Historical Events in 1973

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

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

New York Yankees Owner George Steinbrenner
New York Yankees Owner
George Steinbrenner
  • Jan 5th Mali & Niger break diplomatic relations with Israel
  • Jan 5th Netherlands recognizes German DR
  • Jan 6th "Schoolhouse Rock" premieres on ABC-TV with Multiplication Rock
  • Jan 7th "Purlie" closes at Billy Rose Theater NYC after 14 performances
  • Jan 7th British Darts Organisation founded in North London
  • Jan 7th Jo Ann Prentice wins LPGA Burdine's Golf Invitational
  • Jan 7th Johnny Watkins bowls six overs 0-21 v Pakistan Never again
  • Jan 7th US poet James Merrill wins Bollingen Prize
  • Jan 7th WNPB TV channel 13 in Marquette, MI (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 8th "Tricks" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 8 performances
  • Jan 8th Greg Chappell's best Test bowling, 5-61 v Pakistan at SCG
  • Jan 8th Secret peace talks between US & North Vietnam resumed near Paris
  • Jan 8th USSR launches Luna 21 for Moon landing
  • Jan 9th Luna 21 launched, to Moon
  • Jan 10th Gas tank on Staten Island explodes, 40 die
  • Jan 10th For the first time graduates studying from home with 'the Open University' receive their degrees
  • Jan 11th American League adopts designated hitter rule
  • Jan 11th Famous victory at the SCG Pakistan chasing 158 all out 106
  • Jan 11th Trial of Watergate burglars begins in Washington, D.C.
  • Jan 13th "Tricks" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 8 performances
  • Jan 13th Lasse Daniel Efskind skates world record 1000m (1:17.6)
  • Jan 14th Grateful Dead bass player, Phil Lesh, busted on drugs in Calif
  • Jan 14th Super Bowl VII: Miami Dolphins beat Wash Red Skins, 14-7 in LA, MVP: Jake Scott, Miami, S
  • Jan 14th Dancer Roy Castle measured at 1,440 taps/min on BBC TV
  • Jan 14th 2 Royal Ulster Constabulary officers are killed in Derry by a booby-trap bomb attached to their car by the Irish Republican Army
  • Jan 14th "Aloha from Hawaii", an Elvis Presley concert, becomes the most watched broadcast by an individual entertainer
  • Jan 15th 4 Watergate burglars plead guilty in federal court
  • Jan 15th Gene Shalit joins Today Show panel
  • Jan 15th Pope Paul VI holds an audience with Golda Meir at Vatican
  • Jan 15th Pres Nixon suspends all US offensive action in N Vietnam
  • Jan 16th NBC presents 440th & final showing of "Bonanza"
  • Jan 16th USSR's Lunakhod 2 begins radio-controlled exploration of Moon
  • Jan 17th City of Amsterdam decides to support Hanoi
  • Jan 17th New Philippine constitution names Marcos president for life
  • Jan 18th Boston Red Sox sign Orlando Cepeda as 1st player signed as a DH
  • Jan 18th Islanders break 12 game losing streak, 20 game road winless streak

