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What The World Was Like In 1974 When Richard Nixon Resigned

Forty years ago, Richard Nixon became the first president to resign from the office.

Posted on August 8, 2014, at 4:54 p.m. ET

In 1974....

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• The Cold War was ongoing.

• The U.S. population was just more than two hundred million.

• The U.S. was still in the midst of the Space Race.

• The death penalty was still briefly suspended in the United States (from 1972-1976).

• The energy crisis of the 1970s was ongoing. Gas was sometimes limited in the United States.

• Pioneer 11 made its famous fly-by of Jupiter. Sending back some of the most famous images of the giant gas planet.

Pioneer 11 Photo From NASA

The Sting won best picture.

• The F-16 made its first flight.

• Teruo Nakamura and Hiroo Onoda, two of the last known Japanese soldiers from World War II, who still believed the war to be ongoing, either surrendered or were captured.

• The Oakland Athletics won the World Series. The Miami Dolphins won the Super Bowl. The Boston Celtics won the NBA Championship. The Philadelphia Flyers won the Stanley Cup.

• Hank Aaron broke Babe Ruth's home run record.

• Patty Hearst was kidnapped and then joined her kidnappers in the Symbionese Liberation Army in a famous case of Stockholm Syndrome.

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• Odd-even rationing of gas was ongoing, as a result of the 1973 oil crisis. Drivers with odd-numbered license plates were allowed to purchase gas only on odd-numbered days of the month, and vice versa.

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• The most popular baby name was Jennifer.

All in the Family was the most popular show.

• Stephen King's first novel to be published, Carrie, came out.

• Connect Four was trademarked and first sold.

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• Christian Bale was born.

• Cee Lo Green was born.

• Mark-Paul Gosselaar was born.

• Leonard DiCaprio was born.

• Seth Green was born.

• Alyson Hannigan was born.

• BuzzFeed CEO Jonah Peretti was born.

• Penelope Cruz was born.

• Derek Jeter was born.

• Amy Adams was born.

• Jimmy Fallon was born.

• Duke Ellington died.

• Charles Lindberg died.

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• India tested an atomic bomb.

• The Warsaw radio mast, a giant radio broadcaster in Poland became the world's tallest structure.

• The United Nations voted to give the Palestine Liberation Organization observer status.

• "Lucy," the 3.2-million-year-old bone remnants of an early hominid, was discovered in Ethiopia.

• Turkish Airlines Flight 981 crashed in France killing 346 people.

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• The median U.S. home price was between $34,000 and 37,000.

• Car bombings took place in Dublin and Monaghan, Ireland. The bombings, for which a Northern Ireland paramilitary group claimed responsibility for years later, left 43 dead and wounded 300.

• The Rumble in the Jungle took place in Zaire where Muhammed Ali defeated George Foreman to regain the heavyweight title.