PEOPLE Magazine 40th Anniversary

40 Years Later: Headline Makers
Then & Now

Who was making news in 1974, the year PEOPLE published its first issue? From Stephen King to Barbara Walters to Hank Aaron, look back at who filled our pages then – and find out what they're doing today


1974: In an April 8 game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Atlanta Braves outfielder, 40, sent a high fastball into his team's left-centerfield bullpen and made history – it was his 715th homerun and it broke Babe Ruth's long-standing record.
2014: Considered one of baseball's all-time greatest hitters, Aaron retired his pinstripes in 1976 and joined the Braves front office. Today, the 80-year-old is a senior vice president, with a particular interest in promoting minority hiring.