December 1974 in History

Events in History

  • Dec 1 Boeing 727 crashes in Upperville Virginia, 92 died
  • Dec 1 LA Skid Row slasher kills 1st of 8
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

  • Dec 5 1st World Football League Bowl, Birmingham Americans beat Florida
  • Dec 5 Airport terminal roof in Tehran collapses killing 17
  • Dec 5 Oliver Tilden Triangle in the Bronx named
  • Dec 8 Greek monarchy rejected by referendum
  • Dec 8 Irish Republican Socialist Party forms
  • 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 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
  • Dec 19 Nelson A Rockefeller sworn-in as 41st VP
  • Dec 20 Ethiopia becomes socialist one-party state
  • 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
  • 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 Leningrad: premier of Dmitri Sjotakovitsj' Michelangelo-liederen
  • 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 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 29 Murray Schisgal's "All Over Town" premieres in NYC
  • 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 Popular Electronics displays Altair 8800 computer

Birthdays in History

  • Dec 7 Kang Full, South Korean webcomic artist
  • Dec 13 Sara Cox, English TV and radio presenter
  • Dec 17 Duff Goldman, American chef

Deaths in History

  • 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 Max Weber, Swiss Federal Councilor (b. 1897)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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

Writer and Political Commentator Walter Lippmann
Writer and Political Commentator
Walter Lippmann
  • Dec 16 Kostas Varnalis, writer, dies
  • 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 27 Amy Vanderbilt, American authority on etiquette, dies of multiple fractures of the skull at 66