Historical Events in December 1974

  • 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
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  • 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, Germany; later makes closest flyby of Sun
  • Dec 10 Space probe Helios 1 launched
  • 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 "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
  • 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
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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