On This Day

What Happened in December 1975

Historical Events

  • Dec 1 "The Robert MacNeil Report", later "The MacNeil-Lehrer Report", currently known as "PBS NewsHour" program premieres nationally in US on PBS

Historic Event

Dec 1 US President Gerald Ford visits People's Republic of China

  • Dec 1 Kuwait and Gulf and BP agree on terms of nationalization
  • Dec 2 7 South Moluccans hijack train at Wijster, Drente (NL), 3 killed
  • Dec 2 Greg Chappell in his debut as Australian cricket captain completes a fine double in 8 wicket win in 1st Test v West Indies in Brisbane; scores 109no in 2nd innings to follow his 1st innings 123
  • Dec 2 Laos king Sisavang Vatthana resigns, Lao People's Democratic Republic founded (National Day)
  • Dec 3 Laos falls to communist forces; Lao People's Democratic Rep proclaimed
  • Dec 4 6 South Molukkans occupy Indonesian consulate in The Hague, 1 dead
  • Dec 5 "Me & Bessie" closes at Ambassador Theater NYC after 453 performances
  • Dec 5 NASA launches space vehicle S-196, it failed
  • Dec 6 41st Heisman Trophy Award: Archie Griffin, Ohio State (RB)
  • Dec 6 Balcombe Street Siege: for 6 days, four Provisional Irish Republican Army volunteers hold two hostages at an apartment in London, England
  • Dec 7 10th Islander shut-out opponent-Glenn Resch 3-0 vs Sabres
  • Dec 7 Archbishop Makarios returns Cyprus
  • Dec 7 Indonesian army occupies East Timor

Sports History

Dec 7 Romanian tennis star Ilie Năstase wins his 4th season-ending ATP Masters Grand Prix title with a 6-2, 6-2, 6-1 rout of Björn Borg of Sweden in Stockholm

  • Dec 8 "Raisin" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 847 performances
  • Dec 8 Radio station 4ZZZ begins transmitting in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia at 105.7 FM; frequency changes to 102.1 FM in 1978
  • Dec 9 Yelena Bonner accepts Soviet dissident Andrei Sacharov's Nobel Prize in Oslo
  • Dec 9 US President Gerald Ford signs $2.3 Bn loan authorization for NYC
  • Dec 9 Iraq completes nationalization by taking over the BP, CFP, and Shell shares of the Basrah Petroleum Company

Nobel Prize

Dec 10 Andrei Sakharov's wife Yelena Bonner, accepts his Nobel Peace Prize

  • Dec 10 Terry Funk beats Jack Brisco in Miami Beach, to become NWA champ
  • Dec 11 US 1st class postage rises from 10 cents to 13 cents

Sports History

Dec 11 Great Yankee trade getting Willie Randolph, Dock Ellis & Ken Brett from Pirates for George "Doc" Medich

  • Dec 12 Gas stove explodes & starts fire killing 138 in Mecca, Saudi Arabia
  • Dec 12 Sara Jane Moore pleds guilty to trying to kill US President Gerald Ford

Film & TV History

Dec 13 1st time "Saturday Night Live" uses a time delay, Richard Pryor hosts

Election of Interest

Dec 13 Australian Federal Election - Liberals with coalition under Malcolm Fraser win largest ever parliamentary majority

  • Dec 13 West Indian cricket opener Roy Fredericks smashes 169 in 2nd Test win v Australia in Perth; hundred in 71 balls
  • Dec 13 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR

Musical Finale

Dec 14 Scott Joplin's opera "Treemonisha" closes at Uris Theater NYC after 64 performances

  • Dec 14 6 So Moluccan terrorists surrender, holding 23 hostages for 12 days
  • Dec 14 WCPR (Brooklyn New York pirate radio station) begins broadcasting on 1620 AM
  • Dec 16 1st broadcast of "One Day at a Time" on CBS TV

Sports History

Dec 16 Bill Veeck buys 80% of MLB Chicago White Sox from John Allyn

  • Dec 17 1st time NY Islanders shut-out NY Rangers, 3-0-Billy Smith's 5th
  • Dec 17 John Paul Stevens appointed to the US Supreme Court
  • Dec 17 Lynette Fromme sentenced to life for attempt on US President Ford's life

Music History

Dec 19 British guitarist Ron Wood joins The Rolling Stones

  • Dec 19 The Red Hand Commandos, a very secretive Ulster loyalist paramilitary group in Northern Ireland, explode a no-warning car bomb in Dundalk, killing 2 civilians and wounding 20
  • Dec 20 Joe Walsh recruited to join Eagles

