August 1973 in History

Events in History

  • Aug 1 H J Witteveen appointed as director of IMF
  • Aug 1 Munson & Fisk get into a brawl at Fenway Park
  • Aug 3 Flash fire kills 51 at amusement park (Isle of Man, UK)
  • Aug 3 National People's party wins Dutch Antilles National elections
  • Aug 5 Arab terrorists open fire at Athens airport, kills 3 injures 55
  • Aug 5 USSR launches Mars 6

AgreementContract of Interest

Aug 8 US Vice President Spiro Agnew says reports he took kickbacks are "damned lies" from government contracts in Maryland. Vowed not to resign.

Vice President of the United States Spiro Agnew
Vice President of the United States
Spiro Agnew
  • Aug 9 Henry McCullough & Denny Seiwell quit Wings
  • Aug 9 USSR launches Mars 7
  • Aug 10 1st BART train travels thru transbay tube to Montgomery St Station
  • Aug 12 WPBA National Championship won by Betty Morris
  • Aug 14 US ends secret bombing of Cambodia
  • Aug 15 Black September kills 3 and wounds 55 in Athens
  • Aug 15 David Storey's "Cromwell" premieres in London
  • Aug 15 USSR performs nuclear test
  • Aug 17 Lee Trevino's 1st hole-in-one
  • Aug 19 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • Aug 22 Chilean parliament accuses pres Allende violating laws

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Aug 22 Henry Kissinger succeeds William Rogers as min of Foreign affairs

Politician, statesman Henry Kissinger
Politician, statesman
Henry Kissinger
  • Aug 23 Intelsat communications satellite launched
  • Aug 24 John Adams & his drum - become a right-field fixture in Cleve Stadium
  • Aug 25 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • Aug 25 Zambia adopts constitution
  • Aug 26 University of Texas (Arlington) is first accredited school to offer belly dancing
  • Aug 26 10-year-old Mary Boitano is 1st woman to win 6.8-mile Dipsea Race in Marin County, CA, beating a field of 1,500 runners
  • Aug 28 "Monster Mash" goes gold
  • Aug 28 "Smoke on the Water" by Deep Purple goes gold
  • Aug 28 6.8 quake centered in Oaxaca State in Mexico kills 527
  • Aug 28 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • Aug 28 India & Pakistan sign POW accord
  • Aug 28 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • Aug 30 Danny Seiwell quits Wings
  • Aug 31 PBA National Championship Won by Earl Anthony

Birthdays in History

  • Aug 2 Brendan Dolan, Professional darts player (2011 - played perfect 9 dart game), born in Belcoo Northern Ireland
  • Aug 3 Jay Cutler, American bodybuilder
  • Aug 5 Sean Sherk, American mixed martial artist
  • Aug 9 James McKeehan, tight end (Tennessee Oilers)
  • Aug 12 Sayyed Muqtada al-Sadr - son of Ayatollah Mohammad Mohammad Sadeq al-Sadr
  • Aug 12 Richard Reid, British terrorist, referred to as the "shoe bomber".
  • Aug 13 Molly Henneberg, American journalist
  • Aug 19 Mette-Marit, Crown Princess of Norway

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 21 Sergey Brin, Russian-born American computer scientist and businessman (co-founded Google with Larry Page), born in Moscow, Soviet Union

Co-Founder of Google Sergey Brin
Co-Founder of Google
Sergey Brin
  • Aug 29 Adam Sessler, American TV show host
  • Aug 30 Lisa Ling, American journalist

Weddings in History

  • Aug 19 Kris Kristofferson weds Rita Coolidge

Deaths in History

  • Aug 1 Walter Ulbricht, pres German DR, dies at 80
  • Aug 2 Jean-Pierre Melville, director (Bob Le Flambeur), dies at 57
  • Aug 3 Richard Marshall, U.S. Army general (b. 1895)

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Aug 6 Fulgencio Batista y Zaldivar, Cuban Dictator (1940-58), dies at 72

Cuban President and Dictator Fulgencio Batista
Cuban President and Dictator
Fulgencio Batista
  • Aug 8 Vilhelm Moberg, Swedish author and historian (b. 1898)
  • Aug 9 Dean Corll, shot, he raped & killed 26 boys
  • Aug 12 Walter Rudolf Hess, Swiss physiologist, Nobel laureate (b. 1881)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 12 Karl Ziegler, German chemist and Nobel Laureate (polymers), dies at 74

Chemist/Nobel Laureate Karl Ziegler
Chemist/Nobel Laureate
Karl Ziegler
  • Aug 13 Ben van Eysselsteijn, Dutch playwright (Arid Earth), dies at 75
  • Aug 16 Selman A Waksman, Russian/US microbiology (Nobel 1952), dies at 85
  • Aug 17 Conrad Aiken, US poet (Pulitzer), dies at 74
  • Aug 31 Raymond Keane, dies at 66