On This Day

October 1974 in History

Events in History

  • Oct 1 Watergate cover-up trial opens in Washington, D.C.

Historic Event

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

Historic Event

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

  • Oct 3 Watergate criminal trial begins for five advisors and aides of President Nixon
  • Oct 5 Guildford pub bombing by the IRA leaves 5 dead and 65 injured.
  • 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 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

Election of Interest

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

  • 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 15 National Guard mobilizes to restore order in Boston school busing
  • Oct 15 Nobel prize for chemistry awarded to Paul J. Flory for work on macro molecules
  • 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 18 Andre van de Louw appointed Mayor of Rotterdam
  • Oct 19 Niue becomes self-govering, in association with New Zealand
  • Oct 20 1st broadcast of "Derrick" on ZDF
  • Oct 23 Lake Isaac in Cleveland Metroparks' Big Creek Reservation dedicated
  • Oct 25 US Air Force fires 1st ICBM
  • 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 Catfish Hunter is named AL Cy Young Award
  • Oct 31 Ted Bundy victim Laura Aime disappears in Utah
  • Oct 31 Dutch Marines end hostage crisis in Scheveningen prison

Birthdays in History

  • Oct 2 Paul Teutul Jr., co-star of American Chopper
  • Oct 5 Rich Franklin, American mixed martial artist, born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Oct 17 Ariel Levy, American feminist writer
  • Oct 23 Derek Landy, Irish author (Skulduggery Pleasant series), born in Lusk, Ireland
  • Oct 24 Alexander Windsor, Earl of Ulster, son of English prince Richard, born in London

Deaths in History

  • Oct 1 Spyridon Marinatos, Greek archaeologist (discovery of the site of an ancient port city on the island of Thera, in the southern Aegean Sea), dies at 72
  • Oct 2 Ina Seidel, German poet and novelist, dies at 89
  • Oct 4 Anne Sexton, American poet (Live or Die; Pulitzer 1967), dies at 45
  • Oct 6 V. K. Krishna Menon, Indian nationalist, Minister of Defense (1957-62), dies at 78
  • Oct 10 Marie Luise Kaschnitz, writer, dies at 73

Lyudmila Pavlichenko

Oct 10 Lyudmila Pavlichenko, Soviet sniper during World War II and the most successful female sniper in history with 309 confirmed kills, dies of a stroke at 58

  • Oct 17 RenĂ© A de Rooy, Suriname/Antillean poet, dies at 57
  • Oct 29 Victor E. van Vriesland, Dutch poet (Mirror of Dutch Poetry), dies at 82