August 8th, 1974

August 8th, 1974, fell on a Thursday. It was day 220 of 1974. The decade was the 1970s.

45 years, 10 months and 26 days have passed since August 8th, 1974.


On This Date

Events that occurred on August 8th, 1974:

  • U.S. President Richard Nixon announces live on television that he will resign.


Music Singles

Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on August 8th, 1974:

  • United States: Feel Like Makin' Love - Roberta Flack
  • United Kingdom: Rock Your Baby - George McCrae

Take Me Back!

The date is August 8th, 1974 and it's a Thursday. It's summer, so the temperatures are warmer and the evenings are longer than usual. In America, the song Feel Like Makin' Love by Roberta Flack is on top of the singles charts.

Over in the UK, Rock Your Baby by George McCrae 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 Mary Tyler Moore Show", "Emergency!", "Last of the Summer Wine" and "Barnaby Jones". Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Pong", "Space Race" and "Gotcha". Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "Captain Kangaroo", "Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids", "Happy Days" and "Bagpuss".

Popular toys include the likes of "Lite-Brite", "Clackers", "VertiBird (toy helicopter)" and "Weebles".


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 August 8th, 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.

  • Nixon Impeachment

    Recently-released presidential tapes reveal that Nixon had been involved in the attempted cover-up of the Watergate Scandal. It is now looking extremely likely that the president will be impeached.


Basic Facts

Basic facts and information about this date:

  • 45 years, 10 months and 26 days have passed since August 8th, 1974.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 32 of 1974.
  • Leap Year: 1974 was NOT a leap year.
  • Age: Anyone born on August 8th, 1974, will be 45 years of age.
  • People born in 1974 belong to the "Generation X" generation.
  • Unix Timestamp: The Unix Timestamp for this date is 145148400.


Around This Time...

Notable events that occurred around August 8th, 1974:

  • July 15th, 1974: News anchor Christine Chubbuck commits suicide during a live broadcast on WXLT-TV in Sarasota, Florida.
  • July 20th, 1974: Turkey invades Cyprus.
  • August 9th, 1974: The Watergate scandal forces Richard Nixon to resign as President of the United States.
  • August 9th, 1974: Vice President Gerald Ford becomes the 38th President of the United States.
  • August 14th, 1974: Turkey invades Cyprus again.

Horoscopes & Birthstone Information

Zodiac & Birthstone information:

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on August 8th, 1974, will have the star sign Leo.
  • Zodiac Element: Fire.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1974 was the year of the Tiger (Yang Fire).
  • Native American Zodiac: August 8th, 1974 falls under the Salmon.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of August will have the birthstone Peridot.

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)
  • 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

Celebrity Birthdays

Celebrities and historical figures that were born on the 8th of August:


Holidays

National holidays and famous events that fall on the 8th of August:

  • Peace Festival

US President

Who was the US President on this particular date?

  • Richard Nixon was the President of the United States on August 8th, 1974.

Conception Dates

Interesting facts about conception dates.

  • A baby that was born on August 8th, 1974 was probably conceived around the 29th of October, 1973. (Rough Estimate).
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on August 8th, 1974 is the 18th of May, 1975. (Rough Estimate).

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.

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Videos

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Time Difference & Statistics

Here are some fun statistics about August 8th, 1974.

  • 16,766 days have passed since this date.
  • 1,448,582,400 seconds have passed since the August 8th, 1974.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,690,012,800 times.
  • Since August 8th, 1974, earth has travelled approximately 747,468,518,400 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 241,430,400 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 124,578,086 steps. That's about 55,368 miles!
  • Since this date, 17,382,989 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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