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- January 2, 1974 - President Nixon signs into law a bill requiring states to limit speed limits to 55 mph to receive federal highway trust funds.
- January 4, 1974 - President Nixon rejects subpoena by Senate to release more than 500 tapes.
- January 11, 1974 - Last episode of Love American Style, a show, which depicts funny romantic entanglements, airs. It features a skit about two political opponents, James Hampton and Anne Randall, who fall in love; Arlene Golonka has a phobia about Larry Kent's apartment; Robert Morse and Elaine Joyce reunify after 50 years; a battle of the sexes between Bobby Riggs and Rosemary Casals; and finally, Larry Storch cannot sleep without a spacial clock, but Joyce Van Patten comes to the rescue
- January 15, 1974 - Happy Days premieres on ABC-TV. This nostalgic comedy about raising a family in the Eisenhower era stars Tom Bosley as father Howard Cunningham, Marion Ross as mother Marion, and Ron Howard and their son Richie. In the opener, Richie is faced with a blonde bombshell (Kathy O'Dare). The show also features Anson Williams as Potsie Webber; Donny Most as Ralph Malph; Henry Winkler as Arthur "Fonzie" Fonzirelli; Gavin O'Herlihy as Chuck Cunningham; and Erin Moran as Joanie Cunningham.
- January 15, 1974 - During on-going hearings on Watergate, court-appointed experts announce the 18.5 minutes of missing audio on the Watergate tapes were erased.
- February 2, 1974 - "The Way We Were" by Barbara Streisand peaks at #1 on Billboard's Top 40.
- February, 1974 - Blazing Saddles is released.
- February 4, 1974 - Patricia Hearst is abducted by terrorists from her apartment in Berkeley, California.
- February 6, 1974 - U.S. House votes to begin impeachment proceedings against President Nixon.
- February 8, 1974 - Skylab 3 astronauts return to Earth after record 84 day spaceflight.
- February 13, 1974 - Russian author Alexsandr Solzhenitsyn, known for his book "The Gulag Archipelago," is deported by U.S.S.R. to West Germany.
- February 15, 1974 - David Bowie releases "Rebel Rebel/Queen Bitch" single.
- February 15, 1974 - Odd-even system for purchasing gasoline is adopted in seven states and Washington D.C. to cope with fuel shortages.
- February 19, 1974 - Kiss makes its debut TV appearance on Don Kirschner's In Concert.
- February 20, 1974 - Cher files for separation from Sonny Bono after 10 years of Marriage.
- February 28, 1974 - The United States normalizes diplomatic relations with Egypt for the first time since 1967.
- February 29, 1974 - Federal grand jury indicts eight former Ohio National Guard members on charges of violating the civil rights of four students who were shot to death and nine students who were injured during campus demonstration in May 1970 at Kent State University.
- March 4, 1974 - People magazine begins publication.
- March 6, 1974 - President Nixon says that he knew about Watergate hush money.
- March 18, 1974 - The OPEC oil embargo against the United States ends.
- March 25, 1974 - The Rolling Stones begin recording sessions for album Black and Blue at Musicland in Munich.
- April 3, 1974 - Internal Revenue Service declares that President Nixon owes $432,787 in back taxes and interest penalties totalling $33,000.
- April 8, 1974 - Henry "Hank" Aaron overcomes death threats to break Babe Ruth's record of 714 home runs with his 715th off Al Downing of the Los Angeles Dodgers in Atlanta.
- April 11, 1974 - House Judiciary Committee orders President Nixon to turn over tapes and other materials related to 42 White House conversations.
- April 13, 1974 - Elton John's "Bennie and the Jets" hits Number 1 on Billboard's Top 40.
- April 24, 1974 - Bud Abbott (of Abbott and Costello) dies.
- April 25, 1974 - Jim Morrison's widow Pamela dies from heroin overdose.
- April 30, 1974 - White House releases 1,200 pages of tape transcripts.
