October 24, 1974

October 24, 1974, was a Thursday. It was 49 years, 8 months, and 19 days ago. The zodiac star sign for this date is Scorpio.

Song charts

Popular songs

On October 24, 1974, the following songs were at the top of the music charts in the USA and the UK:

  • United States: "Then Came You" by Dionne Warwick & Spinners
  • United Kingdom: "Everything I Own" by Ken Boothe

The Billboard Hot 100 on October 24, 1974

These songs were dominating the music charts:

  • Nothing From Nothing - Billy Preston
  • Then Came You - Dionne Warwicke & Spinners
  • You Haven't Done Nothin - Stevie Wonder
  • I Honestly Love You - Olivia Newton-John
  • Jazzman - Carole King
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Airport 1975

Top movie

The top movie on this day was "Airport 1975".


This date was 18,159 days ago. Approximately 605 months have passed. It was the 297th day of 1974, in week 43. The decade was the seventies. People born on this day are currently 49 years old and belong to the Generation X generation. 202 seasons of weather have come and gone since then.

Take me back to October 24, 1974

Let's take a walk down memory lane.

It is Thursday, October 24, 1974. Babies who are born today will have the star sign Scorpio. The summer is long gone. Temperatures have become much cooler, and the evenings are beginning to get darker.

There is a fresh, earthy scent in the air, and fallen leaves have carpeted driveways, lawns, pathways, and sidewalks. Halloween 1974 is quickly approaching. In America, the song "Then Came You" by Dionne Warwick & Spinners is at the top of the singles charts, while "Everything I Own" by Ken Boothe is the number-one song in the UK.

Gerald Ford is the President of the United States, and the movie Airport 1975 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 Eamon de Valera would be still alive. On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "The Main Chance", "Marcus Welby, M.D.", "The Two Ronnies", and "Happy Days".

Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Pong", "Space Race", and "Gotcha". Children and teenagers are watching television shows such as "Sesame Street", "All in the Family", "Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids", and "Land of the Lost". Popular toys at the moment include Operation, Twister mat, Kenner SSP Racers, and Baby Alive (doll).


News, nostalgia, and fads

These are news stories, trending topics, and fads that were popular on October 24, 1974.

  • Women are going missing in Utah.

    Women are going missing in Utah

    In October and November of 1974, serial killer Ted Bundy was targeting young women in Utah.
  • 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 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

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What happened around this time?

Notable events that happened close to October 24, 1974.

  • September 29, 1974: Montana crime: Serial killer David Meirhofer commits suicide.
  • October 2, 1974: Serial killer Ted Bundy murders 16-year-old Nancy Wilcox in Holladay, Utah.
  • October 9, 1974: Oskar Schindler dies from a heart attack at the age of 66.
  • October 18, 1974: 17-year-old Ted Bundy victim Melissa Anne Smith vanishes from Midvale in Utah.
  • This date: October 24, 1974
  • October 25, 1974: Bob Marley releases his album "Natty Dread", which contains songs such as "No Woman No Cry".
  • October 30, 1974: Muhammad Ali defeats George Foreman at the Rumble in the Jungle in Kinshasa, Zaire.
  • October 31, 1974: Ted Bundy abducts 17-year-old Laura Ann Aime from Lehi, Utah.
  • November 8, 1974:
    • Carol DaRonch escapes from serial killer Ted Bundy's car after being abducted.
    • Ted Bundy victim Debra Jean Kent goes missing after leaving a high school play in Bountiful, Utah.
  • November 13, 1974: Ronald DeFeo, Jr., murders his family at their home in Amityville on Long Island.
  • November 16, 1974: A radio message containing information about humanity and our planet is sent into space.
  • November 20, 1974: UK politics: Labour MP John Stonehouse attempts to fake his own death in Miami, Florida.
  • November 21, 1974: 21 people are killed when two pubs in Birmingham are bombed by the Provisional IRA.
  • November 23, 1974: Massacre of the Sixty: 60 former government officials are executed by the new provisional government in Ethiopia.
Zodiac info


Zodiac, birthstone, and birth flower information.

Personality summary image

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on October 24, 1974, will have the star sign Scorpio.
  • 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 1.
  • Native American Zodiac: October 24, 1974 falls under the Snake.
  • Birthstone: A person during the month of October will have the birthstones Tourmaline and Opal.
  • Birth flower (October): The Marigold and the Cosmos.

1970s fashion

Photographs of 1970s fashion and hairstyles.

1970s fashion

Television shows

TV shows in 1974

In October 1974, TV audiences were watching the following series:

TV shows from October 1974.

Police Woman
Police Woman
The Rockford Files
The Rockford Files
Kolchak: The Night Stalker
Kolchak: The Night Stalker
Harry O
Harry O
Little House on the Prairie
Little House on the Prairie
Good Times
Good Times
Happy Days
Happy Days
The Six Million Dollar Man
The Six Million Dollar Man
Barnaby Jones
Barnaby Jones
Last of the Summer Wine
Last of the Summer Wine

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 October 24, 1974

Cartoons and TV shows that children and teenagers were watching on this day in 1974:

Land of the Lost
Land of the Lost
Wheelie and the Chopper Bunch
Wheelie and the Chopper Bunch
Valley of the Dinosaurs
Valley of the Dinosaurs

Hong Kong Phooey
Hong Kong Phooey
The New Adventures of Gilligan
The New Adventures of Gilligan
Happy Days
Happy Days
The Addams Family
The Addams Family
Super Friends
Super Friends
Bailey's Comets
Bailey's Comets
Inch High, Private Eye
Inch High, Private Eye

Popular toys and games in 1974

If you were a child on this date, then you may have had some of the following toys:

Dungeons & Dragons
Dungeons & Dragons
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)
Video games

Video games

Popular video games that people were playing in October 1974.

Gotcha 1973
Space Race 1973
Space Race
Pong 1972

Were you born on October 24, 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 October 24, 1980, instead.

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrities, historical figures, and other notable people who were born on October 24.

Bill Wyman

Bill Wyman

Born on October 24, 1936
He turned 38 on this day in 1974.

John Kassir

John Kassir

Born on October 24, 1957
He turned 17 on this day in 1974.

Wayne Rooney

Wayne Rooney

Soccer player
Born on October 24, 1985
He was born exactly 11 years after this date.



Born on October 24, 1986
He was born exactly 12 years after this date.



Famous Youtuber
Born on October 24, 1989
He was born exactly 15 years after this date.


US President

Gerald Ford was the President of the United States on October 24, 1974.


UK Prime Minister

Harold Wilson was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.


Irish Taoiseach

Liam Cosgrave was the Taoiseach of Ireland.


Conception dates

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on October 24, 1974 was most likely conceived around January 31, 1974.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on October 24, 1974 is close to July 17, 1975.

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Stats for October 24, 1974


Here are some interesting statistics about October 24, 1974:

  • 18,159 days have passed since this date.
  • 2,594 weeks have passed.
  • 1,568,937,600 seconds have passed since October 24, 1974.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beat approximately 1,830,427,200 times.
  • Since then, the Earth has traveled approximately 809,571,801,600 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 261,489,600 times.
  • You have taken approximately 134,928,634 steps. That's roughly 59,968 miles.
  • 18,827,251 meteors have entered the Earth's atmosphere.
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