December 1973 calendar

December 1973

Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in December 1973.
The US president was Richard Nixon (Republican), the UK Prime Minister was Edward Heath (Conservative), Pope St Paul VI was leading the Catholic Church.

But much more happened on December 1973: find out below


Historical Events

Which were the important events of December 1973?


  • 01 Dec 1973 Jack Nicklaus becomes first golfer to earn $2 million in a year.
  • 02 Dec 1973 Capital Centre (USAir Arena) in Washington DC opens
  • 03 Dec 1973 Pioneer 10 passes Jupiter (1st fly-by of an outer planet) [Dec 4-GMT]
  • 04 Dec 1973 Pioneer 10 reaches Jupiter
  • 05 Dec 1973 Paul McCartney releases Band on the Run album
  • 06 Dec 1973 Gerald Ford sworn-in as first unelected US Vice-President, succeeds Spiro T Agnew.
  • 07 Dec 1973 Orioles sell pitcher Eddie Watt to the Phillies
  • 08 Dec 1973 Seesaw closes at Uris Theater NYC after 296 performances
  • 09 Dec 1973 Pajama Game opens at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC for 65 performances
  • 11 Dec 1973 NA Soccer League awards LA, SF, Seattle and Vancouver franchises
  • 12 Dec 1973 Canada begins selling Olympic coins ($5 and $10 silver coins).
  • 13 Dec 1973 MPLA / FNLA accord about combat against Portuguese Libya
  • 15 Dec 1973 Golf Resort (Disney Inn) opens
  • 16 Dec 1973 US kidnap victem Paul Getty III freed
  • 17 Dec 1973 Terrorism: 30 passengers are killed in an attack by Palestinian terrorists on Rome's Leonardo da Vinci Airport.
  • 18 Dec 1973 Soyuz 13 launched into Earth orbit for 8 days.
  • 19 Dec 1973 Molly closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 68 performances
  • 20 Dec 1973 Montreal Canadiens' Henri Richard scores his 1,000th NHL point.
  • 21 Dec 1973 Israel, Egypt, Syria, Jordan, US and USSR meet in Geneva, Switzerland.
  • 23 Dec 1973 Young and the Restless premieres on TV
  • 24 Dec 1973 In New Mexico, USA, a magnitude 4.1 earthquake occurs.
  • 25 Dec 1973 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.
  • 26 Dec 1973 Exorcist, starring Linda Blair and rated X, premieres
  • 27 Dec 1973 LA Dodgers announce night games will start at 7:30 instead of 8
  • 28 Dec 1973 Alexander Solzhenitsyn publishes Gulag Archipelag
  • 30 Dec 1973 1st picture of a comet from space
  • 31 Dec 1973 40th Sugar Bowl: Notre Dame 24 beats Alabama 23.
  • 09 Dec 1973 British and Irish authorities sign the Sunningdale Agreement in an attempt to establish a power-sharing Northern Ireland Executive and a cross-border Council of Ireland.
vinyl songs

Music charts

Which were the top hits in December 1973?
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Top #5 songs in the USA

  1. - Top Of The World
  2. - The Most Beautiful Girl
  3. - Time In A Bottle
  4. - Photograph
  5. - Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - I Love You Love Me Love
  2. - Merry Xmas Everybody
  3. - You Won't Find Another Fool Like Me
  4. - My Coo-Ca-Choo
  5. - Paper Roses


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in December 1973?

Once Is Not Enough by Jacqueline Susann

Once Is Not Enough


Entertainment was once a world that didn't sleep. Models, magazine editors, and pop stars all visited "vitamin doctors", to get shots that would enable them to stay awake all night, then work the next day in offices with Calderesque mobiles …

Beulah Land by Lonnie Coleman

Beulah Land


Excellent condition, VG+ Fine on the jacket and book. This is a fantastic edition for book clubs.

The Salamander by Morris L. West

The Salamander


There are some slight signs of wear

The Honorary Consul by Graham Greene

The Honorary Consul


Charley Fortnum is kidnapped in a provincial Argentinean city by Paraguayan revolutionaries, who mistake him for the American ambassador.

In One Era And Out The Other by Sam Levenson

In One Era And Out The Other


Sam Levenson, a beloved humorist and author, finds that his old worldviews don’t match the new one. Levenson was the youngest of eight children born to a large Jewish immigrant family.