What Happened in September 1974

Historical Events

  • Sep 1 Dutch law against pirate radio goes into effect
  • Sep 1 The SR-71 Blackbird sets (and holds) the record for flying from New York to London: 1 hour 54 minutes and 56.4 seconds.
  • Sep 1 Train accident at Zagreb Yugoslavia, 121 killed

Telethon

Sep 2 Jerry Lewis' 9th Muscular Dystrophy telethon

PGA Players Championship

Sep 2 PGA Tournament Players Championship, Atlanta CC: Jack Nicklaus wins inaugural event; first of his 3 TPC titles, 2 strokes ahead of runner-up J. C. Snead

Historic Event

Sep 2 US President Gerald Ford signs Employee Retirement Income Security Act

Sports History

Sep 3 Future Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame guard Oscar Robertson retires; leaves NBA with 26,710 points, 9,887 assists & 7,804 rebounds in 1,040 games

  • Sep 3 SF Giants' pitcher John Montefusco in his MLB debut, homers in his first at bat and pitches 9 innings in relief to earn a 9 - 5 victory over the Dodgers
  • Sep 3 US & German Democratic Republic establish diplomatic relations
  • Sep 6 Saudi Arabia increases its oil buy-back price from 93 percent to 94.9 percent of posted price
  • Sep 7 Revival of Harry Tierney and Joseph McCarthy's 1919 musical "Irene", starring Debbie Reynolds, closes at Minskoff Theater, NYC, after 605 performances
  • Sep 7 Shirley Cothran (Texas), 21, crowned 47th Miss America 1975

US Open Women's Tennis

Sep 7 US Open Women's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Billie Jean King wins her 4th and final US singles title; beats Evonne Goolagong Cawley of Australia 3-6, 6-3, 7-5

Historic Event

Sep 8 American motorcycle daredevil Evel Knievel attempts to jump the Snake River Canyon in Idaho but fails, escaping with minor injuries

  • Sep 8 England's Ian Thompson wins European Championship marathon in 2:13:18.8 in Rome, Italy

US Men's Tennis Open

Sep 8 US Open Men's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Jimmy Connors wins his first of 5 US singles titles; outclasses veteran Australian Ken Rosewall 6-1, 6-0, 6-1 in last event played on grass

Historic Event

Sep 8 US President Gerald Ford pardons former President Richard Nixon of all federal crimes

  • Sep 10 Controversial TV drama "Born Innocent" premieres on NBC TV, starring Linda Blair as an abused teen in a juvenile detention home
  • Sep 10 MLB St Louis Cardinals Lou Brock ties (104) & then sets (105) baseball stolen base mark
  • Sep 10 Portugal recognizes independence of Republic of Guinea-Bissau
  • Sep 10 Teuvo Louhivouri sets cycling distance record of 515.8 mi in 24 hrs
  • Sep 11 Cards beat Mets, 4-3, in 25 (7h4m), record 202 plate appearances, Félix Millán & John Milner come to bat 12 times each

Coup d'état

Sep 12 Coup overthrows Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie on Ethiopia's national day

  • Sep 12 Jeff "Skunk" Baxter joins Doobie Brothers
  • Sep 13 -17] 3 Japanese kidnap French ambassador in Hague
  • Sep 13 1st broadcast of "The Rockford Files" on NBC-TV
  • Sep 13 OPEC instructs its Secretary General to "carry out a study of supply and demand in relation to possible production controls"
  • Sep 13 Phillies set NL record, using 27 players in a game, St Louis uses 24, tying record of 51. Phils win 7-3 in 17
  • Sep 13 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Sep 14 Charles Kowal discovers Leda, 13th satellite of Jupiter
  • Sep 15 Air Vietnam flight 727 is hijacked, then crashes while attempting to land with 75 on board.
  • Sep 15 Market Square Arena in Indianapolis opens
  • Sep 16 Bay Area Rapid transit (BART) begins regular rail service crossing the San Francisco Bay, through in the Transbay Tube

Music Recording

Sep 16 Bob Dylan begins recording his 15th album "Blood on the Tracks", in New York City

