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1974 History, Trivia and Fun Facts
1974 History Snapshot
World Series Champions
Superbowl VIII Champions
National Basketball Association Champions
NHL Stanley Cup Champions
US Open Golf
US Open Tennis (Men Ladies)
|Jimmy Connors/Billie Jean King|
|Jimmy Connors/Chris Evert|
FIFA World Cup Soccer
NCAA Football Champions
|Oklahoma & USC|
NCAA Basketball Champions
|North Carolina State|
|Orange Bowl: January 1, 1974 - Penn State over
Rose Bowl: January 1, 1974 - Ohio State over USC
Sugar Bowl : December 31, 1973 - Notre Dame over Alabama
Westminster Kennel Best in Show Dog
|Gretchenhof Columbia River|
Time Magazine's Man of the Year
|Rebecca King (Denver, CO)|
|Karen Morrison (Illinois)|
Fashion Icons and Movie Stars
|Adrienne Barbeau, Barbi Benton, Jacqueline Bisset, Christie Brinkley, Carol Burnett, Dyan Cannon, Veronica Carlson, Diahann Carroll, Angie Dickinson, Britt Ekland, Lola Falana, Karen Graham, Pam Grier, Margaux Hemingway, Lauren Hutton, Beverly Johnson, Sophia Loren, Mary Tyler Moore, Caroline Munro, Suzanne Pleshette, Diana Ross, Ann Simonton, Jane Seymour, Veruschka, Mary Woronov|
|"You won't have Dick Nixon to kick around anymore"
- resigning President Richard Nixon
"And now for something completely different"
- Monty Python's Flying Circus (1969 in the U.K.)
" Tastes great, less filling"
- Miller Lite
J.J. Walker on Good Times
"Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer."
- Al Pacino, in The Godfather Part II
"Forget it, Jake, it's Chinatown."
- Joe Mantell, in Chinatown
Ian Ball attempted to kidnap Princess Anne. After shooting her bodyguard, chauffeur and a bystander, he asked her to get out of the car, to which she responded "Not bloody likely"
1974 Pop Culture History
|Yugoslavian performance artist Marina Abramovic stood
still for 6 hours as she invited the audience to do to her anything
they wished. Visitors were gentle at the beginning but as time passed
people acted more aggressively with the 72 objects that people were
allowed to use (a sign informed them) in any way that they chose on
her, both plearable and painful. "What I learned was that...
if you leave it up to the audience, they can kill you. I felt really
violated: they cut up my clothes, stuck rose thorns in my stomach,
one person aimed the gun at my head, and another took it away. It
created an aggressive atmosphere. After exactly 6 hours, as planned,
I stood up and started walking toward the audience. Everyone ran away,
to escape an actual confrontation."
When the national highway speed limit was set at 55 mph, it had nothing to do with improving safety, but was intended to optimize fuel consumption after the 1973 oil crisis. It was repealed in 1995 and states could once again set their own limits.
Aerosmith's Walk This Way was inspired in part by the movie scene in Young Frankenstein when Igor encourages Gene Wilder's character to "walk this way" down the stairs. The band saw the movie in 1974 in a Times Square screening and came back to the recording studio quoting the lines.
April 1 1974: Oliver Bickar took 70 tires to the top of Mt. Edgecumbe and lit them on fire. The locals thought the 400-year dormant volcano was erupting and a helicopter was sent up to check it out. When the helicopter arrived, the pilot found the words "APRIL FOOL" spray painted on the snow.
36 different songs hit number one in the US during 1974... and only 9 songs hit number one in the US during 2005.
Cancún was made into a tourist destination in 1974 with the Mexican Government investing in 9 hotels. The population in 1970 was 3 people whereas the population in 2010 was 722,880.
Jack H. Hetherington made his cat (F.D.C. Willard) the co-author of a paper because he'd accidentally written "We" Instead of "I" throughout the paper and couldn't be bothered changing it.
The post-it note was invented by Arthur Fry. It became widely used and available in 1980.
Thanks to a Japanese marketing campaign in 1974 called "Kurisumasu ni wa kentakkii!" or Kentucky for Christmas!, eating KFC chicken on Christmas has become a tradition in Japan and over 3.6 million Japanese families eat KFC chicken on the holiday every year.
The 'Arecibo Message' was a 1974 interstellar radio message carrying basic information about humanity and Earth sent to globular star cluster M13 in the hope that extraterrestrial intelligence might receive and decipher it.
US ski jumper Anders Haugen finished 4th at the 1924 Olympics, when 50 years later a Norwegian historian discovered a scoring error was made and Haugen should have gotten the bronze medal, which was handed to him in Norway in 1974 by the daughter of the original bronze medal winner.
Lorne Michaels offered $3000 on SNL for the Beatles to reunite, John Lennon and Paul McCartney, both of whom happened to be watching the show together at Lennons home, considered walking over to the studio just a few blocks away, but decided not to because they were tired.
The longest confirmed golf shot ever occurred when 64 year old Mike Austin hit his ball 515 yards with a wooden-headed driver, his ball coming to a rest 65 yards beyond the 450 yard hole he was hitting at, in Las Vegas.
The quote "I reject your reality and substitute my own!" though it owes its current popularity to Adam Savage of Mythbusters, originally comes from a 1974 episode of Doctor Who.
Stephen King checked in as the only guest in the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, CO before it shut down for the winter. He dreamed that night of his three-year old son being chased through the long, empty corridors. He woke up and had the inspiration for The Shining.
Marlon Brando and Robert De Niro are the only two actors to win Oscars (Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor) for playing the same character in different films: Vito Corleone in The Godfather (1972) and The Godfather, Part II (1974)
The national speed limit was lowered to 55 miles per hour.
