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1974 Trivia, Facts & History

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World Series Champions

Oakland Athletics

Superbowl VIII Champions

Miami Dolphins

NBA Champions

Boston Celtics

Stanley Cup Champs

Philadelphia Flyers

U.S. Open Golf

Hale Irwin

U.S. Tennis (Men/Ladies)

Jimmy Connors/Billie Jean King

Wimbledon (Men/Women)

Jimmy Connors/Chris Evert

NCAA Football Champions

Oklahoma & USC

NCAA Basketball Champions

North Carolina State

Kentucky Derby


World Cup (Soccer)

West Germany

The Hotties Sex Symbols and Fashion Icons

Adrienne Barbeau, Barbi Benton, Dyan Cannon, Veronica Carlson, Angie Dickinson, Britt Ekland, Pam Grier, Beverly Johnson, Caroline Munro, Diana Ross, Ann Simonton, Jane Seymour, Mary Woronov

"The Quote"

"You won't have Dick Nixon to kick around anymore"
- resigning President Richard Nixon

"And now for something completely different"
- Monty Python's Flying Curcus (1969 in the U.K.)

" Tastes great, less filling"
- Miller Lite

J.J. WAlker on Good Times

"Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer."
- Al Pacino, in 'The Godfather Part II"

"Forget it, Jake, it's Chinatown."
- Joe Mantell, in 'Chinatown'

Time Magazine's Man of the Year

King Faisal

Miss America

Rebecca King (Denver, CO)

Miss USA

Karen Morrison (Illinois)

The Scandals, Deaths and Odd News

The main villains of Psycho (1960), The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974), and The Silence of the Lambs (1991) were all loosely based on the same person: Wisconsin serial killer Ed Gein. Rock Star Death: Mama Cass (obesity related heart attack)

Patty Hearst, heiress to the Hearst Newspaper group, was kidnapped by the Symbionese Liberation Army, later joining the group in a bank heist.

While David Niven was at the Oscars podium, live on national television, a streaker (Robert Opal) ran by. David quippped "Isn't it fascinating to think that the only laugh that man will ever get is for stripping and showing his shortcomings?"

Mikhail Baryshnikhov defected the the USA, leaving the Soviet Unon's Bolshoi Ballet behind him.

1974 Pop Culture News

Yugoslavian performance artist Marina Abramovic stood still for 6 hours as she invited the audience to do to her anything they wished. Visitors were gentle at the beginning but as time passed people acted more aggressively with the 72 objects that people were allowed to use (a sign informed them) in any way that they chose on her, both plearable and painful. "What I learned was that... if you leave it up to the audience, they can kill you. I felt really violated: they cut up my clothes, stuck rose thorns in my stomach, one person aimed the gun at my head, and another took it away. It created an aggressive atmosphere. After exactly 6 hours, as planned, I stood up and started walking toward the audience. Everyone ran away, to escape an actual confrontation."

When the national highway speed limit was set at 55 mph, it had nothing to do with improving safety, but was intended to optimize fuel consumption after the 1973 oil crisis. It was repealed in 1995 and states could once again set their own limits.

36 different songs hit number one in the US during 1974... and only 9 songs hit number one in the US during 2005.

Jack H. Hetherington made his cat (F.D.C. Willard) the co-author of a paper because he'd accidentally written "We" Instead of "I" throughout the paper and couldn't be bothered changing it.

The post-it note is invented by Arthur Fry. It became widely used and available in 1980.

21 year-old Michael Kittredge opened his Yankee Candle factory.

Liposuction invented by Giorgio Fischer in Rome, Italy.

After several decades of deciding how to do it, in June, the first U.P.C. scanner was installed at a Marsh's supermarket in Troy, Ohio. The first product to have a bar code included was a packet of Wrigley's Gum.

The national speed limit was lowered to 55 miles per hour.

Cost of a Superbowl ad in 1974: $103,000

The Habits

CB Radio
Kung Fu Fighting
Watching All In The Family on CBS,
Reading Fear of Flying by Erica Jong
Reading Centennial by James A. Michener

1974's Most Popular Christmas Gifts

Connect Four, G.I. Joe with KUNG FU GRIP, Magna Doodle

1974's Most Popular TV Shows

1. All in the Family (CBS)
2. Sanford and Son (NBC)
3. Chico and the Man (NBC)
4. The Jeffersons (CBS)
5. M*A*S*H (CBS)
6. Rhoda (CBS)
7. Good Times (CBS)
8. The Waltons (CBS)
9. Maude (CBS)
10. Hawaii Five-O (CBS)

