What Happened in December 1974

Historical Events

  • 1st Boeing 727 crashes in Upperville Virginia, 92 died
  • 1st Jacqueline Hansen runs female world record marathon (2:43:54.5)
  • 1st LA Skid Row slasher kills 1st of 8
  • 2nd Cowhide, rather than just horsehide, can be used to make baseballs
  • 2nd Giant Baba beats Jack Brisco in Kagoshimi, to become NWA champ
  • 2nd Soyuz 16 launched into Earth orbit for 6 days
  • 4th Dutch DC-8 charter crashes in Sri Lanka killing 191 Muslim pilgrims

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4th Jean-Paul Sartre visits Red Army Faction leader Andreas Baader in prison

  • 5th 1st Wash Cap penalty shot, Tom Williams unsuccessful vs Buff Sabres
  • 5th 1st World Football League Bowl, Birmingham Americans beat Florida
  • 5th Airport terminal roof in Teheran collapses killing 17
  • 5th Final episode of Monty Python's Flying Circus airs on BBC TV
  • 5th NFL's Seattle Seahawks forms
  • 5th Oliver Tilden Triangle in the Bronx named
  • 5th Tom Williams is unsuccessful on Wash Capitals 1st NHL penalty shot
  • 5th Birmingham Americans defeat the Florida Blazers 22-21 in the WFL's World Bowl

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6th George Harrison releases "Ding Dong, Ding Dong"

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
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George Harrison
  • 8th Greek monarchy rejected by referendum
  • 8th Irish Republican Socialist Party forms
  • 8th Sandra Post wins LPGA Colgate Far East Golf Open
  • 8th Soyuz 16 returns to Earth
  • 9th Dow Jones index hits 570.01
  • 9th Jack Brisco beats Giant Baba in Tokyo, to become NWA wrestling champ
  • 9th Johnson Grigsby freed after 66 years in jail in Indiana
  • 10th European Economic Community calls for a European Parliament
  • 10th Helios 1 launched by US, Germany; later makes closest flyby of Sun
  • 10th Space probe Helios 1 launched
  • 13th Jim "Catfish" Hunter wins free agent claim against A's owner Finley
  • 13th Malta becomes a republic
  • 14th Islander Glenn Resch's 1st shut-out opponent-Kings 3-0
  • 14th Viv Richards scores 1st Test Cricket ton 192 v India 20 fours 6 sixes
  • 15th A's Catfish Hunter is ruled a free agent (later signs with Yankees)
  • 16th US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 16th USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 18th SF Visitors Center at City Hall opens

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19th "The Man with the Golden Gun", 9th James Bond film, starring Roger Moore, Britt Ekland and Christopher Lee, premieres in London

  • 19th Dave Kryskow scores Washington Capitals 1st NHL shorthanded goal
  • 19th Nelson A Rockefeller sworn-in as 41st VP
  • 20th Ethiopia becomes socialist one-party state
  • 20th George Harrison releases his "Dark Horse" album in UK

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20th "The Godfather Part II", directed by Francis Ford Coppola and starring Al Pacino and Robert De Niro, is released (Best Picture 1975)

  • 21st "The Sea of Hands", Raiders RB Clarence Davis somehow catches game-winning touchdown pass among "the sea of hands" of three Dolphins defenders with 24 seconds left in the game, eliminating Miami from the playoffs after they had made it to the Super Bowl in each of the last 3 seasons
  • 22nd 2nd cease-fire between IRA & British; lasts until approx April 1975

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22nd Phil Esposito, Boston, became 6th NHLer to score 500 goals

