Historical Events in 1973

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  • 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

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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

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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

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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
  • Feb 1 Monte Irvin elected to baseball Hall of Fame
  • Feb 2 "Midnight Special" rock music show debuts on NBC-TV
  • Feb 2 Richard Helms, ends term as 8th director of CIA; succeeded by James R Schlesinger (until July)
  • Feb 2 Test Cricket debut of Richard John Hadlee, NZ v Pakistan, Wellington
  • Feb 3 Dr Hook's "Cover of "Rolling Stone"" enters Top 40 & peaks at #6
  • Feb 4 "No, No Nanette" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 861 performances
  • Feb 4 Islanders & Sabres had a penalty free game
  • Feb 4 Manfred Kokot runs world record 50m indoor (5.61 sec)
  • Feb 4 Reshef, Israel's missile boat, unveiled
  • Feb 4 British Army snipers shoot dead a Provisional Irish Republican Army volunteer and three civilians at the junction in Belfast during the 'Troubles' in N Ireland
  • Feb 4 An International inspection team is sent to Vietnam to observe progress on the Paris truce agreement
  • Feb 5 Comic strip "Hagar The Horrible" debuted
  • Feb 5 Funeral for LC William Nolde, last US soldier killed in Vietnam War
  • Feb 5 Juan Corona sentenced to 25 consecutive life terms for 25 murders
  • Feb 6 "Shelter" opens at John Golden Theater NYC for 31 performances
  • Feb 6 40,000 civil servants demonstrate against higher pension contribution
  • Feb 6 6th ABA All-Star Game: West 123 beats East 111 at Utah
  • Feb 6 Bernice Fekete skips her curling rink to 2nd straight 8-ender, Edm
  • Feb 7 1st time Rangers shut-out Islanders 6-0
  • Feb 7 Senate createse Select Committee on Presidential Campaign Activities
  • Feb 7 The United Loyalist Council hold a one-day strike to "re-establish some sort of Protestant or loyalist control over the affairs of the province"; loyalist paramilitaries forcibly tried to stop many people going to work and to close any businesses that had opened, North Ireland
  • Feb 8 Jean Kerrs "Finishing Touches" premieres in NYC
  • Feb 8 Mushtaq & Asif Iqbal make 350 stand for 4th wicket v NZ
  • Feb 8 Senate names 7 members to investigate Watergate scandal
  • Feb 9 Biju Patnaik of the Pragati Legislature Party elected leader of opposition in the state assembly in Orissa, India.
  • Feb 10 2nd time Rangers shut-out Islanders 6-0
  • Feb 10 83m wide gas tank on Staten Island explodes, 40 die
  • Feb 10 Mushtaq Mohammad follows up 201 to take 5-49 v NZ Dunedin
  • Feb 11 1st one-day international for Pakistan & NZ
  • Feb 11 1st sub 17-min 1,500m female free style swim (Shane Gould 16m56.9s)
  • Feb 11 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Naples-Lely Golf Classic
  • Feb 11 Philadelphia 76ers lose their 20th NBA game in a row
  • Feb 12 1st US POWs in N Vietnam released; 116 of 456 flown to Philippine
  • Feb 13 Musical "El Grande de Coca-Cola" premieres in NYC
  • Feb 13 US dollar devalues 10%
  • Feb 15 Friendsville Academy (Tenn) ends 138-game basketball losing streak
  • Feb 15 USSR launches Prognoz 3 to study sun (589/200,300 km)
  • Feb 16 WI v Australia at Kingston, 1st time since 1955 without Sobers
  • Feb 17 Rodney Redmond scores 107 on debut v Pakistan, his only Test Cricket
  • Feb 18 54-kg octopus measuring 7m across captured in Hood Canal, Wash
  • Feb 18 Belgian Emiel Puttemans runs 3,000m indoor record 7:39.2
  • Feb 18 Sandra Palmer wins LPGA Pompano Beach Golf Classic
  • Feb 18 15th Daytona 500: Richard Petty wins (157.205 MPH)
  • Feb 20 10th time Islanders shut-out-4-0 vs Penguins
  • Feb 21 Chicago Black Hawks, record 262nd NHL game without being shut-out
  • Feb 21 Israeli fighters shoot Libyan aircraft down, killing 108
  • Feb 22 US & China agree to establish liaison offices in Beijing & Wash DC
  • Feb 23 Gold goes up $10 overnight to record $95 an ounce in London
  • Feb 25 Juan Corona sentenced to 25 life sentences for 25 murders
  • Feb 25 Steven Sondheim's musical "Little Night Music" premieres at Shubert Theatre in NYC (601 performances)
  • Feb 26 Triple Crown horse Secretariat bought for a record $5.7m

