What Happened in December 1975

Historical Events

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

38th US President Gerald Ford
38th US President
Gerald Ford
  • 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 G S Chappell gets ton in each inn of 1st Test Cricket as capt v WI
  • 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

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Dec 7 Pat Bradley wins Colgate-Far East Ladies Tournament Golf Tournament

LPGA Golfer Pat Bradley
LPGA Golfer
Pat Bradley
  • Dec 8 "Raisin" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 847 performances
  • Dec 9 Jelena Bonner receives Andrei Sacharov's Nobel Prize
  • 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

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

Nuclear Physicist & Soviet Dissident Andrei Sakharov
Nuclear Physicist & Soviet Dissident
Andrei Sakharov
  • 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

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

MLB Second Baseman and Manager Willie Randolph
MLB Second Baseman and Manager
Willie Randolph
  • 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

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

Comedian and Actor Richard Pryor
Comedian and Actor
Richard Pryor
Television Producer Lorne Michaels
Television Producer
Lorne Michaels

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

Prime Minister of Australia Malcolm Fraser
Prime Minister of Australia
Malcolm Fraser
  • Dec 13 Jane Blalock wins LPGA 14 Colgate Triple Crown Golf Tournament
  • Dec 13 Roy Fredericks hits 169 v Aust at WACA, hundred in 71 balls
  • Dec 13 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Dec 14 "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
  • Dec 16 Bill Veeck buys 80% of 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
  • Dec 19 John Paul Stevens becomes a US Supreme Court Justice

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Dec 19 Ron Wood joined The Rolling Stones

Drummer Charlie Watts
Charlie Watts
  • 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
  • Dec 20 Pope Paul VI named J Willebrands archbishop of Utrecht
  • Dec 21 "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)
  • Dec 21 64th Davis Cup: Sweden beats Czechoslovakia in Stockholm (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 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 desperate 50-yard winning touchdown pass to Drew Pearson to defeat the Minnesota Vikings, and the "Hail Mary" play is born
  • 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
  • Dec 31 42nd Sugar Bowl: #3 Alabama beats #7 Penn State, 13-6

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 1 Sophia Skou, Danish swimmer
  • Dec 2 Brett Lindros, NHL right wing (NY Islanders), born in London, England
  • Dec 2 Mark Kotsay, baseball outfielder (Olympics-bronze-96), born in Whittier, California
  • Dec 3 Lauren E Roman, actress (Laura Kirk-All My Children), born in Wilmington, North Carolina
  • Dec 3 Nadine Neumann, Australian swimmer (Olympics-96), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • Dec 3 Mickey Avalon, American rapper
  • Dec 3 Csaba Czébely, Hungarian drummer (Pokolgép)
  • Dec 3 Malinda Williams, American actress
  • Dec 5 Ronnie O'Sullivan, English snooker player
  • Dec 5 Paula Patton, American actress
  • Dec 6 Natalie Titcume, Australian softball catcher (Olympics-bronze-96)
  • Dec 6 Noel Clarke, English actor and writer
  • Dec 7 Nikola Wapzarow, writer
  • Dec 7 Jamie Clapham, English footballer
  • Dec 8 Kevin Harvick, American NASCAR driver
  • Dec 9 Joshua Rudoy, actor (Harry & Hendersons)
  • Dec 9 Stuart McRae, Australian rower (Olympics-96)
  • Dec 10 Josip Skoko, Australian footballer
  • Dec 11 Gerben de Knegt, Dutch cyclist
  • Dec 11 Tomoka Kurotani, Japanese actress
  • Dec 12 Mayim Bialik, actress (The Big Bang Theory), born in San Diego, California
  • Dec 12 Craig Moore, Australian footballer
  • Dec 13 Matt LeCroy, Anderson SC, baseball catcher (Olympics-bronze-96)
  • Dec 13 Tom DeLonge, American guitarist (blink-182, Angels & Airwaves)
  • Dec 14 Inga Drozdova, Latvia, playmate (Nov, 1997)
  • Dec 14 James Cotton, NBA guard (Seattle Supersonics)
  • Dec 14 Tamecka Dixon, WNBA guard (LA Sparks)
  • Dec 14 Justin Furstenfeld, American rock singer
  • Dec 14 KaDee Strickland, Patterson, Georgia, American actress (Private Practice, The Grudge)
  • Dec 16 Valentin Bădoi, Romanian footballer
  • Dec 16 Nawo Kawakita, Japanese drummer (Maximum the Hormone)
  • Dec 16 Benjamin Kowalewicz, Canadian musician (Billy Talent)
  • Dec 16 Jonathan Scarfe, Canadian actor

