February 8th, 1974, was a Friday. It was Day 39 of 1974. The decade was the Seventies.
49 years, 3 months, and 26 days have passed since February 8th, 1974.
The zodiac star sign for this date is Aquarius.
What happened on February 8th, 1974?
People who were born on this exact date.
These songs were on top of the music charts in the United States and the United Kingdom on February 8th, 1974.
These were the top five songs on the Billboard Hot 100 chart:
The movie "The Exorcist" was at the top of the box office on February 8th, 1974.
Let's take a stroll down memory lane!
The date is February 8th, 1974, and it's a Friday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Aquarius. Most people have "that Friday feeling" and are looking forward to the weekend.
Valentine's Day is just around the corner. In America, the song Love's Theme by Love Unlimited Orchestra is at the top of the singles charts. Over in the UK, Tiger Feet by Mud is the number-one hit song.
Richard Nixon is the President of the United States, and the movie The Exorcist is at the top of the box office. Edward Heath is the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. 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 "Marcus Welby, M.D.", "The Odd Couple", "Soul Train", and "Maude".
Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Pong", "Space Race", and "Gotcha". Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood", "The Electric Company", "Schoolhouse Rock!", and "Super Friends". Popular toys at the moment include Troll doll, Crissy (doll), G.I. Joe Adventure Team, and Connect Four.
These are news stories, trending topics, and fads that were popular on February 8th, 1974.
Young women were beginning to disappear from Seattle and the wider Washington State area. At the time, Ted Bundy was still an unknown name, and none of the bodies had been found yet. However, people were aware that something terrible was going on. Between February and July 1974, eight women vanished from the area.
The best NBA players in 1974 were Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, John Havlicek, Rick Barry, Walt Frazier and Gail Goodrich.
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.
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 popularity of roller skates exploded during the second half of the 1970s.
"The Godfather Part II" won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1974.
Disco music became mainstream during the latter half of the 1970s. Nightclub-goers often wore extravagant outfits. Furthermore, dances such as the "Hustle", the "Bump" and the "Penguin" also became popular.
The King of Saudi Arabia, King Faisal, was named Time Person of the Year in 1974 due to his role in the 1973–74 oil crisis.
"The Way We Were" by Barbra Streisand won a Grammy for 1974's Song of the Year.
The war in Vietnam was still ongoing. However, the US military had withdrawn. Meanwhile, North Vietnamese forces continued to win battles and make inroads into the south.
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.
An oil crisis began in October 1973 after OAPEC placed an oil embargo on several countries that had supported Israel during the Yom Kippur War. This led to shortages and long lines at gas stations. Some US states even asked their citizens to avoid putting up Christmas lights.
Between January 1973 and December 1974, the Dow Jones Industrial Average lost over 45% of its value. The UK stock market fared even worse, with the FT 30 dropping by over 70%.
Although hitchhiking is still pretty common, it is beginning to decline due to people's falling trust in strangers, lower air travel prices, an increase in highways, and more affordable cars.
Audio cassettes started becoming widespread from about 1972 onward. Although they lacked the sound quality of vinyl records, they were far more convenient and portable.
Sales of color TV sets were beginning to surpass sales of the older black-and-white models. By this stage, almost all of the popular daytime networks were broadcasting in color.
Wallpaper was extremely common in people's homes throughout the 1970s and 1980s. It wasn't until the mid-late 1980s that "modernism" started to creep in.
Although personal computers began to emerge during the 1970s, typewriters were still the norm for most office workers.
The Volkswagen Beetle was one of the most common cars on the road. Sales of the vehicle increased following the release of the 1968 film The Love Bug (and its subsequent spin-offs).
Sales of lava lamps increased in the late 1960s. It wasn't until the second half of the 1970s that they started to go out of fashion.
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Television shows that people were watching in February 1974.
American sitcom about a family living in a poor, black neighborhood in inner-city Chicago.
TV show that is set in the 1950s / 1960s in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
TV show about a bald New York detective.
The Six Million Dollar Man
Sci-fi series about a superhuman man who was rebuilt using bionic implants.
Television series about a Private Detective and his widowed daughter-in-law.
Last of the Summer Wine
British sitcom about three senior citizens in the Yorkshire Dales.
TV series about an American military medical unit during the Korean War.
The Bob Newhart Show
Sitcom starring Bob Newhart as a psychologist called Dr. Robert Hartley.
TV series about a family living in rural Virginia during the Great Depression.
Sitcom starring Bea Arthur as Maude Findlay. Spin-off of All in the Family.
American police series.
TV series about a fire department in LA.
Sanford and Son
American sitcom starring Redd Foxx and Demond Wilson.
British drama series about the aristocratic Bellamy family and their household staff.
American music program that was dedicated to funk, soul and R&B music.
McMillan & Wife
TV show about a San Francisco police commissioner and his wife Sally.
The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour
Variety show starring pop singers Sonny Bono and Cher.
The Two Ronnies
British comedy sketch show starring Ronnie Barker and Ronnie Corbett.
All in the Family
American sitcom about the life of a working-class father and his family.
The Partridge Family
Musical sitcom starring Shirley Jones.
The Odd Couple
Starring Tony Randall as Felix Unger and Jack Klugman as Oscar Madison.
The Mary Tyler Moore Show
Sitcom about a career-oriented woman who moves to Minneapolis after separating from her partner.
The Flip Wilson Show
Variety show hosted by Flip Wilson.
A New Mexico deputy marshall gets assigned to Manhattan's 27th Precinct.
The Brady Bunch
Sitcom about a large family with six children.
American medical drama series starring James Daly, Chad Everett and Audrey Totter.
Marcus Welby, M.D.
Medical drama television program.
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.
Cartoons and TV shows that children and teenagers were watching on this day in 1974.
The Addams Family
Inch High, Private Eye
Star Trek: The Animated Series
The Adventures of Black Beauty
Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids
The Electric Company
All in the Family
Sabrina the Teenage Witch
The Brady Bunch
Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!
Dastardly and Muttley in Their Flying Machines
The Pink Panther Show
Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
JOT the Dot
The Bugs Bunny Show
Toys and games that were popular on this date in 1974.
Risk board game
Evel Knievel Stunt Cycle
Baby Alive (doll)
Kenner SSP Racers
Big Jim (action figure)
Uno (card game)
VertiBird (toy helicopter)
G.I. Joe Adventure Team
The Easy-Bake Oven
Etch A Sketch
Popular video games that people were playing in February of 1974.
Arcade game developed by Atari.
Arcade game in which two players each control a rocket ship.
Table tennis game.
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 of their early childhood.
If you are looking for some childhood nostalgia, then you should check out February 8th, 1980, instead.
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Richard Nixon was the President of the United States on February 8th, 1974.
Edward Heath was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
Liam Cosgrave was the Taoiseach of Ireland.
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