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July 16, 1974

July 16, 1974, was a Tuesday. It was the 197th day of 1974. The decade was the seventies.

49 years, 7 months, and 20 days have passed since July 16, 1974.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Cancer.

Birthdays

Born on July 16, 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 July 16, 1974:

  • United States: "Rock Your Baby" by George McCrae
  • United Kingdom: "She" by Charles Aznavour

The Billboard Hot 100 on July 16, 1974

These songs were dominating the music charts:

  • Rock Your Baby - George McCrae
  • ANNIE's SONG - John Denver
  • Rock The Boat - The Hues Corporation
  • Sundown - Gordon Lightfoot
  • On And On - Gladys Knight And The Pips
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The Exorcist

Top movie

The movie "The Exorcist" was at the top of the box office on this day.

Facts

This date was 18,130 days ago. Approximately 604 months have passed. It was the 197th day of 1974, in week 29. The decade was the seventies. People born on this day are currently 49 years old and belong to the Generation X generation. We have gone through approximately 201 seasons of weather since this date.

Take me back to July 16, 1974

Let's take a walk down memory lane.

It is Tuesday, July 16, 1974. Babies who are born today will have the star sign Cancer. The summer of 1974 is in full swing. The weather is warm, and the evenings are brighter than usual. Most schools and colleges are now finished until August or September.

In America, the song "Rock Your Baby" by George McCrae is at the top of the singles charts, while "She" by Charles Aznavour 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 "Adam-12", "The Main Chance", "The Odd Couple", and "Barnaby Jones". Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Pong", "Space Race", and "Gotcha". Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "Dastardly and Muttley in Their Flying Machines", "The Electric Company", "The Adventures of Black Beauty", and "Inch High, Private Eye".

Popular toys at the moment include VertiBird (toy helicopter), Uno (card game), Kenner SSP Racers, and Connect Four.

News

News, nostalgia, and fads

These are news stories, trending topics, and fads that were popular on July 16, 1974.

  • The Watergate tapes.

    The Watergate tapes

    On April 30th, 1974, transcripts of the Nixon tapes were released to the House Judiciary Committee. However, on July 24th, the Supreme Court ruled that the president must hand over the actual recordings.
  • 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

    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 July 16, 1974.

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Events

What happened around this time?

Notable events that happened close to July 16, 1974.

  • June 20, 1974: The mystery film "Chinatown" is released.
  • July 7, 1974: West Germany win the 1974 FIFA World Cup after beating the Netherlands 2-1.
  • July 12, 1974: Soccer: Bill Shankly resigns from his role as manager of Liverpool Football Club.
  • July 14, 1974: Ted Bundy abducts and murders two women at a beach near Lake Sammamish State Park.
  • July 15, 1974: News anchor Christine Chubbuck commits suicide during a live broadcast on WXLT-TV in Sarasota, Florida.
  • This date: July 16, 1974
  • July 20, 1974:
    • Turkey invades Cyprus.
    • Soccer: Brian Clough is named as the new manager of Leeds United.
  • July 24, 1974: The US Supreme Court orders President Nixon to hand over subpoenaed White House tapes to the Watergate special prosecutor.
  • July 30, 1974: Watergate scandal: US President Richard Nixon releases recordings from the White House after being forced to do so by the Supreme Court.
  • August 8, 1974: U.S. President Richard Nixon announces live on television that he will resign.
  • August 9, 1974:
    • The Watergate scandal forces Richard Nixon to resign as President of the United States.
    • Vice President Gerald Ford becomes the 38th President of the United States.
  • August 14, 1974: Turkey invades Cyprus again.
Zodiac info

Zodiac

Zodiac, birthstone, and birth flower information.

Personality summary image

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on July 16, 1974, will have the star sign Cancer.
  • 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 8.
  • Native American Zodiac: July 16, 1974 falls under the Woodpecker.
  • Birthstone: A person during the month of July will have the birthstone Ruby.
  • Birth flower (July): The Larkspur and the Water Lily.

1970s fashion

Photographs of 1970s fashion and hairstyles.

1970s fashion

Television shows

TV series on July 16, 1974

TV audiences were watching the following shows on July 16, 1974:

TV shows from July 1974.

Good Times
Good Times
Happy Days
Happy Days
Kojak
Kojak
The Six Million Dollar Man
The Six Million Dollar Man
Barnaby Jones
Barnaby Jones
Last of the Summer Wine
Last of the Summer Wine
M*A*S*H
M*A*S*H
The Bob Newhart Show
The Bob Newhart Show
The Waltons
The Waltons
Maude
Maude
The Rookies
The Rookies
Emergency!
Emergency!
Sanford and Son
Sanford and Son
Upstairs, Downstairs
Upstairs, Downstairs
Soul Train
Soul Train
McMillan & Wife
McMillan & Wife
The Two Ronnies
The Two Ronnies
All in the Family
All in the Family
The Odd Couple
The Odd Couple
The Mary Tyler Moore Show
The Mary Tyler Moore Show
McCloud
McCloud
Medical Center
Medical Center
Marcus Welby, M.D.
Marcus Welby, M.D.
The Main Chance
The Main Chance
Hee Haw
Hee Haw
Adam-12
Adam-12
Hawaii Five-O
Hawaii Five-O

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 July 16, 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

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 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
Troll doll
Troll doll
Video games

Video games

Popular video games that people were playing in July 1974.

Gotcha 1973
Gotcha
Space Race 1973
Space Race
Pong 1972
Pong

Were you born on July 16, 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 July 16, 1980, instead.

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrities, historical figures, and other notable people who were born on July 16.

Will Ferrell

Will Ferrell

Actor
Born on July 16, 1967
He turned 7 on this day in 1974.

Corey Feldman

Corey Feldman

Actor
Born on July 16, 1971
He turned 3 on this day in 1974.

Bobby Lashley

Bobby Lashley

Wrestler
Born on July 16, 1976
He was born exactly 2 years after this date.

Gareth Bale

Gareth Bale

Welsh soccer player
Born on July 16, 1989
He was born exactly 15 years after this date.

USA

US President

Richard Nixon was the President of the United States on July 16, 1974.

UK

UK Prime Minister

Harold Wilson was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

Ireland

Irish Taoiseach

Liam Cosgrave was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception

Conception dates

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on July 16, 1974 was most likely conceived around October 23, 1973.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on July 16, 1974 is close to April 8, 1975.

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Stats for July 16, 1974

Statistics

Here are some interesting statistics about July 16, 1974:

  • 18,130 days have passed since this date.
  • 2,590 weeks have passed.
  • 1,566,435,600 seconds have passed since July 16, 1974.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beat approximately 1,827,508,200 times.
  • Since then, the Earth has traveled approximately 808,280,769,600 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 261,072,600 times.
  • You have taken approximately 134,713,462 steps. That's roughly 59,873 miles!
  • Since this date, 18,797,227 meteors have entered the Earth's atmosphere!
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