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News and Events of 1974

World Events

World Statistics

Population: 4.012 billion
population by decade

Nobel Peace Prize:
Eisaku Sato (Japan); Sean MacBride (Ireland)

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U.S. Events

U.S. Statistics

President: Richard M. Nixon
Vice President: Gerald R. Ford
Population: 213,853,928
Life expectancy: 72.0 years
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000): 48.5
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000): 43.9

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Economics

US GDP (1998 dollars):   $1,496.90 billion
Federal spending:   $269.36 billion
Federal debt:   $483.9 billion
Median Household Income
(current dollars):  
$11,197
Consumer Price Index:   49.3
Unemployment:   5.6%
Cost of a first-class stamp:   $0.08 ($0.10 as of 3/2/74)


Sports

Super Bowl
Miami d. Minnesota (24-7)
World Series
Oakland A's d. LA Dodgers (4-1)
NBA Championship
Boston d. Milwaukee (4-3)
Stanley Cup
Philadelphia d. Boston (4-2)
Wimbledon
Women: Chris Evert d. O. Morozova (6-0 6-4)
Men: Jimmy Connors d. K. Rosewall (6-1 6-1 6-4)
Kentucky Derby Champion
Cannonade
NCAA Basketball Championship
N.C. State d. Marquette (76-64)
NCAA Football Champions
Oklahoma (AP) (11-0-0) & USC (UPI, FW, NFF) (10-1-1)
World Cup
W. Germany d. Holland (2-1)

Entertainment

Entertainment Awards

Pulitzer Prizes
Music: Notturno, Donald Martino

Oscars awarded in 1974
Academy Award, Best Picture: The Sting, Tony Bill, Michael Phillips and Julia Phillips, producers (Universal)

Nobel Prize for Literature: Eyvind Johnson and Harry Martinson (both Sweden)

1974 Emmy Awards

1974 Tony Awards

Grammys awarded in 1974
Record of the Year: "Killing Me Softly With His Song," Roberta Flack
Album of the Year: Innervisions, Stevie Wonder (Tamla/Motown)
Song of the Year: "Killing Me Softly With His Song," Norman Gimbel and Charles Fox, songwriters

Miss America: Rebecca Ann King (CO)

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Events

Movies

  • Chinatown, The Godfather Part II, Day for Night, Blazing Saddles, The Towering Inferno

Music

  • Patti Smith, "Hey Joe"

Books

Science

Nobel Prizes in Science

Chemistry: Paul J. Flory (US), for developing analytic methods to study properties and molecular structure of long-chain molecules

Physics: Antony Hewish (UK), for discovery of pulsars; Martin Ryle (UK), for using radiotelescopes to probe outer space with high degree of precision

Physiology or Medicine: George E. Palade, Christian de Duve (both US), and Albert Claude (Belgium), for contributions to understanding inner workings of living cells

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