Today in History for December 1974

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Historical Events

Events 1 - 70 of 70

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
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
Singer-Songwriter George HarrisonSinger-Songwriter George Harrison 6th - George Harrison releases "Ding Dong, Ding Dong"
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
Actor Christopher LeeActor Christopher Lee 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
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
NHL Star Phil EspositoNHL Star Phil Esposito 22nd - Phil Esposito, Boston, became 6th NHLer to score 500 goals
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

Birthdays 1 - 64 of 64

1st - Richard Jordan, linebacker (Detroit Lions)
1st - Costinha, Portuguese footballer
1st - David Ludwig, American composer
3rd - Ralph Staten, safety (Baltimore Ravens)
4th - Anke Huber, Ludwigshafen Germany, tennis star (1996 finalist Australian)
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)
Tennis Player Anke HuberTennis Player Anke Huber (4th) 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 reciever (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

Deaths 1 - 31 of 31

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, 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
Writer and Political Commentator Walter LippmannWriter and Political Commentator Walter Lippmann (14th) 14th - Walter Lippmann, American journalist (Public Opinion), dies at 85
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, 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

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