On This Day

February 1974 in History

Events in History

  • Feb 1 Kuala Lumpur is declared a Federal Territory.

BeatificationCatholic Encyclical

Feb 2 Pope Paul VI encyclical "To Honor Mary"

Pope Paul VI
Paul VI
  • Feb 2 The F-16 Fighting Falcon flies for the first time.
  • Feb 2 Playmobil toys debut at the Nuremberg Toy Fair, designed by Hans Beck and produced by the Brandstätter Group
  • Feb 4 Chimpanzee Nim Chimsky signs his 1st word, at 2½ months
  • Feb 4 Petroleum rationing ends in Netherlands
  • Feb 4 Provisional Irish Republican Army bomb explodes on a bus in West Yorkshire, England, carrying British Army soldiers and some of their family members
  • Feb 4 Randolph Hearst’s 19-year-old daughter, Patty Hearst, is kidnapped from her apartment in California by the Symbionese Liberation Army
  • Feb 5 British miners begin their strike in reaction to the three-day week
  • Feb 5 Maximum speed on Autobahn reduced to 100 kph
  • Feb 5 US Mariner 10 returns 1st close-up photos of Venus' cloud structure
  • Feb 5 John Murtha becomes the first Vietnam War veteran elected to the United States Congress
  • Feb 6 Dutch speed limit set at 100km due to oil crisis

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 6 US House of Reps begins determining grounds for impeachment of President Richard Nixon

37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon
  • Feb 7 Grenada gains independence from Britain (National Day)

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Feb 7 UK Prime Minister Edward Heath calls for a 'snap' general election in the midst of a protracted miners' strike

British Prime Minister Edward Heath
British Prime Minister
Edward Heath
  • Feb 7 The Symbionese Liberation Army claim responsibility for the kidnapping of Patty Hearst, daughter of Randolph Hearst

Music releaseMusic Single

Feb 8 Ringo Starr releases a cover of "You're Sixteen" as a single in UK; originally released by Johnny Burnette in 1960

Beatles Drummer Ringo Starr
Beatles Drummer
Ringo Starr
  • Feb 8 3 US astronauts return to Earth after a 85 days in the US space station, Skylab
  • Feb 9 US male Figure Skating championship won by Gordon McKellen Jr
  • Feb 10 Iran / Iraqi border fight breaks out
  • Feb 10 Silver futures hit record $4.81½ an ounce in London
  • Feb 11 Titan-Centaur rocket test launch fails

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 11 Henry Kissinger unveils Nixon Administration's seven-point "Project Independence" plan to make the U.S. energy independent

US Secretary of State and Political Scientist Henry Kissinger
US Secretary of State and Political Scientist
Henry Kissinger
  • Feb 11 Libya nationalizes three US oil companies that had not agreed to 51 percent nationalization in September
  • Feb 12 Heads of state of Algeria, Egypt, Syria, and Saudi Arabia discuss oil strategy in view of the progress in Arab-Israeli disengagement

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 13 Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Russian novelist and historian, is deported from the Soviet Union to Frankfurt, West Germany and stripped of his Soviet citizenship

Writer and Nobel Laureate Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
Writer and Nobel Laureate
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
  • Feb 17 Robert K. Preston, a disgruntled U.S. Army private, buzzes the White House with a stolen helicopter.
  • Feb 18 NASA launches Italian satellite San Marcos C-2 (235/843 km)
  • Feb 18 US ambassador to India Daniel Moynihan present $2,046,700,000 check
  • Feb 21 Israeli forces leave western Suez
  • Feb 21 Silver hits record $5.96½ an ounce in London
  • Feb 21 Yugoslavia adopts constitution
  • Feb 22 Ethiopian police shoot at demonstrators
  • Feb 24 Pakistan officially recognizes Bangladesh
  • Feb 26 Gold hits record $188 an ounce in Paris
  • Feb 27 "People" magazine begins sales
  • Feb 27 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Feb 28 Ethiopian government of Makonnen forms
  • Feb 28 UK general election results in a hung parliament
  • Feb 28 Taiwan police shoots into crowd
  • Feb 28 US & Egypt re-form diplomatic relations after 7 years

Birthdays in History

  • Feb 3 Ayanna Pressley, American politician, (Rep-D-Mass) one of "The Squad", born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Feb 4 Mijntje Donners, Dutch hockey international
  • Feb 7 Emma McLaughlin, American novelist
  • Feb 8 Kimbo Slice [Kevin Ferguson], American mixed martial artist, born in the Bahamas (d. 2016)
  • Feb 10 Tanoai Reed, American stunt performer, born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Feb 11 Alex Jones [Emeric], American radio host & conspiracy theorist (InfoWars, PrisonPlanet), born in Dallas, Texas
  • Feb 11 Zain Verjee, Kenyan-born journalist, born in Nairobi, Kenya
  • Feb 12 Fonzworth Bentley, US hip-hop artist, born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Feb 13 Gus Hansen, Danish poker player (3 x World Poker Tour open titles, WSOP bracelet 2010), born in Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Feb 13 Jeff Duran, US radio personality, born in Arcadia, California
  • Feb 15 Miranda July, US performance artist, born in Barre, Vermont
  • Feb 17 Al-Muhtadee Billah, crown prince of Brunei, born in Bandar Seri Begawan
  • Feb 18 Ruby Dhalla, Canadian politician, born in Winnipeg, Canada
  • Feb 22 Chris Moyles, English DJ, born in Leeds, United Kingdom

Weddings in History

LoveWedding of Interest

Feb 23 Future US Governor Jeb Bush (21) weds Columba Bush (20) in Austin, Texas

Governor of Florida Jeb Bush
Governor of Florida
Jeb Bush

Deaths in History

  • Feb 1 Lynda Ann Healy, 1st Bundy murder victim, abducted in Seattle at 22
  • Feb 4 Satyendra Nath Bose, Indian physicist (Bose–Einstein statistics), dies at 80
  • Feb 8 Fritz Zwicky, Swiss astronomer (supernova, dark matter), dies at 75
  • Feb 8 Franz Weyergans, Belgian writer and translator (Les Gens Heureux), dies at 61
  • Feb 9 Cees de Lange, Dutch conferencier, dies at 60
  • Feb 16 John Garand, Canadian rifle engineer and manufacturer (b. 1888)
  • Feb 22 Samuel Byck, American attempted assassin of Richard Nixon (b. 1930)
  • Feb 28 Mees Toxopeus, Dutch rescue-vessel captain, dies at 89