What Happened in January 1973

Historical Events

  • Jan 1 Britain, Ireland & Denmark become 7th-9th members of Common Market
  • Jan 1 West African Economic Community formed (Benin, Ivory Coast, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal, Upper Volta)
  • Jan 1 61st Men's Australian Open: John Newcombe beats Onny Parun (6-3, 6-7, 7-5, 6-1)
  • Jan 1 61st Women's Australian Open: Margaret Court beats Evonne Goolagong Cawley (6-4, 7-5)
  • Jan 1 59th Rose Bowl: #1 Southern California beats #3 Ohio State, 42-17
  • Jan 1 39th Orange Bowl: #9 Nebraska beats #12 Notre Dame, 40-6

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 3 George Steinbrenner III buys Yankees from CBS for $12 million

New York Yankees Owner George Steinbrenner
New York Yankees Owner
George Steinbrenner
  • Jan 5 Mali & Niger break diplomatic relations with Israel
  • Jan 5 Netherlands recognizes German DR
  • Jan 6 "Schoolhouse Rock" premieres on ABC-TV with Multiplication Rock
  • Jan 7 "Purlie" closes at Billy Rose Theater NYC after 14 performances
  • Jan 7 British Darts Organisation founded in North London
  • Jan 7 Jo Ann Prentice wins LPGA Burdine's Golf Invitational
  • Jan 7 Johnny Watkins bowls six overs 0-21 v Pakistan Never again
  • Jan 7 US poet James Merrill wins Bollingen Prize
  • Jan 7 WNPB TV channel 13 in Marquette, MI (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 8 "Tricks" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 8 performances
  • Jan 8 Greg Chappell's best Test bowling, 5-61 v Pakistan at SCG
  • Jan 8 Secret peace talks between US & North Vietnam resumed near Paris
  • Jan 8 USSR launches Luna 21 for Moon landing
  • Jan 9 Luna 21 launched, to Moon
  • Jan 10 Gas tank on Staten Island explodes, 40 die
  • Jan 10 For the first time graduates studying from home with 'the Open University' receive their degrees
  • Jan 11 American League adopts designated hitter rule
  • Jan 11 Famous victory at the SCG Pakistan chasing 158 all out 106
  • Jan 11 Trial of Watergate burglars begins in Washington, D.C.
  • Jan 13 "Tricks" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 8 performances
  • Jan 13 Lasse Daniel Efskind skates world record 1000m (1:17.6)
  • Jan 14 Grateful Dead bass player, Phil Lesh, busted on drugs in Calif
  • Jan 14 Super Bowl VII: Miami Dolphins beat Wash Red Skins, 14-7 in LA, MVP: Jake Scott, Miami, S
  • Jan 14 Dancer Roy Castle is measured at 1,440 taps/min on BBC TV
  • Jan 14 2 Royal Ulster Constabulary officers are killed in Derry by a booby-trap bomb attached to their car by the Irish Republican Army

Music concertMusic Concert

Jan 14 "Aloha from Hawaii", an Elvis Presley concert, becomes the most watched broadcast by an individual entertainer

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley
  • Jan 15 4 Watergate burglars plead guilty in federal court
  • Jan 15 Gene Shalit joins Today Show panel
  • Jan 15 Pope Paul VI holds an audience with Golda Meir at Vatican

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 15 US President Richard Nixon suspends all US offensive action in N Vietnam

37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon
  • Jan 16 NBC presents 440th & final showing of "Bonanza"
  • Jan 16 USSR's Lunakhod 2 begins radio-controlled exploration of Moon
  • Jan 17 City of Amsterdam decides to support Hanoi
  • Jan 17 New Philippine constitution names Marcos president for life
  • Jan 18 Boston Red Sox sign Orlando Cepeda as 1st player signed as a DH
  • Jan 18 Islanders break 12 game losing streak, 20 game road winless streak

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 18 John Cleese's final episode on "Monty Python's Flying Circus" on BBC TV

Actor, Comedian John Cleese
Actor, Comedian
John Cleese
  • Jan 20 A car bomb explodes in Sackville Place, Dublin, Republic of Ireland, killing 1 person and injuring 17 (no organisation claimed responsibility)
  • Jan 21 NFL Pro Bowl: AFC beats NFC 33-28
  • Jan 21 Leslie Nielson appears on M*A*S*H in "Ringbanger"

