1974: Hank Bests the Babe, Nixon Resigns, Patty Hearst
By Patrick Mondout
Richard Nixon ends nearly three years of investigations into his abuses
of power by resigning
rather than being impeached leaving the United States with an unelected
president. In other news, Patty
Hearst was kidnapped, Hank Aaron beat Babe Ruth's home run record, and
the OPEC oil embargo ends.
January 13: The Miami Dolphins defeat the
Minnesota Vikings 24-7 in Super
January 15: During on-going hearings on Watergate,
court-appointed experts announce the 18.5 minutes of missing audio on the
Watergate tapes were erased.
February 4: Patricia
Hearst is abducted by terrorists from her apartment in Berkeley,
February 13: Writer Aleksadr Solzhenitsyn is
deported by the Soviet Union.
February 28: The United States normalizes
diplomatic relations with Egypt for the first time since 1967.
March 3: A DC-10
loses a cargo door and crashes near Paris. In the worst aviation
accident to date, all 346 passengers and crew are killed.
March 18: The OPEC oil embargo against the
United States ends.
April 4: NATO
celebrates its 25th anniversary.
April 8: Henry "Hank" Aaron overcomes
death threats to break Babe Ruth's record of 714 home runs with his 715th
off Al Downing of the Los Angeles Dodgers in Atlanta.
April 15: Patty
Hearst is seen holding an automatic weapon in front of an SLA
(Symbionese Liberation Army - the group that kidnapped her on February 4)
flag in a photograph distributed by the terrorist organization.
July 7: West Germany defeated the Netherlands
2-1 to win soccer's World Cup.
July 20: Turkey invades Cyprus.
August 8: Facing certain impeachment, Richard
Nixon becomes the first U.S. president to resign.
August 9: Gerald Ford, the first unelected
vice-president, becomes the only unelected president.
September 4: Diplomatic relations are
established with East Germany.
September 10: Evil Knieval makes an unsuccessful
attempt to jump the Snake River Canyon in Idaho.
October 17: President
Ford pardons Richard Nixon for any crimes he may have committed.
November 8: Former Lieutenant Bill Calley, who
had been convicted of murdering 22 civilians in Mylai, Vietnam, is
November 22: The PLO
status at the United Nations.
December 1: A
TWA 727 crashes into hill on approach to Dulles Airport. All 92 aboard
December 19: Nelson Rockefeller becomes the
second unelected vice president (following Gerald Ford a year earlier).