On This Day

What Happened on December 5, 1973

Historical Events

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

Music releaseAlbum Release

Paul McCartney & Wings release album "Band on the Run" in the US

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney

Famous Birthdays

  • Corissa Yasen, American WNBA forward and guard (Sacramento Monarchs), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • Luboš Motl, Czech theoretical physicist, born in Plzeň, Czech Republic
  • Shalom Harlow, model (House of Style, Harper's Bazaar), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Sorin Grindeanu, Romanian Prime Minister (2017), born in Caransebeș, Romania

Famous Deaths


Person of interestRobert Watson-Watt

Robert Watson-Watt, Scottish physicist and developer of the radar and radio direction finding in WWII, dies at 81

Physicist and Radar Pioneer Robert Watson-Watt
Physicist and Radar Pioneer
Robert Watson-Watt

1973 Highlights

About December 5, 1973

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 46 years, 11 months and 27 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Generation X
Chinese Zodiac: Ox
Star Sign: Sagittarius