What Happened in October 1973

Historical Events

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Oct 1 Leo Durocher resigns as Houston Astro manager

Baseball Player and Manager Leo Durocher
Baseball Player and Manager
Leo Durocher
  • Oct 1 USSR-West Germany gas tunnel opens
  • Oct 3 Willi Stoph succeeds Walter Ulbricht as East German party leader
  • Oct 4 Hans of Manens ballet "Adagio Hammerklavier" premieres in Amsterdam
  • Oct 5 Signature of the European Patent Convention.
  • Oct 6 Yom Kippur War begins as Syria & Egypt attack Israel
  • Oct 7 Sandra Haynie wins LPGA Lincoln-Mercury Golf Open
  • Oct 7 Iraq nationalizes Exxon and Mobil shares in Basrah Petroleum Company representing 23.75 percent equity in the company.
  • Oct 7 24th Formula One WDC: Jackie Stewart wins by 16 points

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Oct 8 NLCS game 3 brawl between Cins' Pete Rose & NY Met Bud Harrelson

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose
  • Oct 8 Spyris Markezinis forms government in Greece
  • Oct 8 OPEC meets with oil companies to discuss revision of 1971 Tehran agreement and oil prices; negotiations fail.
  • Oct 9 1st general striking in Luxembourg since 1942
  • Oct 9 Israel announces loss of Bar-Lev defense line in Suez Canal
  • Oct 9 Warriors-Cavalier game in Cleveland postponed because of wet floors
  • Oct 10 US Vice President Spiro T Agnew pleads no contest to tax evasion & resigns
  • Oct 10 MLB National League Championship: New York Mets beat Cincinnati Reds, 3 games to 2
  • Oct 11 Oakland beats Baltimore 3 games to 2 to win AL pennant
  • Oct 11 Héctor José Cámpora is elected President of Argentina
  • Oct 11 MLB American League Championship: Oakland Athletics beat Baltimore Orioles, 3 games to 2
  • Oct 12 Israeli counter offensive in southern Syria

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Oct 12 Nixon nominates Gerald Ford to replace Spiro Agnew as VP

38th US President Gerald Ford
38th US President
Gerald Ford
  • Oct 13 Jordan enters Yom Kippur war
  • Oct 13 Teri Garr appears on Bob Newhart Show in "Emily in for Carol"

Film release premierFilm Premier

Oct 13 "Badlands" directed by Terrence Malick and starring Martin Sheen and Sissy Spacek premieres at the New York Film Festival

  • Oct 14 Egyptian tanks move further into Israel
  • Oct 14 Judy Rankin wins LPGA GNA Golf Classic

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Oct 14 Willie Mays last hit, as Mets beat A's in World Series game 2 A's Mike Andrews makes 2 errors, prompting owner Finley to remove him

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays
  • Oct 15 7th Country Music Association Award: Roy Clark wins
  • Oct 15 Tanks attack Thailand demonstrating students, 300 killed
  • Oct 16 Israeli tanks under Gen Sharon move through Suez Canal
  • Oct 16 Kissinger & Le Duc Tho jointly awarded Nobel peace prize
  • Oct 16 Maynard Jackson elected 1st black mayor of Atlanta
  • Oct 16 Monks Heng Yo & Heng Ju, start 1000 mile SF to Seattle pilgrimage
  • Oct 16 The Gulf Six (Iran, Iraq, Abu Dhabi, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Qatar) unilaterally raise the posted price of Saudi Light marker crude-oil by 17 percent
  • Oct 17 OPEC oil ministers agree to use oil weapon in Arab-Israeli War, mandate cut in exports, and recommend embargo against unfriendly states
  • Oct 18 "Raisin" opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 847 performances
  • Oct 18 Congress authorizes bi-centennial quarter, half-dollar & dollar coin
  • Oct 18 Judd Woldon & Robert Brittens musical "Raisin," premieres in NYC
  • Oct 18 Nobel prize for Economic Sciences awarded to American Wassily Leontief
  • Oct 19 Ringo releases "Photograph"
  • Oct 19 Saudi Arabia, Libya, and other Arab states proclaim an embargo on oil exports to the United States
  • Oct 20 Mariette Hartley appears on Bob Newhart in "Have You Met Miss Dietz"
  • Oct 20 OPEC oil embargo begins

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Oct 20 President Nixon proclaims Jim Thorpe greatest athlete of 1st ½ century

Versatile Athlete Jim Thorpe
Versatile Athlete
Jim Thorpe

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Oct 20 Queen Elizabeth II opens Sydney Opera House

Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II
  • Oct 20 US president Nixon fires Watergate accuser Archibald Cox
  • Oct 20 Solicitor Gen Bork, AG Richardson & Deputy AG Ruckelshaus resigned
  • Oct 20 The Family Station Inc buys shortwave Radio Station WNYW, changes calls to WYFR & moves station from NYC to Scituate Mass
  • Oct 21 A's manager Dick Williams quits after A's beat Mets in World Series
  • Oct 21 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Waco Tribune Herald Ladies Golf Classic
  • Oct 21 Fred Dryer of the then Los Angeles Rams becomes the first player in NFL history to score two safeties in the same game.
  • Oct 21 23rd NASCAR Sprint Cup: Benny Parsons wins
  • Oct 22 Israeli troops reconquer mountain Hermon
  • Oct 22 Security Council Resolution 338-cease fire to Yom Kippur War
  • Oct 23 Nixon agrees to turn over White House tape recordings to Judge Sirica
  • Oct 23 UN's revised International Telecommunication Convention adopted
  • Oct 23 Yankee GM & pres Lee MacPhail named AL president
  • Oct 23 Arab oil embargo extended to the Netherlands
  • Oct 24 Heavy fog causes 65 car collision killing 9 on NJ Turnpike
  • Oct 24 John Lennon sues US government to admit FBI is tapping his phone
  • Oct 24 Yom Kippur War ends, Israel 65 miles from Cairo, 26 from Damascus
  • Oct 25 Chris Wills wins 1st National hang-gliding championship
  • Oct 25 Cubs trade Ferguson Jenkins to Rangers for Bill Madlock & Vic Harris
  • Oct 25 SF Giants trade Willie McCovey to SD Padres for pitcher Mike Caldwell
  • Oct 26 Israeli forces reach Suez, trapping Egyptian army
  • Oct 26 President Nixon released first White House tapes on Watergate scandal
  • Oct 26 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Oct 26 Wings release "Helen Wheels"
  • Oct 27 1st time Islanders beat Rangers-3-2
  • Oct 27 Alabama sets offensive record (828 yds), beats Virginia Tech 77-6
  • Oct 28 Elmore Smith of Lakers blocks 17 shots in a game (NBA record)
  • Oct 28 Sharon Miller wins LPGA Corpus Christi Civitan Golf Open
  • Oct 30 Tom Seaver becomes 1st non-20-game winner to win Cy Young award
  • Oct 30 The Bosporus Bridge in Istanbul, Turkey is completed, connecting the continents of Europe and Asia over the Bosporus for the first time
  • Oct 31 Tom Seaver wins NL Cy Young Award
  • Oct 31 Three Provisional Irish Republican Army volunteers escape from Mountjoy Prison in Dublin using a hijacked helicopter

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 102

  • Oct 1 Rodney Kite-Powell, historian
  • Oct 1 Jana Henke, German swimmer
  • Oct 1 Rachid Chékhémani, French runner
  • Oct 1 John Thomson, American baseball player
  • Oct 2 Bret Hudson, NSW Australia, gymnast (Olympics-96)
  • Oct 2 Dalida Chammai, Miss Lebanon Universe (1997)
  • Oct 2 Verka Serduchka, Ukrainian entertainer
  • Oct 2 Lene, Norwegian singer (Aqua)
  • Oct 2 Efren Ramirez, American actor
  • Oct 2 Maria Wetterstrand, Swedish politician
  • Oct 3 Angelica Gavaldon, El Centro California, tennis star (1995 quarter Aust)

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Oct 3 Neve Campbell, Canadian actress (Party of 5, Scream), born in Guelph Ontario

