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Major Events of 1974

1974 (Roman Numerals: MCMLXXIV) was the 74th year of the 20th century. 1974 was not a leap year, and the first day of the year was a Tuesday.

On this page, we have listed some of the major historical, news and sporting events that took place in 1974.
News Events of 1974

India conducts her first nuclear test.

US President Richard Nixon visits the USSR.

Richard Nixon resigns as US President.

Richard M. Nixon

Turkey invades Cyprus. NATO allies Greece and Turkey, on the brink of war.

Emperor Haile Selassie deposed in Ethiopia.

Haile Selassie

India conducts its first atomic bomb test.

Atomic Bomb

UPC (Universal Product Code) barcodes introduced.

Niue becomes independent from New Zealand.

Altair 8800 microcomputer kit goes on sale.

Mariner 10 is the first space probe to fly by Mercury.

Franklin National Bank collapses, in what is, at the time, the largest bank failure in US history.

Patty Hearst is kidnapped by the Symbionese Liberation Army.

Sports in 1974

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