
  • Jun 24 Carrie Zarse, diver (Olympics 1996), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jun 25 Jim LaMarca, American bass guitarist (Chimaira), born in Strongsville, Ohio
  • Jun 25 Karisma Kapoor, Indian actress (one of the most popular and highest-paid Hindi film actresses in the 1990s and early 2000s), born in Mumbai, India
  • Jun 25 Leeland McElroy, American football running back (Arizona Cardinals), born in Beaumont, Texas
  • Jun 25 Mario Calire, American drummer (Wallflowers; Ozomatli), born in Buffalo, New York
  • Jun 25 Nisha Ganatra, Canadian film director (Chutney Popcorn), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Jun 25 Vernon Crawford, American football linebacker (New England Patriots), born in Texas City, Texas

Derek JeterDerek Jeter (48 years old)

Jun 26 American Baseball HOF shortstop (14 × MLB All-Star; 5 × World Series; World Series MVP 2000; NY Yankees), born in Pequannock, New Jersey

  • Jun 26 Dieter Kalt, Austrian ice hockey forward (Team Austria 1998), born in Klagenfurt, Austria
  • Jun 26 Jason Kendall, American baseball catcher (Pittsburgh Pirates), born in San Diego, California
  • Jun 26 Jeff Frankenstein, American musician (Newsboys), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Jun 26 Matt Striker, American professional wrestler, born in Queens, New York
  • Jun 26 Nicole Saba, Lebanese singer (The 4 Cats), born in Beirut, Lebanon
  • Jun 27 Christian Kane, American actor (Leverage, The Librarians), born in Dallas, Texas
  • Jun 28 Atilla Buday, Canadian canoeist (Olympics 1996), born in Budapest, Hungary
  • Jun 28 Josh[ua] Crosby, Manchester Mass, rower (Olympics 1996)
  • Jun 28 Rob Dyrdek, American entrepreneur, TV personality (Ridiculousness) and professional skateboarder, born in Kettering, Ohio
  • Jun 28 Siphiwo Ntshebe, South African operatic tenor, born Port Elizabeth, South Africa (d. 2010)
  • Jun 30 Hezekiel Sepeng, South African athlete, born in Potchefstroom, South Africa

Famous Weddings

  • Jun 5 "Sly and the Family Stone" frontman Sly Stone (31) weds model-actress Kathy Silva at Madison Square Garden

Richard Harris

Jun 7 Irish actor and singer Richard Harris (43) weds American actress Ann Turkel (27); divorce in 1982

Jerry Lucas

Jun 8 NBA forward Jerry Lucas (34) weds second wife Sharalee Beard


Famous Divorces

Famous Deaths

  • Jun 2 Arnold Lunn, British skier (created the modern Alpine slalom race), dies at 86
  • Jun 2 Elliott Sullivan, American actor (The Persuaders!, Fury Below, Sergeant), dies from a heart attack at 66
  • Jun 2 Hiroshi Kazato, Japanese racing driver, dies at 25
  • Jun 2 Waldemar F Eric Marx, cricketer (3 Tests South Africa v Aust 1921-22), dies
  • Jun 6 Blanche Yurka, actress (Tale of 2 Cities, Cry of Werewolf), dies at 86
  • Jun 7 Émilie Charmy, French avant-garde artist, dies at 96

Miguel Ángel AsturiasMiguel Ángel Asturias (1899-1974)

Jun 9 Guatemalan novelist (Hombres de Maiz, Nobel 67), journalist and poet, dies at 74

  • Jun 9 Phillips Tead, American character actor (The Front Page; Lightnin'; Fighting Blade; The Adventures of Superman - "Professor Pepperwinkle), dies at 80
  • Jun 10 Henry WFA, English duke of Gloucester, baron Culloden, dies at 74
  • Jun 11 Eurico Gaspar Dutra, President of Brazil (b. 1883)
  • Jun 11 Julius Evola, Italian philosopher (b. 1898)
  • Jun 14 Knud Jeppesen, Danish organist, composer, educator (Royal Danish Academy, 1920-47; Aarhus University, 1946-57), and musicologist (La frottola), dies at 81
  • Jun 16 Mauritz Hugo, Swedish actor (Atomic Blonde, Death Valley Gunfighter), dies from heart disease at 65
  • Jun 17 Pamela Britton, actress (Blondie, My Favorite Martian), dies at 50
  • Jun 17 Yadavendra Singh, cricketer (Yuvraj of Patiala, Test for India), dies

Georgy ZhukovGeorgy Zhukov (1896-1974)

Jun 18 Russian deputy commander-in-chief of the Red Army during WWII (Battles of Stalingrad, Kursk and Berlin) and Minister of Defense, dies at 77

  • Jun 18 Júlio César de Mello e Souza, Brazilian writer (The Man Who Counted), dies at 79
  • Jun 20 Horace Lindrum, Australian snooker and billiards player, dies at 62

Darius MilhaudDarius Milhaud (1892-1974)

Jun 22 French composer (Maximilien), dies at 81

  • Jun 25 Cornelius Lanczos, Hungarian mathematician, dies at 81
  • Jun 27 Cliff Friend, American pianist and songwriter, dies at 80
  • Jun 28 Frank Sutton, American actor (Marty, Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.), dies of a heart attack at 50
  • Jun 30 Alberta King, American mother of Martin Luther King Jr., assassinated in church at 69
  • Jun 30 Vannevar Bush, American engineer and politician (b. 1890)