On This Day

Historical Events in 1974 (Part 2)

Events 201 - 400 of 671

  • Apr 17 Bundy victim Susan Rancourt disappears from CWU, Ellensburg, Washington
  • Apr 17 Muslim fundamentalists assault military academy in Heliopolis, Egypt
  • Apr 18 Red Brigade kidnaps Italian attorney general Mario Sossi
  • Apr 19 Oriole Al Bumbry hits an inside-the-park HR against NY Yankees

Music Single

Apr 20 Paul McCartney & Wings release single "Band on the Run" in the US

  • Apr 20 'The Troubles', the Northern Ireland conflict between republican and loyalist paramilitaries, British security forces, and civil rights groups, claims its 1000th victim
  • Apr 21 28th Tony Awards: River Niger & Raisin win
  • Apr 23 USSR performs nuclear test at Sary Shagan USSR
  • Apr 24 Dutch women hockey team becomes world champion
  • Apr 24 NFL grants franchise to Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Historic Event

Apr 25 Günter Guillaume, an aide to West German Chancellor Willy Brandt, is exposed as a Stasi spy (East German secret service)

  • Apr 25 Leo Tindemans forms Belgium government
  • Apr 25 Portuguese Prime Minister Marcello Caetano is overthrown in the Carnation revolution, bringing Portugal's authoritarian Estado Novo (New State) government to an end
  • Apr 25 NFL moves goal posts & adopts sudden-death playoff
  • Apr 26 Landslide in Huancavelica Province Peru creates a natural dam
  • Apr 26 Malta adopts constitution
  • Apr 26 Yankees trade Peterson, Beene, Kline & Buskey to Indians for Chambliss, Tidrow & Upshaw
  • Apr 27 Pan Am 707 crashes into mountains of Bali, killing 107

Historic Event

Apr 29 US President Richard Nixon said he will release edited tapes made in the White House

  • Apr 30 US President Richard Nixon hands over partial transcripts of Watergate tape recordings

Historic Event

May 2 Former US Vice President Spiro Agnew disbarred

  • May 2 Six Catholic civilians killed and eighteen wounded when the UVF explode a bomb at Rose & Crown Bar on Ormeau Road, Belfast

Sports History

May 4 100th Kentucky Derby: Puerto Rican jockey Ángel Cordero Jr. wins aboard Cannonade for first of 3 Derby victories

  • May 6 A's pitcher Paul Lindblad makes an errant throw in 1st inning of 6-3 loss to Balt ends his record streak of 385 consecutive errorless games
  • May 6 Bundy victim Roberta Parks disappears from OSU, Corvallis, Ore
  • May 6 Smallest attendance at Philadelphia's Veterans Stadium (4,149)
  • May 6 Stolen "Guitar Player" painting by Jan Vermeer found in London
  • May 6 West German Chancellor Willy Brandt resigns amidst controversy over his aide Günter Guillaume's ties with the Stasi (East German secret service)
  • May 7 Pulitzer prize awarded to Robert Lowell (Dolphin)
  • May 8 50 MPH speed limit in Britain lifted

Historic Event

May 8 Canadian government of Pierre Trudeau falls

  • May 8 FC Magdenburg of East Germany win 14th European Cup Winner's Cup against AC Milan of Italy 2-0 in Rotterdam
  • May 9 US House of Representatives Judiciary Committee begins formal hearings on Nixon impeachment
  • May 10 7th ABA championship: NY Nets beats Utah Stars, 4 games to 1
  • May 11 "Tubular Bells" by Mike Oldfield hits #7

Music History

May 11 Steely Dan releases "Rikki Don't Lose That Number"

  • May 12 28th NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat Milwaukee, 4 games to 3
  • May 14 Underground America Day is 1st observed to honor the 6,000 Americans that make their homes in the Earth [1]
  • May 15 Walter Scheel succeeds Gustav Heinemann as West German President
  • May 15 Ma'alot massacre: Palestinian terrorist take school hostage, 25 mostly children killed and 68 injured
  • May 15 Beginning of the Ulster Workers' Council strike called by Ulster loyalists and unionists who were against the Sunningdale Agreement, which proposed the sharing of political power with Irish nationalists
  • May 16 Helmut Schmidt becomes West German Chancellor
  • May 16 USSR performs nuclear Test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • May 17 Symbionese Liberation Army shoot-out with Los Angeles police kills six SLA members in the gunfire and resulting fire. One of the largest police shootouts in US history, with more than 9,000 rounds fired.

