May 5th, 1974

May 5th, 1974, fell on a Sunday. It was day 125 of 1974. The decade was the 1970s.

46 years, 8 months and 14 days have passed since May 5th, 1974.



Music Singles

Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on May 5th, 1974:

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

Take Me Back!

The date is May 5th, 1974 and it's a Sunday. 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. People are watching popular TV shows such as "Columbo.", "Maude", "Barnaby Jones" and "Kojak".

Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Pong", "Space Race" and "Gotcha". Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "Sesame Street", "All in the Family", "Star Trek: The Animated Series" and "Happy Days". Popular toys include the likes of "VertiBird (toy helicopter)", "Big Jim (action figure)", "Evel Knievel Stunt Cycle" and "Connect Four".


News Topics, Fads & Culture

Trending news stories and fads that were prevalent throughout this time period. These are news stories and events that would have been in the media on May 5th, 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.
  • 46 years, 8 months and 14 days have passed since May 5th, 1974.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 18 of 1974.
  • Leap Year: 1974 was NOT a leap year.
  • Age: Anyone born on May 5th, 1974, will be 46 years of age.
  • People born in 1974 belong to the "Generation X" generation.
  • Unix Timestamp: The Unix Timestamp for this date is 136940400.


Around This Time...

Notable events that occurred around May 5th, 1974:

  • April 6th, 1974: ABBA win the Eurovision Song Contest with their song Waterloo.
  • May 4th, 1974: FA Cup Final 1974: Liverpool defeat Newcastle United 3-0.
  • 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.

Horoscopes & Birthstone Information

Zodiac & Birthstone information:

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on May 5th, 1974, will have the star sign Taurus.
  • However, if you are going by the new star sign system (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).
  • Native American Zodiac: May 5th, 1974 falls under the Beaver.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of May will have the birthstone Emerald.

Television Shows

TV shows that you might have been watching around this time.

  • 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.

1974 - Kid's TV

Children's and Teen TV shows that would have been airing 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

1974 - Toys & Games

Toys and games that would have been 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
  • Easy-Bake Oven
  • Etch A Sketch

Video Games

Popular video games that you might have been playing around this time.

  • 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 and historical figures that were born on the 5th of May:


Holidays

National holidays and famous events that fall on the 5th of May:

  • Liberation Day (Denmark)
  • Children's Day (Japan)

US President

Who was the US President on May 5th, 1974?

  • Richard Nixon was the President of the United States.

UK Prime Minister

Who was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on May 5th, 1974?

  • Harold Wilson was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

Irish Taoiseach

Who was the Taoiseach (prime minister) of Ireland on this date?

  • Liam Cosgrave was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception Dates

Interesting facts about conception dates.

  • A baby that was born on May 5th, 1974 was probably conceived around the 26th of July, 1973. (Rough Estimate).
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on May 5th, 1974 is the 12th of February, 1975. (Rough Estimate).

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Videos

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Time Difference & Statistics

Here are some fun statistics about May 5th, 1974.

  • 17,061 days have passed since this date.
  • 1,474,074,000 seconds have passed since the May 5th, 1974.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,719,753,000 times.
  • Since May 5th, 1974, earth has travelled approximately 760,622,184,000 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 245,679,000 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 126,770,364 steps. That's about 56,342 miles!
  • Since this date, 17,688,888 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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