  • Sep 16 US General Alexander Haig Jr. becomes NATO supreme commander in Europe
  • Sep 16 US President Gerald Ford announces conditional amnesty for US Vietnam War deserters
  • Sep 17 Courageous (US) beats Southern Cross (Aust) in 23rd America's Cup
  • Sep 18 Hurricane Fifi hits coast of Honduras with 110 mph winds; about 5,000 die

Historic Event

Sep 19 The KGB begin a large-scale operation to discredit Russian novelist Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn and cut his communications with Soviet dissidents

  • Sep 21 US Mariner 10 makes 2nd fly-by of Mercury
  • Sep 23 BBC Ceefax begins 1st teletext service

Music Single

Sep 23 John Lennon's single "Whatever Gets You Thru the Night", featuring Elton John, released in US; it was Lennon's only solo No. 1 single during his lifetime

Music Premiere

Sep 23 Revival of Jules Styne and Stephen Sondheim's musical "Gypsy" opens at Winter Garden Theater, NYC; runs for 120 performances, Angela Lansbury wins Tony Award for her role as Mama Rose

Baseball Record

Sep 24 Al Kaline, Detroit Tiger, is 12th to get 3,000 hits

  • Sep 24 Clarence Jones of Kintetsu Buffaloes hits his 38th HR, 1st American to win a Japanese HR title
  • Sep 25 Scientists first report that freon gases from aerosol sprays are destroying the ozone layer
  • Sep 25 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Sep 26 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Sep 27 -10/26] Rome: 4th bishop synod
  • Sep 27 Australian National Gallery buys W de Kooning's "Woman V" for $850,000

Music History

Sep 28 "Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing" by Aretha Franklin peaks at #47

Music History

Sep 28 "I'm A Ramblin' Man" by Waylon Jennings peaks at #75

  • Sep 28 "Live It Up Part 1" by Isley Brothers peaks at #52

Music History

Sep 28 "Papa Don't Take No Mess Part 1" by James Brown peaks at #31

  • Sep 28 "Rock Me Gently" by Andy Kim peaks at #1
  • Sep 28 "Surfin' USA" by Beach Boys reenters chart & peaks at #36
  • Sep 28 British rock guitarist Mick Ronson joins Mott the Hoople

Sports History

Sep 28 California Angel Nolan Ryan 3rd no-hitter beats Minn Twin, 4-0

  • Sep 28 John Lennon appears as guest DJ on WNEW-FM (NYC)

Historic Event

Sep 28 US 1st Lady Betty Ford undergoes a radical mastectomy

  • Sep 29 New York City Marathon: Norbert Sander wins men's race in 2:26:30; Katherine Switzer takes out women's event in 3:07:29
  • Sep 30 General Francisco da Costa Gomesz succeeds General António de Spínola as President of Portugal