Music History

May 17 Dmitri Shostakovich completes his 15th String quartet

  • May 17 Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF) explode four bombs in Republic of Ireland, killing 33 civilians, wounding 300 (highest number of casualties in a single incident during "The Troubles")
  • May 17 18th European Cup: Bayern Munich beats Atletico Madrid 4-0 at Brussels
  • May 18 Novelty song "The Streak" by Ray Stevens hits #1
  • May 18 99th Preakness: Miguel Rivera aboard Current Little wins in 1:54.6
  • May 18 India becomes the sixth nation to explode an atomic bomb
  • May 18 Nigeria announces 55 percent government participation in all oil concessions
  • May 19 Stanley Cup Final, The Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA: Goaltender Bernie Parent and the Flyers shut out the Boston Bruins, 1-0, to win series 4-2, become 1st "expansion" team to win Stanley Cup; Parent named playoff MVP
  • May 19 Valeri Giscard d'Estaing wins French presidential election
  • May 20 Soyuz 14 returns to Earth
  • May 22 Ruffian begins her racing career as a filly and dies 14 months later
  • May 22 Soccer team Veendam forms
  • May 22 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • May 23 Great Britain performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • May 23 Italian Red Brigade officer Mario Sossi freed

Television Finale

May 24 "The Dean Martin Show" last airs on NBC-TV

Cannes Film Festival

May 24 27th Cannes Film Festival: "The Conversation" directed by Francis Ford Coppola wins the Grand Prix du Festival International du Film

Album Release

May 24 RCA releases "Diamond Dogs", David Bowie's 8th studio album, recorded in London and the Netherlands, with cover design by artist Guy Peellaert, it peaks in the U.S. charts at No. 5, and goes to No. 1 in the U.K. and Canada

  • May 26 During a David Cassidy concert at London's White City, a 14-year old is trampled, and dies four days later
  • May 26 Indianapolis 500: Johnny Rutherford claims first of his three Indy victories; first Sunday start of the event
  • May 27 Pirates Ken Brett no-hits Padres until 9th inning

Emmy Awards

May 28 26th Emmy Awards: M*A*S*H, Alan Alda & Mary Tyler Moore win, 1st Daytime Award presentation and "The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman" wins 5 awards, including Cicely Tyson for Dramatic Performance

  • May 28 Italian fascists bomb demonstrators in Brescia, 6 killed
  • May 28 Stephen Schwartz' musical "Magic Show" opens at Cort Theater, NYC; runs for 1859 performances
  • May 29 Northern Ireland is brought under direct rule from Westminster
  • May 31 Israel and Syria sign an agreement concerning Golan Heights
  • May 31 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Jun 1 "My Girl Bill" by Jim Stafford hits #12
  • Jun 1 Bundy victim Brenda Ball disappears from Burien, Washington
  • Jun 1 Chemical plant explodes in Flixborough Lincolnshire killing 28 in UK
  • Jun 1 The Heimlich maneuver for rescuing choking victims is published in the journal Emergency Medicine
  • Jun 1 Arab oil ministers decide to end most restrictions on exports of oil to the United States but continue embargo against the Netherlands, Portugal, South Africa, and Rhodesia
  • Jun 2 Mali adopts constitution
  • Jun 2 Malta's constitution goes into effect

Historic Event

Jun 3 Yitzhak Rabin replaces resigning Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir, and forms a new government

  • Jun 4 NFL grants franchise to Seattle Seahawks
  • Jun 4 Never repeated 10 cent Beer Night at Cleveland, unruly fans stumble onto field and cause Indians to forfeit the game to Rangers with score tied 5-5 in 9th
  • Jun 4 Saudi Arabia announces that it will increase its participation in Aramco to 60 percent

