What Happened in October 1974

Historical Events

  • Oct 1 Watergate cover-up trial opens in Washington, D.C.
  • Oct 1 "The Texas Chain Saw Massacre" horror film premieres in director Tobe Hooper's hometown, Austin, Texas in the US

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Oct 2 Future Baseball Hall of Fame right fielder Hank Aaron hits his final home run as a member of the Atlanta Braves, in a 13-0 drubbing of the Cincinnati Reds; Aaron's 733rd career HR on his last NL at bat

Baseball Player Hank Aaron
Baseball Player
Hank Aaron

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 3 Ted Bundy victim Nancy Wilcox disappears in Salt Lake City, Utah

Serial Killer Ted Bundy
Serial Killer
Ted Bundy
  • Oct 3 Watergate crinimal trial begins
  • Oct 3 39-year old Frank Robinson becomes MLB’s first African-American manager when he signs as player-manager for Cleveland Indians; agrees to 1-year contract estimated at $180,000

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 3 Future Basketball Hall of Fame guard Jerry West (“Mr. Clutch”) retires after 14 NBA seasons with the LA Lakers; West has 25,192 career points; averages 29.1 ppg in 153 playoff games

NBA Guard Jerry West
NBA Guard
Jerry West

Music releaseAlbum Release

Oct 4 John Lennon releases "Walls & Bridges" album featuring No. 1 single "Whatever Gets You thru the Night"

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • Oct 5 Guildford pub bombing by the IRA leaves 5 dead and 65 injured.
  • Oct 6 "Mack & Mabel" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 66 performances
  • Oct 6 Carole Jo Skala wins LPGA Sacramento Union Ladies Golf Classic
  • Oct 6 Brazilian McLaren driver Emerson Fittipaldi finishes 4th in the US Grand Prix at Watkins Glen to win his 2nd World Formula 1 Drivers title by 3 points from Clay Ragazzoni
  • Oct 7 German Democratic Republic amends constitution
  • Oct 8 Franklin National Bank collapses due to fraud and mismanagement; at the time it was the largest bank failure in the history of the United States.
  • Oct 9 Race riot in Boston due to "bussing"
  • Oct 9 Washington Capitals 1st NHL game, losing 6-3 to NY Rangers at Madison Square Garden Wash Caps begin a 37 game road losing streak

  • Oct 9 MLB National League Championship: Los Angeles Dodgers beat Pittsburgh Pirates, 3 games to 1
  • Oct 9 MLB American League Championship: Oakland Athletics beat Baltimore Orioles, 3 games to 1
  • Oct 10 A's Mike Andrews files $25 million lawsuit against Charlie Finley
  • Oct 10 Canadian John Hathaway begins 2-yr ride of 50,600 miles

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Oct 10 Labour Party led by Harold Wilson wins UK general election

British Prime Minister Harold Wilson
British Prime Minister
Harold Wilson
  • Oct 10 US Gen George Brown's speech deplores Jewish influence in US over his treatment during the 1973 World Series
  • Oct 10 The Irish National Liberation Army (INLA) and its political wing the Irish Republican Socialist Party (IRSP) founded at the Spa Hotel in the village of Lucan near Dublin
  • Oct 11 A's Catfish Hunter charge owner Charlie Finley with breach of contract
  • Oct 12 1st time Wash Caps are shutout as they are beat 6-0 by Minnesota
  • Oct 14 8th Country Music Association Award: Charlie Rich
  • Oct 15 National Guard mobilizes to restore order in Boston school busing
  • Oct 15 Nobel prize for chemistry awarded to Paul J Flory (macro molecules)
  • Oct 15 Washington Capitals 1st NHL tie, playing LA Kings to 1-1 tie
  • Oct 16 As' Ken Holtzman, who hasn't batted all season, belts 3rd inning home run in Game 4 & gets the win, 5-2
  • Oct 17 "Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope" closes at Playhouse NYC after 1065 per
  • Oct 17 NBA New Orleans Jazz begin a 28 game road losing streak
  • Oct 17 Washington Capitals 1st NHL home victory, beating Chicago 4-3
  • Oct 17 Oakland A's beat LA Dodgers, 4 games to 1 in 71st World Series makes A's only team other than Yanks to win 3 straight series
  • Oct 18 1st NBA game at Market Square Arena - Pacers beat Spurs 129-121
  • Oct 18 Andre van de Louw appointed Mayor of Rotterdam
  • Oct 18 Wings (Country Hams) release "Walking in the Park with Eloise"

