Historical Events in December 1973

  • Dec 1 Australia grants self-government to Papua New Guinea

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 1 Jack Nicklaus becomes 1st golfer to earn $2M in a year

  • Dec 1 Jan Ferraris wins LPGA-Japan Golf Classic
  • Dec 1 Stan Stasiak beats Pedro Morales in Philadelphia, to become WWF champ
  • Dec 1 38th Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 35-0 in Birmingham
  • Dec 2 62nd Davis Cup: Australia beats USA in Cleveland (5-0)
  • Dec 2 Capital Centre (USAir Arena) in Washington, D.C. opens
  • Dec 2 US Air Arena opens in Landover Maryland, Bullets beat Seattle, 98-96
  • Dec 3 Pioneer 10 passes Jupiter (1st fly-by of an outer planet) [Dec 4-GMT]
  • Dec 5 Cubs' Ron Santo became 1st baseball player to veto his trade
  • Dec 5 Dodgers trade Willie Davis to Expos for relief pitcher Mike Marshall

Music releaseAlbum Release

Dec 5 Paul McCartney & Wings release album "Band on the Run"

Musician & member of the Beatles Paul McCartney
Musician & member of the Beatles
Paul McCartney
  • Dec 6 Bahrain's constitution goes into effect

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Dec 6 Gerald Ford sworn-in as 1st unelected VP, succeeds Spiro T Agnew

38th US President Gerald Ford
38th US President
Gerald Ford
  • Dec 6 NL votes to move San Diego Padres to Washington, D.C. (doesn't happen)
  • Dec 7 Orioles sell pitcher Eddie Watt to the Phillies
  • Dec 7 Phillies sell infielder-outfielder Cesar Tovar to the Texas Rangers
  • Dec 7 Wings release "Band on the Run"
  • Dec 8 "Seesaw" closes at Uris Theater NYC after 296 performances
  • Dec 8 39th Heisman Trophy Award: John Cappelletti, Penn State (RB)
  • Dec 9 "Pajama Game" opens at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC for 65 performances
  • Dec 9 Bruno Sammartino beats Stan Stasiak in NY, to become WWF champ
  • Dec 9 St Louis Cardinal Jim Bakken kicks 6 field goals vs Atlanta Falcons
  • Dec 9 Sunningdale Agreement in Northern Ireland
  • Dec 9 Arab oil ministers announce a further production cut of 5 percent for January for non-friendly countries

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Dec 10 1st time since 1885, tennis has 2 top males (Stan Smith & Jimmy Connors)

Tennis Legend Jimmy Connors
Tennis Legend
Jimmy Connors
  • Dec 11 Houston Astro Caesar Cedino jailed in death of 19 year old woman
  • Dec 11 NA Soccer League awards LA, SF, Seattle & Vancouver franchises
  • Dec 11 Ron Santo becomes 1st to invoke no-trade clause of 10-year-1-club vet
  • Dec 11 West German chancellor Willy Brandt normalizes trade with Czech
  • Dec 12 Canada begins selling Olympic coins ($5 & $10 silver coins)
  • Dec 12 San Diego files anti-trust against NL (stopping Padres move to DC)
  • Dec 13 MPLA/FNLA accord about combat against Portuguese Libya
  • Dec 13 World Football League grants 1st franchise (Detroit)
  • Dec 15 American Psychiatric Association declares homosexuality is not a mental illness
  • Dec 15 Golf Resort (Disney Inn) opens
  • Dec 15 Pirates of Caribbean ride opens at Disneyland
  • Dec 15 Sandy Hawley becomes 1st jockey to win 500 races in 1 year
  • Dec 15 Tennessee beats Temple 11-6 in low scoring NCAA basketball game
  • Dec 16 O J Simpson becomes 1st NFLer to rush 2,000 yard in a season
  • Dec 16 US kidnap victem Paul Getty III freed
  • Dec 17 Arabs terrorists shoot passengers on Boeing 737 to Kuwait
  • Dec 18 Soyuz 13 launched into Earth orbit for 8 days
  • Dec 18 Yanks sign Dick Williams as manager, overturned later by AL Pres
  • Dec 19 "Molly" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 68 performances
  • Dec 19 Grenada adopts constitution
  • Dec 20 AL pres Joe Cronin refuses to allow Dick Williams to manage Yankees
  • Dec 20 Dutch Antillean government of Evertsz forms

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Dec 20 Montreal Canadien Henri Richard scores his 1,000th NHL point

Ice Hockey Great Henri Richard
Ice Hockey Great
Henri Richard
  • Dec 21 Israel, Egypt, Syria, Jordan, US & USSR meet in Geneva to discuss the Arab-Israeli conflict
  • Dec 21 3rd Fiesta Bowl: #10 Arizona State beats Pittsburgh, 28-7
  • Dec 22 OPEC Gulf Six decides to raise the posted price of marker crude from $5.12 to $11.65 per barrel effective January 1, 1974
  • Dec 23 6 Persian Gulf nations double their oil prices
  • Dec 23 French Caravelle airliner crashes in Morocco, 106 killed
  • Dec 24 Ferryboat capsized off coast of Equador, drowning 200
  • Dec 24 District of Columbia Home Rule Act is passed, allowing residents of Washington, D.C. to elect their own local government.
  • Dec 25 Tommy Chambers (Scotland) finishes 51 yr cycle tour (799,405 miles)
  • Dec 25 The ARPANET crashes when a programming bug causes all ARPANET traffic to be routed through the server at Harvard University, causing the server to freeze.
  • Dec 25 Arab oil ministers cancel January 5 percent production cut; Saudi Arabian oil minister promises 10 percent OPEC production rise

Film release premierFilm Premier

Dec 25 "The Sting" directed by George Roy Hill and starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford premieres in Los Angeles and New York (Best Picture 1974)

Actor Robert Redford
Robert Redford
Actor & Entrepreneur Paul Newman
Actor & Entrepreneur
Paul Newman
  • Dec 26 Horror film "The Exorcist" starring Linda Blair & rated X, premieres - 1st horror film to be nominated for Best Picture
  • Dec 26 2 Skylab 3 astronauts walk in space for a record 7 hours
  • Dec 26 Soyuz 13 returns to Earth
  • Dec 27 LA Dodgers announce night games will start at 7:30 instead of 8
  • Dec 28 US President Nixon signs Endangered Species Act into law
  • Dec 28 Akron Ohio's Chamber of Commerce terminates itself from Soap Box Derby
  • Dec 28 Alexander Solzhenitsyn publishes "Gulag Archipelago" - a literary investigation of the police-state system in the Soviet Union
  • Dec 28 Comet Kohoutek at perihelion
  • Dec 30 1st picture of a comet from space (Comet Kohoutek-Skylab)
  • Dec 30 AFC Championship Game: Miami Dolphins beat Oakland Raiders 27-10
  • Dec 30 NFC Championship Game: Minnesota Vikings beat Dallas Cowboys 27-10
  • Dec 31 Johan Cruyff chosen European Football Player of theYear
  • Dec 31 40th Sugar Bowl: #3 Notre Dame beats #1 Alabama, 24-23