1974 in History – What happened in year 1974


In history, year 1974 has its own importance and known for many memorable events like famous birthdays, inventions, natural disaster, treaties, change of rulers, special days etc. Find below a list of important historical events which happened during the year 1974.

Know what happened in 1974:

Date/MonthEvent / Incidence / Incident
02 FebruaryThe F-16 Fighting Falcon, one of the most popular jet fighters ever built, had its first flight.
04 AugustA bomb placed by a neo-fascist group exploded on a train of theFerrovie dello Stato while on the Bologna–Florence railway.
12 September Emperor Haile Selassie I of Ethiopia was deposed by the Derg,a military junta.
21 November Explosives placed in two central pubs in Birmingham, England,killed 21 people and injured 182 others, and eventually led to thearrest and imprisonment of six people who were later exonerated.
29 JuneRussian dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov defected from the SovietUnion while on tour with the Bolshoi Ballet in Toronto.
24 NovemberA group of paleoanthropologists discovered a 3.2-million-year-old skeleton of an Australopithecus afarensis in the Afar Depression inEthiopia, nicknaming it 'Lucy'.
18 SeptemberHurricane Fifi struck Honduras, destroying 182 towns andvillages in the first 24 hours, and ultimately causing over 8,000deaths.
29 JuneIsabel Perón was sworn in as the first female President ofArgentina, replacing her ill husband Juan Perón, who died two dayslater.
04 MayAn all-female Japanese team reached the summit of Manaslu inthe Himalayas, becoming the first women to climb an 8,000-meter peak.
04 FebruaryAmerican newspaper heiress and socialite Patty Hearst waskidnapped by the Symbionese Liberation Army, which she later joined inone of the most well-known cases of Stockholm syndrome.
12 FebruaryRussian author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn was arrested andsubsequently deported from the Soviet Union for writing The GulagArchipelago, an exposé of the Soviet forced labour camp system.
01 MayArgentine President Juan Perón expelled the Montoneros from ademonstration in the Plaza de Mayo in Buenos Aires, forcing the group to become clandestine and later a target of the Dirty War.
04 AugustA bomb placed by a neo-fascist group exploded on a train of theFerrovie dello Stato while on the Bologna–Florence railway.
04 JuneThe Cleveland Indians of Major League Baseball hosted Ten CentBeer Night, but had to forfeit the game to the Texas Rangers due torioting by drunken fans.
04 MayAn all-female Japanese team reached the summit of Manaslu inthe Himalayas, becoming the first women to climb an 8,000-meter peak.
04 February The Provisional Irish Republican Army bombed a motor coachcarrying off-duty British Armed Forces personnel and their familymembers, killing twelve and wounding fifty more.
04 January Harry Schwarz and Mangosuthu Buthelezi signed the MahlabatiniDeclaration of Faith, the first declaration by black and white SouthAfrican leaders to commit to non-violence and a non-discriminatorysociety.
05 DecemberThe Birmingham Americans won the only World Bowl in World Football League history.
08 SeptemberWatergate scandal-U.S. President Gerald Ford gave recentlyresigned President Richard Nixon a full and unconditional, butcontroversial, pardon for any crimes he committed while in office.
09 AugustIn the face of almost certain impeachment and removal fromoffice due to the Watergate scandal, Richard Nixon became the onlyPresident of the United States to resign from office.
12 SeptemberEmperor Haile Selassie I of Ethiopia was deposed by the Derg,a military junta.
12 February Russian author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn was arrested andsubsequently deported from the Soviet Union for writing The GulagArchipelago, an exposé of the Soviet forced labour camp system.
15 MayA unit of the Golani Brigade assaulted an elementary school inMa'alot, Israel, where three armed members of the Democratic Front forthe Liberation of Palestine had taken 115 people hostage, resulting in28 deaths.
17 MayThe Troubles-The Ulster Volunteer Force detonated a series ofcar bombs in Dublin and Monaghan, Ireland, killing 33 people andinjuring over 300 more.
18 SeptemberHurricane Fifi struck Honduras, destroying 182 towns andvillages in the first 24 hours, and ultimately causing over 8,000deaths.
18 MayIndia conducted its first nuclear test explosion at Pokhran,the first confirmed nuclear test by a nation outside the five permanentmembers of the United Nations Security Council.
24 ecemberCyclone Tracy struck Darwin, Australia, eventually destroyingmore than 70 percent of the city.
24 NovemberA group of paleoanthropologists discovered a 3.2-million-year-old skeleton of an Australopithecus afarensis in the Afar Depression inEthiopia, nicknaming it 'Lucy' (reconstruction pictured).
25 SeptemberThe first surgery to replace the ulnar collateral ligament,commonly known as the Tommy John surgery after the first patient, wasperformed by Dr. Frank Jobe.
26 MarchA group of peasant women in Chamoli district, Uttarakhand,India, used their bodies to surround trees in order to prevent loggersfrom felling them, giving rise to the Chipko movement.


List of famous birthdays in the year 1974:

Date/MonthName / Profession / Country
02 OctoberKevin Van De Wege / Politician / United States of America
03 MayTony McCoy / Jockey / Ireland
03 January Shin Eun-jung / Actress / South Korea
06 AugustAlvin Williams / Basketball Player / United States of America
09 AugustStephen Fung / Singer / China
12 AprilRoman Hamrlík / Ice Hockey Player / Czech Republic
14 SeptemberChad Bradford / Baseball Player / United States of America
16 OctoberPaul Kariya / Ice Hockey Player / Canada
17 DecemberGiovanni Ribisi / Actor / United States of America
18 OctoberPeter Svensson / Writer / Sweden
21 SeptemberJana Kandarr / Tennis Player / Germany
21 AprilMaksim Gruznov / Footballer / Estonia
21 March Edsel Dope / Writer / United States of America
23 February Robbi Kempson / Rugby Player / South Africa
24 OctoberJamal Mayers / Ice Hockey Player / Canada
24 NovemberMachel Montano / Singer / Trinidad and Tobago
26 JulyIron & Wine / Writer / United States of America
27 AugustMichael Mason / Cricketer / New Zealand
29 MayStephen Larkham / Rugby Player / Australia
29 SeptemberBrian Ash / Writer / United States of America

List of famous Indian birthdays in the year 1974:

YearName / Profession / Country
05 AprilDicky Dolma / Mountaineer / India
16 JuneGlenicia James / Cricketer / India
09 SeptemberVikram Batra / Soldier / India
14 March Rohit Shetty / Actor / India
23 OctoberAravind Adiga / Author / India
25 JuneKarishma Kapoor / Actress / India
04 FebruaryUrmila Matondkar / Actress / India
03 SeptemberRahul Sanghvi / Cricketer / India
23 OctoberAravind Adiga / Writer / India
21 MayAditi Gowitrikar / Actress / India
25 FebruaryDivya Bharti / Actress / India
04 JuneJacob Sahaya Kumar Aruni / Chef / India
19 MayNawazuddin Siddiqui / Actor / India
09 SeptemberVikram Batra / Captain / India
19 NovemberArun Vijay / Actor / India
20 MarchGayatri Joshi / Actress / India
09 JanuaryFarhan Akhtar / Film Director / India
05 AugustKajol Devgan / Actress / India
01 NovemberV. V. S. Laxman / Cricketer / India
12 JulyParvin Dabas / Actor / India

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