Events in History in 1973

Events 1 - 200 of 447

  • 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 5 Mali & Niger break diplomatic relations with Israel
  • Jan 5 Netherlands recognizes German DR
  • Jan 7 British Darts Organisation founded in North London
  • Jan 7 Johnny Watkins bowls six overs 0-21 v Pakistan Never again
  • Jan 7 US poet James Merrill wins Bollingen Prize
  • 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 Famous victory at the SCG Pakistan chasing 158 all out 106
  • Jan 11 Trial of Watergate burglars begins in Washington, D.C.
  • Jan 13 Lasse Daniel Efskind skates world record 1000m (1:17.6)
  • 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
  • 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 the 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 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 20 A car bomb explodes in Sackville Place, Dublin, Republic of Ireland, killing 1 person and injuring 17 (no organisation claimed responsibility)
  • Jan 22 Roe vs Wade: US Supreme Court legalizes most abortions
  • Jan 22 US, North & South Vietnam & Vietcong sign boundary accord
  • 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 Richard 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 26 Belgium government of Leburton forms
  • 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 Mickey Welch, George Kelly & Billy Evans elected to Hall of Fame
  • Jan 28 In the run up to the first anniversary of 'Bloody Sunday' there is serious rioting in Derry, North Ireland
  • Jan 30 Jury finds Watergate defendants Liddy & McCord guilty on all counts
  • Jan 30 KISS plays their 1st show (Coventry Club in Queens NY)
  • Feb 2 Richard Helms, ends term as 8th director of CIA; succeeded by James R Schlesinger (until July)
  • 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" by Dik Browne debuts
  • 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 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 US Senate createse Select Committee on Presidential Campaign Activities

  • Feb 7 North Ireland's United Loyalist Council hold a one-day strike, loyalist paramilitaries forcibly try to stop people going to work
  • 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 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 12 1st US POWs in N Vietnam released; 116 of 456 flown to Philippines
  • Feb 13 US dollar devalues 10%
  • Feb 15 USSR launches Prognoz 3 to study sun (589/200,300 km)
  • Feb 16 West Indies v Australia at Kingston, 1st time since 1955 without Sobers
  • Feb 18 54-kg octopus measuring 7m across captured in Hood Canal, Washington
  • Feb 18 Belgian Emiel Puttemans runs 3,000m indoor record 7:39.2
  • Feb 18 15th Daytona 500: Richard Petty wins (157.205 MPH)
  • Feb 19 "Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree" single released by Dawn featuring Tony Orlando (Billboard Song of the Year 1973)
  • Feb 21 Israeli fighters shoot Libyan aircraft down, killing 108
  • Feb 22 US & China agree to establish liaison offices in Beijing & Washington, D.C.
  • 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 26 Triple Crown horse Secretariat bought for a record $5.7m
  • Feb 27 American Indian Movement occupy Wounded Knee in South Dakota
  • Feb 27 Pope Paul VI publishes constitution motu proprio Quo aptius
  • 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 2 "Black September" terrorists occupy Saudi Embassy in Khartoum
  • 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

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Mar 7 Sheikh Mujibur Rahman's Awami League wins election in Bangladesh

Founding Father of Bangladesh Sheikh Mujibur Rahman
Founding Father of Bangladesh
Sheikh Mujibur Rahman

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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 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 13 Syria adopts constitution
  • Mar 13 Minskoff Theater opens at 200 W 45th St NYC
  • Mar 14 Liam Cosgrave appointed president of Ireland

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Mar 14 Future senator John McCain is released after spending over five years in a North Vietnamese prisoner of war camp