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 18 Chicago Bull Nate Thurmond becomes 1st in NBA to complete a quadruple double-22 pts, 14 rebounds, 13 assists & 12 blocks

NBA Forward Nate Thurmond
NBA Forward
Nate Thurmond
  • Oct 19 Det Red Wing Mickey Redmond scores 1st hat trick against Wash Caps
  • Oct 19 Detroit Pistons beat Trailblazers in Portland (next win 6-1-90)
  • Oct 19 Niue becomes self-govering, in association with New Zealand

  • Oct 20 1st broadcast of "Derrick" on ZDF
  • Oct 20 Bard's presentation of "Richard III" opens at Lincoln Center NYC
  • Oct 21 1st Islander shut-out opponent-Billy Smith 5-0 vs Caps
  • Oct 21 Sandra Palmer wins LPGA Cubic Corp Golf Classic
  • Oct 22 Yanks trade Bobby Murcer to Giants for Bobby Bonds
  • Oct 23 Cubs trade Billy Williams to A's for Manny Trillo, Knowles & Locker
  • Oct 23 Lake Isaac in Cleveland Metroparks' Big Creek Reservation dedicated
  • Oct 24 Billy Martin named AL Manager of Year (Texas Rangers)
  • Oct 25 US Air Force fires 1st ICBM

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 25 Dmitri Shostakovich' 15th String Quartet premieres in Leningrad

  • Oct 25 Wings release "Junior's Farm"
  • Oct 26 Cleveland Coliseum opens for NBA's Cavaliers & MISL's Crunch
  • Oct 27 French runner Chantal Langlacé sets female world marathon record (2:46:24) in Neuf-Brisach, France
  • Oct 28 1st time 2 Islanders hat trick in same game-MacMillian & Westfall
  • Oct 28 Luna 23 launched (landing on Moon)
  • Oct 28 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Oct 29 Law bans discrimination of sex or marital status in credit application

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 30 California Angel Nolan Ryan throws fastest recorded pitch (100.9 MPH)

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan
  • Oct 30 Catfish Hunter is named AL Cy Young Award

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Oct 30 The Rumble in the Jungle: Muhammad Ali KOs George Foreman in the 8th round in Kinshasa, Zaire

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
  • Oct 30 "The Texas Chain Saw Massacre" horror film premieres in Los Angeles
  • Oct 31 Ted Bundy victim Laura Aime disappears in Utah
  • Oct 31 Dutch Marines end hostage crisis in Scheveningen prison

