What Happened in 1973

Significant Events

  • Jan 23 US President Nixon announces an accord has been reached to end Vietnam War
  • Jan 27 US & North Vietnam's William Rogers & Nguyen Duy Trinh sign cease-fire, ending longest US war and miltary draft
  • Mar 8 The Provisional Irish Republican Army undertakes its first operation in Great Britain, planting four car bombs in London; 10 members of PIRA are arrested at Heathrow Airport while trying to leave the country
  • Apr 3 The first portable cell phone call is made in New York City, United States.
  • Apr 4 World Trade Center, then the world's tallest building, opens in New York (110 stories)
  • May 17 Senate Watergate Committee begins its hearings
  • Oct 20 Queen Elizabeth II opens Sydney Opera House
  • Oct 30 The Bosporus Bridge in Istanbul, Turkey is completed, connecting the continents of Europe and Asia over the Bosporus for the first time
  • Dec 15 American Psychiatric Association declares homosexuality is not a mental illness
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Did You Know?

Horror film "The Exorcist" based on book and screenplay by William Peter Blatty, starring Linda Blai, rated X, premieres - 1st horror film to be nominated for Best Picture

On December 26, 1973

World Leaders in 1973

Famous People in 1973

Famous Weddings

  • Jan 8 Actor Michael Caine (40) weds model Shakira Baksh (25) at Candlelight Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Jan 21 Actress Jane Fonda weds activist Tom Hayden
  • Apr 18 American science fiction writer "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" Philip K Dick marries 5th wife Leslie (Tessa) Busby
  • May 26 Prime Minister of Canada Brian Mulroney (34) weds Mila Pivnicki (19)
  • Jun 16 Talk show host Jerry Springer (29) weds Micki Velton

Famous Divorces

  • Oct 9 Elvis & Priscilla Presley divorce after 6 years
  • Nov 16 Sci-fi author Isaac Asimov (53) divorces Gertrude Blugerman after 31 years of marriage
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