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Jan 22 George Foreman TKOs Joe Frazier in 2 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxing Champ George Foreman
Boxing Champ
George Foreman
Heavyweight Boxing Champion Joe Frazier
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Joe Frazier
  • Jan 22 Roe vs Wade: US Supreme Court legalizes most abortions
  • Jan 22 US, North & South Vietnam & Vietcong sign boundary accord
  • Jan 23 23rd NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 104-84 at Chicago
  • Jan 23 Helgafell, island of Heimaey Iceland erupts for 1st time in 7,000 yrs
  • Jan 23 Jordan Air crash at Kano, Nigeria kills 176 Muslim pilgrims
  • Jan 23 US President Nixon announces an accord has been reached to end Vietnam War
  • Jan 23 Shah of Iran announces that the 1954 operating agreement between a consortium of oil companies and Iran will not be renewed when it expires in 1979
  • Jan 24 Warren Spahn is elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
  • Jan 26 Belgium government of Leburton forms
  • Jan 27 UCLA's basketball team wins 61st consecutive game (NCAA record)
  • Jan 27 US & North Vietnam's William Rogers & Nguyen Duy Trinh sign cease-fire, ending longest US war and miltary draft
  • Jan 27 US female Figure Skating championship won by Janet Lynn
  • Jan 27 US male Figure Skating championship won by Gordon McKellen Jr
  • Jan 28 "Barnaby Jones" premieres on CBS TV
  • Jan 28 Henry Boucha, Detroit Red Wings, scores 6 sec into a game vs Mont
  • Jan 28 Mickey Welch, George Kelly & Billy Evans elected to Hall of Fame
  • Jan 28 Ron Howard appears on M*A*S*H in "Sometimes You Hear the Bullet"
  • Jan 28 In the run up to the first anniversary of 'Bloody Sunday' there is serious rioting in Derry, North Ireland

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Jan 28 30th Golden Globes: The Godfather, Marlon Brando and Liv Ullmann win

  • Jan 30 26th NHL All-Star Game: East beat West 5-4 at NY Rangers
  • Jan 30 Jury finds Watergate defendants Liddy & McCord guilty on all counts
  • Jan 30 KISS plays their 1st show (Coventry Club in Queens NY)
  • Jan 30 1973 NFL Draft: John Matuszak from University of Tampa first pick by Houston Oilers

