On This Day

What Happened on December 26, 1973

Day of the Week: Wednesday

Historical Events

  • 2 Skylab 3 astronauts walk in space for a record 7 hours

Film release premierFilm Premier

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

Writer & Filmmaker William Peter Blatty
Writer & Filmmaker
William Peter Blatty
Actor Max Von Sydow
Max Von Sydow
  • Soyuz 13 returns to Earth

Famous Birthdays

  • Reichen Lehmkuhl, American television personality, born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Ryan Berube, American 800m freestyle relay (Olympic gold 1996), born in Tequesta, Florida

Famous Deaths

  • Harold B. Lee, American religious leader, Head of Mormon Church, dies at 74
  • Steven Geray, American actor (French Line), dies at 69
  • William Haines, American actor (Little Annie Rooney), dies of cancer at 73