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Events in History in August 1974

  • Aug 1 China's People's Liberation Army Navy, put into service ChangZheng 1, their first nuclear-powered submarine
  • Aug 4 Crawford-Butler Act allows Puerto Ricans to elect own governor

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Aug 5 US President Richard Nixon admits he withheld information about Watergate break-in

37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon
  • 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

USARichard 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

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The brief letter confirming Richard Nixon's resignation, per federal law it was addressed to Secretary of State, Henry Kissinger
The brief letter confirming Richard Nixon's resignation, per federal law it was addressed to Secretary of State, Henry Kissinger
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  • Aug 11 Coup in East-Timor under UDT
  • Aug 11 Head-on collision between two buses kills 21 (Ankara, Turkey)
  • 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
  • Aug 15 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • Aug 15 Hurricane and floods ravage Bangladesh, 4,000 killed
  • Aug 15 South Korean President Park Chung-Hee escapes assassination

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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
  • Aug 20 Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed is elected fifth President of India
  • 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 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