Politics, space exploration, wars…many events filled the days of 1974.
Some were quite memorable. Here are a number of notable 1974 events that are sure to jog your memory if you live through the 70s era.
- President Nixon imposes the 55 mph speed limit
- When subpoenaed, Nixon refuses to hand over the Watergate tapes
- The World Football League is founded
- Happy Days and The Six Million Dollar Man premiere on ABC
- Future Olympian Dorothy Hamill wins the Women’s US Figure Skating Championship
- Iran and Iraq are involved in a border war
- Sonny and Cher separate
- The Watergate grand jury indicts 7 presidential aides
- Mount Etna erupts in Sicily
- The oil embargo against the US ends
- The Sting wins Best Picture at the annual Academy Awards
- A record tornado month in the U.S. kills 315 people
- Yitzhak Rabin begins prime minister of Israel
- Pres. Nixon turns over edited Watergate tapes and partial transcripts
- The Streak by Ray Stevens is the number one record and the practice of “streaking” continues across the U.S.
- The first Daytime Emmy Awards are presented
- Israel and Syria sign an agreement about the Golan Heights
- The Heimlich Maneuver is taught for the first time
- Phillies’ Mike Schmidt hits a ball off the P.A. speaker in the Astrodome, one of the longest hits ever
- The Universal Product Code is used for the first time at a store in Troy, Ohio
- Ballet dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov defects to the U.S.
- Isabel Peron takes over as president of Argentina
- Chris Evert wins at Wimbledon
- Episcopal Church begins ordaining female priests
- House Judiciary Committee recommends the impeachment of President Nixon
- Nixon admits withholding information about Watergate and announces his resignation
- Gerald Ford becomes the 38th president of the U.S.
- The Ramones debut in a NYC concert
- Gerald Ford pardons Nixon for his federal crimes
- Ford offers amnesty for U.S. Vietnam War deserters
- First Lady Betty Ford undergoes a mastectomy
- The Watergate cover-up trial begins
- National Guard is called to Boston after riots ensue over busing
- Franklin National Bank collapses and becomes the largest bank failure in the U.S.
- The US files an anti-trust suit that will result in the break-up of AT&T
- Ford and Brezhnev sign the SALT-II treaty
- The most complete skeleton of early man is found in Ethiopia and dubbed “Lucy”
- Monty Python’s Flying Circus ends its run on BBC
- Nelson Rockefeller is sworn in as Vice President of the U.S.
- It becomes legal to own gold in the U.S.