What Happened on October 3, 1974

Historical Events

Contract of Interest

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

Sports History

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

Event of Interest

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

  • Watergate criminal trial begins for five advisors and aides of President Nixon
1974 History

Famous Birthdays

  • Mike Johnson, Canadian hockey right wing (Toronto Maple Leafs), and broadcaster (NHL Network, TSN), born in Scarborough, Ontario
Born in 1974

About October 3, 1974

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 48 years, 11 months and 30 days
Leap Year: No

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

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: I Honestly Love You - Olivia Newton-John
  • UK #1 Song: Kung Fu Fighting - Carl Douglas