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Chronology of Events in 1974
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2 U. S. President Richard Nixon signed a bill requiring states to limit highway speeds to 55 miles per hour to continue receive highway funds.
4 U. S.
President Richard Nixon rejected the Senate Watergate Committee's subpoena seeking
tapes and documents.
7 Maynard Jackson was sworn in as the first black Mayor of Atlanta, Georgia.
13 The Miami Dolphins defeated the Minnesota Vikings 24-7 in the Super Bowl.
18 Representatives of Israel and Egypt signed an accord on disengaging military forces.
19 The government of Belgian Prime Minister Edmond Leburton resigned.
23 A fire in the dormitory of a Belgian Catholic school killed 23 teenage boys.
25 Bulent Ecevit became Premier of Turkey.
26 A Turkish airliner crashed and burst into flames while taking off from Izmir, Turkey, killing 63 persons.
27 The Brisbane River swept through Brisbane, Australia, innundating more than 6,700 homes and killing 14 persons.
28 Muhammad Ali defeated Joe Frazier in a unanimous 12-round decision.
31 A U. S. jetliner crashed and burned while attempting to land in bad weather at Pago Pago, American Samoa, killing 95 of the 101 persons aboard.
1 A fire burned through the upper floors of a 25-story bank building in São Paolo, Brazil, killing 189 persons.
4 A bomb explosion in a bus carrying
British soldiers and their families through Yorkshire,
England, killed 12 persons.
5 Mariner 10 took pictures of the clouds over Venus.
7 Grenada became an independent nation.
8 Military officers took over the government of Upper Volta in a bloodless coup.
8 The Skylab 3 mission ended.
13 Russian author Aleksandr Soltzhenitsyn was deported.
17 Richard Petty won the Daytona 500.
21 A new Yugoslav constitution was promulgated.
22 Pakistan formally recognized Bangladesh
1 A federal grand jury indicted seven former aides to U. S. President Richard Nixon on charges related to the Watergate case.
2 U Ne Win became the first President of the Socialist Republic of the Union of Burma.
3 A Turkish jumbo jet crashed into a forest northeast of Paris, France, killing all 346 persons aboard.
4 Edward Heath resigned as Prime
Minister of the United Kingdom.
6 British coal miners agreed to end their two-month strike.
12 Carlos Andrés Pérez was inaugurated President of Venezuela.
15 General Ernesto Geisel was inaugurated President of Brazil.
20 A young man attempted to kidnap Princess Anne of the United Kingdom.
26 Ion Gheorghe Maurer resigned as
Premier of Romania.
27 North Carolina State defeated Marquette 76-64 to win the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship.
29 Mariner 10 became the first spacecraft to reach Mercury.
1 A tornado destroyed the business district of Campbellsburg, Kentucky, and killed 1 person.
2 French President Georges Pompidou died.
4 A plane carrying gold miners home to Malawi crashed soon after taking off from Francistown, Botswana, killing 77 of the 83 persons aboard.
8 Hank Aaron hit his 715th career home run, breaking Babe Ruth's record.
10 Golda Meir resigned as Prime Minister of Israel.
11 A terrorist attack at Kiryat Shemona, Israel, killed 18 persons, including 8 children.
13 Transportation workers across Japan went on strike.
15 The army of Niger overthrew the government of
President Hamani Dori.
19 Former Pakistani President Mohammad Ayub Khan died.
21 Alfonso López Michelsen was elected President of Colombia.
22 An American jetliner crashed in a remote, mountainous region of Bali, Indonesia, killing all 107 persons aboard.
23 Austrian President Franz Jonas died.
25 A group of army officers seized
control of Portugal.
29 Construction of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline began.
4 EXPO '74 opened in Spokane,
6 Willy Brandt resigned as Chancellor of West Germany.
7 Voters in Washington, D. C., approved a home rule charter establishing an elected mayor-council form of government.
12 Italian voters rejected a repeal
of the nation's divorce law.
15 Antonio de Spinola was inaugurated
Provisional President of Portugal.
16 Helmut Schmidt was elected
Chancellor of West Germany.
17 In Dublin, Ireland, three car
bombs exploded simultaneously during rush hour, killing
18 India exploded a nuclear bomb.
19 The Philadelphia Flyers won the Stanley Cup.
26 Johnny Rutherford won the Indianapolis 500.
27 Valéry Giscard d'Estaing was inaugurated President of France.
28 A bomb exploded during an anti-Fascist rally in Brescia, Italy, killing 6 persons and injuring 94 others.
29 Luna 22 was launched.
31 Representatives of Syria and Israel signed a cease-fire agreement.
1 An explosion at a chemical plant in Flixborough, England, killed 29 persons and injured 94 others.
3 Yitzhak Rabin was inaugurated Prime Minister of Israel.
4 Jigme Singye Wangchuk was formally
crowned King of Bhutan.
6 Burmese government forces fired on demonstrators in Rangoon, killing 22 persons and wounding 60 others.
8 A tornado struck Emporia, Kansas, killing 6 persons and causing about $30 million in property damage.
10 U. S. President Richard Nixon arrived in Salzburg, Austria, his first stop on a tour of the Middle East.
16 Hale Irwin won the U. S. Open Golf Championship.
17 A fire in a downtown Lahore, Pakistan, building killed at least 40 people.
25 Construction of the Very Large
Array radio telescope began in New Mexico.
27 U. S. President Rixhard Nixon arrived in Moscow, Russia, for a summit conference with Soviet leaders.
28 A landslide about 95 miles east of Bogotá, Colombia, killed more than 200 people.
30 Alberta Williams King, mother of
Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., was fatally wounded by a
gunman in Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia.
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