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Welcome to Retroville! It's 1974!


  • President Richard M. Nixon resigns as President
  • Gerald R. Ford is sworn in as the 38th U.S. President
  • Patricia "Patty" Hearst, 19-year old daughter of publishing magnate Randolph Hearst, is kidnapped by the Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA)
  • President Ford grants a full, free, and absolute pardon to former President Richard Nixon
  • Giorgio Fischer of Rome invents liposuction
  • On April 3 and 4 an amazing series of 148 tornadoes ripped across 13 states in the South and Midwest with the deadliest tornado hitting Xenia, Ohio, leaving a total number dead of 350 and doing more than $600 million in damage in the largest known outbreak of tornadoes in U.S. history
  • Lucy, a 3 million year old hominid, is discovered by Donald Johansen
  • Oakland A's defeat LA Dodgers to win the World Series
  • Chris Evert and Jimmy Connors take control of the pro tennis circuit


  • CBS Radio Mystery Theater
  • I Was a Communist for the FBI
  • National Lampoon Radio Hour
  • Theater USA


  • The New Land
  • Friends and Lovers
  • NFL Monday Night Football
  • Happy Days
  • Good Times
  • The Man Hunter
  • Little House on the Prairie
  • Lucas Tanner
  • Petrocelli
  • Harry O
  • Movin On
  • Night Stalker
  • Chico and the Man
  • Rockford Files
  • Police Woman
  • Fawlty Towers


  • Post-It notes
  • Rubik's Cube
  • Sit-n-Spin
  • Digger the Dog
  • Connect Four (the game)
  • MoPeds


  • Car: $4,440
  • Gasoline: 53 cents per gallon
  • House: $38,900
  • Bread: 28 cents per loaf
  • Milk: $1.39 per gallon
  • Postage Stamp: 10 cents
  • Average Annual Salary: $14,711
  • Minimum Wage: $2.00 per hour


  • Godfather Part II - crime drama by Francis Ford Coppola starring Al Pacino, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton, and Robert DeNiro


  • Raisin - based on "A Raisin in the Sun" by Lorraine Hansberry, music by Judd Woldin, lyrics by Robert Brittan, starring Joe Morton, Ralph Carter, Ernestine Jackson, and Virginia Capers


  • The Americans: The Democratic Experience by Daniel J. Boorstin (history)
  • O'Neill, Son and Artist by Louis Sheaffer (biography)
  • The Dolphin by Robert Lowell (poetry)
  • The Denial of Death by Ernest Becker (non-fiction)


  • Sean MacBride, Ireland, 1904-1988, President of the International Peace Bureau, Geneva, United Nations Commissioner for Namibia; and
  • Eisaku Sato, Japan, 1901-1975, former Prime Minister of Japan


  • Seasons in the Sun by Terry Jacks
  • The LocoMotion by Grand Funk
  • Kung Fu Fighting by Carl Douglas
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