Sports History

Jun 5 As' Reggie Jackson and Bill North engage in clubhouse fight at Detroit

  • Jun 6 47th National Spelling Bee: Julie Ann Junkin wins spelling hydrophyte
  • Jun 6 A new Instrument of Government is promulgated making Sweden a parliamentary monarchy
  • Jun 7 Padres draft Brown University shortstop Bill Almon #1
  • Jun 8 106th Belmont: Miguel Rivera aboard Little Current wins in 2:29.2
  • Jun 8 Keyboardist Rick Wakeman quits rock group "Yes" (for the first time)
  • Jun 8 US and Saudi Arabia sign military-economic contract

Sports History

Jun 10 Mike Schmidt hits a ball off public address speaker on Astrodome roof

  • Jun 10 Rumor's government in Italy resigns
  • Jun 10 "Feel Like Makin' Love" single released by Roberta Flack (Billboard Song of the Year 1974)
  • Jun 11 Bundy victim Georgann Hawkins disappears from UW, Seattle, Washington
  • Jun 11 Mel Stottlemyre sets an American League record by making his 272nd consecutive start without pitching a game in relief
  • Jun 13 Henry Aaron addresses House of Representatives
  • Jun 13 IMF establishes its "oil facility", a special fund for loans to nations whose balance of payments have been severely affected by high oil prices

Baseball Record

Jun 14 Angels' Nolan Ryan strikes out 19 Red Sox in 12 innings

French Open Women's Tennis

Jun 15 French Open Women's Tennis: American teenager Chris Evert beats Olga Morozova of Russia 6-1, 6-2 for first of a record 7 French singles titles

Historic Publication

Jun 15 "All the President's Men" by Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward detailing their Watergate investigation is published by Simon and Schuster in the US

Album Release

Jun 15 "Back Home Again" 8th studio album by John Denver is released (Billboard Album of the Year, 1975)

  • Jun 16 US Open Men's Golf, Winged Foot GC: Hale Irwin's score of 287 (+7) is good enough for the first of his 3 Open titles, 2 strokes ahead of runner-up Forrest Fezler

French Open Men's Tennis

Jun 16 French Open Men's Tennis: Björn Borg of Sweden wins first career Grand Slam title; beats Manuel Orantes of Spain 2-6, 6-7, 6-0, 6-1, 6-1

  • Jun 17 The Provisional Irish Republican Army bombs the Houses of Parliament in London, injuring 11 people and causing extensive damage
  • Jun 18 Gaston Thorn forms Luxembourg government
  • Jun 19 KC Royals pitcher Steve Busby throws his 2nd career no-hitter; beats Milwaukee Brewers, 2-0
  • Jun 19 Yemen Arab Republic (North Yemen) suspends constitution
  • Jun 21 24th Berlin International Film Festival: "The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz" wins the Golden Bear
  • Jun 23 1st extraterrestrial message sent from Earth into space
  • Jun 23 LPGA Championship Women's Golf, Pleasant Valley CC: 1965 champion Sandra Haynie wins by 2 shots from JoAnn Carner
  • Jun 24 India is dismissed for 42 in 17 overs in 2nd Test defeat to England at Lord's; lowest total in country's Test cricket history; Chris Old 5-21, Geoff Arnold 4-19
  • Jun 24 Kansas City pitcher Steve Busby retires first 9 White Sox to set AL record with 33 consecutive batsmen retired; Royals still lose, 3-1 to Chicago
  • Jun 26 The Universal Product Code is scanned for the first time to sell a package of Wrigley's chewing gum at the Marsh Supermarket in Troy, Ohio
  • Jun 27 "Flip Wilson Show" last airs on NBC-TV
  • Jun 27 US President Nixon visits USSR
  • Jun 28 Fall of earth and rocks kill 200 (Quebrada Blanca Canyon, Colombia)
  • Jun 28 Wings release singles "Band on the Run" and "Zoo Gang" in UK
  • Jun 29 Military coup in Ethiopia
  • Jun 30 Canadian Open Golf (Peter Jackson Classic), Candiac GC: Carole Jo Skala wins by 3 from JoAnn Carner
  • Jun 30 Petty thief Peter Leonard sets fire to hide his burglary at a bowling alley, fires spreads next door to "Gulliver's" nightclub killing 24 (Port Chester, New York)
  • Jun 30 Soviet dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov defects to the West
  • Jul 1 1st Laura Ashley store in the US opens (San Francisco)