Famous Birthdays

  • Oct 1 Keith Duffy, Irish singer (Boyzone), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • Oct 1 Mats Lindgren, NHL forward (Team Sweden Olympics 1998, Edmonton)
  • Oct 1 Christian Borle, American actor
  • Oct 2 Anthony Johnson, NBA guard (Sacramento Kings)
  • Oct 2 Ricky Bell, cornerback (Chicago Bears)
  • Oct 2 Simon Gregson [Simon Gregory], British actor (Coronation Street), born in Manchester, England
  • Oct 2 Michelle Krusiec, American actress
  • Oct 2 Mark Porter, New Zealand racing driver (d. 2006)
  • Oct 2 Paul Teutul Jr., co-star of American Chopper
  • Oct 3 Mike Johnson, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Oct 4 Claudia Elena Vasquez, Miss Universe-best costume (Colombia, 1997)
  • Oct 4 Paco León, Spanish actor
  • Oct 5 Douglas Emerson, actor (Robbie-Herbie the Love Bug), born in Glendale, California
  • Oct 5 Heather Headley, Trinidadian singer
  • Oct 5 Rich Franklin, American Mixed Martial Artist
  • Oct 5 Colin Meloy, American singer (The Decemberists)
  • Oct 6 Brian Kelly, American soccer midfielder (Olympic gold 1996), born in Mission Viejo, California
  • Oct 6 Geert Jelle de Vries, Dutch soccer player (SC Heerenveen)
  • Oct 6 Kenny Jonsson, Angelholm SW, NHL defenseman (Team Sweden, NY Islander)
  • Oct 6 Jeremy Sisto, American actor
  • Oct 6 Walter Centeno, Costa Rican footballer
  • Oct 7 Alexander Polinsky, actor (Adam-Charles in Charge), born in San Francisco, California
  • Oct 7 Benjamin Oberman, pairs skater (& Naomi Grabow), born in Denver, Colorado
  • Oct 7 Shannon MacMillan, American soccer forward (Olympics 1996), born in Syosset, New York
  • Oct 7 Allison Munn, American actress
  • Oct 7 Charlotte Nilsson, Swedish singer
  • Oct 8 Rashaan Salaam, NFL running back (Chicago Bears, born in San Diego, California (d. 2016)
  • Oct 8 Rod Manuel, American defensive end (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • Oct 8 Fredrik Modin, Swedish hockey player, born in Sundsvall, Sweden
  • Oct 8 DJ Q-Ball, American musician (Bloodhound Gang), born in Limerick, Pennsylvania
  • Oct 8 Koji Murofushi, Japanese hammer thrower (Olympic gold 2004), born in Numazu, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan
  • Oct 9 Kavika Pittman, American defensive end (Dallas Cowboys), born in Frankfurt
  • Oct 9 Keith Booth, American NBA forward (Chicago Bulls), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Oct 9 Kieren Hutchison, New Zealand actor (Shortland Street), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • Oct 10 Chris Pronger, Canadian NHL defenseman (Team Canada Olympics 1998, St. Louis), born in Dryden, Ontario, Canada
  • Oct 10 Naike Rivelli, German model and daughter of Ornella Muti, born in Munich, Germany
  • Oct 10 Assi Cohen, Israeli comedian and actor, born in Ashdod, Israel
  • Oct 10 Julio Ricardo Cruz, Argentine footballer (Internazionale), born in Santiago del Estero, Argentina
  • Oct 10 [Ralph] Dale Earnhardt Jr., American racing driver (Two-time Daytona 500 winner), born in Kannapolis, North Carolina
  • Oct 11 Jason Arnott, Canadian NHL center (Edmonton Oilers), born in Wasaga Beach, Ontario, Canada
  • Oct 11 Terje Håkonsen, Norwegian snowboarder, born in Vinje, Norway
  • Oct 12 Karmyn Tyler, Miss America-Louisiana (1996), born in Shreveport, Louisiana
  • Oct 12 Miroslav Satan, Topolcany CZE, NHL forward (Team Slovakia, Edmonton)
  • Oct 12 Stephen Lee, English snooker player, born in Trowbridge, Wiltshire
  • Oct 12 Marie Wilson [Flevaras], Canadian actress (As the World Turns, General Hospital), born in Athens, Greece
  • Oct 13 Tony Carbone, Australian soccer midfielder (Olyroos, Olympics 1996), born in Perth, Australia
  • Oct 13 Hawick Lau, Hong Kong Chinese actor (Sealed with a Kiss) and singer, born in Hong Kong
  • Oct 14 Kim Williams, WNBA guard (Utah Starzz)

