What Happened in 1973

Historical 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 1st mobile phone call is made in downtown Manhattan, NYC by Motorola employee Martin Cooper to the Bell Labs headquarters in New Jersey
  • Apr 4 World Trade Center, then the world's tallest building, opens in New York (110 stories). Later destroyed in 9/11 terrorist attacks.
  • 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 [1]
  • 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

  • Mar 12 Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In last airs on NBC-TV
  • Aug 2 "American Graffiti", directed by George Lucas and starring Richard Dreyfuss and Ron Howard premieres at the Locarno International Film Festival, Switzerland
  • Oct 13 "Badlands" directed by Terrence Malick and starring Martin Sheen and Sissy Spacek premieres at the New York Film Festival

1973 in Music

  • Mar 1 Pink Floyd release their album "Dark Side of the Moon", since sold over 45 million copies
  • Jul 28 600,000 attend the "Summer Jam" rock festival featuring The Grateful Dead, The Band, and The Allman Brothers Band, at Watkins Glen, New York; at the time the largest ever audience at a pop festival
  • Jul 29 Led Zeppelin has more than $200,000 in cash stolen from a safety-deposit box at the New York Hilton hotel
  • Oct 20 Queen Elizabeth II opens the Sydney Opera House
  • Dec 5 Paul McCartney & Wings release album "Band on the Run" in the US

1973 in Sport

  • Mar 20 Pittsburgh Pirates right fielder Roberto Clemente elected to Baseball's Hall of Fame, 11 weeks after his death in a plane crash
  • Jun 9 105th Belmont: Ron Turcotte aboard Secretariat wins in 2:24, becoming the 1st Triple Crown winner in 25 years
  • Sep 8 Hank Aaron sets record of most HRs in 1 league (709)
  • Sep 20 Billie Jean King beats Bobby Riggs in battle-of-sexes tennis match
  • Oct 20 US President Nixon proclaims Jim Thorpe to have been the greatest athlete of the 1st half of the 20th century
  • Dec 1 Jack Nicklaus finishes at 13-under-par 275 to win the Walt Disney World Open by 1 stroke from Mason Rudolph; becomes the first player to reach $2 million in PGA Tour career earnings

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

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

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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