On This Day

What Happened in August 1973

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 1 Struggling ABA club Virginia Squires trades star forward Julius Erving to New York Nets for George Carter and cash

NBA Legend Julius Erving
NBA Legend
Julius Erving
  • Aug 1 H J Witteveen appointed as director of IMF
  • Aug 1 Munson and Fisk get into a brawl at Fenway Park

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 2 Future Baseball Hall of Fame 3rd baseman George Brett gets his 1st MLB hit on debut for the Kansas City Royals in 3-1 win v Chicago WS

MLB Third Baseman George Brett
MLB Third Baseman
George Brett

Film release premierFilm Premier

Aug 2 "American Graffiti", directed by George Lucas and starring Richard Dreyfuss and Ron Howard premieres at the Locarno International Film Festival, Switzerland

Film Director George Lucas
Film Director
George Lucas
Actor Richard Dreyfuss
Actor
Richard Dreyfuss
  • Aug 3 Flash fire kills 51 at amusement park (Isle of Man, UK)
  • Aug 3 National People's party wins Dutch Antilles National elections
  • Aug 4 NY Yankees pitcher Lindy McDaniel puts in one of the best relief stints in MLB history, entering in 2nd inning, allows only 1 run in 13 innings in 3-2 win v Detroit Tigers
  • Aug 5 Arab terrorists open fire at Athens airport, kill 3 injure 55
  • Aug 5 Braves pitcher Phil Niekro no-hits the San Diego Padres, 9-0, the first for the franchise in Atlanta
  • Aug 5 USSR launches Mars 6
  • Aug 5 15 year old Australian swimmer Stephen Holland smashes Mike Burton's 1,500m world record by a massive 14.78 seconds (15:37.8) in Brisbane

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Aug 6 Roberto Clemente, Warren Spahn, Billy Evans, Monty Irvin, Mickey Welch and High Pockets Kelly are inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown, NY

Baseball Player Roberto Clemente
Baseball Player
Roberto Clemente

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 6 Stevie Wonder involved in car crash, goes into a 4 day coma

Singer-Songwriter Stevie Wonder
Singer-Songwriter
Stevie Wonder

AgreementContract of Interest

Aug 8 US Vice President Spiro Agnew says reports he took kickbacks are "damned lies" from government contracts in Maryland. Vowed not to resign.

Vice President of the United States Spiro Agnew
Vice President of the United States
Spiro Agnew

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 9 Guitarist Henry McCullough and drummer Denny Seiwell quit the Wings group founded by Paul McCartney

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney

  • Aug 9 USSR launches Mars 7
  • Aug 10 1st BART train travels thru transbay tube to Montgomery St Station
  • Aug 11 "American Graffiti", directed by George Lucas, opens in cinemas across the United States

Sport awardPGA Championship

Aug 12 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Canterbury GC: Jack Nicklaus wins 3rd of 5 PGA C'ships by 4 from Bruce Crampton of Australia

  • Aug 12 WPBA National Championship won by Betty Morris

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 14 Johnny Unitas files $725,000 suit against Balt Colts

NFL Quarterback Johnny Unitas
NFL Quarterback
Johnny Unitas
  • Aug 14 US ends secret bombing of Cambodia
  • Aug 15 Black September kills 3 and wounds 55 in Athens
  • Aug 15 David Storey's "Cromwell" premieres in London
  • Aug 15 USSR performs nuclear test
  • Aug 16 5th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at Sheraton Hotel, Harbor Island
  • Aug 17 Lee Trevino's 1st hole-in-one

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 17 Willie Mays hits 660th & last HR (off Don Gullett of Cincinnati)

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays
  • Aug 18 Drummer Gene Krupa plays for the final time with the Benny Goodman Quartet

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 18 Hank Aaron's record 1,378 extra base hit surpasses Stan Musial record

Baseball Player Hank Aaron
Baseball Player
Hank Aaron
MLB Legend Stan Musial
MLB Legend
Stan Musial
  • Aug 19 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • Aug 19 Pirate World Music Radio (Holland) closes down after 10 years
  • Aug 22 Chilean parliament accuses pres Allende violating laws
  • Aug 23 Intelsat communications satellite launched
  • Aug 24 Garry Sobers scores 26th & last Test Cricket ton 150 v Eng Lord's

  • Aug 24 John Adams & his bass drum become a right-field fixture in Cleveland Stadium
  • Aug 25 Butch Trucks, drummer of the Allman Brothers, breaks a leg in a car crash
  • Aug 25 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • Aug 25 Zambia adopts constitution
  • Aug 26 David Eisenhower writes his last sports column
  • Aug 26 University of Texas (Arlington) is first accredited school to offer belly dancing
  • Aug 26 10-year-old Mary Boitano is 1st woman to win 6.8-mile Dipsea Race in Marin County, CA, beating a field of 1,500 runners
  • Aug 28 Bobby "Boris" Pickett's song "Monster Mash" goes gold
  • Aug 28 "Smoke on the Water" by Deep Purple goes gold
  • Aug 28 6.8 quake centered in Oaxaca State in Mexico kills 527
  • Aug 28 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • Aug 28 India & Pakistan sign POW accord
  • Aug 28 USSR performs underground nuclear test