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 109

  • Jan 1 Clyde Wijnhard, soccer player (Ajax, RKC)
  • Jan 1 Fang Li, Hunan China, tennis star (1991 Futures-Bilbao-ESP)
  • Jan 1 Justin Armour, NFL wide receiver (Buffalo Bills)
  • Jan 1 Mercury Hayes, wide receiver (Atlanta Falcons)
  • Jan 1 Anwar Mansoor Mangrio, Sindhi poet & research scholar.
  • Jan 2 Abu Wilson, running back (Indianapolis Colts)
  • Jan 2 Chris Woodruff, tennis star (1993 NCAA Division I), born in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Jan 2 Fredric Ford, WLAF CB (Scotland Claymores)/NFL cornerback (Eagles)
  • Jan 2 Sarah Schwald, Bellingham Wash, 1.5k runner
  • Jan 2 Lucy Davis, British actress
  • Jan 2 Will Kirby, American actor
  • Jan 3 Paula Knoll, Moorhead Minnesota, Miss America-Minnesota (1996)
  • Jan 3 Tyrone Brown, NFL wide receiver (Atlanta Falcons)
  • Jan 4 Lamont Warren, NFL running back (Indianapolis Colts)
  • Jan 4 Ray Mickens, cornerback (NY Jets)
  • Jan 4 Todd Sauerbrun, NFL punter/kicker (Chicago Bears)
  • Jan 4 Frank Høj, Danish cyclist
  • Jan 4 Harmony Korine, American film director and artist
  • Jan 5 Phil Joel, Australian bassist (Newsboys)
  • Jan 6 Sairaj Bahatule, cricketer (promising Bombay leg-spin all-rounder)
  • Jan 7 Bobby Engram, wide receiver (Chicago Bears)
  • Jan 7 Brian Milne, fullback (Cincinnati Bengals)
  • Jan 7 Ricky Wood, Van Nuys California, diver (Olympics-96)
  • Jan 7 Robert Dunn, Glenn Cove NY, team handball left wing (Olympics-1996)
  • Jan 7 Jonna Tervomaa, Finnish singer
  • Jan 8 Mark Knight, English sound designer
  • Jan 9 Aaron Holbert, US baseball infielder (St Louis Cardinals)
  • Jan 9 Ronald Hamming, soccer player (FC Groningen, Fortuna Sittard)
  • Jan 9 Sean Paul, reggae singer, born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • Jan 10 Berry Radstraat, Dutch soccer player (NEC, SCH)
  • Jan 10 Glenn Robinson, NBA forward (Milw, Olympics-gold-96), born in Gary, Indiana
  • Jan 10 Travis Davis, NFL strong safety (NO Saints, Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • Jan 10 Ryan Drummond, American voice actor
  • Jan 11 Dave Dickenson, CFL quarterback (Calgary Stampeders)
  • Jan 11 Rahul Dravid, cricket batter (prolific Karnataka, Tests for India 96)
  • Jan 11 Joanna Brodzik, Polish actress
  • Jan 11 Rockmond Dunbar, American actor
  • Jan 12 Greg Morton, actor (Scarecrow & Mrs King), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Jan 12 Dan Haseltine, American singer (Jars of Clay)
  • Jan 12 Matt Wong, American musician (Reel Big Fish)
  • Jan 12 Hande Yener, Turkish singer
  • Jan 13 Nikolai Khabibulin, Sverdlovsk Russia, NHL goalie (Winnipeg Jets)
  • Jan 13 Gloria Yip, Hong Kong actor
  • Jan 14 Ed Howard, NFL wide receiver (Atlanta Falcons)
  • Jan 14 Lethon Flowers, NFL defensive back (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • Jan 14 Rod Myers, Conroe TX, outfielder (KC Royals)
  • Jan 14 Giancarlo Fisichella, Italian race car driver
  • Jan 15 Daniel Nijhof, Dutch soccer player (FC Twente)
  • Jan 15 Randy Srochenski, CFL linebacker (Saskatchewan Roughriders)
  • Jan 15 Essam El-Hadary, Egyptian footballer
  • Jan 16 Josie Davis, actress (Sarah-Charles in Charge) [or Jun 19], born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jan 16 Mario Bates, NFL-running back (New Orleans Saints)
  • Jan 16 Willie Whitehead, CFL defensive end (Hamilton Tiger Cats)
  • Jan 17 Amanda Elizabeth Spivey, Spartanburg SC, Miss America-SC (1996)
  • Jan 17 Cuauhtémoc Blanco, Mexican footballer
  • Jan 17 Liz Ellis, Australian netball captain
  • Jan 18 Crispian Mills, vocalist/guitarist (Kula Shaker), born in London, England
  • Jan 18 Edward Jasper, defensive tackle (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • Jan 18 Junior Burrough, NBA forward (Boston Celtics)
  • Jan 18 Regilio Vreede, soccer player (Blue White, RKC)
  • Jan 19 Chris Stynes, infielder (KC Royals), born in Queens, New York
  • Jan 19 Antero Manninen, Finnish Cellist
  • Jan 19 Aaron Yonda, YouTube celebrity
  • Jan 19 Wang Junxia, Chinese long distance runner, born in Jiaohe, Jilin
  • Jan 20 Eddie Kennison, wide receiver (St Louis Rams)
  • Jan 20 Jalen Rose, NBA guard (Denver Nuggets)
  • Jan 20 Princess Mathilde, Duchess of Brabant
  • Jan 21 Bubba Miller, corner (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • Jan 21 Grady Jackson, defensive tackle (Oakland Raiders)
  • Jan 21 Jamal Cox, WLAF linebacker (Rhein Fire)
  • Jan 22 Deon Minor, Paris Texas, 400m runner
  • Jan 22 George Noga, CFL linebacker (Winnipeg Blue Bombers)
  • Jan 22 Reggie Barlow, wide receiver (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • Jan 22 Said Larossi, soccer player (Emmen/Vitesse)
  • Jan 22 Vincent Bradford, linebacker (San Francisco 49ers)
  • Jan 22 Rogerio Ceni, Brazilian footballer
  • Jan 23 Mark Kolesar, Minnedosa, NHL right wing (Toronto Maple Leafs)
  • Jan 23 Lanei Chapman, American actress
  • Jan 24 Chris Ferraro, Port Jefferson, NHL right wing (Oly-94, NY Rangers)
  • Jan 24 Erik Gervais, Valleyfield Quebec, kayaker (Olympics-96)
  • Jan 24 Peter Ferraro, Port Jefferson, NHL right wing (Oly-94, NY Rangers)
  • Jan 24 Richard Aimonetto, hockey forward (Team France 1998)
  • Jan 25 Anthony Harris, linebacker (Miami Dolphins)
  • Jan 25 Elvis Presley Jr, alleged son of Elvis Presley
  • Jan 25 Marco Battaglia, tight end (Cincinnati Bengals)
  • Jan 25 Rodney Young, NFL safety (NY Giants)
  • Jan 25 Terrell Wade, Rembert SC, pitcher (Atlanta Braves)
  • Jan 25 Scott Milanovich, Butler Pennsylvania, coach and quarterback (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
  • Jan 25 Geoff Johns, American comic book writer
  • Jan 25 Chris Guy, American professional wrestler
  • Jan 26 Mark Brook, WLAF LB (Rhein Fire)
  • Jan 26 Tatsuki Katayama, hockey defenseman (Team Japan 1998)
  • Jan 26 Tony Ramirez, tackle (Detroit Lions)
  • Jan 26 Mayu Shinjo, Japanese mangaka
  • Jan 27 Eddie Davis, CFL cornerback (Calgary Stampeders)
  • Jan 27 Margot Bourgeois, Miss Universe-3rd place (Trinidad & Tobago, 1997)
  • Jan 28 Bronwyn Thompson, Australian rower (Olympics-96)
  • Jan 28 Jerome Allen, NBA guard (Minnesota Timberwolves)
  • Jan 28 Joe Stephens, NBA forward (Houston Rockets)
  • Jan 28 Robert Braknis, 100m backstroke/4 x 100 (Olympics-96), born in Montreal, Quebec