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

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

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

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

  • Jan 30th 26th NHL All-Star Game: East beat West 5-4 at NY Rangers
  • Jan 30th Jury finds Watergate defendants Liddy & McCord guilty on all counts
  • Jan 30th KISS plays their 1st show (Coventry Club in Queens NY)
  • Jan 30th 1973 NFL Draft: John Matuszak from University of Tampa first pick by Houston Oilers
  • Feb 1st Monte Irvin elected to baseball Hall of Fame
  • Feb 2nd "Midnight Special" rock music show debuts on NBC-TV
  • Feb 2nd Richard Helms, ends term as 8th director of CIA; succeeded by James R Schlesinger (until July)
  • Feb 2nd Test Cricket debut of Richard John Hadlee, NZ v Pakistan, Wellington
  • Feb 3rd Dr Hook's "Cover of "Rolling Stone"" enters Top 40 & peaks at #6
  • Feb 4th "No, No Nanette" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 861 performances
  • Feb 4th Islanders & Sabres had a penalty free game
  • Feb 4th Manfred Kokot runs world record 50m indoor (5.61 sec)
  • Feb 4th Reshef, Israel's missile boat, unveiled
  • Feb 4th 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 4th An International inspection team is sent to Vietnam to observe progress on the Paris truce agreement
  • Feb 5th Comic strip "Hagar The Horrible" debuted
  • Feb 5th Funeral for LC William Nolde, last US soldier killed in Vietnam War
  • Feb 5th Juan Corona sentenced to 25 consecutive life terms for 25 murders
  • Feb 6th "Shelter" opens at John Golden Theater NYC for 31 performances
  • Feb 6th 40,000 civil servants demonstrate against higher pension contribution
  • Feb 6th 6th ABA All-Star Game: West 123 beats East 111 at Utah
  • Feb 6th Bernice Fekete skips her curling rink to 2nd straight 8-ender, Edm
  • Feb 7th 1st time Rangers shut-out Islanders 6-0
  • Feb 7th Senate createse Select Committee on Presidential Campaign Activities
  • Feb 7th 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 8th Jean Kerrs "Finishing Touches" premieres in NYC
  • Feb 8th Mushtaq & Asif Iqbal make 350 stand for 4th wicket v NZ
  • Feb 8th Senate names 7 members to investigate Watergate scandal
  • Feb 9th Biju Patnaik of the Pragati Legislature Party elected leader of opposition in the state assembly in Orissa, India.
  • Feb 10th 2nd time Rangers shut-out Islanders 6-0
  • Feb 10th 83m wide gas tank on Staten Island explodes, 40 die
  • Feb 10th Mushtaq Mohammad follows up 201 to take 5-49 v NZ Dunedin
  • Feb 11th 1st one-day international for Pakistan & NZ
  • Feb 11th 1st sub 17-min 1,500m female free style swim (Shane Gould 16m56.9s)

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Feb 11th Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Naples-Lely Golf Classic

LPGA Golfer Kathy Whitworth
LPGA Golfer
Kathy Whitworth
  • Feb 11th Philadelphia 76ers lose their 20th NBA game in a row
  • Feb 12th 1st US POWs in N Vietnam released; 116 of 456 flown to Philippine
  • Feb 13th Musical "El Grande de Coca-Cola" premieres in NYC
  • Feb 13th US dollar devalues 10%
  • Feb 15th Friendsville Academy (Tenn) ends 138-game basketball losing streak
  • Feb 15th USSR launches Prognoz 3 to study sun (589/200,300 km)
  • Feb 16th WI v Australia at Kingston, 1st time since 1955 without Sobers
  • Feb 17th Rodney Redmond scores 107 on debut v Pakistan, his only Test Cricket
  • Feb 18th 54-kg octopus measuring 7m across captured in Hood Canal, Wash
  • Feb 18th Belgian Emiel Puttemans runs 3,000m indoor record 7:39.2
  • Feb 18th Sandra Palmer wins LPGA Pompano Beach Golf Classic
  • Feb 18th 15th Daytona 500: Richard Petty wins (157.205 MPH)
  • Feb 20th 10th time Islanders shut-out-4-0 vs Penguins
  • Feb 21st Chicago Black Hawks, record 262nd NHL game without being shut-out
  • Feb 21st Israeli fighters shoot Libyan aircraft down, killing 108
  • Feb 22nd US & China agree to establish liaison offices in Beijing & Wash DC
  • Feb 23rd Gold goes up $10 overnight to record $95 an ounce in London
  • Feb 25th Juan Corona sentenced to 25 life sentences for 25 murders
  • Feb 25th Steven Sondheim's musical "Little Night Music" premieres at Shubert Theatre in NYC (601 performances)
  • Feb 26th Triple Crown horse Secretariat bought for a record $5.7m