Historic Event

Jul 1 General Augusto Pinochet becomes president and dictator of Chile

  • Jul 1 Isabel Peron succeeds husband Juan as President of Argentina
  • Jul 1 Monmouthshire renamed Gwent and becomes part of Wales
  • Jul 1 NFL players go on strike for 41 days challenging the "Rozelle Rule" but had to wait until 1977 for new collective bargaining agreement
  • Jul 2 Fernando Mameda of Portugal sets record for 10,000 m (27:13.81)
  • Jul 3 Pitching in MLB-record 13th consecutive game for the LA Dodgers, Mike Marshall saves Tommy John's 4-1 win over the Cincinnati Reds
  • Jul 3 Soyuz 14 carries 2 cosmonauts to space station Salyut 3
  • Jul 4 Mike Marshall goes 9-0 with 3 saves in 20 appearances in 30 days
  • Jul 5 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Chris Evert wins her first Wimbledon title beating Russian Olga Morzova 6-0, 6-4

Wimbledon Men's Tennis

Jul 6 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Jimmy Connors wins his first of 2 Wimbledon singles titles beating Ken Rosewall of Australia 6-1, 6-1, 6-4

  • Jul 7 Milwaukee's Don Money sets MLB record for consecutive errorless games at 3rd base (78) in Brewers 8-5 win v Twins

FIFA World Cup

Jul 7 FIFA World Cup Final, Olympiastadion, Munich, Germany: Striker Gerd Müller scores 43rd minute winner as West Germany beats the Netherlands, 2-1

  • Jul 7 New Zealand imposes a blanket ban on sports teams from South Africa
  • Jul 8 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • Jul 8 Yank shortstop Jim Mason ties record with 4 doubles in 9 inn game
  • Jul 9 Pierre Trudeau's Liberal Party wins Canadian parliamentary election
  • Jul 10 OPEC ends oil boycott against Netherlands
  • Jul 10 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Jul 11 House Judiciary Committee releases evidence on Watergate inquiry
  • Jul 11 World Football League plays 1st games
  • Jul 12 John Ehrlichman convicted of violating Daniel Ellsberg's rights

British Golf Open

Jul 13 British Open Men's Golf, Royal Lytham & St Annes GC: South African Gary Player wins his 3rd Open Championship, 4 strokes clear of runner-up Peter Oosterhuis of England

  • Jul 13 India's 1st one-day international (v England, Headingley)

Sports History

Jul 14 Billy Martin is 1st AL manager ejected by umpire from 2 games in 1 day

  • Jul 14 Bundy victims Janice Ott and Denise Naslund disappear, Lake Sammamish, Washington
  • Jul 15 Military coup on Cyprus: archbishop, President Makarios flees
  • Jul 15 TV news reporter Christine Chubbuck shoots herself live on WXLT-TV, Florida, first person to commit suicide in a live broadcast
  • Jul 17 1st quadrophonic studio in UK is open by Moody Blues
  • Jul 17 Bob Gibson becomes 2nd pitcher to strike-out 3,000 (Cesar Geronimo)
  • Jul 17 France performs nuclear Test at Mururoa atoll

Music History

Jul 17 John Lennon is (again) ordered to leave US in 60 days, due to a 1968 marijuana charge in the UK

