October 1973 in History

Events in History

  • 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 Iraq nationalizes Exxon and Mobil shares in Basrah Petroleum Company representing 23.75 percent equity in the company.
  • 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 11 Oakland beats Baltimore 3 games to 2 to win AL pennant
  • Oct 11 Héctor José Cámpora is elected President of Argentina
  • 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"
  • Oct 14 Egyptian tanks move further into Israel
  • 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 Congress authorizes bi-centennial quarter, half-dollar & dollar coin
  • 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
  • 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 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 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 27 Alabama sets offensive record (828 yds), beats Virginia Tech 77-6
  • 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

Birthdays in History

  • Oct 1 Rodney Kite-Powell, historian
  • Oct 2 Verka Serduchka, Ukrainian entertainer
  • Oct 2 Maria Wetterstrand, Swedish politician
  • Oct 13 Matt Hughes, American mixed martial artist
  • Oct 14 Lasha Zhvania, Georgian politician
  • Oct 17 Lorie Bennett West, Miss Kentucky USA (1996)
  • Oct 26 Taka Michinoku, Japanese professional wrestle

Divorces in History

  • Oct 9 Elvis & Priscilla Presley divorce after 6 years

Deaths in History

  • Oct 8 Gabriel Marcel, writer, dies
  • Oct 10 Albe, [Renaut A Joostens], Flemish writer (Paradise Bird), dies at 71
  • 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 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 25 G Paul H Schuitema, graphically designer/photographer, dies
  • Oct 28 Taha Hussein, Egyptian writer (b. 1889)