March 8, 1974

March 8, 1974, was a Friday. It was 50 years, 4 months, and 3 days ago. The zodiac star sign for this date is Pisces.

On This Day

What happened?

What happened on March 8, 1974?

  • Charles de Gaulle Airport is opened in France.
  • The final episode of The Brady Bunch is aired.
Song charts

Music charts

These songs were on top of the music charts in the United States and the United Kingdom on March 8, 1974:

  • United States: "Seasons In The Sun" by Terry Jacks
  • United Kingdom: "Jealous Mind" by Alvin Stardust

The Billboard Hot 100 on March 8, 1974

These were the top five songs on the Billboard Hot 100 chart:

  • Seasons In The Sun - Terry Jacks
  • The Way We Were - Barbra Streisand
  • Spiders & Snakes - Jim Stafford
  • Boogie Down - Eddie Kendricks
  • Jungle Boogie - Kool & The Gang
Play the top songs from 1974
A Spotify playlist of songs from the year 1974. Take a trip back to the days of Dolly Parton, Barry White, ABBA, Eric Clapton and Lynyrd Skynyrd.
The Exorcist

Top movie at the box office

The movie "The Exorcist" was at the top of the box office on March 8, 1974.


This date was 18,389 days ago. Approximately 613 months have passed. It was the 67th day of 1974, in week 10. The decade was the seventies. People born on this day are currently 50 years old and belong to the Generation X generation. The Earth has experienced 204 seasons of weather since then.

Take me back to March 8, 1974

Let's take a stroll down memory lane.

It is Friday, March 8, 1974. Anyone born today will have the star sign Pisces. People have "that Friday feeling" and are excited for the weekend.

Spring is creeping in, and the evenings are starting to get brighter. In America, the song "Seasons In The Sun" by Terry Jacks is at the top of the singles charts, while "Jealous Mind" by Alvin Stardust is the number-one song in the UK. Richard Nixon is the President of the United States, and the movie The Exorcist is at the top of the box office.

Harold Wilson 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 "What's My Line?", "The Main Chance", "The Flip Wilson Show", and "Sanford and Son". Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Pong", "Space Race", and "Gotcha".

Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "The Bugs Bunny Show", "Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids", "The Adventures of Black Beauty", and "Schoolhouse Rock!". Popular toys at the moment include Operation, Lite-Brite, Clackers, and Connect Four.


News, nostalgia, and fads

These are news stories, trending topics, and fads that were popular on March 8, 1974.

  • Girls are going missing in the Seattle area.

    Girls are going missing in the Seattle area

    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.
  • 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.
  • Best soccer players.

    Best soccer players

    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 second 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

    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.
  • King Faisal.

    King Faisal

    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.
  • 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. However, the US military had withdrawn. Meanwhile, 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 UK stock market fared even worse, with the FT 30 dropping by over 70%.
  • Hitchhiking is declining.

    Hitchhiking is declining

    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.
  • Music cassette tapes are becoming popular.

    Music cassette tapes are becoming popular

    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.
  • Color TV surpasses black-and-white.

    Color TV surpasses black-and-white

    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.


    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.
  • Office workers are using typewriters.

    Office workers are using typewriters

    Although personal computers began to emerge during the 1970s, typewriters were still the norm for most office workers.
  • The Volkswagen Beetle.

    The Volkswagen Beetle

    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).
  • Lava lamps are all the rage.

    Lava lamps are all the rage

    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.

Personality traits

Check out our personality summary for people who were born on March 8, 1974.

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What happened around this time?

Notable events that happened close to March 8, 1974.

