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January 1st, 1974.

January 1st, 1974, was a Tuesday. It was day 1 of 1974. The decade was the 1970s.

47 years, 9 months and 23 days have passed since January 1st, 1974.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Capricorn.

On this day.

What happened on January 1st, 1974?

  • Soccer: Manchester United legend George Best plays his final game for the club.

Music charts.

Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on January 1st, 1974.

  • United States: Time In A Bottle - Jim Croce
  • United Kingdom: Merry Xmas Everybody - Slade
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Serpico

Top movie at the Box Office.

The movie "Serpico" was at the top of the box office on January 1st, 1974.

Take me back to January 1st, 1974!

Let's take a stroll down memory lane!

The date is January 1st, 1974 and it's a Tuesday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Capricorn. It's New Years Day, the official start of the year 1974. A lot of people are relaxing at home. Others are nursing hangovers from the night before.

In America, the song Time In A Bottle by Jim Croce is on top of the singles charts. Over in the UK, Merry Xmas Everybody by Slade is the number one hit song. Richard Nixon is currently the President of the United States and the movie Serpico is at the top of the Box Office.

In the United Kingdom, Edward Heath is the current Prime Minister. A horror film called "The Exorcist" is currently being shown in movie theaters. Because it's 1974, the music charts are being dominated by the likes of Carl Douglas, ABBA, Mud, the Steve Miller Band, George McCrae and Terry Jacks.

In fashion, the hippie look from the 1960s and early 1970s has disappeared. The disco look is beginning to take off. Women are wearing t-shirts, khaki pants, mood rings, kimonos and flare jumpsuits. Meanwhile, men are wearing velvet sports coats, slogan t-shirts, flannel, frilly shirts, jeans and khaki chinos. If you were to travel back to this day, notable figures such as Oskar Schindler and Eamon de Valera would be still alive. On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "Here's Lucy", "Marcus Welby, M.D.", "The Waltons" and "Barnaby Jones".

Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Pong", "Space Race" and "Gotcha". Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "Captain Kangaroo", "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood", "The Pink Panther Show" and "Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids". Popular toys at the moment include the likes of G.I. Joe Adventure Team, Magnavox Odyssey, Shrinky Dinks and Magna Doodle.

News topics, fads & culture.

Trending news stories and fads that were prevalent at this time. These are news stories and events that would have been in the media on January 1st, 1974.

  • Roller skates.

    Roller skates.

    The popularity of roller skates exploded during the later half of the 1970s.

  • Disco music.

    Disco music.

    In the second half of the 1970s, disco music became mainstream. During this period, nightclub-goers often wore extravagant outfits. Furthermore, dances such as the "Hustle", the "Bump" and the "Penguin" also became popular.

  • The Vietnam War is in its final stages.

    The Vietnam War is in its final stages.

    The war in Vietnam was still ongoing at this stage. However, the US military had withdrawn. During this period, North Vietnamese forces continued to win battles and make inroads into the south.

  • Who were the best NBA players in 1974?

    Who were the best NBA players in 1974?

    The best NBA players in 1974 were Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, John Havlicek, Rick Barry, Walt Frazier and Gail Goodrich.

  • Who were the best football players in 1974?

    Who were the best football players in 1974?

    In 1974, the best soccer players were Johan Cruyff, Franz Beckenbauer, Kazimierz Deyna, Paul Breitner, Johan Neeskens, Grzegorz Lato, Gerd Müller, Robert Gadocha, Billy Bremner and Ralf Edström.

  • The Godfather Part II.

    The Godfather Part II.

    "The Godfather Part II" won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1974.

  • Barbra Streisand - "The Way We Were"

    Barbra Streisand - "The Way We Were"

    "The Way We Were" by Barbra Streisand won a Grammy for 1974's Song of the Year.

  • 1974 in movies.

    1974 in movies.

    Movies released in 1974 included Blazing Saddles, The Towering Inferno, The Trial of Billy Jack, Young Frankenstein, Earthquake, The Godfather Part II, Airport 1975, The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams, The Longest Yard, Foxy Brown, Murder on the Orient Express and Benji.

  • King Faisal.

    King Faisal.

    The King of Saudi Arabia, King Faisal, was named as the Time Person of the Year in 1974. This was in acknowledgment of his role in the oil crisis of 1973 - 1974.

  • 1974 in music.

    1974 in music.

    The Billboard Charts in 1974 were dominated by Barbra Streisand, Elton John, The Jackson 5, The Steve Miller Band, Terry Jacks, Ray Stevens, The Stylistics, Dionne Warwick and The Spinners.

  • The Exorcist.

    The Exorcist.

    The horror film "The Exorcist" was being shown in movie theaters at the time.

