On This Day

What Happened on October 8, 1974

Historical Events

  • 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.

Famous Birthdays

  • DJ Q-Ball [Harry Dean, Jr.], American musician and actor (Bloodhound Gang), born in Limerick, Pennsylvania
  • Fredrik Modin, Swedish hockey player, born in Sundsvall, Sweden
  • Koji Murofushi, Japanese hammer thrower (Olympic gold 2004), born in Numazu, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan
  • Martin Henderson, New Zealand actor (Grey's Anatomy), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • Rashaan Salaam, American College Football Hall of Fame running back (Heisman Trophy 1994, U of Colorado; NFL: Chicago Bears), born in San Diego, California (d. 2016)
  • Rod Manuel, American defensive end (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Fort Worth, Texas

Famous Deaths

  • Harry Carney, American tenor and baritone jazz saxophonist (Duke Ellington Orchestra, 1927-74), dies at 64
1974 Highlights

About October 8, 1974

Day of the Week: Tuesday
How Long Ago? 47 years and 20 days
Leap Year: No

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