Saturday December 21, 1974

US date format: 12/21/1974, UK date format: 21/12/1974

It was Saturday, under the sign of Sagittarius (see birth chart on December 21, 1974). The US president was Gerald Ford (Republican), the UK Prime Minister was Harold Wilson (Labour), Pope St Paul VI was leading the Catholic Church. Famous people born on this day include Vanessa Vidal and Raymond Austin. In that special week of December people in US were listening to Cat's In The Cradle by Harry Chapin. In UK Lonely This Christmas by Mud was in the top 5 hits. Jacob the Liar, directed by Frank Beyer, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1974 while The Memory Book by Harry Lorayne and Jerry Lucas was one of the best selling books. On TV people were watching The Sweeney. If you liked videogames you were probably playing Gran Trak 10 or Tank.
But much more happened that day: find out below..

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Historical Events

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Holidays

  • Roman festivals - Divalia in honour of Angerona
  • R.C. Saints - Saint Petrus Canisius ; formerly feast day of Thomas the apostle
  • Also see December 21 (Eastern Orthodox liturgics)
  • The summer solstice (Southern Hemisphere) or winter solstice (Northern Hemisphere), sometimes known as Yule, occurs on or very close to this date. It is an important festival in the Chinese calendar.

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Movies

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Jacob the Liar

Jacob the Liar

Directed by: Frank Beyer

Starring: Vlastimil Brodský, Erwin Geschonneck, Henry Hübchen, Blanche Kommerell

Young Frankenstein

Young Frankenstein

Directed by: Mel Brooks

Starring: Gene Wilder, Madeline Kahn, Marty Feldman, Peter Boyle

Country: United States of America

The Front Page

The Front Page

Directed by: Billy Wilder

Starring: Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Susan Sarandon, Vincent Gardenia

Country: United States of America

The Yakuza

The Yakuza

Directed by: Sydney Pollack

Starring: Robert Mitchum, Ken Takakura, Brian Keith, Herb Edelman

The Towering Inferno

The Towering Inferno

Directed by: John Guillermin

Starring: Paul Newman, Steve McQueen, William Holden, Faye Dunaway

Country: United States of America

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Sport Games on December 21, 1974

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NFL

American Football
  • Miami Dolphins - Oakland Raiders : 26 - 28
  • St. Louis Cardinals - Minnesota Vikings : 14 - 30
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TV Series

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The Sweeney

The Sweeney

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Starring: John Thaw, Dennis Waterman, Garfield Morgan

Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

The Big Showdown

The Big Showdown

Directed by: Wong Tin Lam

Der Leutnant vom Schwanenkietz

Der Leutnant vom Schwanenkietz

The Uncle Floyd Show

The Uncle Floyd Show

Starring: Scott Gordon, Peter Tork, Floyd Vivino, Looney Skip Rooney

The Swiss Family Robinson

The Swiss Family Robinson

Days to next December 21

If December 21, 1974 is your birthday you're 45 years, 9 months, 6 days old and you'll celebrate your next birthday in 2 months, 24 days.
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Magazine Covers

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Books

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The Memory Book by Harry Lorayne and Jerry Lucas

The Memory Book

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Unleash the hidden power of your mind through Harry Lorayne and Jerry Lucas's simple, fail-safe memory system, and you can become more effective, more imaginative, and more powerful, at work, at

A Bridge Too Far by Cornelius Ryan

A Bridge Too Far

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The classic account of one of the most dramatic battles of World War II.A Bridge Too Far is Cornelius Ryan's masterly chronicle of the Battle of Arnhem, which marshalled the greatest

Helter Skelter by Vincent Bugliosi with Curt Gentry

Helter Skelter

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1976 Bantam Books, 28th Printing; Helter Skelter; by Vincent Bugliosi with Curt Gentry; Includes 64 pages of "chilling" black and white photographs.

The Ebony Tower by John Fowles

The Ebony Tower

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The Ebony Tower, comprising a novella, three stories, and a translation of a medieval French tale, echoes themes from John Fowles's internationally celebrated novels as it probes the fitful relations between love and hate, pleasure and pain, fantasy and reality.

Harlequin by Morris West

Harlequin

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Paul Desmond admires his close friend George Harlequin for his impeccable European breeding. Head of a prestigious Swiss bank, Harlequin belongs to a vanishing class of gentlemen whose handshake is their bond.

Videogames

What videogames would you be playing back in the days?

Maze War

Maze War

Platform: Imlac PDS-1, Macintosh, NeXT Computer, Palm OS, Xerox Star, X Window System

Genre: First-person shooter

Gran Trak 10

Gran Trak 10

Platform: Arcade

Genre: Racing

Publisher: Atari

Qwak!

Qwak!

Platform: Arcade

Genre: Shooter Gun game

Elimination

Elimination

Platform: Arcade

Genre: Sports simulation

Publisher: Kee Games

Tank

Tank

Platform: Arcade

Genre: Military strategy

Publisher: Kee Games

Frequently Asked Questions

What day of the week was on December 21, 1974?

On December 21, 1974 the day of the week was Saturday.

What zodiac sign is December 21, 1974?

On December 21, 1974 the zodiac sign was Sagittarius.

Who was the US President on December 21, 1974?

On December 21, 1974 the US President was Gerald Ford (Republican).

Who was the UK Prime Minister on December 21, 1974?

On December 21, 1974 the UK Prime Minister was Harold Wilson (Labour).

Who was the Pope on December 21, 1974?

On December 21, 1974 Pope St Paul VI was leading the Catholic Church.

Which famous people are born on December 21, 1974?

On December 21, 1974 several famous people were born including, Vanessa Vidal, Raymond Austin, Karrie Webb Ayr in Queensland.

Which famous people died on December 21, 1974?

Famous people died on December 21, 1974 include, James Henry Govier, Richard Long.

What was the number one song in December 21, 1974?

The number one song in the week of December 21, 1974 was Cat's In The Cradle by Harry Chapin in US and Lonely This Christmas by Mud in UK.

What were the top hits on December 21, 1974?

The top hits on December 21, 1974 were Cat's In The Cradle by Harry Chapin, Kung Fu Fighting by Carl Douglas, Angie Baby by Helen Reddy in US and Lonely This Christmas by Mud, You're The First, The Last, My Everything by Barry White, You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet by Bachman-Turner Overdrive in UK.


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