May 17th, 1974, fell on a Friday. It was day 137 of 1974. The decade was the 1970s.
46 years, 2 months and 26 days have passed since May 17th, 1974.
On This Date
Events that occurred on May 17th, 1974:
33 people are killed when the UVF detonate four car bombs in Dublin and Monaghan in Ireland.
Football: Bayern Munich win the European Cup after defeating Atletico Madrid 4-0.
Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on May 17th, 1974:
United States: The Streak - Ray Stevens
United Kingdom: Sugar Baby Love - Rubettes
Take Me Back!
The date is May 17th, 1974 and it's a Friday. People are looking forward to the 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 Streak by Ray Stevens is on top of the singles charts. Over in the UK, Sugar Baby Love by Rubettes is the number one hit song. Richard Nixon is currently the President of the United States.
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 "The Odd Couple", "McMillan & Wife", "Kojak" and "Good Times". 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 "Star Trek: The Animated Series". Popular toys include the likes of "Clackers", "VertiBird (toy helicopter)", "Shrinky Dinks" and "Baby Alive (doll)".
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 17th, 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.
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.
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 and information about this date:
46 years, 2 months and 26 days have passed since May 17th, 1974.
Week Number: This date occurred during Week 20 of 1974.
Leap Year: 1974 was NOT a leap year.
Age: Anyone born on May 17th, 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 137977200.
Around This Time...
Notable events that occurred around May 17th, 1974:
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.
June 13th, 1974: The opening day of the 1974 FIFA World Cup in West Germany.
Horoscopes & Birthstone Information
Zodiac & Birthstone information:
Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on May 17th, 1974, will have the star sign Taurus.
Taurus is the star sign for this date in both the old and the new system.
Zodiac Element: Earth.
Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1974 was the year of the Tiger (Yang Fire).
Native American Zodiac: May 17th, 1974 falls under the Beaver.
Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of May will have the birthstone Emerald.
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:
Evel Knievel Stunt Cycle
Baby Alive (doll)
Kenner SSP Racers
Big Jim (action figure)
VertiBird (toy helicopter)
G.I. Joe Adventure Team
Etch A Sketch
Celebrities and historical figures that were born on the 17th of May:
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.
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Time Difference & Statistics
Here are some fun statistics about May 17th, 1974.
16,889 days have passed since this date.
1,459,209,600 seconds have passed since the May 17th, 1974.
If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,702,411,200 times.
Since May 17th, 1974, earth has travelled approximately 752,952,153,600 miles through space.
If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 243,201,600 times.
If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 125,492,026 steps. That's about 55,774 miles!
Since this date, 17,510,515 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!
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