  • 1973-74 stock market crash.

    1973-74 stock market crash.

    Between January, 1973 and December, 1974, the Dow Jones Industrial Average lost over 45% of its value. The U.K. stock market fared even worse, with the FT 30 losing over 70% of its value.

  • Music cassette tapes are becoming popular.

    Music cassette tapes are becoming popular.

    From about 1972 onward, audio cassettes started to become more widespread. Although they lacked the sound quality of vinyl records, they were far more convenient and portable.

  • Color TV surpasses black-and-white.

    Color TV surpasses black-and-white.

    Around this period, sales of color TV sets began to surpass sales of the older black-and-white sets. By this stage, almost all of the popular daytime networks were broadcasting in color.

  • People are using wallpaper to decorate their homes.

    People are using wallpaper to decorate their homes.

    Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, wallpaper was extremely common in people's homes. It wasn't until the mid-late 1980s that "modernism" started to creep in.

  • Lava lamps are all the rage.

    Lava lamps are all the rage.

    In the late 1960s, sales of lava lamps took off. It wasn't until the second half of the 1970s that they started to go out of fashion.

Basic facts.

Basic facts and information about this date.

  • 47 years, 9 months and 23 days have passed since January 1st, 1974.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 01 of 1974.
  • Leap Year: 1974 was NOT a leap year.
  • Age: Anyone born on January 1st, 1974, will be 47 years of age.
  • Generation: People born in 1974 belong to the Generation X generation.
  • Unix Timestamp: The Unix Timestamp for this date is 126230400.

Around this time.

Notable events that occurred around January 1st, 1974.

  • December 5th, 1973: The biographical-crime film Serpico, starring Al Pacino, is released in movie theaters.
  • December 6th, 1973: Gerald Ford becomes the Vice President of the United States.
  • December 20th, 1973: Spanish Prime Minister Admiral Luis Carrero Blanco is assassinated by a car bomb in Madrid.
  • December 26th, 1973: The Exorcist is released.
  • This date: January 1st, 1974
  • January 4th, 1974: Serial killer Ted Bundy carries out his first known attack on Karen Sparks in Washington, Oregon.
  • January 13th, 1974: Super Bowl VIII: The Miami Dolphins defeat the Minnesota Vikings 24-7 at Rice Stadium in Houston, Texas.
  • January 15th, 1974: Serial killer Dennis Rader (BTK) murders four members of the Otero family in Wichita, Kansas.
  • January 15th, 1974: The first episode of "Happy Days" is aired.
  • January 23rd, 1974: Former model and broadway dancer Athalia Ponsell Lindsley is stabbed to death outside of her home in St. Augustine, Florida.
  • January 26th, 1974: Boxers Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier get into a brawl at the ABC studios in New York City.

Personality traits.

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Horoscope, birthstone & birth flower information.

Zodiac & Birthstone information.

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  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on January 1st, 1974, will have the star sign Capricorn.
  • However, if you are going by the new star sign system that was discovered in 2020, then the sign for this date is actually Sagittarius.
  • Zodiac Element: Earth.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1974 was the year of the Tiger (Yang Fire).
  • The Life Path Number for this date is 5.
  • Native American Zodiac: January 1st, 1974 falls under the Goose.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of January will have the birthstone Garnet.
  • Birth flower (January): The Carnation and the Snowdrop.

Photos of 1970s fashion.

Photographs of 1970s fashion and hairstyles.

Photos of 1970s fashion.

TV shows.

Television shows that people were watching on this date.

TV shows from January, 1974.

Kojak
Kojak
TV show about a bald New York detective.

Barnaby Jones
Barnaby Jones
Television series about a Private Detective and his widowed daughter-in-law.

Last of the Summer Wine
Last of the Summer Wine
British sitcom about three senior citizens in the Yorkshire Dales.

M*A*S*H
M*A*S*H
TV series about an American military medical unit during the Korean War.

The Waltons
The Waltons
TV series about a family living in rural Virginia during the Great Depression.

Maude
Maude
Sitcom starring Bea Arthur as Maude Findlay. Spin-off of All in the Family.

Emergency!
Emergency!
TV series about a fire department in LA.

Upstairs, Downstairs
Upstairs, Downstairs
British drama series about the aristocratic Bellamy family and their household staff.

McMillan & Wife
McMillan & Wife
TV show about a San Francisco police commissioner and his wife Sally.

The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour
The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour
Variety show starring pop singers Sonny Bono and Cher.

All in the Family
All in the Family
American sitcom about the life of a working-class father and his family.

The Odd Couple
The Odd Couple
Starring Tony Randall as Felix Unger and Jack Klugman as Oscar Madison.

