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.

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Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?
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Blazing Saddles

Blazing Saddles

Release year: 1974

Directed by: Mel Brooks

Starring: Cleavon Little, Gene Wilder, Slim Pickens, Harvey Korman

Country: United States of America

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Bread and Chocolate

Bread and Chocolate

Release year: 1974

Directed by: Franco Brusati

Starring: Nino Manfredi, Anna Karina, Paolo Turco, Ugo D'Alessio



Release year: 1974

Directed by: Harold Pinter

Starring: Alan Bates, Jessica Tandy, Richard O'Callaghan, Georgina Hale

Thieves Like Us

Thieves Like Us

Release year: 1974

Directed by: Robert Altman

Starring: Keith Carradine, Shelley Duvall, John Schuck, Bert Remsen


Which were the most popular books released in January 1974?
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The Best Of Life by David Scherman

The Best Of Life


1973, Large Hardcover book, beautiful photos including Marilyn Monroe photographed by Richard Avedon as different women through the ages, 303 pages

Watership Down by Richard Adams

Watership Down


A phenomenal worldwide bestseller for more than forty years, Richard Adams's Watership Down is a timeless classic and one of the most beloved novels of all time.Set

The Joy Of Sex by Alex Comfort

The Joy Of Sex


Famous for helping couples discover how sex can be playful, erotic, passionate, exhilarating, and most of all, pleasurable.The Joy of Sex revolutionized how we experience our sexuality.

Something Happened by Joseph Heller

Something Happened


Bob Slocum was living the American dream. He had a beautiful wife, three lovely children, a nice house...and all the mistresses he desired. He had it all -- all, that is, but happiness.

The Salamander by Morris L. West

The Salamander


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