Famous Birthdays

  • Sep 1 Jason Taylor, American Pro Football HOF linebacker (NFL Defensive Player of the Year 2006; 6 × Pro Bowl 2000, 02, 04–07; All-Pro 2000, 02, 06; Miami Dolphins), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Sep 1 Jhonen Vasquez, American comic book artist
  • Sep 2 Daniel Southworth, American actor and stunt performer
  • Sep 2 Jason Lawson, NBA center (Orlando Magic)
  • Sep 2 Karina Wieland, Australian rower (Olympics 1996)
  • Sep 3 Clare Kramer, American actress (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Sep 4 Carmit Bachar, American musician (Pussycat Dolls), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Sep 4 Jean Lavertue, Canadian weightlifter (Olympics 1996), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Sep 4 Nona Gaye, American singer and daughter of Marvin Gaye, born in Washington, D.C.
  • Sep 5 Rawl Lewis, West Indian cricketer, born in Grenada
  • Sep 6 Justin Whalin, American actor (Jimmy-Lois & Clark, Charles in Charge), born in San Francisco, California
  • Sep 6 Nina Persson, Swedish musician (The Cardigans), born in Örebro, Sweden
  • Sep 6 Tim Henman, English tennis player, born in Oxford, England
  • Sep 7 Antonio McDyess, American basketball forward (NBA All Star 2001; Denver Nuggets, Detroit Pistons), born in Quitman, Mississippi
  • Sep 7 Mario Frick, Liechtenstein soccer striker, manager (125 caps; FC Vaduz), born in Chur, Switzerland
  • Sep 8 Braulio Luna, Mexican soccer midfielder (32 caps; San Luis), born in Mexico City, Mexico
  • Sep 8 Tanaz Eshaghian, Iranian-American documentary filmmaker (Be Like Others), born in Iran
  • Sep 9 Ana Carolina, Brazilian singer-songwriter and musician, born in Juiz de Fora, Brazil
  • Sep 9 Gok Wan [Kowkhyn Wan], British fashion consultant, author and TV presenter (How to Look Good Naked, Gok Cooks Chinese), born in Leicester, England
  • Sep 9 Jennie Kwan, American actress (Samantha Woo-California Dreams), born in Glendale, California
  • Sep 9 Leah O'Brien, American softball player (Olympic gold 1996), born in Garden Grove, California
  • Sep 9 Mathias Färm, Swedish guitarist (Millencolin), born in Örebro, Sweden
  • Sep 9 Vikram Batra, Indian army officer, born in Palampur, India (d. 1999)
  • Sep 10 Ben Wallace, American basketball forward (NBA C'ship 2004; NBA Defensive Player of the Year 2002-03, 2005-06; NBA All-Star 2003–06; Detroit Pistons), born in White Hall, Alabama
  • Sep 10 Ryan Phillippe, American actor (Cruel Intentions, Shooter), born in New Castle, Delaware
  • Sep 11 Lucian Sahetapy, Dutch soccer player (FC Groningen), born in Groningen, Netherlands
  • Sep 12 Caroline Aigle, French first woman fighter pilot in the French Air Force aged 25, born in Montauban, France (d. 2007)
  • Sep 12 Jennifer Nettles, American country singer (Sugarland), born in Douglas, Georgia
  • Sep 12 Nuno Valente, Portuguese footballer, born in Lisbon, Portugal
  • Sep 13 Keith Murray, American rapper (Def Squad), born in Roosevelt, Long Island, New York
  • Sep 13 Travis Knight, American NBA center (Boston Celtics), born in Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Sep 14 Hicham El Guerrouj, Moroccan athlete (Olympic gold 1,500m, 5k 2004), born in Berkane, Morocco
  • Sep 16 Julian Castro, American politician, born in San Antonio, Texas
  • Sep 17 Jason Hewitt, Australian baseball infielder (Olympics 1996)
  • Sep 17 Mirah [Yom Tov Zeitlyn], American singer-songwriter, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Sep 17 Rasheed Wallace, American basketball forward (NBA C'ship 2004; NBA All-Star 2000, 01, 06, 08; Portland Trailblazers, Detroit Pistons), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Sep 17 Tormod Granheim, Norwegian adventurer (extreme skiing), born in Trondheim, Norway
  • Sep 18 Sol Campbell, English footballer, born in Plaistow, London
  • Sep 18 Ticha Penicheiro, Portuguese basketball player (Sacramento Monarchs), born in Figueira da Foz, Portugal
  • Sep 18 Xzibit [Alvin Nathaniel Joiner], American rapper and actor (At the Speed of Life, Pimp My Ride), born in Detroit, Michigan

Jimmy Fallon

Sep 19 Jimmy Fallon, American actor and comedian (Saturday Night Live; The Tonight Show), born in NYC, New York

  • Sep 19 Victoria Silvstedt, Swedish model and TV personality (Playboy playmate Dec 96, Playmate of the Year 1997), born in Skelleftehamn, Sweden
  • Sep 20 Michael Waddington, American defense lawyer, born in New Castle, Pennsylvania
  • Sep 21 Andy Todd, English footballer
  • Sep 21 Taral Hicks, American actress (A Bronx Tale) and R&B singer ("Silly"), born in The Bronx, New York
  • Sep 22 Gary Trent, American NBA forward (Portland Trailblazers), born in Columbus, Ohio
  • Sep 22 Yoo Chae-yeong, South Korean singer and actress (Cool), born in South Korea (d. 2014)
  • Sep 23 Doris Glenn Easterly, diver (Olympics 1996), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • Sep 23 Harumi Inoue, Japanese actress and model
  • Sep 23 Matt Hardy, American professional wrestler
  • Sep 24 Kiwane Garris, American NBA guard (Denver Nuggets), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Sep 25 Daniel Kessler, American musician (Interpol), born in London, United Kingdom
  • Sep 26 Boris Cepeda, German-Ecuadorian pianist and diplomat, born in Quito, Ecuador
  • Sep 26 Gary Hall Jr., American competition swimmer, born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Sep 26 Martin Muursepp, Estonian NBA forward (Dallas Mavericks), born in Tallinn, Estonia
  • Sep 27 Edward Thomas, CFL linebacker (Montreal Alouettes)
  • Sep 28 John Light, English actor (Around the World in Eighty Days), born in Birmingham, England
  • Sep 28 Joonas Kolkka, Finnish footballer
  • Sep 28 Mariya Kiselyova, Russian swimmer
  • Sep 30 Jeremy Giambi, American MLB baseball player, 1998-2003 (Kansas City Royals, Oakland Athletics, and two other teams), born in San Jose, California (d. 2022)

