On This Day

What Happened on September 23, 1974

Historical Events

  • BBC Ceefax begins 1st teletext service

Music Single

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

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
Singer Elton John
Elton John

Music Premiere

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

Actress Angela Lansbury
Angela Lansbury
Composer and Lyricist Stephen Sondheim
Composer and Lyricist
Stephen Sondheim

Famous Birthdays

  • Doris Glenn Easterly, diver (Olympics 1996), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • Harumi Inoue, Japanese actress and model
  • Matt Hardy, American professional wrestler

Famous Deaths

  • Cliff Arquette, American comedian (Charlie Weaver), dies at 68
  • Gerhard Nebel, German writer, dies at 70
  • Robbie Mcintosh, Scottish drummer (Average White Band), overdoses at 24
1974 Highlights

About September 23, 1974

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 47 years, 1 month and 3 days
Leap Year: No

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