- May 24, 1974 - Duke Ellington dies.
- May 29, 1974 - Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour airs last show--this is couple's first run at a variety show. This repeat episode stars Joe Namath, the Righteous Brothers, and features regulars Bobby Hatfield, Teri Garr, Billy Van, Peter Cullen, and Freeman King.
- June, 1974 - Consumers' Research Magazine announces "the new Polaroid SX-70 camera," which is selling in the New York area for about $130.
- June, 1974 - Roman Polanski's Chinatown is released.
- June 11, 1974 - Secretary of State Kissinger threatens to resign following charges that he conducted wire-taps.
- June 27, 1974 - Flip Wilson Show has its last telecast on NBC-TV. The repeat episode, which originally aired in 1972, stars Tim Conway, Bing Crosby, and Melba Moore; Flip and Bing do a duet of "Would You Like to Swing on a Star." The former star of Laugh-In, Flip Wilson is known for his "Geraldine" and "Here Come the Judge" characters.
- July, 1974 - Lucille Ball announces her retirement from weekly TV after 23 years.
- July, 1974 - High Times Magazine debuts.
- July 1, 1974 - President Juan Peron of Argentina dies.
- July 9, 1974 - Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young reunion tour begins.
- July 7, 1974 - West Germany defeated the Netherlands 2-1 to win soccer's World Cup.
- July 20, 1974 - Turkey invades Cyprus.
- July 24, 1974 - U.S. Supreme Court rules that President Nixon must release all of his tapes.
- July 27, 1974 - House Judiciary Committee votes 27 to 11 to recommend to the House of Representatives that President Nixon be impeached.
- July 29, 1974 - Cass Elliot of the Mamas and Papas dies of a heart attack in London flat of Harry Nilsson. False rumors spread that she dies choking on a ham sandwich.
- August 2, 1974 - John Dean sentenced to one-to-three years for his role in Watergate cover-up.
- August 5, 1974 - Joan Jett forms an all-girl band, The Runaways.
- August 8, 1974 - Facing certain impeachment, Richard Nixon becomes the first U.S. president to resign.
- August 9, 1974 - Gerald Ford, the first unelected vice-president, becomes the only unelected president.
- August 16, 1974 - The Ramones premiere at CBGBs after playing a private gig earlier the same day.
- August 20, 1974 - President Ford announces appointment of Nelson Rockefeller as vice president.
- August 30, 1974 - Last episode of The Brady Bunch airs on ABC-TV. This repeat episode, a pilot for a sequel series that never happened, features guest stars Ken Berry and Brooke Bundy as a childless couple who end up adopting three children.
- August 31, 1974 - Last episode of The Partridge Family airs on ABC-TV. In this repeat episode Laurie Partridge (played by Susan Dey) is plagued by the undying love of two suitors. The show, which depicts the exploits of the musical Partridge family, also starred David Cassidy as Keith, Danny Bonaduce as Danny, Shirley Jones as Shirley, and Dave Madden as the band's manager, Reuben Kincaid.
- September 7, 1974 - Land of the Lost premieres on NBC-TV Saturday morning line-up. While exploring the Colorado River on a raft, forest ranger Rick Marshall and his children Will and Holly are caught in a time vortex that transports them to the mysterious Land of the Lost where they are faced with, among many things, the Sleestak lizard people and Chaka, a monkey-boy.
- September 8, 1974 - Daredevil Evil Kneival fails to jump Snake Canyon on his specially equipped motorcycle/rocket.
- September 8, 1974 - President Ford grants Richard Nixon a "full, free, and absolute pardon."
- September 9, 1974 - Rhoda, a spin-off from The Mary Tyler Moore Show, premieres. Set in New York, the show depicts incidents in the life of Rhoda Morganstern (played by Valerie Harper), a window designer; her husband Joe Gerard (played by David Groh), head of the New York Wrecking Company; her sister Brenda Morganstern (played by Julie Kavner); and her parents Ida (played by Nancy Walker) and Martin (played by Harold Gould). The voice of Carlton, the never seen doorman, is played by Lorenzo Music.
