September 1974 in History

Events in History

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

Event of Interest

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

  • 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

Event of Interest

Sep 8 American motorcycle daredevil Evel Knievel attempts to jump the Snake River Canyon in Idaho but fails, escaping with minor injuries

Event of Interest

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

  • Sep 10 Portugal recognizes independence of Republic of Guinea-Bissau, their foremer West African colony
  • 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 OPEC instructs its Secretary General to "carry out a study of supply and demand in relation to possible production controls"
  • Sep 13 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Sep 14 Charles Kowal discovers Leda, 13th satellite of Jupiter
  • Sep 15 Air Vietnam flight 727 is hijacked, then crashes while attempting to land with 75 on board.
  • Sep 15 Market Square Arena in Indianapolis opens
  • Sep 16 Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) begins regular rail service crossing under the San Francisco Bay, through the Transbay Tube

Event of Interest

Sep 16 US General Alexander Haig, Jr. becomes NATO supreme commander in Europe

  • Sep 16 US President Gerald Ford announces conditional amnesty for US Vietnam War deserters
  • Sep 18 Hurricane Fifi hits coast of Honduras with 110 mph winds; about 5,000 die

Event of Interest

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
  • Sep 24 Clarence Jones of Kintetsu Buffaloes hits his 38th HR, 1st American to win a Japanese HR title
  • Sep 25 Scientists first report that freon gases from aerosol sprays are destroying the ozone layer
  • Sep 25 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 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 Interest

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

  • Sep 30 General Francisco da Costa Gomesz succeeds General António de Spínola as President of Portugal

Birthdays in History

  • Sep 1 Jhonen Vasquez, American comic book artist
  • Sep 9 Vikram Batra, Indian army officer, born in Palampur, India (d. 1999)
  • Sep 12 Caroline Aigle, French first woman fighter pilot in the French Air Force aged 25, born in Montauban, France (d. 2007)
  • Sep 16 Julián Castro, American lawyer and politician (US Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, 2014-117; Mayor of San Antonio, 2009-14), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • Sep 17 Tormod Granheim, Norwegian adventurer (extreme skiing), born in Trondheim, Norway
  • Sep 20 Michael Waddington, American defense lawyer, born in New Castle, Pennsylvania

Deaths in History

  • Sep 4 Creighton W. Abrams, US general and army staff chief (Vietnam), dies at 59
  • Sep 4 Lewi Pethrus, Swedish Pentecostal minister and politician, dies at 90
  • Sep 4 Marcel Achard, French playwright (La forges the Paris), dies at 75
  • Sep 11 Víctor Olea Alegría, Chilean Socialist Party member, arrested by Pinochet's National Intelligence Directorate and afterwards disappeared at 22
  • Sep 14 Pieter Y Adriani, Dutch tax lawyer, dies at 95

Jacqueline Susann (1918-1974)

Sep 21 American author (Valley of the Dolls), dies of cancer at 56

  • Sep 23 Gerhard Nebel, German writer, dies at 70
  • Sep 25 William Sloane, American publisher and writer (Edge of Running Water), dies at 68
  • Sep 27 Silvio Frondizi, Argentine lawyer, assassinated by the Triple A(b. 1907)
  • Sep 30 Carlos Prats, Chilean Constitutionalist General, assassinated in the frame of Operation Condor