What Happened in January 1973

Historical Events

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

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

14th "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
  • 15th 4 Watergate burglars plead guilty in federal court
  • 15th Gene Shalit joins Today Show panel
  • 15th Pope Paul VI holds an audience with Golda Meir at Vatican
  • 15th US President Richard Nixon suspends all US offensive action in N Vietnam
  • 16th NBC presents 440th & final showing of "Bonanza"
  • 16th USSR's Lunakhod 2 begins radio-controlled exploration of Moon
  • 17th City of Amsterdam decides to support Hanoi
  • 17th New Philippine constitution names Marcos president for life
  • 18th Boston Red Sox sign Orlando Cepeda as 1st player signed as a DH
  • 18th Islanders break 12 game losing streak, 20 game road winless streak

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

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

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

22nd 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
  • 22nd Roe vs Wade: US Supreme Court legalizes most abortions
  • 22nd US, North & South Vietnam & Vietcong sign boundary accord
  • 23rd 23rd NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 104-84 at Chicago
  • 23rd Helgafell, island of Heimaey Iceland erupts for 1st time in 7,000 yrs
  • 23rd Jordan Air crash at Kano, Nigeria kills 176 Muslim pilgrims
  • 23rd US President Nixon announces an accord has been reached to end Vietnam War
  • 23rd 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
  • 24th Warren Spahn is elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
  • 26th Belgium government of Leburton forms
  • 27th UCLA's basketball team wins 61st consecutive game (NCAA record)
  • 27th US & North Vietnam's William Rogers & Nguyen Duy Trinh sign cease-fire, ending longest US war and miltary draft
  • 27th US female Figure Skating championship won by Janet Lynn
  • 27th US male Figure Skating championship won by Gordon McKellen Jr
  • 28th "Barnaby Jones" premieres on CBS TV
  • 28th Henry Boucha, Detroit Red Wings, scores 6 sec into a game vs Mont
  • 28th Mickey Welch, George Kelly & Billy Evans elected to Hall of Fame
  • 28th Ron Howard appears on M*A*S*H in "Sometimes You Hear the Bullet"
  • 28th 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

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

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

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 109

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

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

8th Actor Michael Caine (40) weds model Shakira Baksh (25) at Candlelight Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas, Nevada


Famous Deaths

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

Person of interestPerson of Interest

22nd 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
  • 23rd Alexander Onassis, Greek heir of the Onassis family (b. 1948)
  • 23rd Kid Ory, American jazz trombonist (b. 1886)
  • 24th Alan Lisette, cricketer (took 3 wickets in 2 Tests for NZ 1956), dies
  • 24th J Carrol Naish, actor (Charlie Chan-Adv of Charlie Chan), dies at 73
  • 24th Masao Ohba, world champion Japanese boxer (b. 1949)
  • 26th Edward G Robinson, [Goldenberg], actor (Little Caesar), dies at 79
  • 26th Meijer Sluyser, Dutch journalist/commentator (VARA), dies at about 71
  • 26th Jay C. Higginbotham, American musician (b. 1906)
  • 28th John Banner, actor (Schultz-Hogan's Heroes), dies on 62nd birthday
  • 29th Johannes Paul Thilman, composer, dies at 67
  • 29th Ludwig Stossel, Austrian actor (Man With a Camera), dies at 89
  • 30th Jack McGowan, actor (On Our Selection), dies at 54
  • 31st Ragnar Frisch, Norwegian economist (Nobel 1969), dies at 77