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1974 Historical Event(s)
- January 2, 1974 – President Richard Nixon signs a bill lowering the maximum U.S. speed limit to 55 MPH in order to conserve gasoline during an OPEC embargo
- January 23, 1974 – New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Wood Tiger in Chinese astrology.
- February 22, 1974 – The Organisation of the Islamic Conference summit begins in Lahore, Pakistan. Thirty-seven countries attend and twenty-two heads of state and government participate. It also recognizes Bangladesh.
- May 15, 1974 – Ma'alot massacre: In an Arab terrorist attack and hostage taking at an Israeli school, a total of 31 people are killed, including 22 schoolchildren.
- July 24, 1974 – Watergate scandal: the United States Supreme Court unanimously ruled that President Richard Nixon did not have the authority to withhold subpoenaed White House tapes and they order him to surrender the tapes to the Watergate special prosecutor.
- July 30, 1974 – Watergate Scandal: U.S. President Richard M. Nixon releases subpoenaed White House recordings after being ordered to do so by the United States Supreme Court.
- September 15, 1974 – Air Vietnam flight 727 is hijacked, then crashes while attempting to land with 75 on board.
- November 24, 1974 – Donald Johanson and Tom Gray discover the 40% complete Australopithecus afarensis skeleton, nicknamed “Lucy” (after The Beatles song “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds”), in the Awash Valley of Ethiopia’s Afar Depression.
- December 13, 1974 – Malta becomes a republic within the Commonwealth of Nations
Who Were Born On 1974?
- January 1, 1974 – Eva Birthistle, Irish actress
- January 18, 1974 – Maulik Pancholy, American actor
- January 23, 1974 – Sampsa Astala, Finnish musician (Lordi)
- February 7, 1974 – Nujabes, Japanese hip hop producer (d. 2010)
- March 22, 1974 – Marcus Camby, American basketball player
- April 24, 1974 – Eric Kripke, American television writer, director and producer
- May 22, 1974 – Graham Fenton, English footballer
- July 14, 1974 – Erick Dampier, American basketball player
- July 28, 1974 – Justin Lee Collins, British comedian
- October 6, 1974 – Alexis Georgoulis, Greek actor