Some historical events from 1974:
January 1974: Museums and Galleries began charging admission for the first time. A new government post was created, the Secretary of State For Energy. Loyalists were expelled from the Northern Ireland Assembley. Dr Christian Barnard performed a heart transplant, leaving the original heart in place.
February 1974: Ronnie Biggs, one of the 'Great Train' robbers, was arrested in Rio de Janeiro. After 85 days in space, the US Skylab station returned to earth. Miners began striking over a wage dispute. Troops from Iran & Iraq were involved in border clashes. The Russian novelist, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, was expelled from the USSR. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn arrived in Switzerland after being expelled from the USSR.
March 1974: A Labour government took over when Edward Heath resigned. An gunman tried (and failed) to kidnap Princess Anne from her car. US spacecraft Mariner 10 took close-up photographs of the planet Mercury.
April 1974: Britain re-organised its local government system, changing many county names. Glenda Jackson won an Oscar for her role in the film 'A Touch of Class'. Bud Abbott, the US comedian of Abbott & Costello fame, died.
June 1974: Yitzhak Rabin took over from Golda Meir as Israels premier.
July 1974: A terrorist bomb exploded in London's Tower of London. Turkish forces invaded the island of Cyprus.
August 1974: Richard Nixon resigned as US President, the first president to do so. Gerald Ford became the 39th president of the United States. The peace talks in Cyprus broke down, and fresh fighting broke out.
September 1974: The Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird fighter created a new record by flying the Atlantic in under 2 hours. Richard Nixon, ex US Presdient, was pardoned for his part in the Watergate affair. The civil war in Beirut, Lebanon, broke out between the Christians & Muslims. Over 8,000 people were killed by floods caused by hurricanes in Honduras. The world's first Ceefax teletext service was begun in Britain by the BBC.
October 1974: Ed Sullivan, the celebrated US TV presenter, died. Muhammad Ali regained the world heavyweight boxing title, by knocking out George Foreman, in the eighth round in Zaire .
November 1974: After 300 years Covent Garden Market was moved to a new site at Nine Elms London. For the first time since the 1840s, a salmon was caught in the Thames. Dr Donald Coggan became Archbishop of Canterbury. The IRA exploded two bombs in two Birmingham Pubs, killing 17 people and injuring 20 others.
December 1974: Nelson Rockefeller was sworn in as American Vice-President. Popular Electronics displayed the first affordable home computer - the Altair 8800.