December 1974 in History

Events in History

  • Dec 1 Boeing 727 crashes in Upperville Virginia, 92 died
  • Dec 1 LA Skid Row slasher kills 1st of 8
  • Dec 2 Giant Baba beats Jack Brisco in Kagoshimi, to become NWA champ
  • 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 Oliver Tilden Triangle in the Bronx named
  • 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
  • Dec 14 Islander Glenn Resch's 1st shut-out opponent-Kings 3-0
  • 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

Event of Interest

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

  • Dec 20 Ethiopia becomes socialist one-party state
  • Dec 22 2nd cease-fire between IRA & British; lasts until approx April 1975
  • Dec 22 Iraq announces plans to increase its oil production capacity

Event of Interest

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

Event of Interest

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

  • 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 27 FSLN seizes government hostages at a private Managua party
  • Dec 27 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 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.
  • Dec 29 Murray Schisgal's "All Over Town" premieres in NYC
  • Dec 31 Gold legal in US, Franklin Mint strikes Panama's Gold 100 balboa coin
  • Dec 31 Popular Electronics displays Altair 8800 computer

Birthdays in History

  • Dec 1 Salva Dut, Sudanese American activist (Water for South Sudan) and former 'Lost Boy of Sudan', born in Southwestern Sudan
  • Dec 2 Duncan Pugh, Australian bobsledder (Olympics, 2010), and school teacher, born in England (d. 2023)
  • Dec 7 Kang Full, South Korean webcomic artist, born in Seoul, South Korea
  • Dec 13 Sara Cox, English TV and radio presenter (The Radio 1 Breakfast Show), born in Bolton, Greater Manchester, England

Deaths in History

  • Dec 1 Lajos Zilahy, Hungarian/American author (Angry Angel), dies at 83
  • Dec 1 Stephen Gill Spottswood, American African Methodist Episcopal Zion bishop, and civil rights leader (NAACP Chairman, 1961-74), dies at 77
  • Dec 2 Max Weber, Swiss Federal Councilor, dies at 77
  • Dec 6 Nikolay Kuznetsov, Russian naval commander (Admiral of the Fleet during World War II), dies at 70
  • Dec 13 John G. Bennett, British scientist and author, dies at 77
  • Dec 13 Yakup Kadri Karaosmanoglu, Turkish writer and translator, dies at 85

Walter LippmannWalter Lippmann (1889-1974)

Dec 14 American journalist and political writer (Public Opinion), dies at 85

  • Dec 16 Kostas Varnalis, Greek poet, dies at 90
  • Dec 21 James Henry Govier, British artist (b. 1910)
  • Dec 22 Lorraine Gauguin, entertainer, dies at 50
  • Dec 27 Amy Vanderbilt, American authority on etiquette ("Complete Book of Etiquette"; "Complete Cook Book"), dies of multiple fractures of the skull at 66
  • Dec 28 Paul Dixon, Ohio talk show host (Paul Dixon Show), dies at 56