Historic Event

Dec 20 Pope Paul VI named J Willebrands archbishop of Utrecht

  • Dec 21 Revival of "Hello, Dolly" closes at Minskoff Theater NYC after 51 performances
  • Dec 21 "Very Good Eddie" opens at Booth Theater NYC for 307 performances
  • Dec 21 1st NY Jet to gain 1,000 yards rushing (John Riggins)

Davis Cup

Dec 21 Davis Cup Men's Tennis, Stockholm, Sweden: Home town hero Björn Borg beats Czech Jan Kodeš 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 to give Sweden unassailable 3-1 lead; ends 3-2

  • Dec 21 Madagascar adopts constitution
  • Dec 21 Buffalo Sabres set NHL record of 40 points beating Caps 14-2 scoring 5 goals vs Washington Caps in 4:57
  • Dec 22 US President Gerald Ford signs the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA)
  • Dec 23 US Congress passes Metric Conversion Act
  • Dec 23 Peter Seitz makes Andy Messersmith & Dave McNally free agents
  • Dec 26 1st supersonic transport service (USSR-Tupolev-144)
  • Dec 26 Crowd of 85,661 attend the 1st day of the Australia vs West Indies MCG cricket test
  • Dec 26 5th Fiesta Bowl: #7 Arizona State beats #6 Nebraska, 17-14
  • Dec 27 Explosion at Chasnala Colliery collapses drowning 350 in Dhanbad, India
  • Dec 28 1st broadcast of radio Hilversum IV (classic music)
  • Dec 28 Earthquake in Pakistan, 4,000 die
  • Dec 28 Gary Cosier scores 109 v West Indies at MCG on Test Cricket debut
  • Dec 28 Red Army beats NY Rangers 7-3 at Madison Square Garden
  • Dec 28 "The Hail Mary", with 32 seconds left in the NFC Divisional Playoff Game, Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach throws a legendary 50-yard winning touchdown pass to Drew Pearson to defeat the Minnesota Vikings, and the "Hail Mary" play is born
  • Dec 28 In the aftermath of the Cold War, the New York Rangers become first team in NHL history to face a touring Soviet hockey squad; Soviet Army beats the Rangers, 7-3 at Madison Square Garden
  • Dec 29 11 killed, 75 hurt by terrorist bomb at LaGuardia Airport in NYC
  • Dec 30 "Boccaccio" closes at Edison Theater NYC after 7 performances
  • Dec 30 Constitution of Democratic Republic of Madagascar comes into force

Football Awards

Dec 30 Ballon d'Or: FC Dynamo Kyiv forward Oleg Blokhin claims award for best European football player ahead of former winners, Bayern Munich defender Franz Beckenbauer and Ajax forward Johan Cruyff

  • Dec 31 42nd Sugar Bowl: #3 Alabama beats #7 Penn State, 13-6

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 2 Mark Kotsay, American baseball outfielder and coach (1,914 MLB games; Florida Marlins, Oakland A's), born in Whittier, California
  • Dec 3 Lauren E Roman, actress (Laura Kirk-All My Children), born in Wilmington, North Carolina
  • Dec 3 Mickey Avalon [Yeshe Perl], American rapper, born in Hollywood, California
  • Dec 3 Csaba Czébely, Hungarian drummer (Pokolgép), born in Beregszász, Transcarpathia
  • Dec 3 Malinda Williams, American actress
  • Dec 4 Marci Miller [Jobson], American soccer midfielder and coach (17 caps; coach Baylor), born in St. Charles, Illinois

Ronnie O'Sullivan

Dec 5 Ronnie O'Sullivan, British snooker player (7 x world champion; 7 x Masters champion; 7 x UK champion), born in Wordsley, England

