1974

   

 
   
My first trip to the zoo.
 
My first beer...or two.
  Playing with my trains.   Hanging with Dad.

 

Sports History
..Philadelphia Phillies (MBL) ..80-82
..Philadelphia Flyers (NHL) ..50-16-12 ..Won Stanley Cup
..Philadelphia Eagles (NFL) ..7-7
..Philadelphia 76ers (NBA) ..25-57
..Philadelphia Bell (WFL) football ..9-11-0
..Philadelphia Atoms (NASL) soccer ..8-1-11
..Penn State (College Football) ..10-2


What Happened This Year?
Richard Nixon becomes the first United States president to resign office. Nixon sought to avoid an impeachment trial stemming from lurid Watergate discoveries. Vice-President Gerald Ford is sworn in and grants Nixon a full pardon.

Dreyfus offers the first money-market fund for small individual investors. Within six years, there will be over 100 such funds available.

Primitive word processors begin to populate offices. The machines resemble typewriters and permit basic text-editing.

Congress approves the Election Reform Act, limiting contributions to presidential campaigns and capping the presidential candidate's budget. The act encourages the growth of political action committees (PACs).

French President Georges Pompidou dies of cancer; former minister of finance Valery Giscard d'Estaing assumes office and continues Gaullist independent foreign policy.

EMI Records, flush from sales of The Beatles' records, develops the CAT scanner which is found in broad use this year and enhances the diagnostic process.

Inflation is climbing around the world; the Dow Jones' low of 570.01 is half of its high (1036.27) of two years ago.

Turkish forces invade Cyprus, spurring Greece to mobilize troops. Former Premier Constantine Karamanlis returns from exile to head the Greek government after the military junta resigns.

India successfully detonates an atomic bomb and becomes the fifth nuclear power in the world.

OPEC jacks up oil prices, and President Nixon signs an act limiting highway speeds to 55 MPH which successfully conserves fuel.

Dr. Henry Heimlich describes the Heimlich Maneuver, a technique to help prevent people from choking to death, in a medical journal.