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1974 Historical Event(s)
- January 6, 1974 – In response to the 1973 oil crisis, daylight saving time commences nearly four months early in the United States.
- 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 18, 1974 – Nuclear test: under project Smiling Buddha, India successfully detonates its first nuclear weapon becoming the sixth nation to do so.
- June 29, 1974 – Mikhail Baryshnikov defects from the Soviet Union to Canada while on tour with Bolshoi Ballet.
- August 5, 1974 – Vietnam War: the U.S. Congress places a $1 billion dollar limit on military aid to South Vietnam.
- September 1, 1974 – The SR-71 Blackbird sets (and holds) the record for flying from New York to London in the time of 1 hour, 54 minutes and 56.4 seconds at a speed of 1435.587 mph.
- September 12, 1974 – Juventude Africana Amilcar Cabral is founded in Guinea-Bissau.
- December 25, 1974 – Marshall Fields drives a vehicle through the gates of the White House, resulting in a four-hour standoff.
Who Were Born On 1974?
- January 21, 1974 – Alex Sperafico, Brazilian racing driver
- March 3, 1974 – David Faustino, American actor
- March 4, 1974 – Mladen Krstajić, Serbian footballer
- May 6, 1974 – Faruk Namdar, Turkish footballer
- June 4, 1974 – Buddy Wakefield, American poet
- June 24, 1974 – Chris Guccione American baseball umpire
- August 4, 1974 – Keenan Milton, American professional skater (d. 2001)
- September 10, 1974 – Mirko Filipović, Croatian martial artist
- October 2, 1974 – Mark Porter, New Zealand racing driver (d. 2006)
- November 11, 1974 – Leonardo DiCaprio, American actor