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Photos from a 1975 Brookwood Village brochure

1974 was the 103rd year after the founding of the city of Birmingham.









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Loretta Nall with 2006 campaign sign





See also: List of Birmingham homicides in 1974


In 1974 the crew of Skylab 4 completed a then-record 84 days in orbit. Charles de Gaulle Airport opened in Paris. OPEC ended their oil embargo. The Terracotta Army of Qin Shi Huang was discovered at Xi'an, China. India successfully detonated its first nuclear weapon. The first product was sold by scanning its Universal Product Code (UPC). President Richard Nixon resigned as a result of the Watergate scandal. The Rumble in the Jungle saw Muhammad Ali knock out George Foreman in 8 rounds to regain the Heavyweight title. A skeleton from the hominid species Australopithecus afarensis was discovered and named Lucy.

Notable births in 1974 included model Kate Moss, actor Christian Bale, actor Seth Green, singer James Blunt, acress Eva Mendes, singer Victoria Beckham, acress Penélope Cruz, singer Jewel, singer Alanis Morissette, baseball player Derek Jeter, basketball player Rasheed Wallace, comedian Jimmy Fallon, NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr, actor Leonardo DiCaprio, Mythbuster Kari Byron, and television and radio host Ryan Seacrest.

Notable deaths included movie mogul Samuel Goldwyn, comedian Bud Abbott, musician Duke Ellington, Chief Justice Earl Warren, aviator Charles Lindbergh, television host Ed Sullivan, U. N. Secretary-General U Thant, boxer James J. Braddock, and comedian Jack Benny.

Notable novels of 1974 included Stephen King's Carrie, Peter Benchley's Jaws, John le Carré's Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, and Madeleine L'Engle's A Wind in the Door. Non-fiction works included Carl Bernstein & Bob Woodward' All the President's Men, Vincent Bugliosi's Helter Skelter, and Piers Paul Read's Alive: The Story of the Andes Survivors.

Top box office hits included The Towering Inferno, Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, and Earthquake. The Godfather, Part II took Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Director (Francis Ford Coppola), and Best Supporting Actor (Robert De Niro).

Albums released in 1974 included self-titled debut albums by Bad Company, Kansas, and Kiss, Court and Spark by Joni Mitchell, Good Times by Elvis Presley, and Walls and Bridges by John Lennon. The Grammy Award for Album of the Year went to Fulfillingness' First Finale by Stevie Wonder. Hit singles included Carl Douglas' "Kung Fu Fighting", Terry Jacks' "Seasons in the Sun", The Steve Miller Band's "The Joker", and George McCrae's "Rock Your Baby".

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