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October 20th, 1974.

October 20th, 1974, was a Sunday. It was day 293 of 1974. The decade was the 1970s.

46 years, 9 months and 3 days have passed since October 20th, 1974.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Libra.

Music charts.

Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on October 20th, 1974.

  • United States: Nothing From Nothing - Billy Preston
  • United Kingdom: Sad Sweet Dreamer - Sweet Sensation
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Cabaret

Top movie at the Box Office.

The movie "Cabaret" was at the top of the box office on October 20th, 1974.

Take me back to October 20th, 1974!

Let's take a stroll down memory lane!

The date is October 20th, 1974 and it's a Sunday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Libra. Currently, people are enjoying their weekend.

The summer is long gone. Temperatures have started to become much cooler and the evenings are beginning to get darker. Fallen leaves have carpeted driveways, lawns, pathways and sidewalks and there's a fresh earthy scent in the ear. Halloween of 1974 is quickly approaching.

In America, the song Nothing From Nothing by Billy Preston is on top of the singles charts. Over in the UK, Sad Sweet Dreamer by Sweet Sensation is the number one hit song. Gerald Ford is currently the President of the United States and the movie Cabaret is at the top of the Box Office.

In the United Kingdom, Harold Wilson is the current Prime Minister. 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 "Emergency!", "The Waltons", "Happy Days" and "Kolchak: The Night Stalker". Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Pong", "Space Race" and "Gotcha". Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "The Pink Panther Show", "The Brady Bunch", "The Adventures of Black Beauty" and "Star Trek: The Animated Series".

If you're a kid or a teenager, then you're probably playing with toys such as the Easy-Bake Oven, G.I. Joe Adventure Team, Kenner SSP Racers and Magnavox Odyssey.

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 October 20th, 1974.

  • Roller skates.

    Roller skates.

    The popularity of roller skates exploded during the later half of the 1970s.

  • Disco music.

    Disco music.

    In the second half of the 1970s, disco music became mainstream. During this period, nightclub-goers often wore extravagant outfits. Furthermore, dances such as the "Hustle", the "Bump" and the "Penguin" also became popular.

  • The Vietnam War is in its final stages.

    The Vietnam War is in its final stages.

    The war in Vietnam was still ongoing at this stage. However, the US military had withdrawn. During this period, North Vietnamese forces continued to win battles and make inroads into the south.

  • 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.

  • Who were the best football players 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.

  • The Godfather Part II.

    The Godfather Part II.

    "The Godfather Part II" won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1974.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • King Faisal.

    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 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 U.K. stock market fared even worse, with the FT 30 losing over 70% of its value.

  • Music cassette tapes are becoming popular.

    Music cassette tapes are becoming popular.

    From about 1972 onward, audio cassettes started to become more widespread. 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.

    Around this period, sales of color TV sets began to surpass sales of the older black-and-white sets. By this stage, almost all of the popular daytime networks were broadcasting in color.

  • Lava lamps are all the rage.

    Lava lamps are all the rage.

    In the late 1960s, sales of lava lamps took off. It wasn't until the second half of the 1970s that they started to go out of fashion.

Basic facts.

Basic facts and information about this date.

  • This date fell on a weekend.
  • 46 years, 9 months and 3 days have passed since October 20th, 1974.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 42 of 1974.
  • Leap Year: 1974 was NOT a leap year.
  • Age: Anyone born on October 20th, 1974, will be 46 years of age.
  • Generation: People born in 1974 belong to the Generation X generation.
  • Unix Timestamp: The Unix Timestamp for this date is 151455600.

Around this time.

Notable events that occurred around October 20th, 1974.