Popular Music

The Biggest Pop Artists of 1974 include
Al Green, Aretha Franklin, Bachman-Turner Overdrive, Barry White, Billy Swan, Bo Donaldson & the Heywoods, Bobby Womack, Charlie Rich, Chicago, Diana Ross, Eddie Kendricks, Elton John, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Grand Funk Railroad, Harry Chapin, Helen Reddy, The Jackson 5, James Brown, Jim Stafford, John Denver, John Lennon, Johnnie Taylor, Kool & the Gang, Love Unlimited, MFSB, The O'Jays, Ohio Players, Olivia Newton-John, Paul McCartney & Wings, Roberta Flack, Rufus featuring Chaka Kahn, The Spinners, The Staple Singers, Stevie Wonder, The Stylistics, Tavares, The Temptations, The Three Degrees, Tyrone Davis

(Data is complied from various charts including: Billboard's Pop, Rock, Airplay, R&B/Dance and Singles Charts. The Hot 100 is the primary chart used for this list.)

The Number One Hits Of 1974

December 29, 1973 - January 11, 1974: Jim Croce - Time in a Bottle

January 12, 1974 - January 18, 1974: Steve Miller Band - The Joker

January 19, 1974 - January 25, 1974: Al Wilson - Show and Tell

January 26, 1974 - February 1, 1974: Ringo Starr - You're Sixteen

February 2, 1974 - February 8, 1974: Barbra Streisand - The Way We Were

February 9, 1974 - March 1, 1974: Love Unlimited Orchestra - Love's Theme

March 2, 1974 - March 22, 1974: Terry Jacks - Seasons in the Sun

March 23, 1974 - March 29, 1974: Cher - Dark Lady

March 30, 1974 - April 5, 1974: John Denver - Sunshine on My Shoulders

April 6, 1974 - April 12, 1974: Blue Swede - Hooked on a Feeling

April 13, 1974 - April 19, 1974: Elton John - Bennie and the Jets

April 20, 1974 - May 3, 1974: MFSB and The Three Degrees - TSOP

May 4, 1974 - May 17, 1974: Grand Funk - The Loco-Motion

May 18, 1974 - June 7, 1974: Ray Stevens - The Streak

June 8, 1974 - June 14, 1974: Paul McCartney and Wings - Band on the Run

June 15, 1974 - June 28, 1974: Bo Donaldson and The Heywoods - Billy, Don't Be a Hero

June 29, 1974 - July 5, 1974: Gordon Lightfoot - Sundown

July 6, 1974 - July 12, 1974: The Hues Corporation - Rock the Boat

July 13, 1974 - July 26, 1974: George McCrae - Rock Your Baby

July 27, 1974 - August 9, 1974: John Denver - Annie's Song

August 10, 1974 - August 16, 1974: Roberta Flack - Feel Like Makin' Love

August 17, 1974 - August 23, 1974: Paper Lace - The Night Chicago Died

August 24, 1974 - September 13, 1974: Paul Anka and Odia Coates - (You're) Having My Baby

September 14, 1974 - September 20, 1974: Eric Clapton - I Shot the Sheriff

September 21, 1974 - September 27, 1974: Barry White - Can't Get Enough of Your Love, Babe

September 28, 1974 - October 4, 1974: Andy Kim - Rock Me Gently

October 5, 1974 - October 18, 1974: Olivia Newton-John - I Honestly Love You

October 19, 1974 - October 25, 1974: Billy Preston - Nothing from Nothing

October 26, 1974 - November 1, 1974: Dionne Warwick and The Spinners - Then Came You

November 2, 1974 - November 8, 1974: Stevie Wonder - You Haven't Done Nothin'

November 9, 1974 - November 15, 1974: Bachman-Turner Overdrive - You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet

November 16, 1974 - November 22, 1974: John Lennon - Whatever Gets You Thru the Night

November 23, 1974 - December 6, 1974: Billy Swan - I Can Help

December 7, 1974 - December 20, 1974: Carl Douglas - Kung Fu Fighting

December 21, 1974 - December 27, 1974: Harry Chapin - Cat's in the Cradle

December 28, 1974 - January 3, 1975: Helen Reddy - Angie Baby

Popular Movies:

Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore, Bambi Meets Godzilla, Blazing Saddles, Chinatown, The Conversation, The Godfather Part II, Godzilla vs Mechagodzilla, Harry and Tonto, Herbie Rides Again, Lenny, The Man With The Golden Gun, The Omega Man, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, That's Entertainment, The Towering Inferno, Young Frankenstein

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Popular Music in 1974 ~ # 1 Hits of 1974