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1974 Historical Event(s)
- January 23, 1974 – New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Wood Tiger in Chinese astrology.
- February 1, 1974 – A fire in the 25-story Joelma Building in Sao Paulo, Brazil kills 189 and injures 293.
- May 4, 1974 – An all-female Japanese team reaches the summit of Manaslu, becoming the first women to climb an 8,000-meter peak.
- May 17, 1974 – Dublin and Monaghan bombings: Thirty-three civilians are killed when the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF) explodes car bombs in Dublin and Monaghan, Republic of Ireland.
- May 18, 1974 – Nuclear test: under project Smiling Buddha, India successfully detonates its first nuclear weapon becoming the sixth nation to do so.
- June 1, 1974 – The Heimlich maneuver for rescuing choking victims is published in the journal Emergency Medicine.
- August 5, 1974 – Vietnam War: the U.S. Congress places a $1 billion dollar limit on military aid to South Vietnam.
- August 7, 1974 – Philippe Petit performs a high wire act between the twin towers of the World Trade Center 1368 ft in the air.
- 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 11, 1974 – Eastern Air Lines Flight 212 crashes in Charlotte, North Carolina, killing 69 passengers and two crew.
Who Were Born On 1974?
- January 18, 1974 – Princess Claire of Belgium
- January 23, 1974 – Richard T. Slone, British artist
- January 28, 1974 – Jermaine Dye, American baseball player
- February 1, 1974 – Walter McCarty, American basketball player
- February 10, 1974 – Elizabeth Banks, American actress
- April 14, 1974 – Da Brat (Shawntae Harris), American rapper
- May 10, 1974 – Liu Fang, Chinese musician
- June 7, 1974 – Bear Grylls, British adventurer and former soldier, now Chief Scout
- October 24, 1974 – Jamal Mayers, Canadian ice hockey player
- December 28, 1974 – Jason Ridge, American porn actor