  • February 8, 1974: The first episode of the sitcom "Good Times" is aired on TV.
  • February 19, 1974: The Jackson 5 releases their song "Dancing Machine".
  • February 21, 1974: Canadian ice hockey player Tim Horton dies in a car crash at the age of 44.
  • March 3, 1974: 346 people are killed when Turkish Airlines Flight 981 crashes northeast of Paris, France.
  • This date: March 8, 1974
  • March 12, 1974: Serial killer Ted Bundy abducts and murders 19-year-old Donna Gail Manson in Oregon.
  • March 18, 1974:
    • The sitcom "Here's Lucy" is cancelled.
    • OPEC nations end a 5-month-long embargo against Europe, Japan and the United States.
  • March 20, 1974: A kidnap attempt is made on Princess Anne in London.
  • March 23, 1974: The musical sitcom "The Partridge Family" comes to an end.
  • March 29, 1974:
    • The Volkswagen Golf is launched in Germany.
    • A group of farmers discover the Terracotta Army in Shaanxi, China.
    • Mariner 10 becomes the first space probe to fly by Mercury.
  • April 2, 1974: French president Georges Pompidou dies of cancer.
  • April 3, 1974:
    • Super Outbreak: 319 people are killed when a violent tornado outbreak occurs in central parts of the United States.
    • Kidnap victim Patty Hearst announces via audiotape that she has joined the Symbionese Liberation Army.
  • April 4, 1974: The BTK killer murders Kathryn Doreen Bright at her home in Wichita.
  • April 5, 1974: Stephen King's first novel "Carrie" is published.
  • April 6, 1974: ABBA win the Eurovision Song Contest with their song Waterloo.
Zodiac info


Zodiac, birthstone, and birth flower information.

Personality summary image

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on March 8, 1974, will have the star sign Pisces.
  • Zodiac Element: Water.
  • 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: March 8, 1974 falls under the Wolf.
  • Birthstone: A person during the month of March will have the birthstone Aquamarine.
  • Birth flower (March): The Daffodil and the Jonqui.

1970s fashion

Photographs of 1970s fashion and hairstyles.

1970s fashion

Television shows

TV shows in 1974

The following TV shows were popular in March 1974:

TV shows from March 1974.

Good Times
Good Times
Happy Days
Happy Days
The Six Million Dollar Man
The Six Million Dollar Man
Barnaby Jones
Barnaby Jones
Last of the Summer Wine
Last of the Summer Wine
The Bob Newhart Show
The Bob Newhart Show
The Waltons
The Waltons
The Rookies
The Rookies

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 March 8, 1974

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

Happy Days
Happy Days
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

Popular toys and games in 1974

Toys and games that were popular in 1974:

Connect Four
Connect Four
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)
Video games

Video games

Popular video games that people were playing in March 1974.

Gotcha 1973
Space Race 1973
Space Race
Pong 1972

Were you born on March 8, 1974?

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 March 8, 1980, instead.

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrities, historical figures, and other notable people who were born on March 8.

Freddie Prinze, Jr

Freddie Prinze, Jr

Born on March 8, 1976
He was born exactly 2 years after this date.

James Van Der Beek

James Van Der Beek

Born on March 8, 1977
He was born exactly 3 years after this date.

Kat Von D

Kat Von D

Tattoo artist
Born on March 8, 1982
She was born exactly 8 years after this date.


US President

Richard Nixon was the President of the United States on March 8, 1974.


UK Prime Minister

Harold Wilson was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.


Irish Taoiseach

Liam Cosgrave was the Taoiseach of Ireland.


Conception dates

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on March 8, 1974 was most likely conceived around June 15, 1973.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on March 8, 1974 is close to November 29, 1974.

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Stats for March 8, 1974


Here are some interesting statistics about March 8, 1974:

  • 18,389 days have passed since this date.
  • 2,627 weeks have passed.
  • 1,588,806,000 seconds have passed since March 8, 1974.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beat approximately 1,853,607,000 times.
  • Since then, the Earth has traveled approximately 819,823,896,000 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 264,801,000 times.
  • You have taken approximately 136,637,316 steps. That's roughly 60,728 miles.
  • 19,065,672 meteors have entered the Earth's atmosphere.
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