May 1974 calendar

May 1974

Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in May 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 May 1974: find out below


Historical Events

Which were the important events of May 1974?


  • 02 May 1974 Former VP Spiro Agnew disbarred
  • 04 May 1974 100th Kentucky Derby: Angel Cordero Jr aboard Cannonade wins in 2:04.
  • 05 May 1974 Sandra Spuzich wins LPGA Lady Tara Golf Classic.
  • 06 May 1974 Bundy victim Roberta Parks disappears from OSU, Corvallis, Ore
  • 07 May 1974 Pulitzer prize awarded to Robert Lowell (Dolphin).
  • 08 May 1974 FC Magdenburg wins 14th Europe Cup II.
  • 09 May 1974 House Judiciary Committee begins formal hearings on President Richard Nixon impeachment.
  • 10 May 1974 7th ABA championship: New York Nets beats Utah Stars, 4 games to 1.
  • 11 May 1974 Bad, Bad Leroy Brown by Frank Sinatra hits #83
  • 12 May 1974 28th NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat Milwaukee Bucks, 4 games to 3.
  • 14 May 1974 Symbionese Liberation Army destroyed in shoot-out, six killed.
  • 15 May 1974 Walter Scheel succeeds Heinemann as president of Germany.
  • 16 May 1974 Helmut Schmidt is elected German Chancellor after Willy Brandt resigns due to the spy in his office. Hans-Dietrich Genscher (FDP) becomes vice chancellor and foreign minister.
  • 17 May 1974 Dmitri Shostakovitch completes his 15th String quartet
  • 18 May 1974 100th Preakness: Miguel Rivera aboard Current Little wins in 1:54.6.
  • 19 May 1974 Joanne Carner Golf Invitational wins LPGA Bluegrass
  • 20 May 1974 Soyuz 14 returns to Earth.
  • 22 May 1974 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site.
  • 23 May 1974 Great Britain performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site.
  • 24 May 1974 Dean Martin Show, last airs on NBC-TV
  • 26 May 1974 During a David Cassidy concert in London a 14 year old is trampled
  • 28 May 1974 Magic Show opens at Cort Theater NYC for 1859 performances
  • 29 May 1974 Northern Ireland is brought under direct rule from Westminster.
  • 30 May 1974 NASA's ATS-6 satellite is launched.
  • 31 May 1974 Israel and Syria sign an agreement concerning Golan Heights.
  • 16 May 1974 Josip Broz Tito is elected president for life of Yugoslavia.
vinyl songs

Music charts

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

  1. - The Loco-Motion
  2. - The Streak
  3. - TSOP (The Sound Of Philadelphia)
  4. - Dancing Machine
  5. - Band On The Run

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - Seasons In The Sun
  2. - Sugar Baby Love
  3. - The Cat Crept In
  4. - Waterloo
  5. - Billy, Don't Be A Hero


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in May 1974?

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.

Times To Remember by Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy

Times To Remember


The new Rose Kennedy memoir is a fascinating story of eight decades of drama, history, and courage. It's introduced by a touching tribute from Rose Kennedy's children.

Tuesday The Rabbi Saw Red by Harry Kemelman

Tuesday The Rabbi Saw Red


Rabbi Small meets militant activists, anarchists and a mad terrorist on a college campus. In this New York Times bestseller, Rabbi Small is once again looking for refuge outside of the confines.

Come Nineveh, Come Tyre by Allen Drury

Come Nineveh, Come Tyre


The Advise and Consent series has been a landmark in political fiction. It demonstrates a deep understanding of Washington and compelling characters, which helped propel each novel to the top on the bestseller lists.

Management by Peter F. Drucker



The definitive book on management by the man who invents it.