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April 17th, 1974.

April 17th, 1974, was a Wednesday. It was day 107 of 1974. The decade was the Seventies.

48 years, 2 months and 15 days have passed since April 17th, 1974.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Aries.

On This Day

What happened on this date?

Notable events that occurred on April 17th, 1974.

  • Serial killer Ted Bundy abducts 18-year-old Susan Elaine Rancourt from Central Washington State College in Ellensburg, Washington.
Birthdays

Born on April 17th, 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 April 17th, 1974.

  • United States: TSOP - MFSB
  • United Kingdom: Seasons In The Sun - Terry Jacks

The Billboard Hot 100 on April 17th, 1974.

A list of songs that were dominating the music charts on this date.

  • Bennie And The Jets - Elton John
  • Hooked On A Feeling - Blue Swede
  • TSOP (The Sound Of Philadelphia) - MFSB Featuring The Three Degrees
  • The Lord's Prayer - Sister Janet Mead
  • Come And Get Your Love - Redbone
Play the top singles from the year 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.
Blazing Saddles

Top movie.

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

Comments.

The following comments about April 17th, 1974 were written by our visitors.

Laura Marathon

RIP Susan Rancourt. She'd be 66 years old if she was still alive today.
Posted on April 17th, 2022 02:41


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Take me back to April 17th, 1974!

Let's take a walk down memory lane.

The date is April 17th, 1974, and it's a Wednesday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Aries. The summer of 1974 is drawing closer and temperatures have started to rise.

In America, the song TSOP by MFSB is on top of the singles charts. Over in the UK, Seasons In The Sun by Terry Jacks is the number one hit song. Richard Nixon is currently the President of the United States, and the movie Blazing Saddles is at the top of the Box Office.

In the United Kingdom, Harold Wilson 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 "Steptoe and Son", "The Two Ronnies", "Sanford and Son" and "The Bob Newhart Show". Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Pong", "Space Race" and "Gotcha".

Children and teenagers are currently watching television shows such as "Dastardly and Muttley in Their Flying Machines", "The Electric Company", "The Addams Family" and "Happy Days". If you're a kid or a teenager, then you're probably playing with toys such as Troll doll, Frisbee, Crissy (doll) and Risk board game.

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 April 17th, 1974.

  • Girls are going missing in the Seattle area.

    Girls are going missing in the Seattle area.

    In the first half of 1974, young women were beginning to disappear from Seattle and the wider Washington state area. At the time, people did not know who Ted Bundy was. However, they were aware that something terrible was going on. Between February and July in 1974, 8 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.

  • 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.

  • 48 years, 2 months and 15 days have passed since April 17th, 1974.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 16 of 1974.
  • Leap Year: 1974 was not a leap year.
  • Age: A person born on April 17th, 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 135385200.
Events

Around this time.

News stories and other events that happened around April 17th, 1974.

  • March 18th, 1974: The sitcom "Here's Lucy" is cancelled.
  • March 18th, 1974: OPEC nations end a 5-month-long embargo against Europe, Japan and the United States.
  • March 20th, 1974: A kidnap attempt is made on Princess Anne in London.
  • March 29th, 1974: The Volkswagen Golf is launched in Germany.
  • April 2nd, 1974: French president Georges Pompidou dies of cancer.
  • April 3rd, 1974: Super Outbreak: 319 people are killed when a violent tornado outbreak occurs in central parts of the United States.
  • April 3rd, 1974: Kidnap victim Patty Hearst announces via audiotape that she has joined the Symbionese Liberation Army.
  • April 4th, 1974: The BTK killer murders Kathryn Doreen Bright at her home in Wichita.
  • April 6th, 1974: ABBA win the Eurovision Song Contest with their song Waterloo.
  • April 15th, 1974: Kidnap victim Patty Hearst is captured on CCTV taking part in a bank robbery with the Symbionese Liberation Army in San Francisco.
  • This date: April 17th, 1974
  • April 27th, 1974: Soccer: Don Revie has his final game as the manager of Leeds United.
  • May 4th, 1974: FA Cup Final 1974: Liverpool defeat Newcastle United 3-0.
  • May 6th, 1974: 22-year-old Ted Bundy victim Roberta Kathleen Parks vanishes from Oregon State University in Corvallis.
  • May 12th, 1974: The Boston Celtics win the 1974 NBA Finals after they defeat the Milwaukee Bucks 4-3.
  • May 17th, 1974: Football: Bayern Munich win the European Cup after defeating Atletico Madrid 4-0.
  • May 17th, 1974: 33 people are killed when the UVF detonate four car bombs in Dublin and Monaghan in Ireland.
Zodiac info

Horoscope, birthstone and birth flower information.

Zodiac and birthstone information.

NEW! Check out our personality summary image for this birth date.

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on April 17th, 1974, will have the star sign Aries.
  • Zodiac Element: Fire.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1974 was the year of the Tiger (Yang Fire).
  • The Life Path Number for this date is 6.
  • Native American Zodiac: April 17th, 1974 falls under the Falcon.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of April will have the birthstone Diamond.
  • Birth flower (April): The Daisy and the Sweet Pea.

Personality traits.

Check out our personality summary for people who were born on April 17th, 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 April, 1974.

TV shows from April, 1974.

Good Times
Good Times
American sitcom about a family living in a poor, black neighborhood in inner-city Chicago.

Happy Days
Happy Days
TV show that is set in the 1950s / 1960s in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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.

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.

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 April 17th, 1974.

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

Bagpuss
Bagpuss

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

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.

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)

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

Video games

Video games.

Popular video games that people were playing in April 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 April 17th, 1980 instead.

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays.

Celebrities, historical figures and other notable people who were born on April 17th.

William Holden

Actor. Deceased
Born on April 17th, 1918
He turned 56 on this day in 1974.

Sean Bean

English actor.
Born on April 17th, 1959
He turned 15 on this day in 1974.

Redman

Rapper.
Born on April 17th, 1970
He turned 4 on this day in 1974.

Jennifer Garner

Actress.
Born on April 17th, 1972
She turned 2 on this day in 1974.

Tyron Woodley

MMA fighter.
Born on April 17th, 1982
He was born exactly 8 years after this date.

Jake Cornish

Love Island contestant.
Born on April 17th, 1997
He was born exactly 23 years after this date.

USA

US President.

Richard Nixon was the President of the United States on April 17th, 1974.

UK

UK Prime Minister.

Harold Wilson was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on April 17th, 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 April 17th, 1974 was most likely conceived around July 25th, 1973.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on April 17th, 1974 is close to January 8th, 1975.

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Stats for April 17th, 1974

Time difference & statistics.

Here are some fun statistics about April 17th, 1974.

  • A total of 17,608 days have passed since this date.
  • 2,515 weeks have passed.
  • 1,521,331,200 seconds have passed since the April 17th, 1974.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,774,886,400 times.
  • Since April 17th, 1974, the Earth has travelled approximately 785,006,899,200 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 253,555,200 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 130,834,483 steps. That's about 58,149 miles!
  • Since this date, 18,255,974 meteors have entered the Earth's atmosphere!

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