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Dec 17 Milla Jovovich, American actress (Return to Blue Lagoon, Chaplin), born in Kiev, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union

  • Dec 17 Napiera Danielle Groves, Miss USA-Washington, D.C. (1997, Miss Congeniality)
  • Dec 17 Nick Farrell, East York Ontario, boxer (Olympics-96)
  • Dec 17 Nick Dinsmore (Eugene), American professional wrestler
  • Dec 18 Michael Barry, cyclist (Olympics-96), 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], rapper
  • Dec 19 Kristin Folkl, volleyball outside hitter (alt-Oly-96), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • Dec 19 Olivier Tebily, Ivorian footballer
  • Dec 19 Jon Smith, British writer
  • Dec 20 Bartosz Bosacki, Polish footballer
  • Dec 20 Jaydy Michel, Mexican model
  • Dec 21 Paloma Herrera, Argentine ballet dancer
  • Dec 22 Stanislav Neckar, Pisek CZ, NHL defenseman (Ottawa Senators, Oly-G-98)
  • Dec 22 Dmitri Khokhlov, Russian footballer
  • Dec 22 Chris Adler, US actor
  • Dec 22 Sergei Aschwanden, born in Bern
  • Dec 23 Sky Lopez, American actress
  • Dec 23 Vadim Sharifijanov, Russian ice hockey player
  • Dec 24 Natalie Ward, Australian softball shortstop/2nd baseman (Oly-br-96)
  • Dec 25 Marcus Trescothick, English cricketer
  • Dec 25 Hideki Okajima, Japanese baseball player
  • Dec 25 Rob Mariano, American reality show contestant
  • Dec 25 Pardis Sabeti, Iranian-American biologist and geneticist, born in Tehran, Iran
  • Dec 26 Marcelo Rios, tennis star (1995 Amsterdam), born in Santiago, Chile
  • Dec 27 Heather O'Rourke, actress (Happy Days, Poltergeist), born in San Diego, California
  • Dec 27 Patrick Paauwe, Dutch soccer player (PSV, Graafschap)
  • Dec 28 Kesley Perrin, CFL defensive back (Winnipeg Blue Bombers)
  • Dec 28 Tannis Vallely, American actress (Janice Lazorotto-Head of the Class), born in NYC, New York
  • Dec 29 Kalin Olson, playmate (Aug 1997), born in Hot Springs, Arkansas
  • Dec 29 Jaret Wright, American baseball player

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Dec 30 Tiger Woods, American golfer (14 Majors and 79 PGA wins), born in Cypress, California

Golfer Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods
  • Dec 31 Cole Ford, kicker (Oakland Raiders)
  • Dec 31 Toni Kuivasto, Finnish footballer

Famous Weddings

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

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 19 Astronaut Buzz Aldrin (45) weds Beverly Zile

Astronaut Buzz Aldrin
Buzz Aldrin

HeartWedding of Interest

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

Film Director Martin Scorsese
Film Director
Martin Scorsese

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 1 Nick Kenny, US columnist/songwriter (Nick Kenny Show), dies at 80
  • Dec 1 Nellie Fox, American baseball player (b. 1927)
  • Dec 1 Anna E. Roosevelt, American radio personality (b. 1906)
  • Dec 3 Hugh Thurlow, cricketer (one Test for Australia 1932), dies
  • Dec 3 Jacob Kruijt, Dutch sociologist, dies at 76

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Dec 4 Hannah Arendt, German/US political theorist and historian, dies at 69

Political Theorist Hannah Arendt
Political Theorist
Hannah Arendt
  • Dec 5 Jimmy Nervo, actor (Frozen Limits), dies
  • Dec 7 Hardie Albright, actress (Silver Streak, Scarlet Letter), dies at 71
  • Dec 7 Thornton N Wilder, American writer (Bridge of San Luis Rey), dies at 78
  • Dec 7 Beatrix Loughran, American figure skater (Olympic Gold 1924, 1928, 1932), dies at 75
  • Dec 8 Gary Thain, New Zealand bassist (Uriah Heep) (b. 1948)
  • Dec 9 William A Wellman, US director (Ox Bow Incident), dies at 79
  • Dec 9 Esdras Minville, Quebec writer, economist and sociologist, dies at 79
  • 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 Kruls, Dutch gen/chief milt authority (1944-46), dies at 73
  • Dec 14 Arthur Treacher, TV announcer (Merv Griffin Show), dies at 81
  • Dec 15 Mukhtar Ashrafi, 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 [Theodore Roosevelt] Hound Dog Taylor, 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 Vincent Lopez, orchestra leader (Welcome Aboard), dies at 76
  • 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 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