  • September 29th, 1974: Montana crime: Serial killer David Meirhofer commits suicide.
  • October 2nd, 1974: Serial killer Ted Bundy murders 16-year-old Nancy Wilcox in Holladay, Utah.
  • October 9th, 1974: Oskar Schindler dies from a heart attack at the age of 66.
  • This date: October 20th, 1974
  • October 25th, 1974: Bob Marley releases his album "Natty Dread", which contains songs such as "No Woman No Cry".
  • October 30th, 1974: Muhammad Ali defeats George Foreman at the Rumble in the Jungle in Kinshasa, Zaire.
  • November 8th, 1974: Carol DaRonch escapes from serial killer Ted Bundy's car after being abducted.
  • November 8th, 1974: Suspected Ted Bundy victim Debra Jean Kent goes missing after leaving a school play in Bountiful, Utah.
  • November 13th, 1974: Ronald DeFeo, Jr., murders his family at their home in Amityville on Long Island.

Personality traits.

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Horoscope, birthstone & birth flower information.

Zodiac & Birthstone information.

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  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on October 20th, 1974, will have the star sign Libra.
  • However, if you are going by the new star sign system that was discovered in 2020, then the sign for this date is actually Virgo.
  • Zodiac Element: Air.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1974 was the year of the Tiger (Yang Fire).
  • The Life Path Number for this date is 6.
  • Native American Zodiac: October 20th, 1974 falls under the Raven.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of October will have the birthstones Tourmaline and Opal.
  • Birth flower (October): The Marigold and the Cosmos.

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.

  • The Rockford Files - TV show about a Private Detective that was previously jailed for a crime that he didn't commit.
  • Kolchak: The Night Stalker - A journalist investigates the supernatural.
  • Little House on the Prairie - TV show that was set in the 1870s.
  • 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.
  • The Waltons - TV series about a family living in rural Virginia during the Great Depression.
  • 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.
  • The Mary Tyler Moore Show - Sitcom about a career-oriented woman who moves to Minneapolis after separating from her partner.
  • McCloud - A New Mexico deputy marshall gets assigned to Manhattan's 27th Precinct.
  • Marcus Welby, M.D. - Medical drama television program.
  • Columbo. - Crime drama television series starring Peter Falk as Columbo.

Kid's TV shows on October 20th, 1974.

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

  • The New Adventures of Gilligan
  • 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.

  • Dungeons & Dragons
  • Connect Four
  • Magna Doodle
  • Risk board game
  • Shrinky Dinks
  • 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)

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.

Were you born on this date?

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 from their early childhood.

If you are looking for some childhood nostalgia, then check out October 20th, 1980 instead.

Celebrity birthdays.

Celebrities, historical figures and other notable people who were born on October 20th.

Tom Petty

Musician. Deceased
Born on October 20th, 1950
He turned 24 on this day in 1974.

Viggo Mortensen

Actor.
Born on October 20th, 1958
He turned 16 on this day in 1974.

Kamala Harris

US Vice President.
Born on October 20th, 1964
She turned 10 on this day in 1974.

Snoop Dogg

Rapper.
Born on October 20th, 1971
He turned 3 on this day in 1974.

John Krasinski

Actor.
Born on October 20th, 1979
He was born exactly 5 years after this date.

Candice Swanepoel

Actor.
Born on October 20th, 1988
She was born exactly 14 years after this date.

US President.

Gerald Ford was the President of the United States on October 20th, 1974.

UK Prime Minister.

Harold Wilson was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on October 20th, 1974.

Irish Taoiseach.

Liam Cosgrave was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception dates.

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on October 20th, 1974 was most likely conceived around the 10th of January, 1974.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on October 20th, 1974 is close to the 30th of July, 1975.

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Time difference & statistics.

Here are some fun statistics about October 20th, 1974.

  • A total of 17,078 days have passed since this date.
  • 2,439 weeks have passed.
  • 1,475,539,200 seconds have passed since the October 20th, 1974.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,721,462,400 times.
  • Since October 20th, 1974, the earth has travelled approximately 761,378,227,200 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 245,923,200 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 126,896,371 steps. That's about 56,398 miles!
  • Since this date, 17,706,470 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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