On This Day

Historical Events in September 1974

  • Sep 1 Dutch law against pirate radio goes into effect
  • Sep 1 Train accident at Zagreb Yugoslavia, 121 killed
  • 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.

Telethon

Sep 2 Jerry Lewis' 9th Muscular Dystrophy telethon

Historic Event

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

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

  • 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

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 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 "Irene" 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

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

Historic Event

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

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

  • 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 10 Controversial TV drama "Born Innocent" premieres on NBC TV, starring Linda Blair as an abused teen in a juvenile detention home
  • 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 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 13 OPEC instructs its Secretary General to "carry out a study of supply and demand in relation to possible production controls"
  • Sep 14 Charles Kowal discovers Leda, 13th satellite of Jupiter
  • Sep 15 Market Square Arena in Indianapolis opens
  • Sep 15 Air Vietnam flight 727 is hijacked, then crashes while attempting to land with 75 on board.
  • 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 President Gerald Ford announces conditional amnesty for US Vietnam War deserters
  • Sep 16 US General Alexander Haig Jr. becomes NATO supreme commander in Europe
  • 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

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

  • 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

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 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Sep 25 Scientists first report that freon gases from aerosol sprays are destroying the ozone layer
  • 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 "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

Historic Event

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

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)
  • Sep 28 British rock guitarist Mick Ronson joins Mott the Hoople
  • 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