- September 11, 1974 - Little House on the Prairie premieres on NBC-TV. Based on the "Little House" books by Laura Ingalls Wilder, the series is set in the town of Walnut Grove in Plumb Creek, Minnesota during the 1870s and follows the lives of the pioneering Ingalls family. Their experiences as homesteaders in the unsettled frontier are through the eyes of Laura (Melissa Gilbert), who is the second born daughter. Show stars Michael Landon (of Bonanza fame) as Charles, the father, Karen Grassle as his wife Caroline, and Melissa Sue Anderson as Mary, the oldest daughter.
- September 13, 1974 - The Rockford Files premieres on NBC-TV. The show depicts the exploits of Jim Rockford (played by James Garner), owner/operator of the Rockford Private Detective Agency, as he attempts to solve criminal cases that are considered unsolvable and labeled inactive by police.
- September 16, 1974 - Bob Dylan begins recording sessions for "Blood On The Tracks" LP.
- September 21, 1974 - Jacqueline Susann, author of "Valley of the Dolls," dies.
- September 22, 1974 - Sonny returns to the airwaves with The Sonny Comedy Revue. Show stars Sally Struthers, who sings "In the Mood"; Howard Cossell, who does a commentary of the fight between David and Goliath; the Jackson 5, who sing "Life of the Party"; and Miss Teenage America Lori Lei Matsukawa.
- September 23, 1974 - Robbie McIntosh of The Average White Band dies of a heroin overdose at a North Hollywood party--apparently he mistakes heroin for cocaine.
- October, 1974 - Monty Python's Flying Circus first shown on PBS stations.
- October 8, 1974 - President Ford distributes WIN buttons, which stand for "Whip Inflation Now."
- October 13, 1974 - Ed Sullivan dies.
- October 17, 1974 - President Ford pardons Richard Nixon for any crimes he may have committed.
- October 30, 1974 - Muhammad Ali KO's George Foreman and regains heavyweight championship.
- November, 1974 - Roxy Music's LP "Country Life" with controversial cover of semi-nude women is censored in United States with opaque green shrinkwrap.
- November, 1974 - Earthquake is released utilizing new sound technology called sensoround.
- November, 1974 - Bob Fosse's film biography of Lenny Bruce, Lenny, is released. It stars Dustin Hoffman.
- November 8, 1974 - Former Lieutenant Bill Calley, who had been convicted of murdering 22 civilians in Mylai, Vietnam, is paroled.
- November 13, 1974 - Trial of Billy Jack is released.
- November 16, 1974 - "Whatever Gets You Thru The Night" by John Lennon and the Plastic Ono Nuclear Band hits Number 1 on Billboard's Top 40.
- November 22, 1974 - The PLO obtains "observer" status at the United Nations.
- December 1, 1974 - A TWA 727 crashes into hill on approach to Dulles Airport. All 92 aboard are killed.
- December, 1974 - Among films released this month are The Towering Inferno, The Sting, and Young Frankenstein.
- December 2, 1974 - House leader Wilbur Mills and stripper Fanne Fox discovered to be having an affair.
- December 3, 1974 - Pioneer 11 heads toward Saturn after surviving pass within 26,000 miles of Jupiter.
- December 12, 1974 - Citing creative differences and wanting to pursue a solo career, Mick Taylor leaves The Rolling Stones.
- December 12, 1974 - Governor Jimmy Carter of Georgia begins bid for 1976 presidential election.
- December 19, 1974 - Nelson Rockefeller becomes the second unelected vice president.
- December 26, 1974 - Jack Benny dies.
- December 29, 1974 - The Sonny Comedy Revue ends its run on TV. Last show stars Karen Valentine (whose comedy show takes over the slot), Clifton Davis of TV show That's My Mama, and Carrie McDowall.
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