1974 in history

1974 events chronologically

Jan 2 United States President Richard Nixon signs a bill lowering the maximum U.S. speed limit to 55 MPH in order to conserve gasoline during an OPEC embargo
Jan 4 United States President Richard Nixon refuses to hand over materials subpoenaed by the Senate Watergate Committee
Jan 5 An earthquake in Lima, Peru, kills six people, and damages hundreds of houses
Jan 5 Warmest reliably measured temperature in Antarctica of +59 °F (+15 °C) recorded at Vanda Station
Jan 6 In response to the 1973 oil crisis, daylight saving time commences nearly four months early in the United States
Jan 13 Seraphim is elected Archbishop of Athens and All Greece
Jan 15 Dennis Rader aka the BTK Killer kills his first victims by binding, torturing and murdering Joseph, Joseph II, Josephine and Julie Otero in their house

Top 7 most famous people born in 1974

Apr 28 Penélope Cruz a Spanish actress and model. Signed by an agent at age 15, she made her acting debut at 16 on television and her feature film debut the following year in Jamón, jamón , to critical acclaim. Her subsequent roles in the 1990s and 2000s included Open Your Eyes , The Hi-Lo Country , The Girl of Your Dreams and Woman on Top. Cruz achieved recognition for her lead roles in the 2001 films Vanilla Sky, All the Pretty Horses, Captain Corelli's Mandolin and Blow
Apr 29 Anggun an Indonesian and French-naturalised singer-songwriter. Born in Jakarta, she began performing at the age of seven and recorded a children's album two years later. With the help of famed Indonesian producer Ian Antono, in 1986 Anggun released her first rock-influenced studio album, Dunia Aku Punya. She became further well known with the single "Mimpi" , which was listed as one of the 150 Greatest Indonesian Songs of All Time by Rolling Stone. She followed it with a series of singles and three more studio albums, which established her as one of the most prominent Indonesian rock stars of the early 1990s
May 16 Laura Pausini an Italian pop singer-songwriter and record producer. As a child, she was encouraged by her father to join him during his performances in local piano bars. After competing in local singing contests, Pausini signed her first recording contract. She rose to fame in 1993, winning the newcomer artists' section of the 43rd Sanremo Music Festival with her debut single "La solitudine", which became an Italian standard and an international hit, topping the charts in Italy, the Netherlands and Belgium. Her eponymous debut album was released in Italy on 23 April 1993 and later became an international success, selling two million copies worldwide
Jun 26 Derek Jeter an American former professional baseball shortstop who played 20 seasons in Major League Baseball for the New York Yankees. A five-time World Series champion, Jeter is regarded as a central figure of the Yankees' success of the late 1990s and early 2000s for his hitting, baserunning, fielding, and leadership. He is the Yankees' all-time career leader in hits , doubles , games played , stolen bases , times on base , plate appearances and at bats. His accolades include 14 All-Star selections, five Gold Glove Awards, five Silver Slugger Awards, two Hank Aaron Awards, and a Roberto Clemente Award. Jeter became the 28th player to reach 3,000 hits and finished his career sixth all-time in career hits and the all-time MLB leader in hits by a shortstop
Nov 9 Alessandro Del Piero an Italian footballer who currently plays for Delhi Dynamos FC in Indian Super League as a deep-lying forward. Del Piero is widely regarded by players, pundits, and managers as one of the greatest Italian players of his generation, winning the Italian Footballer of the Year Award in 1998 and 2008, and he is in second place in the ranking of Italian all-time top scorers. He played in Juventus F.C. for 19 years , and holds the club records for goals and appearances
Nov 11 Leonardo DiCaprio an American actor and film producer. He has been nominated for five Academy Awards and ten Golden Globe Awards including winning Golden Globes for Best Actor in a Drama for The Aviator and the Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy for The Wolf of Wall Street. He has also been nominated by the Screen Actors Guild, Satellite Awards, and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts
Dec 19 Ricky Ponting an Australian former cricketer who was captain of the Australia national cricket team during its 'golden era'; between 2004 and 2011 in Test cricket and 2002 and 2011 in One Day International cricket. He is a specialist right-handed batsman, slips and close catching fielder, as well as a very occasional bowler. He is the only Australian test captain to have led his side to three separate Ashes series defeats, but led Australia to victory at the 2003 and 2007 cricket world cups and was also a member of the 1999 world cup winning team under Steve Waugh

Top 7 most famous people died in 1974

May 24 Duke Ellington an American composer, pianist and bandleader of jazz orchestras. He led his orchestra from 1923 until his death, his career spanning over 50 years
Jun 9 Miguel Ángel Asturias a Nobel Prize-winning Guatemalan poet-diplomat, novelist, playwright and journalist. Asturias helped establish Latin American literature's contribution to mainstream Western culture, and at the same time drew attention to the importance of indigenous cultures, especially those of his native Guatemala
Jun 18 Georgy Zhukov a Soviet career officer in the Red Army who, in the course of World War II, played the most pivotal role in leading the Red Army drive through much of Eastern Europe to liberate the Soviet Union and other nations from the occupation of the Axis Powers and, ultimately, to conquer Berlin. He is the most decorated general officer in the history of the Soviet Union and Russia
Jul 1 Juan Perón an Argentine military officer and politician.
Jul 4 Haj Amin al-Husseini a Palestinian Arab nationalist and Muslim leader in Mandatory Palestine.
Jul 24 James Chadwick an English physicist who was awarded the 1935 Nobel Prize in Physics for his discovery of the neutron in 1932. In 1941, he wrote the final draft of the MAUD Report, which inspired the U.S. government to begin serious atomic bomb research efforts. He was the head of the British team that worked on the Manhattan Project during the Second World War. He was knighted in England in 1945 for his achievements in physics
Aug 26 Charles Lindbergh an American aviator, author, inventor, explorer, and social activist.