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Famous 40-Somethings

Notable Businesses that Turned 40 This Year



In 1974 . . .

Gas cost $0.53/ gallon.

Average cost of a new car was $3,750.

Cost of a ski lift ticket at Sun Valley was $30.

The average cost of a pint of beer was $1.25.

The average household income was $11,197.

Life expectancy for Americans was only 72 years (It’s almost 79 now!).

“The Sting” won the Oscar for Best Picture.

“Killing Me Softly With His Song” by Roberta Flack won the Grammy for Best Song of the Year.

 “Little House on the Prairie” and “Happy Days” were the most popular TV shows.

Stephen King’s first hit book “Carrie” was published.

Muhammad Ali defeated George Foreman at the “Rumble in the Jungle” in Zaire.
 “Gravity’s Rainbow” by Thomas Pynchon won the National Book Award.












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