December 1973 in History

Events in History

  • Dec 1 Australia grants self-government to Papua New Guinea
  • Dec 3 Pioneer 10 passes Jupiter (1st fly-by of an outer planet) [Dec 4-GMT]
  • Dec 6 Bahrain's constitution goes into effect

Election of Interest

Dec 6 Gerald Ford sworn-in as first unelected Vice President, succeeds Spiro Agnew who resigned over corruption allegations

  • Dec 9 Arab oil ministers announce a further production cut of 5 percent for January for non-friendly countries
  • Dec 9 Sunningdale Agreement in Northern Ireland
  • Dec 11 Houston Astro Caesar Cedino jailed for the death of 19 year old woman

Historic Event

Dec 11 West German chancellor Willy Brandt normalizes trade with Czechoslovakia

  • Dec 13 MPLA/FNLA accord about combat against Portuguese Libya
  • Dec 13 World Football League grants 1st franchise (Detroit)
  • Dec 15 American kidnap victim John Paul Getty III freed after ransom paid by oil tycoon grandfather John Paul Getty
  • Dec 15 American Psychiatric Association declares homosexuality is not a mental illness
  • Dec 17 Arabs terrorists shoot passengers on Boeing 737 to Kuwait
  • Dec 18 Soyuz 13 launched into Earth orbit for 8 days
  • Dec 19 Grenada adopts constitution
  • Dec 20 Dutch Antillean government of Evertsz forms
  • Dec 21 Israel, Egypt, Syria, Jordan, US & USSR meet in Geneva to discuss the Arab-Israeli conflict
  • Dec 22 OPEC Gulf Six decides to raise the posted price of marker crude from $5.12 to $11.65 per barrel effective January 1, 1974
  • Dec 23 6 Persian Gulf nations double their oil prices
  • Dec 23 French Caravelle airliner crashes in Morocco, 106 killed
  • Dec 24 District of Columbia Home Rule Act is passed, allowing residents of Washington, D.C. to elect their own local government.
  • Dec 24 Ferryboat capsized off coast of Equador, drowning 200
  • Dec 25 Arab oil ministers cancel January 5 percent production cut; Saudi Arabian oil minister promises 10 percent OPEC production rise
  • Dec 25 The ARPANET crashes when a programming bug causes all ARPANET traffic to be routed through the server at Harvard University, causing the server to freeze.
  • Dec 25 Tommy Chambers (Scotland) finishes 51 yr cycle tour (799,405 miles)
  • Dec 26 2 Skylab 3 astronauts walk in space for a record 7 hours
  • Dec 26 Soyuz 13 returns to Earth
  • Dec 28 Akron Ohio's Chamber of Commerce terminates itself from Soap Box Derby

Historic Publication

Dec 28 Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn publishes "Gulag Archipelago" - a literary investigation of the police-state system in the Soviet Union

  • Dec 28 Comet Kohoutek at perihelion
  • Dec 28 US President Nixon signs Endangered Species Act into law
  • Dec 30 1st picture of a comet from space (Comet Kohoutek-Skylab)

Birthdays in History

  • Dec 3 Sammy Leung, Hong Kong disc jockey
  • Dec 5 Luboš Motl, Czech theoretical physicist, born in Plzeň, Czech Republic
  • Dec 5 Sorin Grindeanu, Romanian Prime Minister (2017), born in Caransebeș, Romania
  • Dec 6 Rebekah "Bekah" Mercer, American "Mercer Family Foundation" director and Republican donor, born in Yorktown Heights, New York
  • Dec 9 Stacey Abrams, American politician, lawyer and voting rights activist, born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • Dec 16 Scott Storch, Canadian-American hip-hop producer, born on Long Island, New York
  • Dec 25 Alexandre Trudeau, Canadian journalist, born in Ottawa, Canada
  • Dec 27 Dee Ferris, British painter

Deaths in History

Robert Watson-Watt

Dec 5 Robert Watson-Watt, Scottish physicist and developer of the radar and radio direction finding in WWII, dies at 81

  • Dec 13 Henry Green, English author (b. 1905)
  • Dec 17 Charles Greeley Abbot, American astronomer (Solar Constant), dies at 101
  • Dec 18 Rasheed Turabi, Pakistani scholar, orator and philosopher, dies at 65
  • Dec 20 Luis Carrero Blanco, Prime Minister of Spain (1973), assassinated by ETA
  • Dec 23 Gerard Kuiper, Dutch-American astronomer after whom the Kuiper belt is named, dies at 68
  • Dec 24 Periyar E. V. Ramasamy, Indian Social social activist and reformer, dies at 94
  • Dec 25 Gabriel Voisin, French aviation pioneer (b. 1880)
  • Dec 25 İsmet İnönü, Turkish statesman (b. 1884)
  • Dec 26 Harold B. Lee, American religious leader, Head of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, dies at 74