Music releaseAlbum Release

Aug 28 "Let's Get It On" 13th studio album by Marvin Gaye is released

Singer Marvin Gaye
Singer
Marvin Gaye
  • Aug 28 “Let’s Get It On” single released by Marvin Gaye (Billboard Song of the Year 1973)
  • Aug 30 Danny Seiwell quits Wings
  • Aug 31 PBA National Championship Won by Earl Anthony

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 1 Ben Johnson, Australian cricketer (promising South Australian opening batsman), born in Naracoorte, South Australia
  • Aug 1 Gregg Berhalter, American soccer defender (Olympic gold 1996), born in Englewood, New Jersey
  • Aug 1 Mario Bennett, American NBA forward (LA Lakers, Phoenix Suns), born in Denton, Texas
  • Aug 1 Tempestt Bledsoe, American actress (Vanessa Huxtable-Cosby Show), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Aug 1 Veerle Dejaeghere, Belgian athlete, born in Izegem, Belgium
  • Aug 1 Eduardo Noriega, Spanish actor (Open Your Eyes), born in Santander, Cantabria, Spain
  • Aug 1 Les Hill, Australian actor (Underbelly), born in Randwick, Australia
  • Aug 2 George Zidek, Czech NBA center (Denver Nuggets, Charlotte Hornets), born in Zlin, Czechia
  • Aug 2 Karina Habsudova, Slovak tennis player (1995 Futures Czech), born in Bojnice, Slovakia
  • Aug 2 Kia Goodwin, American actress (Tiffany Holloway-227), born in Livingston, New Jersey
  • Aug 2 Nancy Drolet, Canadian ice hockey forward (Canada, Olympics 1998), born in Drummondville, Canada
  • Aug 2 Susie O'Neill, Australian swimmer (Olympic gold 200m butterfly 1992; 200m freestyle 1996), born in Mackay, Queensland
  • Aug 2 Danie Keulder, Namibian cricketer, born in Keetmanshoop, Namibia
  • Aug 2 Brendan Dolan, Irish darts player (2011 - played perfect 9 dart game), born in Enniskillen, United Kingdom
  • Aug 3 Kurt Grote, American 100m/200m breaststroke (Olympic 6th 1996)
  • Aug 3 Nikos Dabizas, Greek footballer, born in Amyntaio, Greece
  • Aug 3 Jay Cutler, American bodybuilder (4x Mr. Olympia winner - 2006, 2007, 2009, and 2010), born in Sterling, Massachusetts
  • Aug 4 Alex Molden, cornerback (New Orleans Saints)
  • Aug 4 Eddie Cade, NFL full safety (NE Patriots)
  • Aug 4 Peter Tsekenis, Australian soccer midfielder (Olyroos, Olympics 1996)
  • Aug 4 Xavier Marchand, French swimmer
  • Aug 5 Brendan Todd, Australian mistral sailor (Olympics 1996)
  • Aug 5 Sean Sherk, American mixed martial artist
  • Aug 5 Sanwar Hossain, Bangladeshi cricketer
  • Aug 6 Robert Lee, NFL cornerback (Atlanta Falcons)
  • Aug 6 Vera Farmiga, American actress
  • Aug 6 Max Kellerman, American sportscaster
  • Aug 6 Stuart O'Grady, Australian cyclist
  • Aug 7 Bo Hanson, Australian rower (Olympics 1996), born in New South Wales, Australia
  • Aug 7 Kevin Muscat, Australian soccer defender (Olyroos, Olympics 1996), born in Crawley, United Kingdom
  • Aug 7 Kimmo Rinatnen, Finnish hockey forward (Team Finland Olympic bronze 1998), born in Rauma, Finland
  • Aug 7 Danny Graves, American baseball player, born in South Vietnam
  • Aug 8 Shane Lee, cricket all-rounder (NSW & Somerset, Australian ODI 1995-)
  • Aug 8 Senta Moses, American actress
  • Aug 8 Scott Stapp, American singer (Creed)
  • Aug 9 James McKeehan, tight end (Tennessee Oilers)
  • Aug 9 Jay Hagood, tackle (NY Jets)
  • Aug 9 Jimmy King, NBA guard (Toronto Raptors)
  • Aug 9 Filippo Inzaghi, Italian footballer
