On This Day

What Happened on May 24, 1974

Historical Events

Television Finale

"The Dean Martin Show" last airs on NBC-TV

Cannes Film Festival

27th Cannes Film Festival: "The Conversation" directed by Francis Ford Coppola wins the Grand Prix du Festival International du Film

Album Release

RCA releases "Diamond Dogs", David Bowie's 8th studio album, recorded in London and the Netherlands, with cover design by artist Guy Peellaert, it peaks in the U.S. charts at No. 5, and goes to No. 1 in the U.K. and Canada


Famous Birthdays

  • Ace Custis, American NBA forward (Dallas Mavericks), born in Eastville, Virginia
  • Marcus Coleman, American football defensive back (NY Jets), born in Dallas, Texas
  • Maria Alejandra Vento, Venezuelan tennis star (1995 Futures-Braz), born in Caracas
  • Masahide Kobayashi, Japanese baseball player, born in Yamanashi, Yamanashi, Japan
  • Natalie Neaton, American soccer forward (Olympics 1996), born in Royal Oak, Michigan
  • Will Sasso, Canadian-American actor and comedian (The Three Stooges 2012), born in Ladner, British Columbia, Canada

Famous Deaths

Duke Ellington

Edward "Duke" Ellington, American bandleader, composer and pianist ("Take the A Train"; "It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)"), dies of cancer at 75

1974 Highlights

About May 24, 1974

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 47 years, 6 months and 10 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Generation X
Chinese Zodiac: Tiger
Star Sign: Gemini