1974 in the United Kingdom

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Events from the year 1974 in the United Kingdom. The year is marked by the Three-Day Week, two General Elections, one change of national government, a state of emergency in Northern Ireland, extensive Provisional Irish Republican Army bombing of the British mainland, several large company collapses and major local government reorganisation.

Incumbents[edit]

Events[edit]

January[edit]

  • January – Britain enters its first postwar recession after statistics show that the economy contracted during the third and fourth quarters of last year. [1]
  • 1 January
  • 1 January–7 March – The Three-Day Week was introduced by the Conservative Government as a measure to conserve electricity during the period of industrial action by coal miners.[2]

February[edit]

March[edit]

April[edit]

May[edit]

June[edit]

July[edit]

August[edit]

September[edit]

  • 12 September – Brian Clough was dismissed after less than two months as manager of Leeds United following a disappointing start to the Football League season.[28]
  • 23 September – Ceefax was started by the BBC - one of the first public service information systems.[5]
  • 30 September – With the year's second General Election 10 days away, opinion polls showed Labour in the lead with Harold Wilson well placed to gain the overall majority that no party had achieved in the election held seven months earlier.[29]

October[edit]

November[edit]

December[edit]

  • 5 December – Party Political Broadcast, the final episode of Monty Python's Flying Circus, was broadcast on BBC2.
  • 10 December
  • 15 December – New speed limits were introduced on Britain's roads in an attempt to save fuel at a time of Arab fuel embargoes following the Yom Kippur War.[46]
  • 18 December – The government paid £42,000 to families of victims of Bloody Sunday riots in Northern Ireland.[47]
  • 22 December – The London home of Conservative Party leader and former Prime Minister Edward Heath was bombed in a suspected Provisional IRA attack. He had been away from home when the bomb exploded, but returned just 10 minutes afterwards.[48]
  • 24 December – Former government minister John Stonehouse was found living in Australia having faked his own death. He was quickly arrested by Australian police, who initially believed that he was Lord Lucan.[49]

Undated[edit]

Publications[edit]

Births[edit]

Deaths[edit]

References[edit]

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