What Happened on September 8, 1974

Day of the Week: Sunday

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Evil Knievel attempts to jump the Snake River Canyon in Idaho but fails, escaping with minor injuries

Motorcycle Daredevil Evel Knievel
Motorcycle Daredevil
Evel Knievel
  • Ian Thompson wins marathon (2:13:18.8)

Sport awardTennis Open

US Open Men's Tennis: Jimmy Connors wins his first of 5 US titles; outclasses Ken Rosewall 6-1, 6-0, 6-1

Tennis Legend Jimmy Connors
Tennis Legend
Jimmy Connors
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ken Rosewall
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ken Rosewall

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon
38th US President Gerald Ford
38th US President
Gerald Ford

Famous Birthdays

  • Braulio Luna, Mexican footballer
  • Tanaz Eshaghian, Iranian-born American documentarian

Famous Deaths

  • Robert Cox, last surviving member of Keystone Kops, dies at 79