What Happened on September 8, 1974

Historical Events

Historic Event

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

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

US Men's Tennis Open

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

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


Famous Birthdays

  • Braulio Luna, Mexican soccer midfielder (32 caps; San Luis), born in Mexico City, Mexico
  • Tanaz Eshaghian, Iranian-American documentary filmmaker (Be Like Others), born in Iran

Famous Deaths

  • Robert Cox, American comic actor, last surviving member of Keystone Kops, dies at 79
1974 Highlights

About September 8, 1974

Day of the Week: Sunday
How Long Ago? 48 years, 3 months and 1 day
Leap Year: No

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

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: I Shot The Sheriff - Eric Clapton
  • UK #1 Song: Love Me For A Reason - Osmonds