On This Day

Historical Events in 1974 (Part 3)

Events 401 - 600 of 670

  • Aug 15 Hurricane/floods ravage Bangladesh, 4,000 killed
  • Aug 15 Longest team (6) trampoline bouncing marathon (1,248 hours or 52 days)
  • Aug 15 South Korean President Park Chung-Hee escapes assassination

Music concertMusic Concert

Aug 16 Ramones concert debut (NYC's CBGBs)

Guitarist Johnny Ramone
Guitarist
Johnny Ramone
  • Aug 20 Brooklyn pitcher Dan Bankhead is 1st black to homer in his 1st at bat

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 20 Nelson Rockefeller is selected as US Vice President by President Gerald Ford

Businessman and US Vice President Nelson Rockefeller
Businessman and US Vice President
Nelson Rockefeller
38th US President Gerald Ford
38th US President
Gerald Ford

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 20 Nolan Ryan pitch measured at record 161.6 kph (100.4 mph)

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan
  • Aug 20 Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed is elected fifth President of India

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 23 John Lennon reports seeing a UFO in NYC

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • Aug 23 Zaheer Abbas scores 240 Pakistan v England at The Cricket Oval
  • Aug 25 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • Aug 25 LA Aztecs defeat Miami Toros to win NASL cup
  • Aug 26 Guinee-Bissau becomes independent of Portugal
  • Aug 26 Soyuz 15 carries 2 cosmonauts to space station Salyut 3
  • Aug 27 NY Met Benny Ayala hits a HR in his 1st at bat
  • Aug 28 Soyuz 15 returns to Earth

  • Aug 29 USSR performs underground nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • Aug 30 Express train runs at full speed into Zagreb, Yugoslavia, rail yard killing 153
  • Aug 30 Launching of 1st Dutch satellite, ANS, from Vandenberg
  • Aug 30 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Aug 31 Pirate Radio Veronica moves into Scheveningen harbor
  • 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.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 2 Jerry Lewis' 9th Muscular Dystrophy telethon

Comedian Jerry Lewis
Comedian
Jerry Lewis

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

38th US President Gerald Ford
38th US President
Gerald Ford

Sport awardPGA 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

NBA Player Oscar Robertson
NBA Player
Oscar Robertson
  • 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

Sport awardUS 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

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 8 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

Sport awardUS 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

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

Sep 8 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
  • Sep 10 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

BattleCoup d'état

Sep 12 Coup overthrows Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie on Ethiopia's national day

Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie
Ethiopian Emperor
Haile Selassie
  • 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 BART begins regular transbay service

Music releaseMusic Recording

Sep 16 Bob Dylan records Blood on the Tracks

Singer-Songwriter Bob Dylan
Singer-Songwriter
Bob Dylan
  • 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 strikes Honduras with 110 mph winds, 5,000 die
  • Sep 19 -20] Hurricane Fifi hits coast of Honduras; about 5,000 die

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 19 The KGB begin a large-scale operation to discredit Russian novelist Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn and cut his communications with Soviet dissidents

Writer and Nobel Laureate Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
Writer and Nobel Laureate
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
  • Sep 21 US Mariner 10 makes 2nd fly-by of Mercury
  • Sep 23 "Gypsy" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 120 performances
  • Sep 23 BBC Ceefax begins 1st teletext service
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 28 "Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing" by Aretha Franklin peaks at #47

Soul Singer Aretha Franklin
Soul Singer
Aretha Franklin
  • Sep 28 "I'm A Ramblin' Man" by Waylon Jennings peaks at #75
  • Sep 28 "Live It Up Part 1" by Isley Brothers peaks at #52

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 28 "Papa Don't Take No Mess Part 1" by James Brown peaks at #31

Singer James Brown
Singer
James Brown
  • Sep 28 "Rock Me Gently" by Andy Kim peaks at #1
  • Sep 28 "Surfin' USA" by Beach Boys reenters chart & peaks at #36

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

US First Lady Betty Ford
US First Lady
Betty Ford
  • 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
  • Oct 1 Watergate cover-up trial opens in Washington, D.C.
  • Oct 1 "The Texas Chain Saw Massacre" horror film premieres in director Tobe Hooper's hometown, Austin, Texas in the US

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 1 US Computer scientist Gary Kildall presents the prototype of his CP/M operating system in his backyard toolshed

