Historical Events in December 1974

  • Dec 1 American Jacqueline Hansen runs female world record marathon 2:43:54.5 in Culver City, California
  • Dec 1 Boeing 727 crashes in Upperville Virginia, 92 died
  • Dec 1 LA Skid Row slasher kills 1st of 8
  • Dec 1 South Africa is awarded the Davis Cup tennis title after India refuses to travel to South Africa for the final in protest of the South African government's apartheid policies
  • Dec 2 Giant Baba beats Jack Brisco in Kagoshimi, to become NWA champ
  • Dec 2 MLB Rules Committee changes long time philosophy to permit the use of cowhide, rather than just horsehide in the manufacture of baseballs
  • Dec 2 Soyuz 16 launched into Earth orbit for 6 days
  • Dec 4 Dutch DC-8 charter crashes in Sri Lanka killing 191 Muslim pilgrims
  • Dec 5 1st World Football League Bowl, Birmingham Americans beat Florida
  • Dec 5 Airport terminal roof in Tehran collapses killing 17
  • Dec 5 Birmingham Americans defeat the Florida Blazers 22-21 in the WFL's World Bowl

Television Finale

Dec 5 Final episode of Monty Python's Flying Circus airs on BBC TV

  • Dec 5 NFL's Seattle Seahawks forms
  • Dec 5 Oliver Tilden Triangle in the Bronx named

Music History

Dec 6 George Harrison releases "Ding Dong, Ding Dong"

  • Dec 8 Greek monarchy rejected by referendum
  • Dec 8 Irish Republican Socialist Party forms
  • Dec 8 Soyuz 16 returns to Earth
  • Dec 9 Dow Jones index hits 570.01
  • Dec 9 Jack Brisco beats Giant Baba in Tokyo, to become NWA wrestling champ
  • Dec 9 Johnson Grigsby freed after 66 years in jail in Indiana
  • Dec 10 European Economic Community calls for a European Parliament
  • Dec 10 Helios 1 launched by US and Germany; later makes closest flyby of the Sun

Nobel Prize

Dec 10 Nobel Peace Prize awarded to Irishman Seán MacBride for his human rights work and Japanese Prime Minister Eisaku Satō for signing Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty

‘My Name is Jimmy Carter and I’m Running for President’

Dec 12 50‐year‐old Georgia Governor Jimmy Carter announces his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for President [1]

  • Dec 13 Malta becomes a republic

Film Release

Dec 14 Disaster film "The Towering Inferno" is released, starring Steve McQueen and Paul Newman

  • Dec 14 Islander Glenn Resch's 1st shut-out opponent-Kings 3-0

Sports History

Dec 14 Viv Richards scores 1st Test Cricket ton 192 v India 20 fours 6 sixes

Sports History

Dec 15 Guillermo Vilas of Argentina beats defending champion lie Năstase 7–6, 6–2, 3–6, 3–6, 6–4 to win his first and only season-ending ATP Masters Grand Prix tennis final in Melbourne, Australia

  • Dec 16 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Dec 16 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh, Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Dec 18 San Francisco Visitors Center at City Hall opens

Film Premiere

Dec 19 "The Man with the Golden Gun", 9th James Bond film, starring Roger Moore, Britt Ekland and Christopher Lee, premieres in London

  • Dec 19 Dave Kryskow scores Washington Capitals 1st NHL shorthanded goal

Historic Event

Dec 19 Nelson Rockefeller is sworn in as Vice President of the United States

Film Release

Dec 20 "The Godfather Part II", directed by Francis Ford Coppola and starring Al Pacino and Robert De Niro, is released (Academy Awards Best Picture 1975)

  • Dec 20 Ethiopia becomes socialist one-party state
  • Dec 20 George Harrison releases his "Dark Horse", his fifth studio album in UK
  • Dec 22 2nd cease-fire between IRA & British; lasts until approx April 1975
  • Dec 22 Iraq announces plans to increase its oil production capacity

Sports History

Dec 22 Phil Esposito, Boston, became 6th NHLer to score 500 goals

Historic Event

Dec 22 Provisional Irish Republican Army bomb home of former UK Prime Minister, Edward Heath, just before announcing Christmas ceasefire

  • Dec 22 Referenda in Comoros-3 islands for independence, 1 stays French

Music History

Dec 23 Dmitri Shostakovich' son cycle "Suite on Verses of Michelangelo Buonarroti" premieres in Leningrad

  • Dec 23 Revival of Ray Henderson, B.G. DeSylva, and Lew Brown's musical "Good News" opens at St James Theater, NYC; runs for 16 performances

Historic Event

Dec 24 Former US astronaut John Glenn join the Senate for Ohio

  • Dec 24 MLB St Louis Cardinals Lou Brock is named Sportsman of the Year
  • Dec 25 Cyclone Tracy virtually destroys Darwin, Australia
  • Dec 25 Marshall Fields drives a vehicle through the gates of the White House, resulting in a four-hour standoff.
  • Dec 26 Washington Capitals 1st NHL sellout
  • Dec 27 40th Heisman Trophy Award: Archie Griffin, Ohio State (RB)
  • Dec 27 Dear Abby show ends run on CBS radio after 11 years
  • Dec 27 FSLN seizes government hostages at a private Managua party
  • Dec 27 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Dec 28 4th Fiesta Bowl: Oklahoma State beats #17 BYU, 16-6
  • Dec 28 6.3 earthquake strikes Pakistan: 5200 killed
  • Dec 28 Senegalese marxist group Reenu-Rew founds the political movement And-Jëf at a clandestine congress.

AFC Championship

Dec 29 AFC Championship, Oakland Coliseum: Pittsburgh Steelers beat Oakland Raiders, 24-13

  • Dec 29 Murray Schisgal's "All Over Town" premieres in NYC
  • Dec 29 NFC Championship, Metropolitan Stadium, Bloomington: Minnesota Vikings beat Los Angeles Rams, 14-10
  • Dec 30 Beatles are legally disbanded (4 years after suit was brought)
  • Dec 31 41st Sugar Bowl: #8 Nebraska beats #18 Florida, 13-10

Australian Open Women's Tennis

Dec 31 Australian Open Women's Tennis: Australian Evonne Goolagong Cawley retains her title; beats Martina Navratilova of Czechoslovakia 6-3, 6-2

Ballon d'Or

Dec 31 Ballon d'Or: Ajax forward Johan Cruyff wins back-to-back awards, and his 3rd overall, for best European football player ahead of Bayern Munich defender Franz Beckenbauer and Legia Warsaw midfielder Kazimierz Deyna

  • Dec 31 Gold legal in US, Franklin Mint strikes Panama's Gold 100 balboa coin
  • Dec 31 Lindsey Buckingham & Stevie Nicks join Fleetwood Mac
  • Dec 31 New York Yankees sign Cy Young Award winner Jim "Catfish" Hunter for 5 years for a record $3.75 million from the Oakland A's
  • Dec 31 Popular Electronics displays Altair 8800 computer