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1974 Events

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.