Computer Scientist Gary Kildall
Computer Scientist
Gary Kildall

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Oct 2 Future Baseball Hall of Fame right fielder Hank Aaron hits his final home run as a member of the Atlanta Braves, in a 13-0 drubbing of the Cincinnati Reds; Aaron's 733rd career HR on his last NL at bat

Baseball Player Hank Aaron
Baseball Player
Hank Aaron

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 3 Ted Bundy victim Nancy Wilcox disappears in Salt Lake City, Utah

Serial Killer Ted Bundy
Serial Killer
Ted Bundy
  • Oct 3 Watergate crinimal trial begins

AgreementContract of Interest

Oct 3 39-year old Frank Robinson becomes MLB’s first African-American manager when he signs as player-manager for Cleveland Indians; agrees to 1-year contract estimated at $180,000

MLB Hall of Fame Outfielder and Manager Frank Robinson
MLB Hall of Fame Outfielder and Manager
Frank Robinson

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 3 Future Basketball Hall of Fame guard Jerry West (“Mr. Clutch”) retires after 14 NBA seasons with the LA Lakers; West has 25,192 career points; averages 29.1 ppg in 153 playoff games

NBA Guard Jerry West
NBA Guard
Jerry West

  • Oct 4 John Lennon releases "Walls & Bridges" album featuring No. 1 single "Whatever Gets You thru the Night"
  • Oct 5 Guildford pub bombing by the IRA leaves 5 dead and 65 injured.
  • Oct 6 "Mack & Mabel" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 66 performances
  • Oct 6 Brazilian McLaren driver Emerson Fittipaldi finishes 4th in the US Grand Prix at Watkins Glen to win his second Formula 1 World Drivers Championship by 3 points from Clay Ragazzoni
  • Oct 7 German Democratic Republic amends constitution
  • Oct 8 Franklin National Bank collapses due to fraud and mismanagement; at the time it was the largest bank failure in the history of the United States.
  • Oct 9 Race riot in Boston due to "bussing"
  • Oct 9 Washington Capitals 1st NHL game, losing 6-3 to NY Rangers at Madison Square Garden Wash Caps begin a 37 game road losing streak
  • Oct 9 MLB National League Championship: Los Angeles Dodgers beat Pittsburgh Pirates, 3 games to 1
  • Oct 9 MLB American League Championship: Oakland Athletics beat Baltimore Orioles, 3 games to 1
  • Oct 10 A's Mike Andrews files $25 million lawsuit against Charlie Finley
  • Oct 10 Canadian John Hathaway begins 2-yr ride of 50,600 miles

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Oct 10 Labour Party led by Harold Wilson wins UK general election

British Prime Minister Harold Wilson
British Prime Minister
Harold Wilson
  • Oct 10 US Gen George Brown's speech deplores Jewish influence in US over his treatment during the 1973 World Series
  • Oct 10 The Irish National Liberation Army (INLA) and its political wing the Irish Republican Socialist Party (IRSP) founded at the Spa Hotel in the village of Lucan near Dublin
  • Oct 12 1st time Wash Caps are shutout as they are beat 6-0 by Minnesota
  • Oct 14 8th Country Music Association Award: Charlie Rich
  • Oct 15 National Guard mobilizes to restore order in Boston school busing
  • Oct 15 Nobel prize for chemistry awarded to Paul J Flory (macro molecules)
  • Oct 15 Washington Capitals 1st NHL tie, playing LA Kings to 1-1 tie
  • Oct 16 As' Ken Holtzman, who hasn't batted all season, belts 3rd inning home run in Game 4 & gets the win, 5-2
  • Oct 17 "Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope" closes at Playhouse NYC after 1065 per
  • Oct 17 NBA New Orleans Jazz begin a 28 game road losing streak
  • Oct 17 Washington Capitals 1st NHL home victory, beating Chicago 4-3
  • Oct 17 Oakland A's beat LA Dodgers, 4 games to 1 in 71st World Series makes A's only team other than Yanks to win 3 straight series
  • Oct 18 1st NBA game at Market Square Arena - Pacers beat Spurs 129-121
  • Oct 18 Andre van de Louw appointed Mayor of Rotterdam
  • Oct 18 Wings (Country Hams) release "Walking in the Park with Eloise"

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 18 Chicago Bull Nate Thurmond becomes 1st in NBA to complete a quadruple double-22 pts, 14 rebounds, 13 assists & 12 blocks