Actress Neve Campbell
Neve Campbell
  • Oct 3 Keiko Agena, Japanese-American actress
  • Oct 3 Lena Headey, British actress
  • Oct 4 Emy Snook, Australian rower (Olympics-96)
  • Oct 4 Kantroy Barber, fullback (Carolina Panthers)
  • Oct 4 Kerry Joseph, WLAF quarterback (London Monarchs)
  • Oct 4 Chris Parks, American wrestler
  • Oct 6 Rebecca Lobo, Mass, WNBA center (Olympics-gold-96)/(NY Liberty)
  • Oct 6 Sylvain Legwinski, French footballer
  • Oct 6 Jeff Davis, American comedian
  • Oct 6 Ioan Gruffudd, Welsh actor
  • Oct 7 Gerald McBurrows, safety (St Louis Rams)
  • Oct 7 Priest Holmes, running back (Baltimore Ravens)
  • Oct 7 Dida, Brazilian footballer
  • Oct 8 Donnie Abraham, cornerback (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
  • Oct 8 Toby Haenen, Hobart Tasmania Aus, backstroke swimmer (Olympics-96)
  • Oct 8 Tracy Bonner, Webster Texas, diver (Olympics-96)
  • Oct 9 A J Ofodile, NFL tight end (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • Oct 9 Alexey Trochshinskiy, hockey defenseman (Team Kazakhstan Oly-1998)
  • Oct 9 Brandon Pollard, soccer defender (Olympics-gold-96), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • Oct 9 Dexter McCleon, cornerback (St Louis Rams)
  • Oct 9 Terry Balsamo, American guitarist
  • Oct 9 Erin Daniels, American actress
  • Oct 9 Fabio Lione, Italian musician (Rhapsody)
  • Oct 9 Carlos Pavón, Honduran footballer
  • Oct 10 A J Ofodile, tight end (Baltimore Ravens)
  • Oct 10 Jeff Shantz, Duchess, NHL center (Chicago Blackhawks)
  • Oct 10 Jessica Shahriari, Miss USA-Arizona (1997)
  • Oct 10 John Mobley, NFL linebacker (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • Oct 10 Mario Lopez, actor (A C Slater-Saved by the Bell), born in San Diego, California
  • Oct 10 Zach Thornton, Balt Md, soccer goalkeeper (Olympics-gold-96)
  • Oct 11 Sharon Dominguez, Miss Belize Universe (1997)
  • Oct 11 Takeshi Kaneshiro, actor/model
  • Oct 11 Steven Pressley, Scottish footballer
  • Oct 11 Mike Smith, American guitarist (Snot, Limp Bizkit)
  • Oct 12 Rodney Mack, professional wrestler
  • Oct 13 Brian Dawkins, safety (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • Oct 13 Peter Dumbreck, Scottish race car driver
  • Oct 13 Matt Hughes, American mixed martial artist
  • Oct 13 Nanako Matsushima, Japanese actress
  • Oct 14 DeJuan Wheat, NBA guard (Minn Timberwolves)
  • Oct 14 Lasha Zhvania, Georgian politician
  • Oct 15 Susannah Kate Pryde, road race cyclist (Olympics-96), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • Oct 15 Dax Riggs, American musician
  • Oct 16 Peter Polaco, American professional wrestler
  • Oct 16 David Unsworth, English professional footballer
  • Oct 17 Keith McKenzie, NFL defensive end (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31)
  • Oct 17 Lorie Bennett West, Miss Kentucky USA (1996)
  • Oct 18 Demetrious Maxie, CFL defensive end (Toronto Argonauts)
  • Oct 18 John Baldwin Jr, figure skater (1996 SW Pacific Sr champ), born in Dallas, Texas
  • Oct 18 Michalis Kapsis, Greek footballer
  • Oct 19 Robert Tate, wide receiver (Minnesota Vikings)
  • Oct 19 Shi Ting Wang, Tainan Taiwan, tennis star (1994 Taipei)
  • Oct 20 Scott Goodman, Hobart Tasmania Aus, 200m butterfly swimmer (Oly-br-96)
  • Oct 21 Dan Neil, NFL guard (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • Oct 21 Derrick Beatty, CFL defensive back (Edmonton Eskimos)
  • Oct 21 Lera Auerbach, Russian composer
  • Oct 21 Charlie Lowell, American Musician
  • Oct 22 Kathy Butler, Edinburgh Scotld, Canad 3k/5k runner (Olympic-8-92, 96)
  • Oct 22 Andrés Palop, Spanish footballer
  • Oct 22 Ichiro Suzuki, Japanese baseball player
  • Oct 23 Blaine McElmurry, NFL defensive back (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31)
  • Oct 23 Mac Cozier, soccer forward (Olympics-gold-96)
  • Oct 23 Shawn Wooden, free safety (Miami Dolphins)
  • Oct 23 Sjoerd Sanders, soccer player (PSV/MVV)
  • Oct 24 Kenny Holmes, defensive end (Tennessee Oilers)
  • Oct 24 Levi Leipheimer, American cyclist
  • Oct 24 Mike Matthews, American baseball player
  • Oct 24 Jackie McNamara, Scottish footballer
  • Oct 25 Joe Angel Acosta Jr, PGA golfer (1995 Greater Milwaukee-3rd), born in San Diego, California
  • Oct 25 Steve White, defensive end (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
  • Oct 26 Brian Smith, speed skater (Olympics-1994), born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • Oct 26 Robert Petrovicky, Kosice CZE, NHL forward (Team Slovakia, Dallas)
  • Oct 26 Taka Michinoku, Japanese professional wrestle