Music-awardsMusic Awards

Feb 26th 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 27th American Indian Movement occupy Wounded Knee in South Dakota
  • Feb 27th Pope Paul VI publishes constitution motu proprio Quo aptius
  • Feb 27th White Sox slugger Dick Allen signs 3 year $750,000 contract
  • Feb 28th Suriname government of Sedney arrests 13 union leaders
  • Feb 28th Iraq and Iraq Petroleum Company (IPC) reach an agreement on compensation for nationalization
  • Mar 1st Robert Joffrey Dance Company opens
  • Mar 1st Robyn Smith becomes 1st female jockey to win a major race
  • Mar 2nd "Black September" terrorists occupy Saudi Embassy in Khartoum
  • Mar 3rd "Shelter" closes at John Golden Theater NYC after 31 performances
  • Mar 4th 15th Grammy Awards: 1st Time Ever I Saw Your Face, America
  • Mar 5th Yankee pitchers Peterson & Kekich announce they swapped wives
  • Mar 6th In an exhibition game with the Pirates, Twins Larry Hisle becomes the 1st designated hitter (he hits 2 HRs & knocks in 7 RBIs)
  • Mar 7th Comet (Lubos) Kohoutek discovered at Hamburg Observatory
  • Mar 7th Sheik Mujib ur-Rahman's Awami League wins election in Bangladesh

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

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Mar 17th Queen Elizabeth II opens new London Bridge

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

Hall-of-fameHall of Fame

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

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

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

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

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Mar 23rd Yoko Ono is granted permanent residence in USA

Artist & Musician Yoko Ono
Artist & Musician
Yoko Ono
  • Mar 24th Harley Race beats Dory Funk Jr in Kansas City, to become NWA champ
  • Mar 24th Immaculata beats Queens College, 59-52 to win AIAW Basketball title
  • Mar 24th Professional track debut of Kip Keino defeating Jim Ryun in the mile
  • Mar 24th SF 49er pres Lou Spadia proposes NFL expand to 30 teams
  • Mar 25th 27th Tony Awards: That Championship Season & Little Night Music win
  • Mar 25th Carol Mann wins LPGA Sears Women's Golf Classic
  • Mar 25th Majid Khan & Mushtaq Mohammad both out for 99 in Test v Eng
  • Mar 26th 35th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: UCLA beats Memphis 81-76
  • Mar 26th TV Soap "The Young & the Restless" premieres on CBS
  • Mar 26th Susan Shaw is first woman in 171 years in London's Stock exchange
  • Mar 26th UCLA wins their 7th straight NCAA basketball title
  • Mar 27th Dennis Amiss out for 99 v Pakistan, 3rd 99 in Test Cricket
  • Mar 27th Jerry Garcia (Grateful Dead) stopped for speeding & LSD possession
  • Mar 27th 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 29th Dave Cowens wins NBA MVP

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

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

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
  • Mar 31st 127th Grand National: Brian Fletcher aboard Red Rum wins
  • Apr 1st Betsy Cullen wins LPGA Alamo Ladies Golf Classic
  • Apr 1st Japan allows its citizens to own gold
  • Apr 1st John & Yoko form a new country with no laws or boundaries, called Nutopia, its national anthem is silence
  • Apr 1st OPEC increases price of petroleum by 5.7 percent
  • Apr 2nd CBS radio begins on hour news 24 hours a day
  • Apr 2nd ITT admits to asking CIA to influence Chilean presidential election
  • Apr 2nd Launch of the LexisNexis computerized legal research service.
  • Apr 3rd The first portable cell phone call is made in New York City, United States.
  • Apr 5th NFL adopts jersey numbering system (ie QBs, 1-19)
  • Apr 5th Pioneer 11 launched to Jupiter
  • Apr 6th Harbor strike in Gent/Antwerp, Belgium
  • Apr 6th Indies troops invade Sikkim
  • Apr 6th Pioneer 11 launched toward Jupiter & Saturn
  • Apr 6th Roberto Clemente Day, Pirates retire his #
  • Apr 6th US launches Pioneer 11 to Jupiter & Saturn
  • Apr 6th Yankee Ron Blomberg becomes 1st designated hitter, he walks
  • Apr 6th Launch of Pioneer 11 spacecraft.
  • Apr 7th Cleveland sets day-game & opening-game attendance records of 74,420