US Senator John McCain
US Senator
John McCain
  • 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 19 Dean tells Nixon, "There is a cancer growing on the Presidency"
  • 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
  • Mar 24 Harley Race beats Dory Funk Jr in Kansas City, to become NWA champ
  • Mar 24 Professional track debut of Kip Keino defeating Jim Ryun in the mile
  • Mar 25 27th Tony Awards: That Championship Season & Little Night Music win
  • Mar 25 Majid Khan & Mushtaq Mohammad both out for 99 in Test v Eng
  • Mar 26 Susan Shaw is first woman in 171 years in London's Stock exchange
  • Mar 29 US troops leave Vietnam, 9 yrs after Tonkin Resolution
  • Mar 30 Ellsworth Bunker resigns as US ambassador to South Vietnam
  • Apr 1 Japan allows its citizens to own gold
  • Apr 1 OPEC increases price of petroleum by 5.7 percent
  • 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 4 World Trade Center, then the world's tallest building, opens in New York (110 stories)
  • 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 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
  • Apr 8 Thirty-two terrorist bombings in Cyprus take place.
  • Apr 9 Netherlands recognizes North Vietnam
  • Apr 9 Otto Kerner, former governor of Illinois, convicted for his role in an illegal racetrack scheme
  • Apr 10 BEA flight to Basel Switzerland, crashes on landing, killing 104 of 143
  • Apr 10 KC opens its new park, Royals Stadium, with 12-1 rout of Rangers
  • Apr 10 Pakistan suspends constitution
  • Apr 12 France recognizes North Vietnam
  • Apr 12 Sudan adopts constitution
  • Apr 12 Swaziland suspends constitution
  • Apr 14 Acting FBI director L Patrick Gray resigns after admitting he destroyed evidence in the Watergate scandal
  • Apr 17 German counter-terrorist unit GSG 9 founded.
  • Apr 18 US Government ends Mandatory Oil Import Program, established in 1959 by President Eisenhower
  • Apr 19 Steinbrenner replaces Mike Burke with Gabe Paul as Yankee president
  • Apr 19 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Apr 20 Mass murderer Ed Kemper attempted to dispose of his mother's vocal chords in a domestic waste disposal unit.
  • Apr 20 Canadian ANIK A2 becomes 1st commercial satellite in orbit
  • Apr 25 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Apr 26 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Apr 28 Over 6000 Mk. 82 500 pound bombs detonate over 18 hrs in a railyard in northern California. 5500 structures damaged, town of Antelope destroyed, with every building reduced to foundations. Leads to Transportation Safety Act (1974)
  • Apr 30 President Nixon announces the resignation of Haldeman, Ehrlichman, et al
  • May 3 Chicago's Sears Tower, world's tallest building (443 m), topped out
  • May 4 1st TV network female nudity-Steambath (PBS)-Valerie Perrine
  • May 4 BPAA US Women's Bowling Open won by Millie Martorella
  • May 4 Patriarch Shenuda II of Kopitisch church visits the pope
  • May 6 1st WHA championship, New England Whalers beat Win Jets, 4 games to 1
  • May 7 Pulitzer prize awarded to Eudora Welty (Optimist's Daughter)
  • May 8 Indians holding SD hamlet of Wounded Knee for 10 weeks surrender
  • May 10 9th Mayor's Trophy Game, Mets beat Yanks 8-4
  • May 10 Establishment of Frente Polisario in Mauritania
  • May 11 Dutch government of Uyl forms
  • May 11 Citing government misconduct, Daniel Ellsberg has his charges for his involvement in releasing the Pentagon Papers to The New York Times dismissed.
  • May 14 Gold hits record $102.50 an ounce in London
  • May 14 Skylab launched, 1st Space Station
  • May 14 US Supreme court approves equal rights to females in military
  • May 17 Joe Ferguson, hits the 6,000th Dodger home run
  • May 17 Senate Watergate Committee begins its hearings
  • May 17 US performs 3 nuclear tests at Rifle Colorado
  • May 17 Five British Army soldiers are killed by a Provisional Irish Republican Army booby-trap bomb in Omagh, County Tyrone
  • May 18 Soviet party leader Brezhnev visits West Germany
  • May 18 WIBC Bowling Queens won by Dotty Fothergill
  • May 22 President Nixon confesses his role in Watergate cover-up
  • May 24 George [Earl] Jellicoe resigns as British Lord Privy Seal and Leader of the House of Lords
  • May 25 Peronist Hector Campora installed as President of Argentina
  • May 25 US launches 1st Skylab crew Kerwin, Conrad, Weitz
  • May 26 Bahrain adopts its constitution
  • May 26 Tippett's 3rd Piano sonata premieres
  • May 27 Rick Wohlhuter runs record 880 yards in 1:44.6
  • May 29 Thomas Bradley elected 1st black mayor of Los Angeles, California
  • May 29 Columbia Records fires president Clive Davis for misappropriating $100,000 in funds, Davis will start Arista records
  • Jun 1 Greek President Papadopoulos asks for "parliamentary presidential republic"
  • Jun 1 Eight OPEC countries raise price of petroleum by 11.9 percent
  • Jun 3 At Paris air show, Tupolev 144, a Soviet supersonic airliner ("Concorde-ski"), crashes, 15 killed
  • Jun 4 A patent for the ATM is granted to Don Wetzel, Tom Barnes and George Chastain.
  • Jun 8 Admiral Luis Carrero Blanco appointed premier of Spain
  • Jun 10 NASA launches Radio Astronomy Explorer 49 into lunar orbit
  • Jun 11 Libya nationalizes Bunker Hunt concession; Nigeria acquires 35 percent participation in Shell-BP concession
  • Jun 12 Yanks trade wife swapper Mike Kekich for Lowell Palmer
  • Jun 12 Coleraine bombings: six Protestant civilians were killed and 33 wounded by a Provisional Irish Republican Army car bomb in Coleraine, County Londonderry
  • Jun 14 46th National Spelling Bee: Barrie Trinkle wins spelling vouchsafe
  • Jun 14 US President Richard Nixon administration imposes 60-day economy-wide price freeze, superseding Special Rule No. 1 for oil companies

