40 Years Later: Headline Makers Then & Now
1974: When the publishing heir, 19, was kidnapped by anti-government radicals from her Berkeley, California, apartment on Feb. 4, Americans were horrified. But two months later sympathy turned to outrage when Hearst declared her allegiance to her captors and was photographed wielding a semi-automatic during a San Francisco bank robbery.
2014: After serving time in prison for almost two years, Hearst married her former bodyguard and had two daughters, Gillian and actress-model Lydia Hearst. Recently widowed, Hearst, 59, lives in a quiet New York suburb and occasionally acts and does speaking engagements.
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.
1974: At age 10, she became the youngest actress to win an Academy Award when she took home the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for Paper Moon. Though her dad and costar, Ryan O'Neal, told PEOPLE his wish for Tatum, who had discipline problems, was "to be happy, not indulgent, and to know where the limits are," his daughter's unstable home life continued to impact her behavior.
2014: Her problems carried into adulthood, and O'Neal, now 50 and still acting, chronicled them all – neglect, drug abuse, divorce from tennis player John McEnroe – in two tell-all memoirs. After her 27-year-old son Kevin was arrested for allegedly buying drugs in July 2014, she Tweeted, "Addiction is a disease. Not a moral issue. Support, Empathy, Love."
1974: Women swooned for the good-looking New York Jets quarterback, 31, the best-known athlete in America. But while his playboy lifestyle kept him up late at night, his creaky knees and ankles kept him on the bench for half of the Jets games that year. Still, he kept busy with endorsement deals, which reportedly netted him over a million dollars annually. When asked why he was making a linens commercial, "Broadway Joe" said, "It's one of the things I always get asked on the banquet circuit. People, mostly women, want to know what color sheets I have, who makes them and are they soft?"
2014: An unofficial spokesman and goodwill ambassador for the Jets, Namath, 71, keeps busy with his business ventures and hosting a weekly radio show during football season.
1974: His bad-boy temperament was almost as famous as his talent on the tennis court. Connors, then 22, won Wimbledon, the U.S. Open and every Grand Slam singles match except the French Open that year, collecting almost $300,000, an unprecedented sum for the sport. But Connors lost the ultimate match – marriage to his tennis superstar girlfriend Chris Evert – when the two broke off their engagement.
2014: Connors, 62, is a sought-after expert who's done tournament analysis and color commentary for NBC, the BBC and the Tennis Channel. In 2013, he wrote a controversial memoir, The Outsider.
1974: The actress, 34, graduated from being Mary Richards's sidekick in the classic sitcom The Mary Tyler Moore Show to starring in her own series, Rhoda. It ended up the top-ranked new show of the year.
2014: After successfully battling lung cancer in 2009, Harper received stunning news four years later that she had terminal brain cancer. Despite the dire diagnosis, the actress has chosen to continue working, competing on Dancing with the Stars later that year and appearing on an episode of Hot in Cleveland with her MTM pals – Moore, Cloris Leachman, Betty White and Georgia Engel. As for her health, Harper, 74, recently got some good news: Her cancer, she says,
1974: Before Fifty Shades of Grey, there was Fear of Flying, Jong's erotic novel that quickly became a best seller (27 million copies worldwide) and introduced a new sex-driven female protagonist to the publishing world. PEOPLE called Jong, 32, "the feminist movement's author of the year."
2014: Rather than bask in the glow of her first book's success, the writer, 72, proved she wasn't a one-shot wonder by writing 23 more books, including seven on poetry, and becoming a teacher and lecturer.
1974: The actress's career hit an all-time high when she landed the role of Daisy Buchanan in the movie The Great Gatsby. Farrow, 29, generated such good buzz for her performance that PEOPLE put her, in character, on the cover of the magazine's first issue, March 4, 1974.
2014: She's had a career that's spanned more than 50 films, but Farrow, 69, has also worked as a human-rights advocate for children in conflict-affected areas of Africa. She made headlines in 2013 when her former lover, Woody Allen, was accused by their adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow, 28, of sexually abusing the girl when she was 7; the actress stood by her daughter's side. Farrow also had tongues wagging that year by commenting that the father of her 25-year-old son Ronan Farrow could "possibly" be Frank Sinatra (not Woody Allen).