  • Jul 18 US performs nuclear Test at Nevada Test Site
  • Jul 18 World's tallest structure, 646 metre Polish radio mast, completed
  • Jul 19 Cleveland Indians pitcher Dick Bosman no-hits Oakland A's, 4-0
  • Jul 19 David Bowie's "Diamond Dog" tour ends in NYC
  • Jul 19 Soviet spacecraft Soyuz 14 lands back on earth
  • Jul 20 Heng Yo and Heng Ju, completes 1,000 mile (SF-Seattle) pilgrimage
  • Jul 20 Turkey invades Cyprus
  • Jul 21 US Open Women's Golf, La Grange CC: Sandra Haynie wins by 1 shot from Beth Stone and Carol Mann
  • Jul 21 US House Judiciary approves two Articles of Impeachment against President Richard Nixon

Sports History

Jul 21 61st Tour de France: Eddy Merckx of Belgium wins 5th Tour that he enters; equals Jacques Anquetil record for Tour victories

  • Jul 23 45th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 7-2 at 3 Rivers Stadium, Pitts

Sports History

Jul 23 All star MVP: Steve Garvey (LA Dodgers)

  • Jul 23 Greek military dictatorship collapses
  • Jul 24 Supreme Court unanimously rules Nixon must turn over Watergate tapes

Film Release

Jul 24 "Death Wish", based on the novel by Brian Garfield, directed by Michael Winner and starring Charles Bronson is released in the US

  • Jul 26 France performs nuclear Test at Mururoa atoll
  • Jul 26 USSR's Soyuz fails to dock with Salyut 3
  • Jul 27 House Judiciary Committee votes 27-11 recommends Nixon impeachment
  • Jul 27 Kanhai & Jameson add 465 for 2nd wicket, Warwickshire v Gloucs
  • Jul 28 69 die when packed bus strikes heavy truck in Belem, Brazil
  • Jul 29 2nd impeachment vote against Nixon by House Judiciary Committee
  • Jul 29 Episcopal Church ordained female priests
  • Jul 29 France performs nuclear Test at Mururoa atoll
  • Jul 29 St Louis Card Lou Brock steals his 700th base
  • Jul 30 House Judiciary Committee votes on 3rd & last charge of "high crimes & misdemeanors" to impeach President Nixon in the Watergate cover-up
  • Jul 31 6th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at El Cortez Hotel
  • Aug 1 China's People's Liberation Army Navy, put into service ChangZheng 1, their first nuclear-powered submarine
  • Aug 3 "Little Night Music" closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 601 performances
  • Aug 3 "Words & Music" closes at John Golden Theater NYC after 127 performances
  • Aug 3 Guitarist Jeff Baxter quits Steely Dan and joins the Doobie Brothers
  • Aug 4 Crawford-Butler Act allows Puerto Ricans to elect own governor
  • Aug 5 Joan Jett forms her rock group Runaways in England
  • Aug 5 US President Richard Nixon admits he withheld information about Watergate break-in
  • Aug 6 Explosion and fire destroy Great Northern RR yard in Wenatchee, Washington
  • Aug 7 Philippe Petit walks tightrope strung between twin towers
  • Aug 8 US President Richard Nixon announces he will resign at 12pm the next day

Richard Nixon's Resignation Letter

Aug 9 Richard Nixon resigns as President of the United States and Vice President Gerald Ford swears the oath of office to take his place as the 38th US President

PGA Championship

Aug 11 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Tanglewood Park: Lee Trevino wins the first of his 2 PGA C'ships, 1 stroke ahead of defending champion Jack Nicklaus

  • Aug 11 Coup in East-Timor under UDT
  • Aug 11 Head-on collision between two buses kills 21 (Ankara, Turkey)
  • Aug 12 Nolan Ryan strikes out 19 & walks only 2 as Angels top Red Sox, 4-2

Hall of Fame

Aug 12 Yankees Mickey Mantle & Whitey Ford become 1st teammates inducted to hall of fame on same day

  • Aug 14 Congress authorizes US citizens to own gold
  • Aug 14 Turkish army attacks Nicosia Cyprus
  • Aug 14 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Aug 14 USSR performs underground nuclear test