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Jun 18 Soviet General Secretary Leonid Brezhnev visits the US and President Nixon

Soviet General Secretary Leonid Brezhnev
Soviet General Secretary
Leonid Brezhnev
  • Jun 19 "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" stage production opens in London

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Jun 20 Juan Perón returns from exile to Argentina after 18 years

General and President of Argentina Juan Perón
General and President of Argentina
Juan Perón
  • Jun 20 Ezeiza massacre in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Snipers fire upon left-wing Peronists. At least 13 are killed and more than 300 are injured
  • Jun 22 Dutch High Council stops fluorine addition to drink water
  • Jun 22 Skylab 2's astronauts land
  • Jun 22 23rd Berlin International Film Festival: "Distant Thunder" wins the Golden Bear
  • Jun 23 World Court condemns French nuclear tests in the Pacific
  • Jun 24 Marlene Raymond (15), limboes under a flaming bar at 6 1/8"
  • Jun 25 John Dean begins testimony before Senate Watergate Committee
  • Jun 25 Russian communist party leader Brezhnev visits France
  • Jun 25 Udo Beyer of East Germany puts the shot a record 20.47 m
  • Jun 26 On Plesetsk Cosmodrome, USSR, 9 people are killed in an explosion of a Cosmos 3-M rocket.
  • Jun 27 John W Dean tells Watergate Committee about Nixon's "enemies list"
  • Jun 27 Uruguayan president dissolves parliament and heads a coup d'état
  • Jun 28 Lawsuit in Detroit challenges Little League's "no girls" rule
  • Jun 28 New Zealand ship HMNZS Otago sails for Mururoa nuclear test zone after France’s refusal to accept an International Court of Justice injunction against its atmospheric nuclear testing
  • Jun 28 Northern Ireland Assembly elections take place
  • Jun 30 Biggest US tanker "Brooklyn" christened (230,000 ton)
  • Jun 30 Observers aboard Concorde jet observe 72-min solar eclipse

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Jul 1 Tom Bradley becomes the 38th Mayor of Los Angeles, the first (and only) African-American to hold that position

American Politician Tom Bradley
American Politician
Tom Bradley
  • Jul 2 James R Schlesinger ends term as 9th director of CIA