Music awardsMusic Awards

Feb 26 8th Academy of Country Music Awards: Merle Haggard and Donna Fargo win

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Merle Haggard
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Merle Haggard
  • Feb 27 American Indian Movement occupy Wounded Knee in South Dakota
  • Feb 27 Pope Paul VI publishes constitution motu proprio Quo aptius
  • Feb 27 White Sox slugger Dick Allen signs 3 year $750,000 contract
  • Feb 28 Suriname government of Sedney arrests 13 union leaders
  • Feb 28 Iraq and Iraq Petroleum Company (IPC) reach an agreement on compensation for nationalization
  • Mar 1 Robert Joffrey Dance Company opens
  • Mar 1 Robyn Smith becomes 1st female jockey to win a major race
  • Mar 2 "Black September" terrorists occupy Saudi Embassy in Khartoum
  • Mar 3 "Shelter" closes at John Golden Theater NYC after 31 performances
  • Mar 4 15th Grammy Awards: 1st Time Ever I Saw Your Face, America
  • Mar 5 Yankee pitchers Peterson & Kekich announce they swapped wives
  • Mar 6 In an exhibition game with the Pirates, Twins Larry Hisle becomes the 1st designated hitter (he hits 2 HRs & knocks in 7 RBIs)
  • Mar 7 Comet (Lubos) Kohoutek discovered at Hamburg Observatory
  • Mar 7 Sheik Mujib ur-Rahman's Awami League wins election in Bangladesh

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Mar 8 Eisenhower Tunnel, world's highest/US longest, opens

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • Mar 8 Paul & Linda McCartney are fined £100 for growing cannabis
  • Mar 8 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 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
  • Mar 10 BPAA US Open by Mike McGrath
  • Mar 10 Morocco adopts constitution
  • Mar 10 20th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: NC State beats Maryland, 76-74
  • Mar 11 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA S&H Green Stamp Golf Classic
  • Mar 13 Syria adopts constitution
  • Mar 13 "Irene" opens at Minskoff Theater NYC for 605 performances
  • Mar 13 Minskoff Theater opens at 200 W 45th St NYC
  • Mar 14 Liam Cosgrave appointed president of Ireland
  • Mar 16 Shah of Iran and Consortium members agree to nationalize all assets immediately in return for an assured 20-year supply of Iranian oil
  • Mar 16 OPEC discusses raising prices to offset decline of U.S. dollar value

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Mar 17 Queen Elizabeth II opens new London Bridge

Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II
  • Mar 17 St. Patrick's Day marchers carry 14 coffins commemorating Bloody Sunday
  • Mar 18 "Seesaw" opens at Uris Theater NYC for 296 performances
  • Mar 18 Sandra Haynie wins LPGA Orange Blossom Golf Classic
  • Mar 19 Dean tells Nixon, "There is a cancer growing on the Presidency"

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Mar 20 Roberto Clemente elected to Hall of Fame, 11 weeks after his death

Baseball Player Roberto Clemente
Baseball Player
Roberto Clemente
  • Mar 20 NBC TV premiere of pilot episode of "Police Story", based on Los Angeles Police Dept. Joseph Wambaugh's writings

