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Events in History in December 1973

  • 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

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

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

38th US President Gerald Ford
38th US President
Gerald Ford
Vice President of the United States Spiro Agnew
Vice President of the United States
Spiro Agnew
  • Dec 9 Sunningdale Agreement in Northern Ireland
  • Dec 9 Arab oil ministers announce a further production cut of 5 percent for January for non-friendly countries
  • Dec 11 Houston Astro Caesar Cedino jailed in death of 19 year old woman

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 11 West German chancellor Willy Brandt normalizes trade with Czechoslovakia

Chancellor of West Germany Willy Brandt
Chancellor of West Germany
Willy Brandt
  • Dec 13 MPLA/FNLA accord about combat against Portuguese Libya
  • Dec 13 World Football League grants 1st franchise (Detroit)
  • Dec 15 American Psychiatric Association declares homosexuality is not a mental illness
  • Dec 15 American kidnap victim John Paul Getty III freed after ransom paid by oil tycoon grandfather John Paul Getty
  • 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 Ferryboat capsized off coast of Equador, drowning 200
  • Dec 24 District of Columbia Home Rule Act is passed, allowing residents of Washington, D.C. to elect their own local government.
  • Dec 25 Tommy Chambers (Scotland) finishes 51 yr cycle tour (799,405 miles)
  • 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 Arab oil ministers cancel January 5 percent production cut; Saudi Arabian oil minister promises 10 percent OPEC production rise
  • Dec 26 2 Skylab 3 astronauts walk in space for a record 7 hours
  • Dec 26 Soyuz 13 returns to Earth
  • Dec 28 US President Nixon signs Endangered Species Act into law
  • Dec 28 Akron Ohio's Chamber of Commerce terminates itself from Soap Box Derby

Book releaseHistoric Publication

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

Writer and Nobel Laureate Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
Writer and Nobel Laureate
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
  • Dec 28 Comet Kohoutek at perihelion
  • Dec 30 1st picture of a comet from space (Comet Kohoutek-Skylab)