1974

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Events

  • January 15 - Dennis Rader commits his first confirmed murders, killing all four members of the Otero family in Wichita, Kansas.
  • January 27 - The Doodler emerges for the first time, killing 49-year old Gerald Cavanaugh.
  • February 27 - William Calley is released from house arrest.
  • March 12 - Ted Bundy commits his first confirmed murder.
  • April 25 - The Estado Novo dictatorship of Portugal is overthrown during the Carnation Revolution.
  • April 25 - End of the Angolan War of Independence.
  • May 18 - The Heaven's Gate cult is founded by Marshall Applewhite.
  • June 8 - Yasser Arafat introduces the Ten Point Program.
  • June 14 - DINA is established as the secret police of Chile.
  • July 16 - Elmer Wayne Henley Jr. is sentenced to life imprisonment for assisting Dean Corll in murdering 28 Texas boys from 1970 to 1973.
  • July 24 - End of the Regime of the Colonels in Greece.
  • August 9 - Richard Nixon resigns from the presidency of the United States in the aftermath of the Watergate scandal.
  • September 12 - The Derg first comes to power in Ethiopia, overthrowing Emperor Haile Selassie I. Beginning of the Ethiopian Civil War.
  • September 30 - Carlos Prats, who was a member of Salvador Allende's government, is assassinated along with his wife Sofía Cuthbert in a car bomb attack perpetrated by the DINA in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
  • November 13 - The DeFeo family murders
  • November 21 - The Irish Republican Army bombs two pubs in Birmingham, England, killing 21 people.
  • December 1 - Anastasio Somoza Deybale is elected President of Nicaragua for the second time.
  • December 8 - The Irish National Liberation Army is founded.

Births

Villain births

Victim births

  • April 8 - Chris Kyle
  • May 9 - Jennifer Harbison
  • May 16 - Eliza Thomas
  • June 22 - Jo Cox
  • November 14 - Adam Walsh

Deaths

Villain deaths

Victim deaths

  • January 15 - Joseph, Julie, Josephine, and Joseph Otero, Jr.
  • January 27 - Gerald Cavanaugh
  • September 30 - Carlos Prats and Sofía Cuthbert
  • December 14 - Charles Dean and Neal Sharman