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Oct 26 Seth MacFarlane, American animator, television producer (American Dad!, Family Guy) and filmmaker (Ted), born in Kent, Connecticut

  • Oct 27 Alison "Ali" Malyn Shumate, Union City Tenn, Miss America-Tenn (1996)
  • Oct 27 Monica Louwerens, Miss America (Miss-Top 10-1996), born in Greenville, Mississippi
  • Oct 28 Frank Juric, Australian soccer goalie (Olyroos, Olympics-96)
  • Oct 28 Alvin Burke, Jr., American professional wrestler
  • Oct 29 Adam Bacher, South African cricketer (nephew of former captain Ali Bacher), born in Johannesburg
  • Oct 29 Robert Pirès, French footballer
  • Oct 30 Ellis Johnson, NFL defensive back (Indianapolis Colts)
  • Oct 30 Melissa Deanne Holiday, playmate (Jan, 1995), born in Greenwood, South Carolina
  • Oct 30 Adam "Edge" Copeland, Canadian wrestler
  • Oct 30 Silvia Corzo, Colombian newscaster
  • Oct 30 Michael Oakes, English footballer
  • Oct 31 Fiona Smith, ice hockey defenseman (Canada, Oly-98)
  • Oct 31 Ross Verba, NFL tackle (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31)
  • Oct 31 Grigorios Georgatos, Greek footballer

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 20 Canadian actor William Shatner (Star Trek) marries Marcy Lafferty

HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 25 American playwright and screenwriter Neil Simon (46) weds actress Marsha Mason (31)

Playwright and screenwriter Neil Simon
Playwright and screenwriter
Neil Simon

Famous Divorces

  • Oct 9 Elvis & Priscilla Presley divorce after 6 years

Famous Deaths

  • Oct 1 Joe Devlin, actor (Sam-Dick Tracy), dies at 74

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Oct 2 Paavo "Flying Finn" Nurmi, who won 6 Olympic gold medals, dies at 76

Runner nicknamed the
Runner nicknamed the "Flying Finn"
Paavo Nurmi
  • Oct 2 Paul Hartman, actor (Bert-Petticoat Junction), dies at 84
  • Oct 6 Arnold Maria Walter, composer, dies at 71
  • Oct 6 Dennis Price, actor (VIPs, Pulp, Canterbury Tales), dies at 58
  • Oct 6 Sidney Blackmer, actor (Love Crazy), dies of cancer at 58
  • Oct 8 Gabriel Marcel, writer, dies
  • Oct 10 Albe, [Renaut A Joostens], Flemish writer (Paradise Bird), dies at 71
  • Oct 14 Edmund A. Chester, American broadcaster and journalist (b. 1897)
  • Oct 16 Gene Krupa, US swing drummer (Sing Sing Sing), dies at 64
  • Oct 17 Ingeborg Bachmann, Austrian poet (Gott von Manhattan), dies at 47
  • Oct 18 Crane Wilbur, dir/writer (Bat, Canon City, Yellow Cargo), dies at 86
  • Oct 18 Frank Knight, TV announcer (Chronoscope), dies at 79
  • Oct 18 Walt Kelly, US comic strip artist (Pogo), dies at 60
  • Oct 18 Margaret Caroline Anderson, American magazine publisher (b. 1886)
  • Oct 21 Arabi El Goni, VP/Chad parliament, murdered
  • Oct 21 Nasif Estéfano, Argentine racing driver (b. 1932)
  • Oct 22 Pablo Casals, Spanish violin cellist/conductor/composer, dies at 96
  • Oct 24 Jack Iverson, cricketer (5 Tests 21 wickets S1024 15 23), dies
  • Oct 25 Abebe Bikila, Ethiopian marathon runner (Olympic-gold 1960, 64), dies at 41
  • Oct 25 G Paul H Schuitema, graphically designer/photographer, dies
  • Oct 27 Allan "Rocky" Lane, western actor (Mister Ed, Red Ryder), dies at 64
  • Oct 28 Taha Hussein, Egyptian writer (b. 1889)
  • Oct 28 Sergio Tofano, Italian actor (b. 1883)
  • Oct 29 Heathcote Dicken Statham, composer, dies at 83
  • Oct 30 Ernst-Lothar von Knorr, composer, dies at 77