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Events in History in December 1974

  • 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

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Dec 4 Jean-Paul Sartre visits Red Army Faction leader Andreas Baader in prison

Writer Jean-Paul Sartre
Writer
Jean-Paul Sartre
Red Army Faction Leader Andreas Baader
Red Army Faction Leader
Andreas Baader
  • 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

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

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Rosalynn and Jimmy Carter with youngsters helped by the Carter Center
Rosalynn and Jimmy Carter with youngsters helped by the Carter Center
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  • 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

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

Businessman and US Vice President Nelson Rockefeller
Businessman and US Vice President
Nelson Rockefeller
  • Dec 20 Ethiopia becomes socialist one-party state
  • Dec 21 Raiders RB Clarence Davis somehow catches game-winning touchdown pass among "the sea of hands" of three Dolphins defenders with 24 seconds left in the game, eliminating Miami from the playoffs, 1st time in 3 years
  • Dec 22 2nd cease-fire between IRA & British; lasts until approx April 1975
  • Dec 22 Referenda in Comoros-3 islands for independence, 1 stays French

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

British Prime Minister Edward Heath
British Prime Minister
Edward Heath
  • Dec 22 Iraq announces plans to increase its oil production capacity

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

Astronaut and Politician John Glenn
Astronaut and Politician
John Glenn
  • 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