Celebrating 12-12-12: December 12th in the 1970s

Today is December 12, 2012 or 12-12-12. We won’t see triple dates all the same like this in our lifetimes (unless you live to see 01.01.2101).

I thought it might be fun to celebrate the event by looking back at the 1970s and checking significant or plain interesting things that happened on December 12th each year of the decade. Let’s dive in!

December 12, 1977

December 12, 1977

December 12, 1970: The Doors play their last concert with Jim Morrison. Morrison burns out onstage in New Orleans and is unable to complete the show. Read about it here (scroll down to December). Actress Jennifer Connelly is born.

December 12, 1971: David Sarnoff, CEO of RCA and the founder of NBC, dies in NY. Alice Cooper plays the Sports Arena, Toledo, Ohio.

December 12, 1972: Commander Eugene Cernan of Apollo 17 walks on the surface of the Moon. Soil samples are collected and the US flag raised. Led Zeppelin plays at the Capitol Theatre, Cardiff, Wales.

December 12, 1973: Grateful Dead play at The Omni in Atlanta, Georgia. Frank Zappa & The Mothers play The Roxy, Hollywood, CA.

December 12, 1974: Jimmy Carter announces his presidential candidacy. Mick Taylor quits the Rolling Stones.

December 12, 1975: Actress Mayim Bialik (Blossom, Big Bang Theory) is born. Elvis Presley plays the Hilton Hotel in Las Vegas, NV.

December 12, 1976: Quarterback Joe Namath plays his last game with the NY Jets. Actor Jack Cassidy (father of David & Shaun Cassidy) dies.

December 12, 1977: Kiss and AC/DC play Freedom Hall, Lexington, KY. Baroness Clementine Spencer-Churchill, member of the House of Lords and wife of Winston Churchill, dies.

December 12, 1978: Bob Dylan plays The Omni, Atlanta, Georgia. President Jimmy Carter and the First Lady host a Christmas Ball for Members of Congress and their spouses.

December 12, 1979: Zimbabwe Rhodesia becomes Southern Rhodesia (and later simply Zimbabwe). NATO passes the nuclear “Double-Track Decision.” Responding to the hostage crisis, Jimmy Carter orders Iranian diplomats out of the US. Later that evening Carter and his son, Chip watch Star Trek: The Motion Picture in the White House theater.

(Photo source: Goatley.com)

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