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  Timeline: 1974  
   
 
By Barry Boyce, CyclingRevealed Historian
 
Date Race Winner Distance
March 18, 1974 Milan-San Remo Felice Gimondi (Ita) 288 km
March 31, 1974 Tour of Flanders Cees Bal (Hol) 256 km
April 7, 1974 Paris-Roubaix Roger De Vlaeminck (Bel) 274 km
April 21, 1974 Liege-Bastogne-Liege Georges Pintens (Bel) 246 km
April 23-May 12, 1974 Vuelta a Espana Jose Mavel Fuente (Spa) 19 Stages, 2,988 km
May 16-June 9, 1974 Giro d'Italia Eddy Merckx (Bel) 22 Stages, 4,001 km
June 27-July 21, 1974 Tour de France Eddy Merckx (Bel) 22 Stages, 4,105 km
August 25, 1974 World Championships Eddy Merckx (Bel) Montreal, Canada 262.5 km

October 12, 1974

Giro di Lombardia Roger De Vlaeminck (Bel) Milan-Como, 266 km

•  55 MPH - Richard Nixon signed a bill setting the national speed limit at 55 MPH. The lower speed limit was designed to conserve gas during the OPEC oil embargo.

•  February 5, 1974 - Patricia “Patty” Hurst, daughter of publisher Randolph Hurst, was kidnapped by the Symbionese Liberation Army .

•  Nixon Resigns - July 31, 1974, facing impeachment charges, US President Richard M. Nixon resigned the presidency and left office.

•  Germany - Chancellor Willy Brandt resigns from office after it is disclosed that a close aide is an East German spy.

Notable Deaths -
Jack Benny, 1894-1974
, born Benjamin Kubelsky in Waukegan, Illinois, Benny was a brilliant comedian of old-time radio and early television. Known for his cheapness, Benny's comedic timing was legendry; he was the ultimate straight man.

Oscar Schindler, 1908-1974, Nazi industrialist whose factories saved over 1,000 Polish and Czech Jews from Hitler's death camps during WW2. Oscar Schindler's story was told in the 1993, Steven Spielberg movie “Schindler's List.”

 

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