The Mary Tyler Moore Show
The Mary Tyler Moore Show
Sitcom about a career-oriented woman who moves to Minneapolis after separating from her partner.

The Flip Wilson Show
The Flip Wilson Show
Variety show hosted by Flip Wilson.

McCloud
McCloud
A New Mexico deputy marshall gets assigned to Manhattan's 27th Precinct.

The Brady Bunch
The Brady Bunch
Sitcom about a large family with six children.

Marcus Welby, M.D.
Marcus Welby, M.D.
Medical drama television program.

Here's Lucy
Here's Lucy
Sitcom starring Lucille Ball.

Columbo
Columbo
Crime drama television series starring Peter Falk as Columbo.

Gunsmoke
Gunsmoke
Western drama series.

What's My Line?
What's My Line?
Panel game show.

Cars in 1974.

1974 saw the introduction of cars such as the Volkswagen Golf, the Dodge Ramcharger, the Audi 50, the Volvo 200 Series, the Renault 7 and the Ford Elite.

Cars in 1974.

Kid's TV shows on January 1st, 1974.

Children's cartoons and Teen TV shows that were being aired on this date in 1974.

Star Trek: The Animated Series
Star Trek: The Animated Series

The Adventures of Black Beauty
The Adventures of Black Beauty

Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids
Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids

All in the Family
All in the Family

Sesame Street
Sesame Street

The Brady Bunch
The Brady Bunch

Dastardly and Muttley in Their Flying Machines
Dastardly and Muttley in Their Flying Machines

The Pink Panther Show
The Pink Panther Show

Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
Mister Rogers' Neighborhood

JOT the Dot
JOT the Dot

The Bugs Bunny Show
The Bugs Bunny Show

Captain Kangaroo
Captain Kangaroo

Popular toys and games in 1974.

Toys and games that were popular on this date in 1974.

Magna Doodle
Magna Doodle

Risk board game
Risk board game

Shrinky Dinks
Shrinky Dinks

Evel Knievel Stunt Cycle
Evel Knievel Stunt Cycle

Baby Alive (doll)
Baby Alive (doll)

Shrinky Dinks
Shrinky Dinks

Magnavox Odyssey
Magnavox Odyssey

Kenner SSP Racers
Kenner SSP Racers

Big Jim (action figure)
Big Jim (action figure)

Uno (card game)
Uno (card game)

Weebles
Weebles

VertiBird (toy helicopter)
VertiBird (toy helicopter)

G.I. Joe Adventure Team
G.I. Joe Adventure Team

Nerf Balls
Nerf Balls

Frisbee
Frisbee

Crissy (doll)
Crissy (doll)

Clackers
Clackers

Battleship (game)
Battleship (game)

Lite-Brite
Lite-Brite

Twister mat
Twister mat

Operation
Operation

The Easy-Bake Oven
The Easy-Bake Oven

Etch A Sketch
Etch A Sketch

Troll doll
Troll doll

Video games.

Popular video games that people were playing on this date.

Gotcha 1973
Gotcha
Arcade game developed by Atari.

Space Race 1973
Space Race
Arcade game in which two players each control a rocket ship.

Pong 1972
Pong
Table tennis game.

Were you born on this date?

If you were born on this date, then it is unlikely that you will remember anything from the year 1974.

This is because humans find it difficult to retrieve memories from their early childhood.

If you are looking for some childhood nostalgia, then check out January 1st, 1980 instead.

Celebrity birthdays.

Celebrities, historical figures and other notable people who were born on January 1st.

J. Edgar Hoover

The first Director of the FBI. Deceased
Born on January 1st, 1895
He was not alive on this date.

Grandmaster Flash

Hip Hop DJ.
Born on January 1st, 1958
He turned 16 on this day in 1974.

Verne Troyer

Actor. Deceased
Born on January 1st, 1969
He turned 5 on this day in 1974.

Holidays.

National holidays and famous events that fall on the 1st of January.

  • New Year's Day

US President.

Richard Nixon was the President of the United States on January 1st, 1974.

UK Prime Minister.

Edward Heath was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on January 1st, 1974.

Irish Taoiseach.

Liam Cosgrave was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception dates.

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on January 1st, 1974 was most likely conceived around the 24th of March, 1973.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on January 1st, 1974 is close to the 11th of October, 1974.

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Time difference & statistics.

Here are some fun statistics about January 1st, 1974.

  • A total of 17,464 days have passed since this date.
  • 2,494 weeks have passed.
  • 1,508,886,000 seconds have passed since the January 1st, 1974.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,760,367,000 times.
  • Since January 1st, 1974, the earth has travelled approximately 778,585,176,000 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 251,481,000 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 129,764,196 steps. That's about 57,673 miles!
  • Since this date, 18,106,632 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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