On This Day

What Happened on December 25, 1973

Historical Events

Film Premier

"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)

  • Arab oil ministers cancel January 5 percent production cut; Saudi Arabian oil minister promises 10 percent OPEC production rise

Football Awards

Ballon d'Or: Ajax forward Johan Cruyff wins his second award for best European football player ahead of Juventus goalkeeper Dino Zoff and Bayern Munich striker Gerd Müller

  • 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.
  • Tommy Chambers (Scotland) finishes 51 yr cycle tour (799,405 miles)

Famous Birthdays

  • Alexandre Trudeau, Canadian journalist, born in Ottawa, Canada
  • Chris Harris, American professional wrestler, born in Kentucky
  • Robbie Elliott, English footballer, born in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

Famous Deaths

  • Gabriel Voisin, French aviation pioneer (b. 1880)
  • İsmet İnönü, Turkish statesman (b. 1884)
1973 Highlights

About December 25, 1973

Day of the Week: Tuesday
How Long Ago? 47 years, 11 months and 5 days
Leap Year: No

Holidays: Christmas (India), Christmas Day (Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom, United States)

Generation: Generation X
Chinese Zodiac: Ox
Star Sign: Capricorn