August 1974 calendar

August 1974

Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in August 1974.
The US president was Richard Nixon (Republican), the UK Prime Minister was Harold Wilson (Labour), Pope St Paul VI was leading the Catholic Church.

But much more happened on August 1974: find out below


Historical Events

Which were the important events of August 1974?


  • 01 Aug 1974 Virginia Squires trade Julius "Dr J" Erving to the New York Nets.
  • 03 Aug 1974 Little Night Music closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 601 performances
  • 04 Aug 1974 Sandra Haynie wins LPGA George Washington Golf Classic
  • 05 Aug 1974 Joan Jett forms her rock group Runaways
  • 06 Aug 1974 Explosion and fire destory Great Northern railroad yard in Wenatchee, Washington.
  • 07 Aug 1974 Actress Faye Dunaway weds Peter Wolf of J Geils Band
  • 08 Aug 1974 President Richard M Nixon announces he will resign his office 12PM August 9.
  • 09 Aug 1974 US President Richard Nixon resigns presidency, Vice President Gerald Ford becomes 38th president.
  • 10 Aug 1974 Judy Rankin wins LPGA Colgate-European American Golf Open
  • 11 Aug 1974 56th PGA Championship: Lee Trevino shoots a 276 at Tanglewood, North Carolina
  • 12 Aug 1974 Nolan Ryan strikes out 19 and walks only 2 as Angels top Red Sox, 4-2
  • 14 Aug 1974 Congress authorizes US citizens to own gold
  • 15 Aug 1974 Hurricane / floods ravage Bangladesh, 4,000 killed
  • 18 Aug 1974 Joanne Carner wins LPGA St. Paul Keller Golf Open
  • 20 Aug 1974 Brooklyn pitcher Dan Bankhead is 1st black to homer in his 1st at bat
  • 23 Aug 1974 John Lennon reports seeing a UFO in New York City
  • 24 Aug 1974 Sandra Haynie wins LPGA National Jewish Hospital Golf Open
  • 26 Aug 1974 Guinee-Bissau becomes independent of Portugal
  • 27 Aug 1974 New York Mets' Benny Ayala hits a home run in his first at bat.
  • 28 Aug 1974 Soyuz 15 returns to Earth.
  • 29 Aug 1974 USSR performs underground nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • 30 Aug 1974 Launching of 1st Dutch satellite, ANS, from Vandenberg
  • 31 Aug 1974 Pirate Radio Veronica moves into Scheveningen harbor
  • 01 Aug 1974 Cyprus dispute: The United Nations Security Council authorizes the UNFICYP to create the "Green Line", dividing Cyprus into two zones.
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Music charts

Which were the top hits in August 1974?
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Top #5 songs in the USA

  1. - Annie's Song
  2. - Feel Like Makin' Love
  3. - The Night Chicago Died
  4. - (You're) Having My Baby
  5. - Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - She
  2. - When Will I See You Again
  3. - Rock Your Baby
  4. - Kissin' In The Back Row
  5. - You Make Me Feel Brand New


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in August 1974?

The Snare Of The Hunter by Helen MacInnes

The Snare Of The Hunter


A young woman escapes from Czechoslovakia to search for her father. She discovers she is the target of a deadly hunt

Cashelmara by Susan Howatch



A rich and powerful story about a wealthy, titled English family living in Ireland in the 19th Century.

Winter Kills by Richard Condon

Winter Kills


Richard Condon explores the assassination attempt on a president in WINTER KILLS.

The War Between The Tates by Alison Lurie

The War Between The Tates


If a husband is unable to control his wife, and she becomes a wreck, civil war can break out in their family Erica Tate would not mind getting up every morning if it meant that her husband was a criminal.

The Memory Book by Harry Lorayne and Jerry Lucas

The Memory Book


You can unleash the hidden power in your mind with Harry Lorayne's and Jerry Lucas’s simple, failsafe memory system. This will allow you to become more productive, imaginative, and powerful at work.