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October 31, 1974 Halloween

October 31, 1974, was a Thursday. It was 49 years, 7 months, and 14 days ago. The zodiac star sign for this date is Scorpio.

On This Day

Events

Notable events that occurred on October 31, 1974:

  • Ted Bundy abducts 17-year-old Laura Ann Aime from Lehi, Utah.
Song charts

Popular songs

On October 31, 1974, the following songs were at the top of the music charts in the USA and the UK:

  • United States: "You Haven't Done Nothing" by Stevie Wonder
  • United Kingdom: "Everything I Own" by Ken Boothe

The music charts on October 31, 1974

The following songs were dominating the Billboard Hot 100 chart:

  • Then Came You - Dionne Warwicke & Spinners
  • You Haven't Done Nothin - Stevie Wonder
  • You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet/Free Wheelin' - Bachman-Turner Overdrive
  • Jazzman - Carole King
  • The Bitch Is Back - Elton John
Play the top singles from 1974
A Spotify playlist of songs from the year 1974. Take a trip back to the days of Dolly Parton, Barry White, ABBA, Eric Clapton and Lynyrd Skynyrd.
The Longest Yard

Top movie

The top movie on this day was "The Longest Yard".

Facts

Halloween 1974 occurred 18,125 days ago. Approximately 604 months have passed. It was the 304th day of 1974, in week 44. The decade was the seventies. People who were born on October 31, 1974, are now 49 years old and belong to the Generation X generation. 201 seasons of weather have come and gone since then.

Take me back to October 31, 1974

Let's go back to the seventies.

The date is October 31, 1974, and it's a Thursday. 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. It's Halloween, so kids are trick-or-treating and adults are watching horror movies. In America, the song "You Haven't Done Nothing" by Stevie Wonder 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 The Longest Yard is at the top of the box office. Harold Wilson is the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. On television, people are watching popular shows such as "Gunsmoke", "Adam-12", "Hee Haw", and "Marcus Welby, M.D.".

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.

People are playing video games such as "Pong", "Space Race", and "Gotcha". Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "JOT the Dot", "The Adventures of Black Beauty", "Inch High, Private Eye", and "Super Friends". Children are playing with toys such as Operation, Kenner SSP Racers, Shrinky Dinks, and Dungeons & Dragons.

News

News, nostalgia, and fads

These are news stories, trending topics, and fads that were popular on October 31, 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

    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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Events

What happened around this time?

News stories, pop culture trends, and other events that happened around October 31, 1974.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • This date: October 31, 1974
  • 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

Zodiac, birthstone, and birth flower information.

Personality summary image

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on October 31, 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 8.
  • Native American Zodiac: October 31, 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

Television shows in October 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
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

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

Cartoons and children's TV shows in October 1974

If you were a kid on October 31, 1974, then you were probably watching the following cartoons and TV shows:

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
Bagpuss
Bagpuss
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
Toys

Toys 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
Gotcha
Space Race 1973
Space Race
Pong 1972
Pong

Were you born on October 31, 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 31, 1980, instead.

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrities, historical figures, and other notable people who were born on October 31.

John Candy

John Candy

Actor Deceased
Born on October 31, 1950
He turned 24 on this day in 1974.

Larry Mullen Jr

Larry Mullen Jr

U2
Born on October 31, 1961
He turned 13 on this day in 1974.

Rob Schneider

Rob Schneider

Actor
Born on October 31, 1963
He turned 11 on this day in 1974.

Ad-Rock

Ad-Rock

Beastie Boys
Born on October 31, 1966
He turned 8 on this day in 1974.

Vanilla Ice

Vanilla Ice

Rapper
Born on October 31, 1967
He turned 7 on this day in 1974.

Emiliano Sala

Emiliano Sala

Argentine soccer player Deceased
Born on October 31, 1990
He was born exactly 16 years after this date.

Letitia Wright

Letitia Wright

Actress
Born on October 31, 1993
She was born exactly 19 years after this date.

Marcus Rashford

Marcus Rashford

Soccer player
Born on October 31, 1997
He was born exactly 23 years after this date.

Willow Smith

Willow Smith

Singer
Born on October 31, 2000
She was born exactly 26 years after this date.

Holidays

Holidays

National holidays and famous events that fall on October 31:

USA

US President

Gerald Ford was the President of the United States on October 31, 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 October 31, 1974 was most likely conceived around February 7, 1974.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on October 31, 1974 is close to July 24, 1975.

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Stats for October 31, 1974

Statistics

Here are some interesting statistics about October 31, 1974:

  • 18,125 days have passed since this date.
  • 2,589 weeks have passed.
  • 1,565,996,400 seconds have passed since October 31, 1974.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beat approximately 1,826,995,800 times.
  • Since then, the Earth has traveled approximately 808,054,142,400 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 260,999,400 times.
  • You have taken approximately 134,675,690 steps. That's roughly 59,856 miles.
  • 18,791,957 meteors have entered the Earth's atmosphere.
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