  • Aug 9 Kevin McKidd, Scottish actor
  • Aug 10 Jessica Grieco, cyclist (Olympics 1996), born in Englewood, New Jersey
  • Aug 10 Lisa Raymond, American tennis star (11 Grand Slam double titles), born in Norristown, Pennsylvania
  • Aug 10 Mark Doubleday, Australian baseball infielder (Olympics 1996)
  • Aug 10 Sherriden May, NFL fullback (NY Jets)
  • Aug 10 Javier Zanetti, Argentinian footballer
  • Aug 11 Edgardo Alfonzo, Sta Teresa Venezuela, infielder (NY Mets)
  • Aug 11 Nigel Harman, British actor (Eastenders), born in London
  • Aug 12 Latasha Byears, WNBA guard (Sacramento Monarchs)
  • Aug 12 Todd Marchant, NHL center (Edmonton Oilers), born in Buffalo, New York
  • Aug 12 Sayyed Muqtada al-Sadr, Iranian Shia cleric, son of Ayatollah Mohammad Mohammad Sadeq al-Sadr, born in Najaf, Iran
  • Aug 12 Joseba Beloki, Spanish cyclist
  • Aug 12 Jonathan Coachman, American professional wrestler and executive
  • Aug 12 Richard Reid, British terrorist, referred to as the "shoe bomber".
  • Aug 12 Grey DeLisle, American voice actress
  • Aug 13 Armon Williams, American football safety & linebacker (Tennessee Oilers), born in Chandler, Arizona
  • Aug 13 Sherman Williams, American NFL running back (Dallas Cowboys), born in Mobile, Alabama
  • Aug 13 Molly Henneberg, American journalist (Fox News Channel)
  • Aug 13 Eric Medlen, American NHRA drag racer, born in Oakdale, California (d. 2007)
  • Aug 13 Kamila Shamsie, Pakistani British writer (Home Fire), born in Karachi, Pakistan
  • Aug 14 Kieren Perkins, Australian swimmer (Olympic gold 1,500m 1992, 96), born in Brisbane, Australia
  • Aug 14 Mike Mamula, American NFL player (Philadelphia Eagles), born in Lackawanna, New York
  • Aug 14 Nancy Sweetnam, Canadian 400m swimmer (Olympics-7-92, 96), born in Lindsay, Canada
  • Aug 14 Romane Bohringer, French actress (Savage Nights), born in Pont-Sainte-Maxence, France
  • Aug 14 Wayne Chrebet, American NFL wide receiver (NY Jets), born in Garfield, New Jersey
  • Aug 14 Jay-Jay Okocha, Nigerian footballer, born in Enugu, Nigeria
  • Aug 14 Jared Borgetti, Mexican footballer, born in Culiacancito, Mexico
  • Aug 14 Daisuke Ishiwatari, Japanese game developer and composer, born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Aug 15 Marcus Jones, defensive tackle (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
  • Aug 16 Damian Jackson, American baseball player
  • Aug 17 A J Wood, soccer forward (Olympic gold 1996), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Aug 17 Paul Wiggins, offensive linebacker (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • Aug 17 Tim Forsyth, Australian high jumper (Olympic bronze 1992, 96)
  • Aug 18 Clarence Benford, American football tight end (Seattle Seahawks), born in Windsor Forest, Georgia
  • Aug 18 Luke Fickell, American football defensive tackle (New Orleans Saints), born in Columbus, Ohio
  • Aug 19 Roy Rogers, NBA forward (Boston Celtics)
  • Aug 19 Mette-Marit, Crown Princess of Norway
  • Aug 19 Marco Materazzi, Italian footballer
  • Aug 20 Todd Helton, American baseball player (Colorado Rockies), born in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Aug 21 Ben Mann, Australian baseball pitcher (Olympics 1996)
  • Aug 21 Ismael Valdes, Mexican baseball pitcher (LA Dodgers), born in Ciudad Victoria, Mexico