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Mar 21 Frank Mahovlich becomes 5th NHLer to score 500 goals

NHL Legend Frank Mahovlich
NHL Legend
Frank Mahovlich
  • Mar 23 After a 5½ year run soap "Love is a Many Splendored Thing" ends
  • Mar 23 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

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Mar 23 Yoko Ono is granted permanent residence in USA

Artist & Musician Yoko Ono
Artist & Musician
Yoko Ono
  • Mar 24 Harley Race beats Dory Funk Jr in Kansas City, to become NWA champ
  • Mar 24 Immaculata beats Queens College, 59-52 to win AIAW Basketball title
  • Mar 24 Professional track debut of Kip Keino defeating Jim Ryun in the mile
  • Mar 24 SF 49er pres Lou Spadia proposes NFL expand to 30 teams
  • Mar 25 27th Tony Awards: That Championship Season & Little Night Music win
  • Mar 25 Carol Mann wins LPGA Sears Women's Golf Classic
  • Mar 25 Majid Khan & Mushtaq Mohammad both out for 99 in Test v Eng
  • Mar 26 35th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: UCLA beats Memphis 81-76
  • Mar 26 TV Soap "The Young & the Restless" premieres on CBS
  • Mar 26 Susan Shaw is first woman in 171 years in London's Stock exchange
  • Mar 26 UCLA wins their 7th straight NCAA basketball title
  • Mar 27 Dennis Amiss out for 99 v Pakistan, 3rd 99 in Test Cricket
  • Mar 27 Jerry Garcia (Grateful Dead) stopped for speeding & LSD possession
  • Mar 27 45th Academy Awards: "The Godfather", Marlon Brando & Liza Minnelli win Marlon Brando turns down Oscar for best actor in support of Indians

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Mar 29 Dave Cowens wins NBA MVP

NBA Center and Head Coach Dave Cowens
NBA Center and Head Coach
Dave Cowens
  • Mar 29 US troops leave Vietnam, 9 yrs after Tonkin Resolution
  • Mar 30 Ellsworth Bunker resigns as US ambassador to South Vietnam
  • Mar 31 Flyers score 8 goals in 1 period vs Islanders, on 60 shots

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Mar 31 Ken Norton defeats Muhammad Ali in a 12 round split decision

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
  • Mar 31 127th Grand National: Brian Fletcher aboard Red Rum wins
  • Apr 1 Betsy Cullen wins LPGA Alamo Ladies Golf Classic
  • Apr 1 Japan allows its citizens to own gold

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Apr 1 John Lennon and Yoko Ono form a new country with no laws or boundaries, called Nutopia, its national anthem is silence

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
Artist & Musician Yoko Ono
Artist & Musician
Yoko Ono
  • Apr 1 OPEC increases price of petroleum by 5.7 percent
  • Apr 2 CBS radio begins on hour news 24 hours a day
  • Apr 2 ITT admits to asking CIA to influence Chilean presidential election
  • Apr 2 Launch of the LexisNexis computerized legal research service.
  • Apr 3 The first portable cell phone call is made in New York City, United States.
  • Apr 5 NFL adopts jersey numbering system (ie QBs, 1-19)
  • Apr 5 Pioneer 11 launched to Jupiter
  • Apr 6 Dock strike in Gent/Antwerp, Belgium
  • Apr 6 Indian troops invade Sikkim
  • Apr 6 Pioneer 11 launched toward Jupiter & Saturn
  • Apr 6 Roberto Clemente Day, Pirates retire his #
  • Apr 6 US launches Pioneer 11 to Jupiter & Saturn
  • Apr 6 Yankee Ron Blomberg becomes 1st designated hitter, he walks
  • Apr 6 Launch of Pioneer 11 spacecraft.
  • Apr 7 Cleveland sets day-game & opening-game attendance records of 74,420