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 is 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

Music concertMusic Concert

Jan 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
  • 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 US President Richard 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"

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

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

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

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

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Apr 1st 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 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 Dock strike in Gent/Antwerp, Belgium
  • Apr 6th Indian 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