January 1974 calendar

January 1974

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

But much more happened on January 1974: find out below


Historical Events

Which were the important events of January 1974?


  • 01 Jan 1974 World Population Year begins
  • 02 Jan 1974 55 mph speed limit imposed by Richard Nixon
  • 03 Jan 1974 Arias Navarro succeeds Carrero Blanco as premier of Spain.
  • 04 Jan 1974 United States President Richard Nixon refuses to hand over materials subpoenaed by the Senate Watergate Committee.
  • 05 Jan 1974 Raul Julia appears on Bob Newhart Show in Oh, Brother
  • 06 Jan 1974 CBS Mystery Theater, premieres on radio
  • 07 Jan 1974 Dutch rations gasoline
  • 08 Jan 1974 Loch Ness Monster photographed
  • 11 Jan 1974 ABC airs final episode of Love, American Style
  • 12 Jan 1974 Libya and Tunisia announces they are merging as "Islamic Arab Republic".
  • 13 Jan 1974 Super Bowl VIII: Miami Dolphins beat Minnesota Vikings, 24-7 in Houston, Texas; Most Valuable Player: Larry Csonka, running back.
  • 14 Jan 1974 World Football League founded.
  • 15 Jan 1974 Happy Days begins an 11 year run on ABC
  • 16 Jan 1974 Jaws by Peter Benchley is published
  • 18 Jan 1974 $6 Million Man starring Lee Majors premieres on ABC TV
  • 19 Jan 1974 Notre Dame beats UCLA, ends NCAA-record 88-game basketball win streak.
  • 20 Jan 1974 A college basketball game ends 210-67
  • 21 Jan 1974 Gold hits record $161.31 / silver hits record $3.97 an ounce in London
  • 25 Jan 1974 Christian Barnard transplants 1st human heart without removal of old
  • 26 Jan 1974 Bülent Ecevit, of CHP forms the new government of Turkey (37th government, partner MSP )
  • 27 Jan 1974 Lorelei opens at Palace Theater NYC for 320 performances
  • 28 Jan 1974 Sam Thompson, Jim Bottomley, and Jocko Conlan elected to Baseball Hall of Fame.
  • 29 Jan 1974 27th NHL All-Star Game: West beat East 6-4 at Chicago.
  • 20 Jan 1974 China gains control over all the Paracel Islands after a military engagement between the naval forces of China and South Vietnam.
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Music charts

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

  1. - Time In A Bottle
  2. - The Joker
  3. - Show And Tell
  4. - You're Sixteen
  5. - The Way We Were

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - Lonely This Christmas
  2. - Merry Xmas Everybody
  3. - You Won't Find Another Fool Like Me
  4. - You're The First, The Last, My Everything
  5. - You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in January 1974?

Nickel Mountain by John Gardner

Nickel Mountain


John Gardner's most touching novel about improbable love.

The Honorary Consul by Graham Greene

The Honorary Consul


Charley Fortnum is kidnapped in a provincial Argentinean city by Paraguayan revolutionaries, who mistake him for the American ambassador.

Watership Down by Richard Adams

Watership Down


Watership Down, Richard Adams's classic novel about Watership Down has been a worldwide bestseller for over forty years.

The Hollow Hills by Mary Stewart

The Hollow Hills


The young Arthur Pendragon is being watched over by the prince and prophet Merlin Ambrosius, who are haunted daily by visions of the magical sword Caliburn that has been kept secret for centuries.

Something Happened by Joseph Heller

Something Happened


Bob Slocum lived the American dream. He was blessed with a lovely wife, three beautiful children, a nice home, and all the mistresses that he wanted. He had it all, all except happiness.