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

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

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 5 Cornelis van Dis, Dutch MP (SGP), dies at 79
  • Jan 11 Isabel Randolph, actress (Missing Corpse), dies at 83
  • Jan 11 Rudolf Kubin, composer, dies a day after 64th birthday
  • Jan 15 Jef Alpaerts, Flemish pianist/conductor, dies at 68
  • Jan 15 Ivan Petrovsky, Russian mathematician (b. 1901)
  • Jan 15 Coleman Francis, American film director (b. 1919)
  • Jan 16 Ray Barrett, sportscaster (Gillette Summer Sports Reel), dies at 65
  • Jan 17 Fred Essler, actor (Unsinkable Molly Brown), dies at 77
  • Jan 19 Max Adrian, Irish actor (Boy Friend), dies of a heart attack at 69
  • Jan 20 Amilcar L Cabral, fought for Guinea Bissau independence, murdered 51
  • Jan 20 Lorenz Böhler, Austrian physician (b. 1885)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jan 22 Lyndon B. Johnson, 36th US President (Democrat: 1963-69), dies at his Texas ranch at 64

36th US President Lyndon B. Johnson
36th US President
Lyndon B. Johnson
  • Jan 23 Alexander Onassis, Greek heir of the Onassis family (b. 1948)
  • Jan 23 Kid Ory, American jazz trombonist (b. 1886)
  • Jan 24 Alan Lisette, cricketer (took 3 wickets in 2 Tests for NZ 1956), dies
  • Jan 24 J Carrol Naish, actor (Charlie Chan-Adv of Charlie Chan), dies at 73
  • Jan 24 Masao Ohba, world champion Japanese boxer (b. 1949)
  • Jan 26 Edward G Robinson, [Goldenberg], actor (Little Caesar), dies at 79
  • Jan 26 Meijer Sluyser, Dutch journalist/commentator (VARA), dies at about 71
  • Jan 26 Jay C. Higginbotham, American musician (b. 1906)
  • Jan 28 John Banner, actor (Schultz-Hogan's Heroes), dies on 62nd birthday
  • Jan 29 Johannes Paul Thilman, composer, dies at 67
  • Jan 29 Ludwig Stossel, Austrian actor (Man With a Camera), dies at 89
  • Jan 30 Jack McGowan, actor (On Our Selection), dies at 54
  • Jan 31 Ragnar Frisch, Norwegian economist (Nobel 1969), dies at 77