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1974

September 14, 2010


Ever noticed how some numbers fall out of the loop, so to speak? They never appear on T shirts or in graphic design while some others are repeated over and over again.

This used to frustrate me a bit when my head was still covered in thick black hair and shaving was still a thing to be proud of. How cool would it be to have a T shirt with the number of the year I was born went my youthfull fixation. Only, there were none around. Not 74, not 1974. There was a bunch of 76s, 72s, 68s, 32s, 84s, 69s etc. But never a 74. When I finally found one 1974 T shirt a few years ago, the idea suddenly seemed silly to me. I gave it a second look, and walked away. Perhaps a plain 74 would do now.

So what about 1974? 

The year started on Tuesday. Yugoslavia adopted a new constitution which made Yugoslav Leader Marshal Josip Broz Tito president for life, gave more regional autonomy to constituent parts of federation and introduced new organisational structure for companies (TOZD and SOZD). Estimate of World population reached 4 billion and Nixon was forced to resign due to Watergate. In Spain, Penelope Cruz was born, in Ethipia, Lucy was discovered and in the Philippines, a Japanese officer learned after 30 years of hiding that the WW2 has ended. Steam engines stopped running on Nova Gorica-Jesenice railroad and Yugoslavia defeated Zaire 9:0 in world cup in West Germany. In USA, the first retail product was sold using a barcode reader and BBC aired the last new episode of Monty Python’s Flying Circus. India became 6th country to possess nuclear weapons, in Chichago Sears tower was completed and near Zagreb, a train derailed killing 153 people. Yugoslav rock band Bijelo dugme releases their debut studio album Kad bi bio bijelo dugme and in one of the coldest mornings of that winter, my mother goes into labour. Ten years later, the first Coke vending machine appeared in Sarajevo, though according to Miljenko Jergović, it stopped being refilled after the Olympic games ended.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. September 16, 2010 2:47 am

    1974 was the year when I was 17 years old and left Australia by myself to travel in south east asia for two years.

  2. September 25, 2010 1:24 pm

    I was two in 74, so recollections are a bit fuzzy. I have to admit that I do have a rather sweet spot for the 70’s, though.

    -TP

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