Cost of a Superbowl ad in 1974: $103,000
RIP, Scandals, Sad and Odd News
Christine Chubbuck , a newscaster, committed suicide during a live broadcast. Her last words were "In keeping with Channel 40's policy of bringing you the latest in 'blood and guts', and in living color, you are going to see another first - attempted suicide."
The Cleveland Indians hosted Ten Cent Beer Night which resulted
in a forfeit against the Texas Rangers due to rowdy, drunk, fans.
Firsts and the Biggest Christmas Gifts
Connect Four, G.I. Joe with KUNG FU GRIP, Magna Doodle
21 year-old Michael Kittredge opened his Yankee Candle factory.
Liposuction invented by Giorgio Fischer in Rome, Italy.
After several decades of deciding how to do it, in June, the first U.P.C. scanner was installed at a Marsh's supermarket in Troy, Ohio. The first product to have a bar code included was a packet of Wrigley's Gum.
People began publication
Kung Fu Fighting
Watching All In The Family on CBS,
Reading Fear of Flying by Erica Jong
Reading Centennial by James A. Michener
1974/75 Biggest Television Shows
|(according to Nielsen
1. All in the Family (CBS)
2. Sanford and Son (NBC)
3. Chico and the Man (NBC)
4. The Jeffersons (CBS)
5. M*A*S*H (CBS)
6. Rhoda (CBS)
7. Good Times (CBS)
8. The Waltons (CBS)
9. Maude (CBS)
10. Hawaii Five-O (CBS)
Popular Music Artists
|The Biggest Pop Artists of 1974 include
Al Green, Aretha Franklin, Bachman-Turner Overdrive, Barry White, Billy Swan, Bo Donaldson & the Heywoods, Bobby Womack, Charlie Rich, Chicago, Diana Ross, Eddie Kendricks, Elton John, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Grand Funk Railroad, Harry Chapin, Helen Reddy, The Jackson 5, James Brown, Jim Stafford, John Denver, John Lennon, Johnnie Taylor, Kool & the Gang, Love Unlimited, MFSB, The O'Jays, Ohio Players, Olivia Newton-John, Paul McCartney & Wings, Roberta Flack, Rufus featuring Chaka Kahn, The Spinners, The Staple Singers, Stevie Wonder, The Stylistics, Tavares, The Temptations, The Three Degrees, Tyrone Davis
(Data is complied from various charts including: Billboard's Pop, Rock, Airplay, R&B/Dance and Singles Charts. The Hot 100 is the primary chart used for this list.)
Number One Hits of 1974
|December 29, 1973 - January 11, 1974: Jim Croce - Time
in a Bottle
January 12, 1974 - January 18, 1974: Steve Miller Band - The Joker
January 19, 1974 - January 25, 1974: Al Wilson - Show and Tell
January 26, 1974 - February 1, 1974: Ringo Starr - You're Sixteen
February 2, 1974 - February 8, 1974: Barbra Streisand - The Way We Were
February 9, 1974 - March 1, 1974: Love Unlimited Orchestra - Love's Theme
March 2, 1974 - March 22, 1974: Terry Jacks - Seasons in the Sun
March 23, 1974 - March 29, 1974: Cher - Dark Lady
March 30, 1974 - April 5, 1974: John Denver - Sunshine on My Shoulders
April 6, 1974 - April 12, 1974: Blue Swede - Hooked on a Feeling
April 13, 1974 - April 19, 1974: Elton John - Bennie and the Jets
April 20, 1974 - May 3, 1974: MFSB and The Three Degrees - TSOP
May 4, 1974 - May 17, 1974: Grand Funk - The Loco-Motion
May 18, 1974 - June 7, 1974: Ray Stevens - The Streak
June 8, 1974 - June 14, 1974: Paul McCartney and Wings - Band on the Run
June 15, 1974 - June 28, 1974: Bo Donaldson and The Heywoods - Billy, Don't Be a Hero
June 29, 1974 - July 5, 1974: Gordon Lightfoot - Sundown
July 6, 1974 - July 12, 1974: The Hues Corporation - Rock the Boat
July 13, 1974 - July 26, 1974: George McCrae - Rock Your Baby
July 27, 1974 - August 9, 1974: John Denver - Annie's Song
August 10, 1974 - August 16, 1974: Roberta Flack - Feel Like Makin' Love
August 17, 1974 - August 23, 1974: Paper Lace - The Night Chicago Died
August 24, 1974 - September 13, 1974: Paul Anka and Odia Coates - (You're) Having My Baby
September 14, 1974 - September 20, 1974: Eric Clapton - I Shot the Sheriff
September 21, 1974 - September 27, 1974: Barry White - Can't Get Enough of Your Love, Babe
September 28, 1974 - October 4, 1974: Andy Kim - Rock Me Gently
October 5, 1974 - October 18, 1974: Olivia Newton-John - I Honestly Love You
October 19, 1974 - October 25, 1974: Billy Preston - Nothing from Nothing
October 26, 1974 - November 1, 1974: Dionne Warwick and The Spinners - Then Came You
November 2, 1974 - November 8, 1974: Stevie Wonder - You Haven't Done Nothin'
November 9, 1974 - November 15, 1974: Bachman-Turner Overdrive - You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet
November 16, 1974 - November 22, 1974: John Lennon - Whatever Gets You Thru the Night
November 23, 1974 - December 6, 1974: Billy Swan - I Can Help
December 7, 1974 - December 20, 1974: Carl Douglas - Kung Fu Fighting
December 21, 1974 - December 27, 1974: Harry Chapin - Cat's in the Cradle
December 28, 1974 - January 3, 1975: Helen Reddy - Angie Baby
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