December 1974 calendar

December 1974

Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in December 1974.
The US president was Gerald Ford (Republican), the UK Prime Minister was Harold Wilson (Labour), Pope St Paul VI was leading the Catholic Church.

But much more happened on December 1974: find out below


Historical Events

Which were the important events of December 1974?


  • 01 Dec 1974 LA Skid Row slasher kills 1st of 8
  • 02 Dec 1974 Cowhide, rather than just horsehide, can be used to make baseballs
  • 04 Dec 1974 Dutch DC-8 charter crashes in Sri Lanka killing 191 Muslim pilgrims.
  • 05 Dec 1974 1st Washington Capitals penalty shot, Tom Williams unsuccessful vs. Buff Sabres
  • 06 Dec 1974 George Harrison releases Ding Dong, Ding Dong
  • 08 Dec 1974 Sandra Post wins LPGA Colgate Far East Golf Open.
  • 09 Dec 1974 Dow Jones index hits 570.01
  • 10 Dec 1974 Space probe Helios 1 launched
  • 13 Dec 1974 Malta becomes a republic within the Commonwealth of Nations.
  • 16 Dec 1974 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site.
  • 17 Dec 1974 WIPO becomes a specialized agency of the United Nations.
  • 18 Dec 1974 San Francisco Visitors Center at City Hall opens
  • 19 Dec 1974 Man With Golden Gun premieres in US
  • 20 Dec 1974 George Harrison releases his Dark Horse album in the UK
  • 22 Dec 1974 2nd cease-fire between IRA and British; lasts until approximately April 1975
  • 23 Dec 1974 Good News opens at St. James Theater NYC for 16 performances
  • 24 Dec 1974 Cyclone Tracy devastates Darwin, Australia.
  • 25 Dec 1974 Cyclone Tracy devastates Darwin, Northern Territory Australia.
  • 26 Dec 1974 Washington Capitals 1st NHL sellout
  • 27 Dec 1974 Dear Abby show ends run on CBS radio after 11 years
  • 28 Dec 1974 6.3 earthquake strikes Pakistan: 5200 killed
  • 30 Dec 1974 Japanese soldier Teruo Nakamura surrenders on the Indonesian island of Morota, 34 years after beginning service in World War II
  • 31 Dec 1974 New York Yankees sign Jim Catfish Hunter to 5 yrs for record $3.75 million
  • 04 Dec 1974 Martinair Flight 138 crashes into the Saptha Kanya mountain range in Maskeliya, Sri Lanka, killing 191.
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Music charts

Which were the top hits in December 1974?
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Top #5 songs in the USA

  1. - I Can Help
  2. - Kung Fu Fighting
  3. - Cat's In The Cradle
  4. - Angie Baby
  5. - When Will I See You Again

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - Gonna Make You A Star
  2. - Lonely This Christmas
  3. - Everything I Own
  4. - You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet
  5. - You're The First, The Last, My Everything


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in December 1974?

The War Between The Tates by Alison Lurie

The War Between The Tates


If a husband is unable to control his wife, and she becomes a wreck, civil war can break out in their family Erica Tate would not mind getting up every morning if it meant that her husband was a criminal.

Helter Skelter by Vincent Bugliosi with Curt Gentry

Helter Skelter


1976 Bantam Books; 28th Printing; Helter Skelter. By Vincent Bugliosi and Curt Gentry. Includes 64 pages of "chilling", black-and-white photographs.

Strictly Speaking by Edwin Newman

Strictly Speaking


. 1974, 205pp

The Bermuda Triangle by Charles Berlitz

The Bermuda Triangle


Bermuda Triangle

More Joy by Alex Comfort

More Joy


The book that revolutionized America’s thinking about sex is back to fulfill the needs of the 1980s. Dr. Comfort has updated and revised his classic to offer current, caring advice as well as important information about the health risks for …