What Happened in December 1973

Historical Events

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

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

  • 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 Chicago Cubs Ron Santo becomes 1st baseball player to invoke 10-5 rule and veto his trade (with the California Angels)
  • 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" in the US

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
  • Dec 6 Bahrain's constitution goes into effect

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Dec 6 Gerald Ford sworn-in as first unelected Vice President, succeeds Spiro Agnew who resigned over corruption allegations

38th US President Gerald Ford
38th US President
Gerald Ford
Vice President of the United States Spiro Agnew
Vice President of the United States
Spiro Agnew
  • 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 Paul McCartney & Wings release "Band on the Run" in the UK
  • Dec 8 "Seesaw" closes at Uris Theater NYC after 296 performances
  • Dec 8 39th Heisman Trophy Award: John Cappelletti, Penn State (RB)
  • Dec 8 Romanian tennis star Ilie Năstase wins his 3rd consecutive season-ending ATP Masters Grand Prix title with a 6–3, 7–5, 4–6, 6–3 win over Dutchman Tom Okker in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 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, San Francisco, Seattle & Vancouver franchises

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Dec 11 West German chancellor Willy Brandt normalizes trade with Czechoslovakia

Chancellor of West Germany Willy Brandt
Chancellor of West Germany
Willy Brandt
  • 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

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Dec 16 O.J. Simpson becomes 1st NFLer to rush 2,000 yard in a season

NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal O.J. Simpson
NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal
O.J. Simpson
  • Dec 16 US kidnap victim John Paul Getty III freed after ransom paid by grandfather John Paul Getty
  • 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, starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford and music inspired by Scott Joplin premieres in Los Angeles and New York (Best Picture 1974)

Actor Robert Redford
Robert Redford
Actor & Entrepreneur Paul Newman
Actor & Entrepreneur
Paul Newman
Ragtime Composer Scott Joplin
Ragtime Composer
Scott Joplin

Film release premierFilm Premier

Dec 26 Horror film "The Exorcist" based on book and screenplay by William Peter Blatty, starring Linda Blai, rated X, premieres - 1st horror film to be nominated for Best Picture

Writer & Filmmaker William Peter Blatty
Writer & Filmmaker
William Peter Blatty
  • 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)

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Dec 30 AFC Championship Game: Miami Dolphins beat Oakland Raiders 27-10

NFL Coach and Sportscaster John Madden
NFL Coach and Sportscaster
John Madden
  • 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

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 1 Eric Thomas, Chartage Texas, 400m hurdler
  • Dec 1 Mia Farrance, Australian canoeist (Olympics 1996), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • Dec 1 Jon Theodore, American musician
  • Dec 2 Kevin Feighery, NFL/WLAF punter (NY Giants, Panthers, Galaxy)

Person of interestMonica Seles

Dec 2 Monica Seles, Yugoslavian-American tennis player (9-time Grand Slam titles), born in Novi Sad, Serbia

Tennis Player and Nine-Time Major Champion Monica Seles
Tennis Player and Nine-Time Major Champion
Monica Seles
  • Dec 2 Jan Ullrich, German cyclist
  • Dec 3 Andrew McNally, Australian baseball pitcher (Olympics 1996)
  • Dec 3 Brian Loyd, baseball catcher (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Lynwood, California
  • Dec 3 Holly Marie Combs, American actress
  • Dec 3 Super Crazy, Mexican professional wrestler
  • Dec 3 Sammy Leung, Hong Kong disc jockey
  • Dec 4 Corliss Williamson, NBA forward (Sacramento Kings)

Person of interestTyra Banks

Dec 4 Tyra Banks, American supermodel and actress (Higher Learning, Fresh Prince of Bel Air), born in Inglewood, California

