December 1975 in History

Events in History

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 1 US President Gerald Ford visits China PR

38th US President Gerald Ford
38th US President
Gerald Ford
  • Dec 1 Kuwait and Gulf and BP agree on terms of nationalization
  • Dec 2 7 South Moluccans hijack train at Wijster, Drente (NL), 3 killed
  • Dec 2 Laos king Sisavang Vatthana resigns, Lao People's Democratic Republic founded (National Day)
  • Dec 3 Laos falls to communist forces; Lao People's Democratic Rep proclaimed
  • Dec 4 6 South Molukkans occupy Indonesian consulate in The Hague, 1 dead
  • Dec 5 NASA launches space vehicle S-196, it failed
  • Dec 6 Balcombe Street Siege: for 6 days, four Provisional Irish Republican Army volunteers hold two hostages at an apartment in London, England
  • Dec 7 10th Islander shut-out opponent-Glenn Resch 3-0 vs Sabres
  • Dec 7 Archbishop Makarios returns Cyprus
  • Dec 7 Indonesian army occupies East Timor
  • Dec 9 Jelena Bonner receives Andrei Sacharov's Nobel Prize
  • Dec 9 US President Gerald Ford signs $2.3 Bn loan authorization for NYC
  • Dec 9 Iraq completes nationalization by taking over the BP, CFP, and Shell shares of the Basrah Petroleum Company

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 10 Andrei Sakharov's wife Yelena Bonner, accepts his Nobel Peace Prize

Nuclear Physicist & Soviet Dissident Andrei Sakharov
Nuclear Physicist & Soviet Dissident
Andrei Sakharov
  • Dec 10 Terry Funk beats Jack Brisco in Miami Beach, to become NWA champ
  • Dec 11 US 1st class postage rises from 10 cents to 13 cents
  • Dec 12 Gas stove explodes & starts fire killing 138 (Mecca Saudi Arabia)
  • Dec 12 Sara Jane Moore pled guilty to trying to kill US President Gerald Ford

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Dec 13 Australian Federal Election - Liberals with coalition under Malcolm Fraser win largest ever parliamentary majority

Prime Minister of Australia Malcolm Fraser
Prime Minister of Australia
Malcolm Fraser
  • Dec 13 Roy Fredericks hits 169 v Aust at WACA, hundred in 71 balls
  • Dec 13 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Dec 14 6 So Moluccan terrorists surrender, holding 23 hostages for 12 days
  • Dec 14 WCPR (Brooklyn New York pirate radio station) begins broadcasting on 1620 AM
  • Dec 17 John Paul Stevens appointed to Supreme Court
  • Dec 17 Lynette Fromme sentenced to life for attempt on US President Ford's life
  • Dec 19 John Paul Stevens becomes a US Supreme Court Justice
  • Dec 19 The Red Hand Commandos, a very secretive Ulster loyalist paramilitary group in Northern Ireland, explode a no-warning car bomb in Dundalk, killing 2 civilians and wounding 20
  • Dec 20 Joe Walsh recruited to join Eagles
  • Dec 20 Pope Paul VI named J Willebrands archbishop of Utrecht
  • Dec 21 1st NY Jet to gain 1,000 yards rushing (John Riggins)
  • Dec 21 Madagascar adopts constitution
  • Dec 22 US President Gerald Ford signs the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA)
  • Dec 23 Congress passes Metric Conversion Act
  • Dec 23 Peter Seitz makes Andy Messersmith & Dave McNally free agents
  • Dec 25 Pardis Sabeti, Iranian-American biologist and geneticist, born in Tehran, Iran
  • Dec 26 1st supersonic transport service (USSR-Tupolev-144)
  • Dec 27 Explosion at Chasnala Colliery collapses drowning 350 (Dhanbad India)
  • Dec 28 Earthquake in Pakistan, 4,000 die
  • Dec 29 11 killed, 75 hurt by terrorist bomb at LaGuardia Airport in NYC
  • Dec 30 Constitution of Democratic Republic of Madagascar comes into force

Birthdays in History

  • Dec 5 Ronnie O'Sullivan, English snooker player
  • Dec 7 Nikola Wapzarow, writer
  • Dec 19 Jon Smith, British writer
  • Dec 22 Sergei Aschwanden, born in Bern
  • Dec 25 Rob Mariano, American reality show contestant

Weddings in History

  • Dec 6 US Senator Bob Dole (52) weds former senator Elizabeth Hanford (39)

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 19 Astronaut Buzz Aldrin (45) weds Beverly Zile

Astronaut Buzz Aldrin
Buzz Aldrin

Deaths in History

  • Dec 1 Anna E. Roosevelt, American radio personality (b. 1906)
  • Dec 3 Jacob Kruijt, Dutch sociologist, dies at 76

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Dec 4 Hannah Arendt, German/US political theorist and historian, dies at 69

Political Theorist Hannah Arendt
Political Theorist
Hannah Arendt
  • Dec 7 Thornton N Wilder, US writer (Bridge of San Luis Rey), dies at 78
  • Dec 9 William A Wellman, US director (Ox Bow Incident), dies at 79
  • Dec 13 Hendrik Kruls, Dutch gen/chief milt authority (1944-46), dies at 73
  • Dec 18 Theodosius Dobzhansky, Ukrainian geneticist (b. 1900)
  • Dec 23 Richard S Welch, CIA station chief in Athens, shot dead
  • Dec 25 Gaston Gallimard, French publisher (Library Gallimard), dies at 94
  • Dec 29 Euell Gibbons, American outdoorsman and proponent of natural diets (b. 1911).