On This Day

What Happened in December 1975

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

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 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

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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

Tennis Champion Ilie Năstase
Tennis Champion
Ilie Năstase
Tennis Player Björn Borg
Tennis Player
Björn Borg
  • 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

Nobel prizeNobel Prize

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

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 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 19 Ron Wood joined The Rolling Stones

Drummer Charlie Watts
Drummer
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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 20 Pope Paul VI named J Willebrands archbishop of Utrecht

Pope Paul VI
Pope
Paul VI
  • 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 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
  • 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, American rapper
  • Dec 3 Csaba Czébely, Hungarian drummer (Pokolgép)
  • 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

Person of interestRonnie O'Sullivan

Dec 5 Ronnie O'Sullivan, British snooker player (5-time world champion), born in Wordsley, England

Snooker Player Ronnie O'Sullivan
Snooker Player
Ronnie O'Sullivan
  • 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 Los Angeles, California
  • Dec 9 Stuart McRae, Australian rower (Olympics 1996)
  • 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 drummer (Maximum the Hormone)
  • Dec 16 Benjamin Kowalewicz, Canadian musician (Billy Talent)
  • Dec 16 Jonathan Scarfe, Canadian actor

Person of interestMilla 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], rapper
  • 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 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 cricketer, born in Keynsham, United Kingdom
  • Dec 25 Hideki Okajima, Japanese baseball player, 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

Person of interestTiger Woods

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

Golfer Tiger Woods
Golfer
Tiger Woods
  • Dec 31 Toni Kuivasto, Finnish footballer, born in Tampere, Finland

Famous Weddings

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

LoveWedding of Interest

Dec 19 Astronaut Buzz Aldrin (45) weds Beverly Zile

Astronaut Buzz Aldrin
Astronaut
Buzz Aldrin

LoveWedding 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, American columnist/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 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

Person of interestHannah Arendt

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