Person of interestNatalie Maines

Oct 14 Natalie Maines, American musician (Dixie Chicks), born in Lubbock, Texas

Singer-songwriter Natalie Maines
Singer-songwriter
Natalie Maines
  • Oct 14 Shaggy 2 Dope [Joseph Utsler], American rapper (Psychopathic Records), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Oct 16 Jermaine Lewis, wide receiver (Baltimore Ravens)
  • Oct 16 Paul Kariya, NHL left wing (Anaheim Mighty Ducks, Olympics 1998), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Oct 16 Deo Grech, Maltese television presenter, songwriter
  • Oct 17 Janne Puurtinen, Finnish keyboardist (HIM), born in Helsinki, Finland
  • Oct 17 Matthew Macfadyen, British actor
  • Oct 17 Ariel Levy, American feminist writer
  • Oct 17 John Rocker, American baseball player
  • Oct 18 Robbie Savage, Welsh footballer
  • Oct 18 Peter Svensson, Swedish musician (The Cardigans)
  • Oct 18 Zhou Xun, Quzhou, Zhejiang, Chinese actress and singer (Suzhou River, Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress)
  • Oct 19 Percy Ellsworth, safety (NY Giants)
  • Oct 19 Joy Bryant, American actress (Parenthood, Antwone Fisher), born in The Bronx, New York
  • Oct 20 Ayelet Ohayon, Israel, Women's foil fencer (Olympics 1996)
  • Oct 20 Jerald Honeycutt, NBA forward (Milwaukee Bucks)
  • Oct 22 Layla Harvest Roberts, Kealakekua HI, playmate (Oct, 1997)
  • Oct 22 Miroslav Satan, Topolcany Slo, NHL left wing (Edmonton Oilers, Sabres)
  • Oct 22 Tim Kinsella, American musician
  • Oct 23 Beatrice Faumuina, New Zealand discus thrower (Olympics 96), born in Auckland
  • Oct 23 Dani Tyler, softball infielder (Olympic gold 1996), born in Denver, Colorado
  • Oct 23 Kaleena Kiff, actress (Patti-Love Sidney), born in Santa Monica, California
  • Oct 23 Sander Westerveld, soccer player (FC Twente)
  • Oct 23 Derek Landy, Lusk, Irish author (Skulduggery Pleasant series)
  • Oct 24 Alexander PGR duke of Ulster, son of English prince Richard
  • Oct 24 Nathan Parks, tackle (KC Chiefs)
  • Oct 24 Jamal Mayers, Professional Hockey Player
  • Oct 25 Chris Murray, Port Hardy, NHL right wing (Montreal Canadiens)
  • Oct 25 Frank Middleton, NFL football player (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), born in Beaumont, Texas
  • Oct 25 Lee Byung-Kyu, Korean baseball player
  • Oct 26 LISA, Japanese musician
  • Oct 27 Juan Viedna Schenkhuizen, soccer player (Ajax, NEC)
  • Oct 28 Braden Looper, Weatherford OK, baseball pitcher (Olympic bronze 1996)
  • Oct 28 Henri Crockett, NFL linebacker (Atlanta Falcons)
  • Oct 28 Joaquin Leaf Phoenix, PR, actor (Russkies, Space Camp)
  • Oct 28 Dejan Stefanović, Serbian footballer
  • Oct 28 Vicente Moreno, Spanish footballer
  • Oct 29 Mike Crawford, linebacker (Miami Dolphins)
  • Oct 29 R A Dickey, baseball pitcher (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Oct 29 Michael Vaughan, English cricketer
  • Oct 31 Jeff Gooch, linebacker (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Oct 31 Serge Heuveling, soccer player (NEC)
  • Oct 31 Muzzy Izzet, Turkish footballer, born in Mile End, London
  • Oct 31 Natasja Saad, Danish hip hop and reggae artist, born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 2007)

Famous Divorces


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Oct 10 Actress Elizabeth Montgomery (41) divorces director-producer William Asher (53) after 11 years of marriage


Famous Deaths

  • Oct 1 Spyridon Marinatos, Greek archaeologist (b. 1901)
  • Oct 2 Ina Seidel, writer, dies at 89
  • Oct 4 Anne Sexton, American poet (Live or Die; Pulitzer 1967), dies at 45
  • Oct 6 Helmuth Koinigg, Austrian Formula One driver (b. 1948)
  • Oct 6 V. K. Krishna Menon, Indian nationalist, Minister of Defense (1957-62), dies at 78

Person of interestOskar Schindler

Oct 9 Oskar Schindler, Austrian businessman and subject of the novel "Schindler's Ark" and the film "Schindler's List", dies at 66

Industrialist Oskar Schindler
Industrialist
Oskar Schindler
  • Oct 10 Marie Luise Kaschnitz, writer, dies at 73
  • Oct 12 Joseph Frederick Wagner, composer, dies at 74
  • Oct 12 Hendrik Diels, Flemish conductor, dies at 73
  • Oct 13 Ed Sullivan, TV host (Ed Sullivan Show, Toast of the Town), dies at 73
  • Oct 16 Chembai Vaidyanatha Bhagavatar, noted Carnatic musician (b. 1895)
  • Oct 17 René A de Rooy, Suriname/Antillean poet, dies at 57
  • Oct 24 David Oistrakh, Soviet violinist considered one of the preeminent violinists of the 20th century (Moscow Conservatory), dies at 66
  • Oct 27 Rudolf Dassler, German founder of sportswear company Puma, dies at 76
  • Oct 29 Victor E. van Vriesland, Dutch poet (Mirror of Dutch Poetry), dies at 82