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Events in History in 1974 (Part 2)

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  • Jul 10 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Jul 11 House Judiciary Committee releases evidence on Watergate inquiry
  • Jul 11 World Football League plays 1st games
  • Jul 12 John Ehrlichman convicted of violating Daniel Ellsberg's rights
  • Jul 13 India's 1st one-day international (v England, Headingley)
  • Jul 14 Bundy victims Janice Ott and Denise Naslund disappear, Lake Sammamish, Washington
  • Jul 15 Military coup on Cyprus: archbishop, President Makarios flees
  • Jul 17 France performs nuclear Test at Mururoa atoll
  • Jul 18 US performs nuclear Test at Nevada Test Site
  • Jul 18 World's tallest structure, 646 metre Polish radio mast, completed
  • Jul 19 Soviet spacecraft Soyuz 14 lands back on earth
  • Jul 20 Heng Yo and Heng Ju, completes 1,000 mile (SF-Seattle) pilgrimage
  • Jul 20 Turkey invades Cyprus

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Jul 21 US House Judiciary approves two Articles of Impeachment against President Richard Nixon

37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon
  • Jul 23 Greek military dictatorship collapses
  • Jul 24 Supreme Court unanimously rules Nixon must turn over Watergate tapes

  • Jul 26 France performs nuclear Test at Mururoa atoll
  • Jul 26 USSR's Soyuz fails to dock with Salyut 3
  • Jul 27 House Judiciary Committee votes 27-11 recommends Nixon impeachment
  • Jul 27 Kanhai & Jameson add 465 for 2nd wicket, Warwickshire v Gloucs
  • Jul 28 69 die when packed bus strikes heavy truck in Belem, Brazil
  • Jul 29 2nd impeachment vote against Nixon by House Judiciary Committee
  • Jul 29 Episcopal Church ordained female priests
  • Jul 29 France performs nuclear Test at Mururoa atoll
  • Jul 29 St Louis Card Lou Brock steals his 700th base
  • Jul 30 House Judiciary Committee votes on 3rd & last charge of "high crimes & misdemeanors" to impeach President Nixon in the Watergate cover-up
  • 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
  • Aug 5 US President Richard Nixon admits he withheld information about Watergate break-in
  • 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/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
  • 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.

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

38th US President Gerald Ford
38th US President
Gerald Ford
  • 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 8 US President Gerald Ford pardons former President Richard Nixon of all federal crimes

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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 Portugal recognizes independence of Republic of Guinea-Bissau
  • 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 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
  • 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 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

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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 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

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

US First Lady Betty Ford
US First Lady
Betty Ford
  • Sep 28 Mick Ronson joins Mott the Hoople
  • 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.

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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

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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
  • 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

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 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 (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 21 1st Islander shut-out opponent-Billy Smith 5-0 vs Caps
  • 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
  • Nov 1 Fire kills 189 in less than 25 min (Sao Paulo Brazil)
  • Nov 1 UN affirms independence of Cyprus
  • 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 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.

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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  • Nov 8 Ted Bundy victim Debi Kent disappears in Salt Lake City, Utah
  • 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

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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 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 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 UN General Assembly recognizes Palestine right to sovereignty
  • Nov 23 60 Ethiopia government officials executed
  • Nov 24 2 truck hijackers freed (3/3/1974)

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 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

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Nov 28 Bowie Kuhn suspends George Steinbrenner for 2 years

New York Yankees Owner George Steinbrenner
New York Yankees Owner
George Steinbrenner

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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 30 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
  • Dec 1 Boeing 727 crashes in Upperville Virginia, 92 died
  • Dec 1 LA Skid Row slasher kills 1st of 8
  • Dec 2 Giant Baba beats Jack Brisco in Kagoshimi, to become NWA champ

  • Dec 2 Soyuz 16 launched into Earth orbit for 6 days
  • Dec 4 Dutch DC-8 charter crashes in Sri Lanka killing 191 Muslim pilgrims

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Dec 4 Jean-Paul Sartre visits Red Army Faction leader Andreas Baader in prison

  • Dec 5 1st World Football League Bowl, Birmingham Americans beat Florida
  • Dec 5 Airport terminal roof in Tehran collapses killing 17
  • Dec 5 Oliver Tilden Triangle in the Bronx named
  • Dec 8 Greek monarchy rejected by referendum
  • Dec 8 Irish Republican Socialist Party forms
  • Dec 8 Soyuz 16 returns to Earth
  • Dec 9 Dow Jones index hits 570.01
  • Dec 9 Jack Brisco beats Giant Baba in Tokyo, to become NWA wrestling champ
  • Dec 9 Johnson Grigsby freed after 66 years in jail in Indiana
  • Dec 10 European Economic Community calls for a European Parliament
  • Dec 10 Helios 1 launched by US and Germany; later makes closest flyby of the Sun
  • Dec 13 Malta becomes a republic
  • Dec 14 Islander Glenn Resch's 1st shut-out opponent-Kings 3-0
  • Dec 16 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Dec 16 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh, Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Dec 18 San Francisco Visitors Center at City Hall opens
  • Dec 19 Nelson Rockefeller is sworn in as Vice President of the United States
  • Dec 20 Ethiopia becomes socialist one-party state
  • Dec 21 Raiders RB Clarence Davis somehow catches game-winning touchdown pass among "the sea of hands" of three Dolphins defenders with 24 seconds left in the game, eliminating Miami from the playoffs, 1st time in 3 years
  • Dec 22 2nd cease-fire between IRA & British; lasts until approx April 1975
  • Dec 22 Referenda in Comoros-3 islands for independence, 1 stays French

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Dec 22 Provisional Irish Republican Army bomb home of former UK Prime Minister, Edward Heath, just before announcing Christmas ceasefire

British Prime Minister Edward Heath
British Prime Minister
Edward Heath
  • Dec 22 Iraq announces plans to increase its oil production capacity

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Dec 24 Former US astronaut John Glenn join the Senate for Ohio

Astronaut and Politician John Glenn
Astronaut and Politician
John Glenn
  • Dec 25 Cyclone Tracy virtually destroys Darwin, Australia
  • Dec 25 Marshall Fields drives a vehicle through the gates of the White House, resulting in a four-hour standoff.
  • Dec 27 FSLN seizes government hostages at a private Managua party
  • Dec 27 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Dec 28 6.3 earthquake strikes Pakistan: 5200 killed
  • Dec 28 Senegalese marxist group Reenu-Rew founds the political movement And-Jëf at a clandestine congress.
  • Dec 29 Murray Schisgal's "All Over Town" premieres in NYC
  • Dec 31 Gold legal in US, Franklin Mint strikes Panama's Gold 100 balboa coin
  • Dec 31 Popular Electronics displays Altair 8800 computer