1974: After a performance in Toronto, the beloved Russian ballet dancer, 26, defected from his Communist homeland to gain more creative freedom. Known for his precision, grace and airborne maneuvers, he went on to dance with major ballet companies around the world, including the New York City Ballet.
2014: Having spent a decade as the artistic director of the American Ballet Theatre, Baryshnikov opened a foundation and arts center in New York City in 2005, which the 66-year-old still heads today. And who could forget Misha's turn as Carrie Bradshaw's artistic Russian lover Aleksandr Petrovsky on Sex and the City?
1974: Though he was originally only a minor character on the '50s-themed TV series Happy Days, which began airing in January 1974, Arthur "The Fonz" Fonzarelli became the must-see member of the Cunningham crew. Winkler's portrayal of the leather-jacketed greaser/biker/mentor – he had equal measures of cool and charm – turned the 28-year-old actor into an overnight star. "My career has gone so fast my brain hasn't absorbed it all," he in 1976.
2014: A fixture on episodic TV, Winkler, 68, has had recurring roles on series including Parks and Recreation, Arrested Development and Royal Pains. He is also the cowriter of a children's book series, Hank Zipzer, which became a BBC TV show in 2014.
1974: Wonder, 23, became the first African-American artist to win a Grammy for Album of the Year, which he did in 1974 for Innervisions, featuring such hits as "Higher Ground" and "Living for the City." The musical prodigy didn't just sing on the album – he also wrote, produced and arranged all of the songs, as well as played all of the instruments.
2014: The 64-year-old music legend, who has sold more than 100 million albums worldwide, is going back on the road: His Songs in the Key of Life Performance tour is scheduled to stop in 11 cities, including Seattle, Chicago, Philadelphia, New York and Atlanta, in late 2014.
1974: Following stints as a writer and on-air correspondent on the Today show, Walters, 44, was named cohost of the morning program, the first woman to attain that post. "When [then-cohost] Frank McGee died," Walters told PEOPLE in 1992, "they began to look for someone, and we said, 'Oh, by the way, it's in Barbara's contract that she become a cohost if Frank ever left the show.' They said, 'What! What!' They never expected it."
2014: After more than 50 years on TV, the pioneer retired from television journalism in May 2014 when she left The View, which she'd helmed since 1997. As for her future plans, Walters, 84, joked, "I may be available for supermarket openings and charity auctions."
1974: By 1974, the face of the women's lib movement and cofounder of Ms. magazine was attempting to downplay her role as the spokesperson for her gender. "None of us [feminist leaders] should do this for more than three years," Steinem, 40, said in a PEOPLE interview that year. "I've had all the ideas I'll have in this spot."
2014: Forty years later, Steinem still has ideas and is still the most recognized activist for women's rights. In fact, she recently stood up for Jennifer Aniston. Referring to the unmarried, childless actress's much-debated personal life, the 80-year-old Steinem said, "I can say whatever it is that I feel. But because of her art… it's more difficult for an actor like Jennifer to be understood as a unique human being."
1974: King published his first novel, Carrie, about a misfit teen with telekinetic powers, but the book almost didn't happen. A 26-year-old janitor at the time, he wrote "three single-spaced pages of a first draft, then crumpled them up in disgust and threw them away," he recalled in his book, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft. His wife, Tabitha, picked them up out of the trash and a career was born.
2014: The prolific novelist, 66, has written more than 50 books (many of them turned into movies) and sold more than 350 million copies. Among his best sellers: Salem's Lot, Pet Sematary and the Dark Tower series.
BOB WOODWARD & CARL BERNSTEIN
1974: Woodward, 31 (at right), and Bernstein, 30, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post reporters who unraveled the Watergate scandal, capitalized on their newfound fame and published a best-selling book (which was later turned into a movie) about their exploits, All the President's Men.
2014: Woodward, 71, has remained with the Post, where he serves as associate editor; he's also written 17 best sellers, many on politics. Bernstein, 70, a former Washington bureau chief for ABC News, wrote the acclaimed 2007 biography, Woman in Charge: The Life of Hillary Rodham Clinton.