What Happened in 1973

Significant Events

  • Jan 22 Roe vs Wade: US Supreme Court legalizes most abortions
  • Jan 23 US President Richard Nixon announces an accord has been reached to end Vietnam War
  • Jan 27 US & North Vietnam's William Rogers & Nguyen Duy Trinh sign cease-fire, ending longest US war and military draft
  • 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
  • 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)
  • May 17 Senate Watergate Committee begins its hearings
  • Oct 17 OPEC oil ministers use oil as an economic weapon in the Arab-Israeli War, mandating a cut in exports and recommending an embargo against unfriendly states
  • Oct 30 The Bosphorus Bridge in Istanbul, Turkey is completed, connecting the continents of Europe and Asia over the Bosporus for the first time
  • Dec 15 American Psychiatric Association declares homosexuality is not a mental illness
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1973 in Film & TV

1973 in Music

  • Mar 1 Pink Floyd release their album "Dark Side of the Moon", since sold over 45 million copies
  • Jul 29 Led Zeppelin have more than $200,000 in cash stolen from a safety-deposit box at the New York Hilton
  • Oct 20 Queen Elizabeth II opens Sydney Opera House
  • Dec 5 Paul McCartney & Wings release album "Band on the Run" in the US

1973 in Sport

Did You Know?

A patent for the ATM is granted to Don Wetzel, Tom Barnes and George Chastain

On June 4, 1973


World Leaders in 1973

Famous People in 1973

Would You Believe?

US President Richard Nixon tells AP "...people have got to know whether or not their president is a crook. Well, I'm not a crook"

On November 17, 1973

Famous Weddings

  • Jan 8 Actor Michael Caine (40) weds model Shakira Baksh (25) at Candlelight Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Jan 21 Actress Jane Fonda weds activist Tom Hayden
  • Apr 18 American sci-fi writer "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" Philip K Dick marries 5th wife Leslie (Tessa) Busby
  • May 26 Prime Minister of Canada Brian Mulroney (34) weds Mila Pivnicki (19)
  • Jun 3 Indian actor Amitabh Bachchan marries actress Jaya Bhaduri

Famous Divorces

  • Oct 9 Elvis & Priscilla Presley divorce after 6 years
  • Nov 16 Sci-fi author Isaac Asimov (53) divorces Gertrude Blugerman after 31 years of marriage
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