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January 12th, 1974.

January 12th, 1974, was a Saturday. It was day 12 of 1974. The decade was the Seventies.

48 years, 5 months and 20 days have passed since January 12th, 1974.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Capricorn.

Birthdays

Born on January 12th, 1974.

People who were born on this exact date.

Song charts

Top songs.

These songs were on top of the music charts in the United States and the United Kingdom on January 12th, 1974.

  • United States: The Joker - Steve Miller Band
  • United Kingdom: Merry Xmas Everybody - Slade

The Billboard Hot 100 on January 12th, 1974.

These were the top five songs from the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

  • The Joker - The Steve Miller Band
  • Time In A Bottle - Jim Croce
  • Show And Tell - Al Wilson
  • Smokin' In The Boy's Room - Brownsville Station
  • I've Got To Use My Imagination - Gladys Knight And The Pips
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The Exorcist

Top movie at the Box Office.

The movie "The Exorcist" was at the top of the Box Office on this day.

Take me back to January 12th, 1974!

Let's take a stroll down memory lane!

The date is January 12th, 1974, and it's a Saturday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Capricorn. Currently, people are enjoying their weekend.

The Christmas holiday season is long over, the decorations have been taken down and a sense of normality has returned. In America, the song The Joker by Steve Miller Band 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 The Exorcist is at the top of the Box Office. In the United Kingdom, Edward Heath is the current Prime Minister. 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 "Hee Haw", "The Brady Bunch", "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and "The Odd Couple".

Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Pong", "Space Race" and "Gotcha". Children and teenagers are currently watching television shows such as "The Pink Panther Show", "Dastardly and Muttley in Their Flying Machines", "The Brady Bunch" and "Star Trek: The Animated Series". Popular toys at the moment include the likes of Crissy (doll), G.I. Joe Adventure Team, Uno (card game) and Magna Doodle.

News

News topics, fads & culture.

These are trending news stories and fads that were prevalent at this time. These are topics that would have been in the media on January 12th, 1974.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Roller skates.

    Roller skates.

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

  • The Godfather Part II.

    The Godfather Part II.

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Information

Basic facts.

Basic facts and information about this date.

  • This date fell on a weekend.
  • 48 years, 5 months and 20 days have passed since January 12th, 1974.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 02 of 1974.
  • Leap Year: 1974 was not a leap year.
  • Age: A person born on January 12th, 1974 will be 48 years old.
  • Generation: People born in 1974 belong to the Generation X generation.
  • Unix Timestamp: The Unix Timestamp for this date is 127180800.
Events

Around this time.

Notable events that happened close to January 12th, 1974.

  • December 15th, 1973: John Paul Getty III is found alive five months after he was kidnapped by the 'Ndrangheta.
  • December 17th, 1973: 34 people are killed in a Palestinian terrorist attack at the international airport in Rome, Italy.
  • 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.
  • January 1st, 1974: Soccer: Manchester United legend George Best plays his final game for the club.
  • January 4th, 1974: Serial killer Ted Bundy carries out his first known attack on Karen Sparks in Washington, Oregon.
  • This date: January 12th, 1974
  • 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.
  • February 1st, 1974: Serial killer Ted Bundy murders Lynda Ann Healy.
  • February 1st, 1974: 177 people are killed when a fire breaks out at the Joelma Building in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
  • February 4th, 1974: 19-year-old Patty Hearst is kidnapped by a left-wing group called the Symbionese Liberation Army in Berkeley, California.
Zodiac info

Horoscope, birthstone and birth flower information.

Zodiac and birthstone information.

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  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on January 12th, 1974, will have the star sign Capricorn.
  • 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 7.
  • Native American Zodiac: January 12th, 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.

Personality traits.

Check out our personality summary for people who were born on January 12th, 1974.

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Photos of 1970s fashion.

Photographs of 1970s fashion and hairstyles.

Photos of 1970s fashion.

Television shows

TV shows.

Television shows that people were watching in January, 1974.

TV shows from January, 1974.

Kojak
Kojak
TV show about a bald New York detective.

The Six Million Dollar Man
The Six Million Dollar Man
Sci-fi series about a superhuman man who was rebuilt using bionic implants.

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 Bob Newhart Show
The Bob Newhart Show
Sitcom starring Bob Newhart as a psychologist called Dr. Robert Hartley.

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.

The Rookies
The Rookies
American police series.

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

Sanford and Son
Sanford and Son
American sitcom starring Redd Foxx and Demond Wilson.

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

Soul Train
Soul Train
American music program that was dedicated to funk, soul and R&B music.

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.

The Two Ronnies
The Two Ronnies
British comedy sketch show starring Ronnie Barker and Ronnie Corbett.

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.

Medical Center
Medical Center
American medical drama series starring James Daly, Chad Everett and Audrey Totter.

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

The Main Chance
The Main Chance
British TV series about a solicitor who moves from London to Leeds.

Hee Haw
Hee Haw
American variety show that featured country music and humor.

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

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.

Children TV shows

Kids' TV shows on January 12th, 1974.

Cartoons and TV shows that children and teenagers were watching on this day in 1974.

The Addams Family
The Addams Family

Super Friends
Super Friends

Bailey's Comets
Bailey's Comets

Inch High, Private Eye
Inch High, Private Eye

Speed Buggy
Speed Buggy

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

Schoolhouse Rock!
Schoolhouse Rock!

The Adventures of Black Beauty
The Adventures of Black Beauty

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

The Electric Company
The Electric Company

All in the Family
All in the Family

Sabrina the Teenage Witch
Sabrina the Teenage Witch

Sesame Street
Sesame Street

The Brady Bunch
The Brady Bunch

Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!
Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!

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

Toys

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)

Nerf Balls
Nerf Balls

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

Crissy (doll)
Crissy (doll)

Frisbee
Frisbee

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

Video games.

Popular video games that people were playing in January of 1974.

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 you should check out January 12th, 1980 instead.

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays.

Celebrities, historical figures and other notable people who were born on January 12th.

Joe Frazier

Boxer. Deceased
Born on January 12th, 1944
He turned 30 on this day in 1974.

Rush Limbaugh

Talk-show host. Deceased
Born on January 12th, 1951
He turned 23 on this day in 1974.

Howard Stern

Radio personality.
Born on January 12th, 1954
He turned 20 on this day in 1974.

Jeff Bezos

Amazon founder.
Born on January 12th, 1964
He turned 10 on this day in 1974.

Naya Rivera

Actress. Deceased
Born on January 12th, 1987
She was born exactly 13 years after this date.

Pixie Lott

Singer.
Born on January 12th, 1991
She was born exactly 17 years after this date.

USA

US President.

Richard Nixon was the President of the United States on January 12th, 1974.

UK

UK Prime Minister.

Edward Heath was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on January 12th, 1974.

Ireland

Irish Taoiseach.

Liam Cosgrave was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception

Conception dates.

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on January 12th, 1974 was most likely conceived around April 21st, 1973.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on January 12th, 1974 is close to October 5th, 1974.

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Stats for January 12th, 1974

Time difference & statistics.

Here are some fun statistics about January 12th, 1974.

  • A total of 17,703 days have passed since this date.
  • 2,529 weeks have passed.
  • 1,529,535,600 seconds have passed since the January 12th, 1974.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,784,458,200 times.
  • Since January 12th, 1974, the Earth has travelled approximately 789,240,369,600 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 254,922,600 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 131,540,062 steps. That's about 58,462 miles!
  • Since this date, 18,354,427 meteors have entered the Earth's atmosphere!

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