NHL Star Phil Esposito
NHL Star
Phil Esposito
  • 22nd Referenda in Comoros-3 islands for independence, 1 stays French
  • 22nd Ted Heath's house is attacked by members of the Provisional IRA.
  • 22nd The Provisional Irish Republican Army announces a Christmas ceasefire; before the ceasefire, they carry out a bomb attack on the home of former UK Prime Minister, Edward Heath
  • 22nd Iraq announces plans to increase its oil production capacity
  • 23rd "Good News" opens at St James Theater NYC for 16 performances
  • 23rd Leningrad: premier of Dmitri Sjotakovitsj' Michelangelo-liederen
  • 24th Cardinals' Lou Brock is named Sportsman of the Year
  • 25th Cyclone Tracy virtually destroys Darwin, Australia
  • 25th Marshall Fields drives a vehicle through the gates of the White House, resulting in a four-hour standoff.
  • 26th Washington Capitals 1st NHL sellout
  • 27th 40th Heisman Trophy Award: Archie Griffin, Ohio State (RB)
  • 27th Dear Abby show ends run on CBS radio after 11 years
  • 27th FSLN seizes government hostages at a private Managua party
  • 27th USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 28th 6.3 earthquake strikes Pakistan: 5200 killed
  • 28th Senegalese marxist group Reenu-Rew founds the political movement And-Jëf at a clandestine congress.
  • 28th 4th Fiesta Bowl: Oklahoma State beats #17 BYU, 16-6
  • 29th Murray Schisgal's "All Over Town" premieres in NYC
  • 29th AFC Championship Game: Pittsburgh Steelers beat Oakland Raiders 24-13
  • 29th NFC Championship Game: Minnesota Vikings beat Los Angeles Rams 14-10
  • 30th Beatles are legally disbanded (4 years after suit was brought)
  • 31st Gold legal in US, Franklin Mint strikes Panama's Gold 100 balboa coin
  • 31st Lindsey Buckingham & Stevie Nicks join Fleetwood Mac
  • 31st NY Yankees sign Jim "Catfish" Hunter for 5 yrs for a record $3.75 million
  • 31st Popular Electronics displays Altair 8800 computer
  • 31st 41st Sugar Bowl: #8 Nebraska beats #18 Florida, 13-10

Famous Birthdays

  • 1st Richard Jordan, linebacker (Detroit Lions)
  • 1st Costinha, Portuguese footballer
  • 1st David Ludwig, American composer
  • 3rd Ralph Staten, safety (Baltimore Ravens)

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4th Anke Huber, Ludwigshafen Germany, tennis star (1996 finalist Australian)

Tennis Player Anke Huber
Tennis Player
Anke Huber
  • 4th Tadahito Iguchi, Japanese baseball player
  • 5th Charlie Batch, National Football League quarterback
  • 6th Arjan Ebbinge, soccer player (FC Groningen)
  • 7th Alex Radutescu, Romania, tennis star
  • 7th Annette Salmeen, 200m butterfly/800m freestyle relay (Olympics-96)
  • 7th Nicole Appleton, Canadian-born singer
  • 7th Kang Full, South Korean webcomic artist
  • 8th Paul Staight, Victoria Australia, badminton player (Olympics-96)
  • 8th Cristian Castro, Mexican singer
  • 8th Nick Zinner, American guitarist (Yeah Yeah Yeahs)
  • 9th Canibus, American rapper
  • 9th Wendy Dillinger, American female soccer player and coach
  • 10th Meg White, American drummer (The White Stripes)
  • 11th Kevin Devine, cornerback/kick returner (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • 11th Rey Mysterio, American professional wrestler
  • 11th Ben Shephard, English TV personality
  • 12th Nolberto Solano, Peruvian footballer
  • 13th Chris Lewis, CFL safety (Calgary Stampeders)
  • 13th Sara Cox, English TV and radio presenter
  • 13th Nicholas McCarthy, English guitarist (Franz Ferdinand)
  • 14th Billy Koch, Garden City NY, baseball pitcher (Olympics-bronze-96)
  • 15th Jeffrey van der Stone, soccer player (RKC)
  • 16th Frida Hallgren, Swedish actress
  • 17th Giovonni Ribisi, actor (Cory-My 2 Dads, New Leave it To Beaver)
  • 17th Duff Goldman, American chef
  • 18th Peter Boulware, linebacker (Baltimore Ravens)
  • 18th Euroboy, Norwegian musician (Turbonegro)
  • 18th Kari Byron, artist and television personality
  • 18th Bill Duggan, American television actor and host
  • 19th Bryant Westbrook, cornerback (Detroit Lions)
  • 19th Jake Plummer, quarterback (Arizona Cardinals)
  • 19th Ricky Ponting, cricketer (prodigious Tasmania batsman, Australia 1995)
  • 19th Mikko Paananen, Finnish bassist (HIM)
  • 20th Augie Ojeda, baseball infielder (Olympics-bronze-96), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 20th Die, Japanese musician (Dir en grey)
  • 21st Karrie Webb, Ayr Queensland Aus, LPGA golfer (1994 Aust Strokeplay)
  • 21st Raymond Austin, cornerback/safety (NY Jets)
  • 21st Tommie Boyd, wide receiver (Detroit Lions)
  • 22nd Heather Donahue, American actress
  • 23rd Agustín Delgado, Ecuadorian footballer
  • 24th Marcelo Salas, Chilean footballer
  • 24th Ryan Seacrest, American television host
  • 25th Chris Naeole, guard (New Orleans Saints)
  • 25th Grayson Shillingford, NFL wide receiver (Seattle Seahawks)
  • 25th Nagma, Indian actress
  • 26th Tiffany Brissette, actress (Vicki-Small Wonder)
  • 26th Tony Brackens, defensive end (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • 27th Masi Oka, Japanese-American actor
  • 27th Jay Pandolfo, American ice hockey player
  • 28th Rob Niedermayer, Cassiar, NHL center (Florida Panthers)
  • 29th Brad Hodge, cricketer (promising Victorian middle-order batsman)
  • 29th James Darling, linebacker (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 29th Tom Knight, cornerback (Arizona Cardinals)
  • 29th Mekhi Phifer, American actor
  • 29th Richie Sexson, American baseball player
  • 30th Johanna Sällström, Swedish actress (d. 2007)
  • 31st Mario Aerts, Belgian cyclist
  • 31st Tony Kanaan, Brazilian racing driver
  • 31st Ryan Sakoda, Japanese American professional wrestler