Supwemodel & Actress Tyra Banks
Supwemodel & Actress
Tyra Banks
  • Dec 4 Racci Shay, American Musician
  • Dec 4 Ferry Corsten, Dutch musician and DJ
  • Dec 4 Steven Menzies, Australian rugby league footballer
  • Dec 4 Kate Rusby, English folk singer
  • Dec 5 Corissa Yasen, WNBA forward/guard (Sacramento Monarchs)
  • Dec 5 Shalom Harlow, model (House of Style, Harper's Bazaar), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Dec 5 Luboš Motl, Czech physicist
  • Dec 5 Sorin Grindeanu, Romanian Prime Minister (2017), born in Caransebeș, Romania
  • Dec 6 Tim Kohn, guard/tackle (Oakland Raiders)
  • Dec 6 Rebekah "Bekah" Mercer, American "Mercer Family Foundation" director and Republican donor, born in Yorktown Heights, New York
  • Dec 7 Mark Hartsell, WLAF QB (Scotland Claymores)
  • Dec 7 Rea Marie Bavilla, Miss USA-Alaska (1997)
  • Dec 7 Terrell Owens, wide receiver (San Francisco 49ers)
  • Dec 8 Mitch Jacoby, tight end (St Louis Rams)
  • Dec 8 Monty Montgomery, defensiveback (Indianapolis Colts)
  • Dec 8 Doron Bell Jr., Canadian actor
  • Dec 8 Corey Taylor, American singer (Slipknot, Stone Sour)
  • Dec 9 Tony Batista, infielder (Oakland A's), born in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic
  • Dec 10 Bernard Holsey, defensive tackle (NY Giants)
  • Dec 10 Marcus Wall, CFL receiver (Montreal Alouettes)
  • Dec 10 Rusty LaRue, NBA guard (Chicago Bulls)
  • Dec 11 Erin Moorad, pairs skater (& Richard Gillam), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Dec 11 Luke Casserly, Australian soccer defender (Olyroos, Olympics 1996)
  • Dec 11 Ralph Intranuovo, East York, NHL center (Edmonton Oilers)
  • Dec 12 Michael DiVenuto, cricketer (exciting Tasmanian batsman)
  • Dec 12 Reinard Wilson, linebacker (Cincinnati Bengals)
  • Dec 12 Stanley Pritchett, running back (Miami Dolphins)
  • Dec 12 William Hutton, American engineer
  • Dec 12 Walter Otta, Argentine footballer
  • Dec 13 Christie Clark, American actress (Carrie Brady-Days of Our Life), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Dec 13 Shandon Anderson, NBA forward (Utah Jazz)
  • Dec 14 Eelco Wassenaar, Neth, US field hockey midfielder (Olympics 1996)
  • Dec 14 Tia Texada, American actress and singer
  • Dec 14 Thuy Trang, American actress (d. 2001)
  • Dec 15 Geoff Stewart, Australian rower (Olympics 1996)
  • Dec 15 James Stewart, Australian rower (Olympics 1996)
  • Dec 15 Mike Cherry, quarterback (NY Giants)
  • Dec 15 Mirko Ludemann, Weiwasser GER, NHL defenseman (Team Germany, Colorado)
  • Dec 15 Tammy Melinda Pearman, American soccer forward/defender (Olympics 1996), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Dec 15 Ryu Seung-wan, South Korean actor and director
  • Dec 16 Kristie Boogert, Rotterdam Neth, tennis star (1996 Paris)
  • Dec 16 Scott Storch, Canadian-American hip-hop producer
  • Dec 16 Mariza [Marisa dos Reis Nunes], Portuguese singer (fado genre), born in Maputo, Portuguese Mozambique
  • Dec 17 Paula Radcliffe, English runner
  • Dec 18 Jason Williams, Gonzales LA, baseball infielder (Olympic bronze 1996)
  • Dec 18 Keith Washington, NFL defensive end (Minnesota Vikings, Baltimore Ravens)
  • Dec 19 Kebu Stewart, NBA forward (Philadelphia 76ers)
  • Dec 19 Takashi Sorimachi, Japanese actor
  • Dec 19 Zulfiya Zabirova, Russian cyclist
  • Dec 20 Barry Stokes, WLAF offensive linesman (Rhein Fire)
  • Dec 20 Cory Stillman, Peterborough, NHL center (Calgary Flames)
  • Dec 20 Jenny Boucek, WNBA guard (Cleveland Rockers)
  • Dec 20 Muadianvita Kazadi, linebacker (St Louis Rams)
  • Dec 21 Mike Alstott, fullback (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
  • Dec 21 Karmen Stavec, German-born Slovenian singer
  • Dec 22 Annie Pelletier, Canadian diver (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Dec 22 Jamel Williams, safety (Washington Redskins)
  • Dec 23 Tony Graziani, quarterback (Atlanta Falcons)
  • Dec 24 Eddie Pope, soccer defender (Olympic gold 1996), born in Greensboro, North Carolina

Person of interestStephenie Meyer

Dec 24 Stephenie Meyer, American author (Twilight Saga), born in Hartford, Connecticut,

  • Dec 25 Robbie Elliott, English footballer
  • Dec 25 Chris Harris, American professional wrestler
  • Dec 25 Alexandre Trudeau, Canadian journalist
  • Dec 26 Ryan Berube, American 800m freestyle relay (Olympic gold 1996)
  • Dec 26 Reichen Lehmkuhl, American television personality
  • Dec 27 Bill Clay, Yokosuka Japan, US sprint cyclist (Olympics 1996)
  • Dec 27 Wilson Cruz, actor (My So Called Life, Ally McBeal)
  • Dec 27 Kristoffer Zegers, Dutch composer
  • Dec 27 Dee Ferris, British painter
  • Dec 28 Bobby Taylor, NFL cornerback (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • Dec 28 Garth John Da Silva, heavyweight boxer (Olympics 1996), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • Dec 28 Herborg Kråkevik, Norwegian singer and actress