Famous Weddings

Quincy Jones Jr

Sep 14 American composer-arranger-producer Quincy Jones Jr (41) weds Ameriican "Mod Squad" actress Peggy Lipton (28) in Los Angeles, California; divorce in 1990

Famous Divorces

Quincy Jones Jr

Sep 13 American producer Quincy Jones Jr (28) divorces actress Ulla Andersson (41) after 5 years of marriage

Famous Deaths

  • Sep 3 Harry Partch, American composer (Revelations in the Courthouse Park; Delusion Of The Fury), dies at 73
  • Sep 4 Creighton W. Abrams, US general and army staff chief (Vietnam), dies at 59
  • Sep 4 Lewi Pethrus, Swedish Pentecostal minister and politician, dies at 90
  • Sep 4 Marcel Achard, French playwright (La forges the Paris), dies at 75
  • Sep 6 Olga Baclanova, actress (Freaks, Docks of NY), dies at 75
  • Sep 6 Otto Kruger, American actor (Lux Video Theater), dies on 89th birthday
  • Sep 8 Robert Cox, American comic actor, last surviving member of Keystone Kops, dies at 79
  • Sep 9 Soltan Hajibeyov, Azerbaijani composer and People's Artist of the USSR, dies at 55
  • Sep 11 Víctor Olea Alegría, Chilean Socialist Party member
  • Sep 14 Pieter Y Adriani, Dutch tax lawyer, dies at 95
  • Sep 14 Vera Vague [Barbara Jo Allen], American actress (Sleeping Beauty, Follow the Leader), dies at 66
  • Sep 14 Warren Hull, American actor (Strike it Rich, Who in the World), dies from heart failure at 71
  • Sep 17 André Dunoyer de Segonzac, French painter and cartoonist, dies at 90
  • Sep 18 Edna Best, English actress (Key, Calendar, Escape), dies at 74
  • Sep 19 Eve March, actress (Adam's Rib, Danny Boy), dies at 63
  • Sep 20 Carlyle Blackwell Jr, American actor (The Pilgrim Lady, The Triumph of the Rat), dies at 71
  • Sep 20 Robert Herberigs, Flemish composer (La Chanson d'Eve), dies at 88

Jacqueline Susann

Sep 21 Jacqueline Susann, American author (Valley of the Dolls), dies of cancer at 56

  • Sep 21 Walter Brennan, American actor (Real McCoys, At Gun Point), dies at 80
  • Sep 23 Cliff Arquette, American comedian (Charlie Weaver), dies at 68
  • Sep 23 Gerhard Nebel, German writer, dies at 70
  • Sep 23 Robbie Mcintosh, Scottish drummer (Average White Band), overdoses at 24

Coco the Clown

Sep 25 Coco the Clown [Nikolai Poliakoff], Russian-born British clown, dies at 73

  • Sep 25 William Sloane, American publisher and writer (Edge of Running Water), dies at 68
  • Sep 27 Silvio Frondizi, Argentine lawyer, assassinated by the Triple A(b. 1907)
  • Sep 28 Raymond Largay, American actor (April in Paris, Variety Girl), dies at 88
  • Sep 29 John Smallenbroek, Dutch Internal minister, dies at 72
  • Sep 30 Carlos Prats, Chilean Constitutionalist General, assassinated in the frame of Operation Condor