  • Dec 5 Paula Patton, American actress (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Dec 6 Natalie Titcume, Australian softball catcher (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Sydney, Australia
  • Dec 6 Noel Clarke, English actor and writer, born in London
  • Dec 7 Nikola Wapzarow, Bulgarian poet and writer, born in Bansko, Bulgaria
  • Dec 7 Jamie Clapham, English footballer (Ipswich Town), born in Lincoln, England
  • Dec 8 Kevin Harvick, American auto racer (NASCAR Cup Series Champion 2014), born in Bakersfield, California
  • Dec 9 Joshua Rudoy, American actor (Harry & Hendersons), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Dec 9 Jeff Heath, Canadian baseball outfielder (MLB All Star 1941, 43, 45; Cleveland Indians), dies from a heart attack at 60
  • Dec 10 Josip Skoko, Australian footballer
  • Dec 11 Gerben de Knegt, Dutch cyclist, born in Tilburg, Netherlands
  • Dec 11 Tomoka Kurotani, Japanese actress, born in Kita-ku, Sakai, Osaka Prefecture, Japan
  • Dec 12 Mayim Bialik, American actress (The Big Bang Theory), born in San Diego, California
  • Dec 12 Craig Moore, Australian soccer defender and broadcaster (52 caps; Glasgow Rangers 175 games), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • Dec 13 Matt LeCroy, American baseball catcher (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Belton, South Carolina
  • Dec 13 Tom DeLonge, American guitarist (blink-182, Angels & Airwaves), born in Poway, California
  • Dec 14 James Cotton, American NBA guard (Seattle Supersonics), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Dec 14 Tamecka Dixon, American WNBA guard (LA Sparks), born in Linden, New Jersey
  • Dec 14 Justin Furstenfeld, American rock singer (Blue October)
  • Dec 14 KaDee Strickland, American actress (Private Practice, The Grudge), born in Patterson, Georgia
  • Dec 16 Valentin Bădoi, Romanian footballer
  • Dec 16 Nawo Kawakita, Japanese heavy metal drummer (Maximum the Hormone)
  • Dec 16 Benjamin Kowalewicz, Canadian rock singer and songwriter (Billy Talent), born in Pierrefonds, Quebec
  • Dec 16 Jonathan Scarfe, Canadian actor
  • Dec 16 Jacob "Jake" Cinninger, American rock guitarist, and songwriter (Umphrey's McGee), born in Niles, Michigan

Milla Jovovich

Dec 17 Milla Jovovich, Russian born American actress (The Fifth Element, Resident Evil), born in Kiev, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union

  • Dec 17 Napiera Danielle Groves, American actress and Miss USA-Washington, D.C. (1997, Miss Congeniality), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Dec 17 Nick Farrell, boxer (Olympics 1996), born in East York, Ontario
  • Dec 17 Nick Dinsmore (Eugene), American professional wrestler
  • Dec 17 Tim Clark, South African golfer (US Masters 2006 runner-up; Players C'ship 2010), born in Durban, RSA
  • Dec 18 Michael Barry, cyclist (Olympics 1996), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Dec 18 Masaki Sumitani, Japanese comedian
  • Dec 18 Trish Stratus, Canadian professional wrestler
  • Dec 18 Sia [Furler], Australian singer-songwriter and producer (Titanium), born in Adalaide, Australia
  • Dec 19 Casual [Jon Owens], American rapper (Smash Rockwell), born in Oakland, California
  • Dec 19 Olivier Tebily, Ivorian footballer
  • Dec 19 Jon Smith, British writer
  • Dec 20 Bartosz Bosacki, Polish footballer, born in Poznań, Poland
  • Dec 20 Jaydy Michel, Mexican model, born in Guadalajara, Mexico
  • Dec 21 Paloma Herrera, Argentine ballet dancer, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Dec 22 Stanislav Neckar, NHL defenseman (Ottawa Senators, Olympic gold 1998), born in České Budějovice, Czech Republic
  • Dec 22 Dmitri Khokhlov, Russian footballer, born in Krasnodar, Russia
  • Dec 22 Chris Adler, American writer, born in Cheverly, Maryland
  • Dec 22 Sergei Aschwanden, Swiss judoka, born in Bern, Switzerland
  • Dec 23 Sky Lopez, American actress, born in Stillwater, Minnesota
  • Dec 23 Vadim Sharifijanov, Russian ice hockey player, born in Ufa, Russia
  • Dec 23 Yasmin Levy, Israeli Ladino singer, born in Baka, Jerusalem, Israel
  • Dec 24 Natalie Ward, Australian softball shortstop/2nd baseman (Olympic bronze 1996)
  • Dec 24 Young Zee, American hip hop artist, born in Newark, New Jersey
  • Dec 25 Marcus Trescothick, English cricket batsman (76 Tests, 14 x 100s, HS 219; 123 ODIs; Somerset CCC), born in Keynsham, England
  • Dec 25 Hideki Okajima, Japanese baseball pitcher (3 × NPB All-Star; MLB All Star 2007; first Japanese-born pitcher to play in World Series, Game 2 2007 Boston Red Sox; Yomiuri Giants), born in Kyoto Prefecture, Japan
  • Dec 25 Rob Mariano, American reality show contestant, born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Dec 25 Pardis Sabeti, Iranian-American biologist and geneticist, born in Tehran, Iran
  • Dec 26 Marcelo Rios, Chilean tennis star (1995 Amsterdam), born in Santiago, Chile
  • Dec 27 Heather O'Rourke, American actress (Happy Days, Poltergeist), born in San Diego, California
  • Dec 27 Patrick Paauwe, Dutch soccer player (PSV, Graafschap)
  • Dec 28 Tannis Vallely, American actress (Janice Lazorotto-Head of the Class), born in NYC, New York
  • Dec 29 Jaret Wright, American baseball player, born in Anaheim, California