Person of interestSeth Meyers

Dec 28 Seth Meyers, American actor, comedian, writer and producer (Late Night with Seth Meyers, Saturday Night Live), born in Evanston,, Illinois

Comedian and Writer Seth Meyers
Comedian and Writer
Seth Meyers
  • Dec 29 Tomas Perez, Barquisimeto Venezuela, infielder (Toronto Blue Jays)
  • Dec 29 Theo Epstein, American baseball executive and President of Baseball Operations, born in NYC, New York
  • Dec 30 Don Reid, NBA guard/forward (Detroit Pistons)
  • Dec 30 Robert Walker, Australian rower (Olympics 1996)
  • Dec 30 Ato Boldon, Trinidadian athlete
  • Dec 31 Curtis Myden, 200m/400m swimmer (Olympic 2 bronze-96), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • Dec 31 George Jones, running back (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • Dec 31 Hiroyuki Miura, hockey defenseman (Team Japan 1998)
  • Dec 31 Malcolm Middleton, Scottish musician (Arab Strap)

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 1 NFL running back Gale Sayers (30) weds second wife Ardythe Bullard

NFL Running Back Gale Sayers
NFL Running Back
Gale Sayers

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 4 NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle (47) weds activist Carrie Cooke

NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle
NFL Commissioner
Pete Rozelle

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 31 MLB executive Tony La Russa (29) weds Elaine Coker

Baseball Manager Tony La Russa
Baseball Manager
Tony La Russa

Famous Deaths

Person of interestDavid Ben-Gurion

Dec 1 David Ben-Gurion, founding father of Israel, dies in Tel Aviv at 87

First Israeli Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion
First Israeli Prime Minister
David Ben-Gurion
  • Dec 3 Emile Christian, American jazz trombonist, dies at 78
  • Dec 4 Michael O'Shea, American actor (Smart Woman), dies of a heart attack at 67

Person of interestRobert Watson-Watt

Dec 5 Robert Watson-Watt, Scottish physicist (pioneered radar and radio direction finding), dies at 81

Physicist and Radar Pioneer Robert Watson-Watt
Physicist and Radar Pioneer
Robert Watson-Watt
  • Dec 5 Sir Robert Alexander Watson-Watt, Scottish physicist and developer of the radar in WWII, dies at 81
  • Dec 6 Justus Hermann Wetzel, composer, dies at 94
  • Dec 10 Earle Foxe, actor (Dance Fools Dance), dies at 81
  • Dec 13 Henry Green, English author (b. 1905)
  • Dec 14 Yitzhak Edel, composer, dies at 77
  • Dec 15 Orest Alexandrovich Evlahkov, composer, dies at 61
  • Dec 16 Syd Barnes, cricketer (13 Tests for Australia 1938-48), dies
  • Dec 17 Charles G Abbot, US astronomer (Sun Constant), dies at 101
  • Dec 17 Patrick Hadley, composer, dies at 74
  • Dec 18 Julio César Brero [or Giulio Cesare], Italian-born Argentine composer and lawyer (Novella), dies at 64
  • Dec 18 Rasheed Turabi, Pakistani scholar, orator and philosopher, dies at 65
  • Dec 20 Bobby Darin [Walden Robert Cassotto], American singer (Mack the Knife), dies of a heart attack at 37
  • Dec 20 Luis Carrero Blanco, PM of Spain (1973), assassinated by ETA
  • Dec 22 Domingo Julio Gomez Garcia, composer, dies at 87
  • Dec 22 Irna Phillips, creator of 5 TV soap operas, dies at 72
  • Dec 23 Arthur Richardson, Australian cricketer (9 Tests 1924-26), dies at 85
  • Dec 24 Gerard Kuiper, Dutch/US astronomer after whom the Kuiper belt is named, dies at 68
  • Dec 25 İsmet İnönü, Turkish statesman (b. 1884)
  • Dec 25 Gabriel Voisin, French aviation pioneer (b. 1880)
  • Dec 26 Harold B. Lee, American religious leader, Head of Mormon Church, dies at 74
  • Dec 26 Steven Geray, American actor (French Line), dies at 69
  • Dec 26 William Haines, US actor (Little Annie Rooney), dies of cancer at 73
  • Dec 30 Henri-Paul Busser, composer, dies at 101