What Happened on December 1, 1973

Day of the Week: Saturday

Historical Events

  • 38th Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 35-0 in Birmingham
  • Australia grants self-government to Papua New Guinea

Sport awardDavis Cup

Davis Cup Tennis, Cleveland, Ohio: Rod Laver and John Newcombe beat American pair Stan Smith and Erik van Dillen 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 to give Australia an unassailable 3-0 lead, (ends 5-0); 23rd Cup title for Australia

Tennis Player Rod Laver
Tennis Player
Rod Laver

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Jack Nicklaus finishes at 13-under-par 275 to win the Walt Disney World Open by 1 stroke from Mason Rudolph; becomes the first player to reach $2 million in PGA Tour career earnings


Famous Birthdays

  • Eric Thomas, Chartage Texas, 400m hurdler
  • Jon Theodore, American musician
  • Mia Farrance, Australian canoeist (Olympics 1996), born in Melbourne, Victoria

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

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

NFL Running Back Gale Sayers
NFL Running Back
Gale Sayers

Famous Deaths


Person of interestDavid Ben-Gurion

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