Summer of 1974 – The summer of 1974 stands out in American history with the culmination of the Watergate scandal, leading President Richard Nixon to announce his decision to resign August 9. Click through the gallery for more world events and pop culture landmarks in 1974 that helped define the decade.
Summer of 1974 – Streaking, or the act of running naked through a public place, became popular on college campuses in the 1960s and continued into the 1970s in what the press called an "epidemic."
Summer of 1974 – "CBS Evening News" anchor Walter Cronkite was voted "the most trusted and objective newscaster on television" in 1974 in a national opinion poll. As anchor of the "Evening News" from 1962 to 1981, "Uncle Walter" was the face of network, bringing Americans some of the biggest news events of the latter half of 20th century.
Summer of 1974 – American tennis pro Chris Evert's Grand Slam streak began at the 1974 French Open in June and continued for 13 consecutive seasons. The next month, she won her first singles championship at Wimbledon.
Summer of 1974 – The Oakland Athletics' journey to their third World Series in a row continued in the summer of 1974, culminating in a Game 5 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Summer of 1974 – L.A. Dodger Steve Garvey was named the National League Most Valuable Player in 1974, the same year he made his debut at the All-Star Game.
Summer of 1974 – The 1970s did not exactly usher in a new wave of groundbreaking television. One exception was Garry Marshall's nostalgia vehicle "Happy Days," a hit among viewers, who made it one of NBC's most-watched shows during the summer of 1974.
Summer of 1974 – On other networks, long-running television series such as NBC's "Columbo" dominated the airwaves. Even in summer reruns, viewers eagerly tuned in to see Peter Falk's beloved homicide detective solve crimes in a reverse whodunit format.
Summer of 1974 – CBS coasted through 1974 on the success of "All in the Family," which broke ground for its depiction of a working-class family whose constant bickering stood in stark contrast to the peaceable families of 1960s television. The series debuted in 1971 and was still one of the network's top-rated shows in the summer of 1974.
Summer of 1974 – Books released earlier in the year such as Peter Benchley's "Jaws" remained popular reads into the summer.
Summer of 1974 – "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy," the first novel of John LeCarre's Karla Trilogy, debuted in June 1974.
Summer of 1974 – The beloved Rubik's cube was invented in 1974 by Hungarian professor Erno Rubik. It would take a few years for it to land in American toy stores and become one of the most iconic toys of the 1980s.