What Happened in December 1974

Historical Events

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Dec 21 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, 1st time in 3 years
  • Dec 22 2nd cease-fire between IRA & British; lasts until approx April 1975

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

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

Famous Birthdays

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

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

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

Famous Deaths

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

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

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