Famous Deaths

  • 1st Lajos Zilahy, Hungarian/US author (Angry Angel), dies at 83
  • 1st Stephen Gill Spottswood, US bishop/chairman (NAACP), dies at 77
  • 2nd Sofie-Carmen Eckhardt-Gramatte, composer, dies at 72
  • 2nd Max Weber, Swiss Federal Councilor (b. 1897)
  • 4th Lee Kinsolving, actor (Explosive Generation), dies at 36
  • 5th Hazel Hotchkiss Wightman, tennis player (US Open 1909-11), dies at 87
  • 5th Henry Wadsworth, actor (Applause, Ceiling Zero), dies at 72
  • 5th Pietro Germi, actor/director (Serafino, Climax), dies at 60
  • 9th George Carew, cricketer (4 Tests for WI between 1935 & 1949), dies
  • 9th Jorge Croner de Vasconcelos, Portuguese composer, dies at 64
  • 10th Paul Richards, actor (Dr Thompson-Breaking Point), dies at 50
  • 11th Reed Hadley, actor (Racket Squad, Public Defender), dies at 63
  • 13th Rufe Davis, actor (Floyd Smoot-Petticoat Junction), dies at 66

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14th Walter Lippmann, American journalist (Public Opinion), dies at 85

Writer and Political Commentator Walter Lippmann
Writer and Political Commentator
Walter Lippmann
  • 15th Erich Walter Sternberg, composer, dies at 83
  • 15th Anatole Litvak, Ukrainian-born screenwriter and film producer (b. 1902)
  • 16th Kostas Varnalis, writer, dies
  • 18th Harry Hooper, American baseball player (b. 1887)
  • 20th Andre Jolivet, French composer (L'eunuque), dies at 69
  • 21st Richard Long, actor (Nanny & Professor), dies at 47
  • 21st James Henry Govier, British artist (b. 1910)
  • 22nd Fosco Giachetti, entertainer, dies at 70
  • 22nd Lorraine Gauguin, entertainer, dies at 50
  • 22nd Richard Long, actor (Prof-Nanny & Professor), dies at 47
  • 24th Tilly Losch, Austrian dancer and actress actress (Duel in the Sun, Good Earth), dies at 70
  • 26th Jack Benny, comedian (Jack Benny Show), dies at 80
  • 26th Knudage Riisager, composer, dies at 77
  • 26th Robert Levine Sanders, composer, dies at 68
  • 26th Farid al-Atrash, Arab composer, singer, virtuoso oud player, and actor (b. 1915)
  • 27th Amy Vanderbilt, American authority on etiquette, dies of multiple fractures of the skull at 66
  • 27th Raymond Glenn, actor (Raisin in the Sun, Carmen Jones), dies at 76