NBA Forward Nate Thurmond
NBA Forward
Nate Thurmond
  • Oct 19 Det Red Wing Mickey Redmond scores 1st hat trick against Wash Caps

  • Oct 19 Detroit Pistons beat Trailblazers in Portland (next win 6-1-90)
  • Oct 19 Niue becomes self-govering, in association with New Zealand

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 19 Australian tennis star Evonne Goolagong wins her first WTA Tour Championship; beats Chris Evert 6-3, 6-4 in the final at the Los Angeles Sports Arena

Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert
  • Oct 20 1st broadcast of "Derrick" on ZDF
  • Oct 20 Bard's presentation of "Richard III" opens at Lincoln Center NYC
  • Oct 21 1st Islander shut-out opponent-Billy Smith 5-0 vs Caps
  • Oct 22 MLB New York Yankees trade outfielder Bobby Murcer to San Francisco Giants for outfielder Bobby Bonds
  • Oct 23 Chicago Cubs trade 6-time MLB All Star outfielder Billy Williams to Oakland A's for second baseman Manny Trillo and 2 pitchers
  • Oct 23 Lake Isaac in Cleveland Metroparks' Big Creek Reservation dedicated

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 24 Billy Martin named AL Manager of Year (Texas Rangers)

Baseball Player and Manager Billy Martin
Baseball Player and Manager
Billy Martin
  • Oct 25 US Air Force fires 1st ICBM

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 25 Dmitri Shostakovich' 15th String Quartet premieres in Leningrad

  • Oct 25 Wings release single "Junior's Farm"
  • Oct 26 Cleveland Coliseum opens for NBA's Cavaliers & MISL's Crunch
  • Oct 27 French runner Chantal Langlacé sets female world marathon record (2:46:24) in Neuf-Brisach, France
  • Oct 28 1st time 2 Islanders hat trick in same game-MacMillian & Westfall
  • Oct 28 Luna 23 launched (landing on Moon)
  • Oct 28 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Oct 29 Law bans discrimination of sex or marital status in credit application
  • Oct 30 California Angel Nolan Ryan throws fastest recorded pitch (100.9 MPH)
  • Oct 30 Catfish Hunter is named AL Cy Young Award

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Oct 30 "The Rumble in the Jungle": Muhammad Ali KOs George Foreman in the 8th round in Kinshasa, Zaire; regains world heavyweight boxing title with famous "rope-a-dope" tactic

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
  • Oct 30 "The Texas Chain Saw Massacre" horror film premieres in Los Angeles
  • Oct 31 Ted Bundy victim Laura Aime disappears in Utah
  • Oct 31 Dutch Marines end hostage crisis in Scheveningen prison
  • Nov 1 Fire kills 189 in less than 25 min (Sao Paulo Brazil)
  • Nov 1 UN affirms independence of Cyprus
  • Nov 2 Atlanta Braves trade then MLB home run king Hank Aaron to Milwaukee Brewers for outfielder Dave May
  • Nov 2 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • Nov 2 78 die when the Time Go-Go Club in Seoul, South Korea burns down. Six of the victims jumped to their deaths from the seventh floor after a club official barred the doors after the fire started.

  • Nov 3 "Lorelei" closes at Palace Theater NYC after 320 performances
  • Nov 5 Dmitri Shostakovich completes Michelangelo songs
  • Nov 5 Ella Grasso (Ct) elected first woman US governor not related to previous governor
  • Nov 5 Walter E Washington, becomes first elected mayor of Washington, D.C.
  • Nov 6 Dodger Mike Marshall is 1st relief pitcher to win Cy Young Award

The Great Lord Lucan MysteryThe Great Lord Lucan Mystery

Nov 8 British peer the Earl of Lucan disappears and is never seen again after his nanny is found murdered in London

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Lord and Lady Lucan outside their home where she was later attacked
Lord and Lady Lucan outside their home where she was later attacked
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Music releaseAlbum Release

Nov 8 "Greatest Hits" 11th studio album by Elton John is released

Singer Elton John
Singer
Elton John
  • Nov 10 Montreal Canadiens shutout Washington Capitals 11-0
  • Nov 11 Operatic soprano Maria Callas makes her final public appearance in Sapporo, Japan
  • Nov 12 South Africa suspended from UN General Assembly over racial policies
  • Nov 12 A salmon is discovered in the River Thames, England, for the first time since 1833

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 13 Dodgers Steve Garvey wins NL MVP

