On This Day

What Happened on September 8, 1974

Day of the Week: Sunday

Historical Events

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

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

Sport awardUS 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

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 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, last surviving member of Keystone Kops, dies at 79