On This Day

What Happened on December 24, 1973

Historical Events

  • District of Columbia Home Rule Act is passed, allowing residents of Washington, D.C. to elect their own local government.
  • Ferryboat capsized off coast of Equador, drowning 200

Famous Birthdays

  • Eddie Pope, soccer defender (Olympic gold 1996), born in Greensboro, North Carolina

Person of interestStephenie Meyer

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


Famous Deaths

  • Gerard Kuiper, Dutch-American astronomer after whom the Kuiper belt is named, dies at 68
  • Periyar E. V. Ramasamy, Indian Social social activist and reformer, dies at 94
1973 Highlights

About December 24, 1973

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 46 years and 10 months
Leap Year: No

Generation Generation X
Chinese Zodiac: Ox
Star Sign: Capricorn