Tiger Woods

Dec 30 Tiger Woods, American golfer (15 major titles; 81 PGA Tour titles; 41 European Tour titles), born in Cypress, California

  • Dec 31 Toni Kuivasto, Finnish soccer defender (75 caps; Djurgårdens IF 165 games), born in Tampere, Finland

Famous Weddings

Bob Dole

Dec 6 US Senator Bob Dole (52) weds former senator Elizabeth Hanford (39)

Buzz Aldrin

Dec 19 Astronaut Buzz Aldrin (45) weds Beverly Zile

Martin Scorsese

Dec 30 Director Martin Scorsese (33) weds teacher and author Julia Cameron (27) in Libertyville, Illinois


Famous Deaths

  • Dec 1 Nick Kenny, American columnist and songwriter (Nick Kenny Show), dies at 80
  • Dec 1 Nellie Fox, American Baseball Hall of Fame infielder (15 x MLB All Star; AL MVP 1959; Chicago White Sox), dies from lymphatic cancer at 47
  • Dec 1 Anna E. Roosevelt, American radio personality (b. 1906)
  • Dec 1 Ranganandhan Francis, Indian field hockey goalkeeper (Olympic gold 1948, 52, 56), dies at 55
  • Dec 1 Ernesto Maserati, Italian auto racer and engineer (director, chief engineer Maserati of Modena), dies at 77
  • Dec 3 Jacob Kruijt, Dutch sociologist, dies at 76

Hannah Arendt

Dec 4 Hannah Arendt, German-American political theorist and historian (Origins of Totalitarianism), dies of a heart attack at 69

  • Dec 5 Jimmy Nervo, actor (Frozen Limits), dies
  • Dec 7 Hardie Albright, actress (Silver Streak, Scarlet Letter), dies at 71
  • Dec 7 Beatrix Loughran, American figure skater (Olympic gold 1924, 1928, 1932), dies at 75
  • Dec 8 Gary Thain, New Zealand bassist (Uriah Heep, 1972-75), dies of respiratory failure due to a heroin overdose, at 27
  • Dec 9 William A Wellman, American director (Ox Bow Incident), dies at 79
  • Dec 9 Esdras Minville, Quebec writer, economist and sociologist, dies at 79
  • Dec 9 Frank Signorelli, American jazz pianist (Original Dixieland Jazz Band), dies at 74
  • Dec 11 Lee Wiley, American jazz singer (Night in Manhattan), dies at 67
  • Dec 13 Cyril Delevanti, British actor (Soylent Green, The Night of the Iguana), dies at 88
  • Dec 13 Hendrik Johan Kruls, Dutch general and chief military authority (1944-46), dies at 73
  • Dec 14 Arthur Treacher, English TV announcer (Merv Griffin Show), dies at 81
  • Dec 15 Mukhtar Ashrafi, Soviet-Uzbek composer, dies at 63
  • Dec 17 Frank Sully, American actor (Along Came Jones, Phantom Thief, Inside the Law), dies at 67
  • Dec 17 Noble Sissle, jazz musician, dies at 86
  • Dec 17 Hound Dog Taylor [Theodore Roosevelt], American Chicago blues guitarist and singer, dies of lung cancer at 60
  • Dec 18 Theodosius Dobzhansky, Russian-American genetist, evolutionary biologist and author (Mankind Evolving), dies at 75
  • Dec 20 William Lundigan, American actor (Climax, Pinky, They Asked for It), dies of lung and heart congestion at 61
  • Dec 23 Richard S Welch, CIA station chief in Athens, shot dead
  • Dec 24 Tilly Losch, Austrian dancer and actress (Duel in the Sun; Garden of Allah), dies at about 71 (birth date disputed)
  • Dec 24 Bernard Herrmann, American composer, dies of heart attack at 64
  • Dec 25 Gaston Gallimard, French publisher (Library Gallimard), dies at 94
  • Dec 29 Euell Gibbons, American outdoorsman and proponent of natural diets (b. 1911).
  • Dec 31 Donal Michalsky, composer, dies at 47