Baseball Player Steve Garvey
Baseball Player
Steve Garvey

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 15 Ringo Starr releases "Goodnight Vienna" & "Only You" in UK

Beatles Drummer Ringo Starr
Beatles Drummer
Ringo Starr
  • Nov 15 International Energy Agency formed in Paris within OECD framework in the wake of the 1973 oil crisis
  • Nov 16 1st intentional interstellar radio message sent, Arecibo telescope towards M 41, a cluster of stars some 25,000 light years away
  • Nov 16 John Lennon's only solo #1 "Whatever Gets You Through the Night"
  • Nov 16 Milwaukee Bucks lose their 11th straight NBA game (team record)
  • Nov 16 ABBA begin their first tour of Europe - their first tour outside of Sweden
  • Nov 17 Union of Banana Exporting Countries (UPEB) forms
  • Nov 17 Aliança Operário-Camponesa (Worker-Peasant Alliance) founded in Portugal as a front of PCP(m-l).
  • Nov 17 Bonnie Bryant becomes the only left-handed player in history to win an LPGA Tour event; scores a 3-stroke victory in the Bill Branch Golf Classic in Fort Myers, Florida

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 18 "The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway" by English progressive rock band Genesis is released, their last to feature original frontman Peter Gabriel

Rock Vocalist Peter Gabriel
Rock Vocalist
Peter Gabriel
  • Nov 20 Rangers' Jeff Burroughs wins AL MVP
  • Nov 20 The US files antitrust suit to break-up AT&T
  • Nov 21 Freedom of Information Act passed by Congress over President Ford's veto
  • Nov 21 Birmingham pub bombings: 21 civilians killed when bombs explode at two pubs in Birmingham, England (deadliest attack in England during "the Troubles")
  • Nov 22 Lake Buena Vista Club opens
  • Nov 22 Test Cricket debut of Gordon Greenidge and Viv Richards, at Bangalore
  • Nov 22 UN General Assembly recognizes Palestine right to sovereignty

  • Nov 23 60 Ethiopia government officials executed
  • Nov 23 Alexis Argüello of Nicaragua knocks out Mexican defending champion Rubén Olivares in the 13th round at the Forum in Inglewood, California, to claim the WBA world featherweight boxing title
  • Nov 24 2 truck hijackers freed (3/3/1974)
  • Nov 24 CFL Grey Cup, Empire Stadium, Vancouver: Montreal Alouettes defeat Edmonton Eskimos, 20-7 on a slick, wet field

AgreementTreaty of Interest

Nov 24 Gerald Ford and Leonid Brezhnev sign the SALT-2 treaty to reduce each side's number of nuclear weapons

Soviet General Secretary Leonid Brezhnev
Soviet General Secretary
Leonid Brezhnev
38th US President Gerald Ford
38th US President
Gerald Ford
  • Nov 24 Most complete early human skeleton (Lucy, Australopithecus) discovered by Donald Johanson, Maurice Taieb, Yves Coppens and Tim White in the Middle Awash of Ethiopia's Afar Depression [1] [2]

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 24 24th NASCAR Sprint Cup: Richard Petty wins

Auto Racer Richard Petty
Auto Racer
Richard Petty
  • Nov 25 Irish Republican Army is outlawed in Britain following deaths of 21
  • Nov 25 Rangers' Mike Hargrove wins AL Rookie of Year
  • Nov 26 Approximately 140 die when suspension bridge collapses in Nepal
  • Nov 26 Greenidge scores 107 in 2nd innings of Test Cricket debut v India
  • Nov 27 Cardinals outfielder Bake McBride wins NL Rookie of Year

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 28 Bowie Kuhn suspends George Steinbrenner for 2 years

New York Yankees Owner George Steinbrenner
New York Yankees Owner
George Steinbrenner
  • Nov 28 John Lennon's last concert appearance, as a guest of Elton John, Madison Square Garden, New York City NYC; they perform "Whatever Gets You Thru the Night"; "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds"; and "I Saw Her Standing There"

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 29 Coco the Clown [Nicolai Poliakoff] special memorial service held at St. Paul's Cathedral, London, England

Famous Clown Coco the Clown
Famous Clown
Coco the Clown
  • Nov 29 39th Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 17-13 in Birmingham
  • Nov 30 "Good Evening" closes at Plymouth Theater NYC after 438 performances
  • Nov 30 "Mack & Mabel" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 66 performances
  • Nov 30 20th time Islanders shut-out (3-0 vs Canucks)