On This Day

What Happened on April 1, 1973

Historical Events

  • Boston Celtics captain John Havlicek scores career high 54 points in 134-109 rout of Atlanta Hawks in Game 1 of 1st round Eastern Conference playoffs; hits NBA playoff record 24-of-36 field-goal attempts

Sports History

Despite a final round, 5-3 loss to Montreal, Boston Bruins center Phil Esposito wins his third consecutive NHL scoring title with 130 points from 55 goals and 75 assists in the 78-game season

  • Japan allows its citizens to own gold

Music History

John Lennon and Yoko Ono form a new country with no laws or boundaries, called Nutopia, its national anthem is silence

  • OPEC increases price of petroleum by 5.7 percent

Famous Birthdays

  • Christian Finnegan, American comedian
  • Ferdy Vierklau, Dutch soccer left back (2 caps; FC Utrecht; Ajax), born in Bilthoven, Netherlands

Rachel Maddow

Rachel Maddow, American radio and TV personality and political analyst (MSNBC), born in Castro Valley, California

  • Stephen Fleming, New Zealand cricket batsman and captain (111 Tests; 7,172 @ 40.06; 280 ODIs), born in Christchurch, New Zealand

Famous Deaths

  • Arthur Wood, English cricket wicketkeeper (4 Tests, 11 dismissals), dies at 74
  • Gus Aiken, American jazz and blues trumpeter (Jenkins Orphanage Band), dies at 70
1973 Highlights

About April 1, 1973

Day of the Week: Sunday
How Long Ago? 48 years, 8 months and 7 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Generation X
Chinese Zodiac: Ox
Star Sign: Aries