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May 4th, 1974.

May 4th, 1974, was a Saturday. It was day 124 of 1974. The decade was the 1970s.

47 years and 2 days have passed since May 4th, 1974.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Taurus.

On this day.

What happened on May 4th, 1974?

  • FA Cup Final 1974: Liverpool defeat Newcastle United 3-0.

Music charts.

Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on May 4th, 1974.

  • United States: The Locomotion - Grand Funk Railroad
  • United Kingdom: Waterloo - ABBA

Take me back to May 4th, 1974!

Let's take a stroll down memory lane!

The date is May 4th, 1974 and it's a Saturday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Taurus. Currently, people are enjoying their weekend.

The summer of 1974 has finally arrived. The weather has warmed up and the evenings are brighter than usual. In America, the song The Locomotion by Grand Funk Railroad is on top of the singles charts. Over in the UK, Waterloo by ABBA is the number one hit song.

Richard Nixon is currently the President of the United States and 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.

On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "McMillan & Wife", "Emergency!", "M*A*S*H" and "Good Times". Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Pong", "Space Race" and "Gotcha". Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "JOT the Dot", "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood", "Sesame Street" and "Happy Days".

Popular toys at the moment include the likes of Etch A Sketch, Clackers, Crissy (doll) and Kenner SSP Racers.

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 May 4th, 1974.

  • 1973-74 stock market crash.

    Between the 11th of January, 1973 and the 6th of 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

  • Barbra Streisand - "The Way We Were".

    "The Way We Were" by Barbra Streisand would go on to win a Grammy for 1974's Song of the Year.

  • The Godfather Part II.

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

  • 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.

  • Watergate Tapes.

    On the 30th of April, 1974, transcripts of the Nixon tapes are released to the House Judiciary committee. On the 24th of July, the Supreme Court rules that US President Nixon must hand over the actual recordings.

Basic facts.

Basic facts and information about this date.

  • This date fell on a weekend.
  • 47 years and 2 days have passed since May 4th, 1974.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 18 of 1974.
  • Leap Year: 1974 was NOT a leap year.
  • Age: Anyone born on May 4th, 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 136854000.

Around this time.

Notable events that occurred around May 4th, 1974.

  • 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: May 4th, 1974
  • 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.

Personality traits.

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Horoscope, birthstone & birth flower information.

Zodiac & Birthstone information.

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  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on May 4th, 1974, will have the star sign Taurus.
  • However, if you are going by the new star sign system that was discovered in 2020, then the sign for this date is actually Aries.
  • 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 3.
  • Native American Zodiac: May 4th, 1974 falls under the Beaver.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of May will have the birthstone Emerald.
  • Birth flower (May): The Lily of the Valley and the Hawthorn.

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.

  • Good Times - American sitcom about a family living in a poor, black neighborhood in inner-city Chicago.
  • Happy Days - TV show that is set in the 1950s / 1960s in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
  • Kojak - TV show about a bald New York detective.
  • Barnaby Jones - 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.
  • M*A*S*H - TV series about an American military medical unit during the Korean War.
  • Maude - Sitcom starring Bea Arthur as Maude Findlay. Spin-off of All in the Family.
  • Emergency! - TV series about a fire department in LA.
  • Upstairs, Downstairs - British drama series about the aristocratic Bellamy family and their household staff.
  • McMillan & Wife - TV show about a San Francisco police commissioner and his wife Sally.
  • All in the Family - American sitcom about the life of a working-class father and his family.
  • The Odd Couple - Starring Tony Randall as Felix Unger and Jack Klugman as Oscar Madison.

Kid's TV shows on May 4th, 1974.

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

  • Bagpuss
  • Happy Days
  • Star Trek: The Animated Series
  • The Adventures of Black Beauty
  • Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids
  • All in the Family
  • Sesame Street
  • The Brady Bunch
  • The Pink Panther Show
  • Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
  • JOT the Dot
  • The Bugs Bunny Show
  • Captain Kangaroo

Popular toys and games in 1974.

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

  • Connect Four
  • Magna Doodle
  • Evel Knievel Stunt Cycle
  • Baby Alive (doll)
  • Shrinky Dinks
  • Magnavox Odyssey
  • Kenner SSP Racers
  • Big Jim (action figure)
  • Uno (card game)
  • Weebles
  • VertiBird (toy helicopter)
  • G.I. Joe Adventure Team
  • Nerf Balls
  • Frisbee
  • Crissy (doll)
  • Clackers
  • Battleship (game)
  • Lite-Brite
  • The Easy-Bake Oven
  • Etch A Sketch

Video games.

Popular video games that people were playing on this date.

  • Gotcha - Arcade game developed by Atari.
  • Space Race - Arcade game in which two players each control a rocket ship.
  • Pong - Table tennis game.

Celebrity birthdays.

Celebrities, historical figures and notable people who were born on the 4th of May.

  • May 4th, 1928: Hosni Mubarak (Egyptian President) (Deceased)
  • May 4th, 1929: Audrey Hepburn (Actress) (Deceased)
  • May 4th, 1987: Cesc Fabregas (Soccer player) was born exactly 13 years after this date.

Holidays.

National holidays and famous events that fall on the 4th of May.

  • Greenery Day (Japan)
  • Star Wars Day

US President.

Richard Nixon was the President of the United States on May 4th, 1974.

UK Prime Minister.

Harold Wilson was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on May 4th, 1974.

Irish Taoiseach.

Liam Cosgrave was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception dates.

Conception estimates for this date.

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Time difference & statistics.

Here are some fun statistics about May 4th, 1974.

  • A total of 17,169 days have passed since this date.
  • 2,452 weeks have passed.
  • 1,483,401,600 seconds have passed since the May 4th, 1974.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,730,635,200 times.
  • Since May 4th, 1974, the earth has travelled approximately 765,435,225,600 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 247,233,600 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 127,572,538 steps. That's about 56,699 miles!
  • Since this date, 17,800,819 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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