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1974 Historical Event(s)
- January 5, 1974 – An earthquake in Lima, Peru, kills six people, and damages hundreds of houses.
- 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.
- January 27, 1974 – The Brisbane River breaches its banks causing the largest flood to affect the city of Brisbane in the 20th Century
- February 8, 1974 – After 84 days in space, the crew of Skylab 4, the last crew to visit American space station Skylab, returns to Earth.
- April 18, 1974 – The Prime Minister of Pakistan Zulfikar Ali Bhutto inaugurates Lahore dry port.
- July 26, 1974 – Greek Prime Minister Constantinos Karamanlis forms the country’s first civil government after seven years of military rule.
- August 7, 1974 – Philippe Petit performs a high wire act between the twin towers of the World Trade Center 1368 ft in the air.
- 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 19, 1974 – Ian Laperrière, Canadian ice hockey player
- February 9, 1974 – Brad Maynard, American football player
- February 16, 1974 – Johnny Tri Nguyen, Vietnamese-born American stuntman and martial artist
- March 13, 1974 – Thomas Enqvist, Swedish tennis player
- May 4, 1974 – Miguel Cairo, Venezuelan baseball player
- May 8, 1974 – Jon Tickle, English entertainer
- May 14, 1974 – Krister Axel, American poet and songwriter
- August 20, 1974 – Amy Adams, American actress
- October 22, 1974 – Jeff McInnis, American NBA basketball player
- December 16, 1974 – Frida Hallgren, Swedish actress