October 1974 calendar

October 1974

Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in October 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.

But much more happened on October 1974: find out below


Historical Events

Which were the important events of October 1974?


  • 01 Oct 1974 Watergate cover-up trial opens in Washington DC
  • 03 Oct 1974 Pele retires as soccer player
  • 04 Oct 1974 John Lennon releases Walls & Bridges album
  • 05 Oct 1974 Guildford pub bombings: bombs planted by the Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA) kill four British soldiers and one civilian.
  • 06 Oct 1974 Mack & Mabel, opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 66 performances
  • 07 Oct 1974 German DR amends constitution
  • 08 Oct 1974 Franklin National Bank collapses due to fraud and mismanagement; at the time it is the largest bank failure in the history of the United States.
  • 09 Oct 1974 Frank Robinson became 1st Black baseball manager
  • 10 Oct 1974 Canadian John Hathaway begins two-year ride of 50,600 miles.
  • 11 Oct 1974 The UK Labour government of Harold Wilson wins the second general election of the year, forming a three-seat majority. Wilson, who has led the party for a total of 11 years, has now won four of the five general elections he has contested.
  • 14 Oct 1974 8th Country Music Association Award: Charlie Rich
  • 15 Oct 1974 Nobel prize for chemistry awarded to Paul J Flory
  • 17 Oct 1974 NBA New Orleans Jazz begin a 28 game road losing streak
  • 18 Oct 1974 1st NBA game at Market Square Arena - Pacers beat Spurs 129-121
  • 19 Oct 1974 Detroit Pistons beat Trailblazers in Portland
  • 20 Oct 1974 1st broadcast of Derrick on ZDF
  • 21 Oct 1974 1st Islander shut-out opponent-Billy Smith 5-0 vs. Caps
  • 22 Oct 1974 Yanks trade Bobby Murcer to Giants for Bobby Bonds
  • 24 Oct 1974 Billy Martin named American League Manager of the Year (Texas Rangers).
  • 25 Oct 1974 Air Force fires 1st ICBM
  • 27 Oct 1974 Chantal Langlace runs female world record marathon
  • 28 Oct 1974 Luna 23 launched
  • 29 Oct 1974 Law bans discrimination of sex or marital status in credit application
  • 30 Oct 1974 California Angel Nolan Ryan throws fastest recorded pitch
  • 31 Oct 1974 Marines terminate gijzelingsactie in strafgevangenis Scheveningen
  • 05 Oct 1974 Bombs planted by the PIRA in pubs in Guildford kill four British soldiers and one civilian.
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Music charts

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

  1. - I Honestly Love You
  2. - Nothing From Nothing
  3. - Then Came You
  4. - You Haven't Done Nothin'
  5. - You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - Kung Fu Fighting
  2. - Everything I Own
  3. - Love Me For A Reason
  4. - Sad Sweet Dreamer
  5. - Annie's Song


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in October 1974?

The Rhinemann Exchange by Robert Ludlum

The Rhinemann Exchange


Autumn 1943. American agent David Spaulding has been among the global espionage elite that have converged in Buenos Aires. His top-secret mission could bring an end to World War II.

Cavett by Dick Cavett and Christopher Porterfield



Biography TV dick cavett biography

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.

The Woman He Loved by Ralph G. Martin

The Woman He Loved


Windsor, Wallis Warfield Duchess Of Britain and Edward VIII King of Great Britain biography by the Duke and Duchess 1972

Plain Speaking by Merle Miller

Plain Speaking


This candid biography is based on never-aired TV interviews that were filmed in 1962, when Harry Truman, the former President of the United States, was 77 years old and had been retired for nine years.