Person of interestSergey Brin

Aug 21 Sergey Brin, Russian-born American computer scientist and businessman (co-founded Google with Larry Page), born in Moscow, Soviet Union

Co-Founder of Google Sergey Brin
Co-Founder of Google
Sergey Brin
  • Aug 22 Kristen Wiig, American comedian and actress (Bridesmaids, Ghostbusters), born in Canandaigua, New York
  • Aug 22 Howie Dorough, American singer (Backstreet Boys), born in Orlando, Florida
  • Aug 23 James Roe, American football wide receiver (Baltimore Ravens), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • Aug 23 Jason Clemett, CFL linebacker (Calgary Stampeders)
  • Aug 23 Casey Blake, American baseball player, born in Des Moines, Iowa
  • Aug 23 Malaika Arora Khan, Indian actress and model, born in Thane, India
  • Aug 24 Andrew Brunette, Canadian NHL left wing (Washington Capitals), born in Greater Sudbury, Canada
  • Aug 24 Barret Oliver, American actor (The Neverending Story, Secret Garden), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Aug 24 Dave Chappelle, American actor and comedian, born in Washington, D.C.
  • Aug 24 Inge de Bruijn, Dutch swimmer, born in Barendrecht, Netherlands
  • Aug 24 Carmine Giovinazzo, American actor, born in Port Richmond, New York
  • Aug 25 Fatih Akin, Turkish-German film director
  • Aug 26 Barret Robbins, NFL center (Oakland Raiders)
  • Aug 27 Carlene Begnaud, American professional wrestler
  • Aug 27 Cory Bowles, Canadian actor
  • Aug 27 Danny Coyne, Welsh footballer
  • Aug 27 Dietmar Hamann, German footballer
  • Aug 28 Theaster Gates, American installation artist, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Aug 28 Matthew John Armstrong, American actor (American Dreams), born in Chicago, Illinois

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

Aug 9 Actor Anthony Perkins (41) weds photographer Berinthia Berenson (25) in Cape Cod, Massachusetts

  • Aug 19 Kris Kristofferson weds Rita Coolidge

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 1 Gian Francesco Malipiero, composer, dies at 91
  • Aug 1 Walter Ulbricht, German politician (Head Of State, German Democratic Republic), dies at 80
  • Aug 2 Jean-Pierre Melville, director (Bob Le Flambeur), dies at 57
  • Aug 3 Ariantje "Jeanne" Leg, actress (It Vijgeblaadje/It Hippie), dies at 84
  • Aug 3 Richard Marshall, U.S. Army general (b. 1895)
  • Aug 4 Eddie Condon, jazz guitarist (Eddie Condon's Floor Show), dies at 68

Person of interestFulgencio Batista

Aug 6 Fulgencio Batista y Zaldivar, Cuban Dictator (1940-58), dies at 72

Cuban President and Dictator Fulgencio Batista
Cuban President and Dictator
Fulgencio Batista
  • Aug 6 Memphis Minnie, American blues musician, dies at 76
  • Aug 6 James Beck, British actor (Dad's Army), dies from pancreatitis at 44
  • Aug 7 Jack Gregory, Australian cricketer (scorer of fastest ton Australia 1921), dies at 77
  • Aug 8 Vilhelm Moberg, Swedish author (The Emigrants) and historian, dies at 74
  • Aug 9 Charlie Daniels, US swimmer (4 Olympic golds 1904, 08), dies at 88
  • Aug 9 Dean Corll, shot, he raped & killed 26 boys
  • Aug 10 Douglas Kennedy, American actor (Dark Passage, The Lone Ranger & the Lost City of Gold), dies of cancer at 57
  • Aug 11 Peggy Castle, American actress (Lily Merrill-Lawman), dies of cirrhosis at 46
  • Aug 12 John Clay, cricketer (Glamorgan offie in only Test 1935), dies
  • Aug 12 Walter Rudolf Hess, Swiss physiologist, Nobel laureate (b. 1881)

Person of interestKarl Ziegler

Aug 12 Karl Ziegler, German chemist and Nobel Laureate (polymers), dies at 74

Chemist/Nobel Laureate Karl Ziegler
Chemist/Nobel Laureate
Karl Ziegler
  • Aug 13 Ben van Eysselsteijn, Dutch playwright (Arid Earth), dies at 75
  • Aug 16 Selman Waksman, Ukrainian-American microbiologist (Nobel 1951-ingenious, systematic and successful studies of the soil microbes that led to the discovery of streptomycin), dies at 85
  • Aug 16 Veda Ann Borg, American model and actress (Kid Galahad, Avalanche, Accomplice), dies of cancer at 58
  • Aug 17 Conrad Aiken, American poet (Pulitzer), dies at 74
  • Aug 17 Paul Williams, American baritone singer and choreographer (The Temptations - Cloud Nine), commits suicide at 32
  • Aug 17 Jean Barraqué, French composer, dies at 44 (b. 1928)
  • Aug 22 Louise Huff, American actress (Sea Waif, Caprice, Disraeli), dies at 77
  • Aug 24 Billy Greene, American actor (Single Room Furnished, One Man's Family), dies at 76
  • Aug 24 Slava Vorlova, composer, dies at 79
  • Aug 29 Michael Dunn, short actor (Justine, Boom, Madigan), dies at 38
  • Aug 29 Stringer Davis, actress (Mouse on the Moon, Miranda), dies at about 77

Person of interestJohn Ford

Aug 31 John Ford, American director (Stagecoach, The Searchers), dies at 78

Film director John Ford
Film director
John Ford
  • Aug 31 Raymond Keane, American actor (Midnight Sun, Love Eagle), dies at 66
  • Aug 31 Stan Worthington, English cricket pace bowler (9 Tests 1930-36), dies