Israeli Knesset decress that the Ethiopian Falashas are indeed Jews because they are the descendants of the Tribe of Dan.
Plurality decision of the DC Circuit Court of Appeals in Zweibon v. Mitchell (516 F.2d. 594) holds that a warrant was constitutionally required in a wiretap case involving a domestic organization that is not the agent of or working with a foreign power that poses a national security threat. The wiretap target was the Jewish Defense League or JDL.
January 1: Federal Hourly Minimum Wage is raised from $2.00 (1974) to $2.10 an hour. At a moment of national political crisis, the lowest paid workers are thrown a bone!
January 4: U.S. Pres. Gerald Ford issues Executive Order No. 11828 on CIA Activities within the U.S.
January 8: Judge John J. Sirica orders release of Watergate figures John W. Dean III, Herbert W. Kalmbach and Jeb Stuart Magruder from prison.
January 16: House Democratic Caucus votes out Texas Representative W.R. Poage as incumbent chair of the House Agriculture Committee by 146 to 141 and votes out Louisiana Representative F. Edward Hebert as incumbent chair of the House Armed Services Committee by 152 to 133.
January 17: Another cease-fire in Northern Ireland ends.
January 23: U.S. Department of Defense announces that Israel will buy 200 Lance missiles, armed with conventional warheads but capable of carrying nuclear warheads.
January 27: Senate Resolution 21 establsihes a select committee to investigation of FBI and CIA illegal activities began. The Church Commitee report is released on November 20.
May 7: U.S. Pres. Gerald Ford pretentiously declares an end to the "Vietnam era." By this typically conservative fraud he means that none of those responsible wil be held politically accountable.
May 7: Reunified Vietnam stages celebration of victory in Ho Chi Minh City, the former Saigon.
May 8: Anti-aparthied lawyer Bram Fischer dies.
May 12: Mayaguez Incident begins when the Kmer Rouge seize the container ship Mayaguez and its 39 crew members captive. The Republican Ford adminsitration overreacts by using military force and ends up with 41 dead and 50 wounded Americans.
September 5: Lynete "Squeaky" Fromme, Charles Manson family follower, attempts to assassinate Republican U.S. President Gerald R. Ford in Sacramento, California. Her .45 caliber handgun misfired.
September 19: Pres. Ford establishes the Intelligence Coordinating Group (ICG) to thwart the Church Committee investigators. ICG Members include National Security Advisor/Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, CIA Director William Colby and Chief of Staff Donald Rumsfeld.
September 22: Food charity volunteer Sara Jane Moore attempts to assassinate Republican U.S. President Gerald R. Ford in San Francisco, California. She fires a single shot from .38 caliber revolver but misses. After conviction she is imprisoned until January 1, 2008. In a 2007 KGO-TV interview she explained her reasoning at trhe time: "I was functioning, I think, purely on adrenaline and not thinking clearly. I have often said that I had put blinders on and I was only listening to what I wanted to hear."
November 1: English doctor Sheila Cassidy is arrested by the agents of Dirección de Inteligencia Nacional (DINA), the Chilean secret police for treating a wounded political dissident. Held at the torture center called Villa Grimaldi, she is tortured using electrical shocks called parilla or the grill. Two months after her arrest she is released and allowed to return to Britain. The authoritarian regime that tortured her was installed in power by the conservative Nixon administration at the urging of Hillary Clinton mentor and then U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and supported by conservative British government of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.
November 15: Ronald Reagan telephones Gerlad Ford to inform him that he planned to run for the Republican nomination for POTUS.
November 20: Spanish Dictator Francisco Franco dies after a long illness, and Spain is transformed into a constitutional monarchy. For weeks afterward Saturday Night Live continues to report in its paradody news program that "General Francisco Franco is still dead."