On This Day

What Happened in February 1973

Historical Events

  • Feb 1 Outfielder Monte Irvin is elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame by the Special Committee on the Negro Leagues; fourth inductee through the committee
  • Feb 2 "Midnight Special" rock music show debuts on NBC-TV
  • Feb 2 Richard Helms, ends term as 8th director of CIA; succeeded by James R Schlesinger (until July)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 2 Test debut of champion New Zealand cricket all-rounder Sir Richard Hadlee; drawn 1st Test v Pakistan, Wellington

Cricketer Richard Hadlee
Cricketer
Richard Hadlee
  • Feb 3 Dr Hook's "Cover of "Rolling Stone"" enters Top 40 & peaks at #6
  • Feb 4 "No, No Nanette" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 861 performances
  • Feb 4 Islanders & Sabres had a penalty free game
  • Feb 4 Manfred Kokot runs world record 50m indoor (5.61 sec)
  • Feb 4 Reshef, Israel's missile boat, unveiled
  • Feb 4 Comic strip "Hagar The Horrible" by Dik Browne debuts
  • 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 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 "Shelter" opens at John Golden Theater NYC for 31 performances
  • 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 1st time Rangers shut-out Islanders 6-0
  • Feb 7 US Senate creates 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

Music releaseAlbum Release

Feb 7 The Stooges release their 3rd album "Raw Power"

Rocker Iggy Pop
Rocker
Iggy Pop
  • 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 2nd time Rangers shut-out Islanders 6-0
  • Feb 10 83m wide gas tank on Staten Island explodes, 40 die
  • Feb 10 Pakistani cricketer Mushtaq Mohammad scores 201 runs in a match against New Zealand
  • 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 11 Philadelphia 76ers lose their 20th NBA game in a row
  • Feb 12 1st US POWs in North Vietnam released; 116 of 456 flown to Philippines
  • Feb 13 Musical "El Grande de Coca-Cola" premieres in NYC
  • Feb 13 US dollar devalues 10%

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 14 Muhammad Ali beats British heavyweight boxing champion Joe Bugner by unanimous points decision in 12 rounds at Las Vegas Convention Centre

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
  • Feb 15 Friendsville Academy (Tenn) ends 138-game basketball losing streak
  • 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 Gary Sobers
  • Feb 17 Rodney Redmond scores 107 on debut v Pakistan, his only Test Cricket

Conference meetingMeeting of Interest

Feb 17 US National Security Adviser Henry Kissinger meets Chinese leader Mao Zedong, where the latter jokingly offers to send 10 million Chinese women to the United States

Chinese Revolutionary and Chairman of the Communist Party Mao Zedong
Chinese Revolutionary and Chairman of the Communist Party
Mao Zedong
US Secretary of State and Political Scientist Henry Kissinger
US Secretary of State and Political Scientist
Henry Kissinger
  • 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 his 4th Great American Race by more than 2 laps from Bobby Isaac
  • 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 20 10th time Islanders shut-out-4-0 vs Penguins
  • Feb 21 Chicago Black Hawks, record 262nd NHL game without being shut-out
  • 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 25 Steven Sondheim's musical "Little Night Music" premieres at Shubert Theatre in NYC (601 performances)
  • Feb 26 Triple Crown horse Secretariat bought for a record $5.7m

Music awardsMusic Awards

Feb 26 8th Academy of Country Music Awards: Merle Haggard and Donna Fargo win

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Merle Haggard
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Merle Haggard
  • Feb 27 American Indian Movement occupy Wounded Knee in South Dakota

Book releaseHistoric Publication

Feb 27 Pope Paul VI publishes constitution motu proprio Quo aptius

Pope Paul VI
Pope
Paul VI
  • Feb 27 White Sox slugger Dick Allen signs 3 year $750,000 contract
  • 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

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 1 Andrew DeClercq, American NBA forward (Golden State Warriors, Boston Celtics), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Feb 1 Elena Makarova, Russian tennis star (1993 Futures-Val), born in Moscow, Russia
  • Feb 1 Tlia Reima, Finnish ice hockey center (Finland, Olympics 1998), born in Tampere, Finland
  • Feb 1 Yuri Landman, Dutch instrument inventor & musician, born in Zwolle, Netherlands
  • Feb 1 Makiko Ohmoto, Japanese voice actress, born in Okayama Prefecture, Japan
  • Feb 2 Dan Brandenburg, linebacker (Buffalo Bills)
  • Feb 2 Patrick Jeffers, NFL wide receiver (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • Feb 2 Radka Bobkova, tennis star (quarter Bournemouth), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia
  • Feb 2 Sergio Gonzalez, rocker (Menudo-Cannonball)
  • Feb 2 Tim Denton, NFL cornerback (Atlanta Falcons)
  • Feb 3 Jim Campbell, American hockey forward (Olympics 1994), born in Worcester, Massachusetts
  • Feb 4 Oscar De La Hoya, American boxer (Olympic gold 1992, 6-weight world champion), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Feb 5 Diego Serrano, Ecuadorian-born American actor (Tomas Rivera-Another World), born in Quito, Ecuador
  • Feb 5 Israel Raybon, American football defensive end (Carolina Panthers), born in Huntsville, Alabama
  • Feb 5 Laura Espinoza-Watson, American baseball infielder (Silver Bullets), born in Torrance, California
  • Feb 5 Richard Matvichuk, Canadian NHL defenseman (Dallas Stars), born in Edmonton, Canada
  • Feb 5 Trijntje Oosterhuis, Dutch singer, born in Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Feb 6 Arie Obdam, Dutch soccer player (FC Volendam), born in Venhuizen, Netherlands
  • Feb 6 Fred Miller, American football offensive tackle (St Louis Rams), born in Houston, Texas
  • Feb 6 Lulama Masikazana, South African cricket wicket-keeper (Kwazulu for E Province), born in Port Elizabeth, South Africa (d. 2011)
  • Feb 7 Billy Baumhoff, soccer midfielder/forward (Olympic gold 1996), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • Feb 7 Juwan Howard, NBA forward/center (Washington Bullets/Wizards)
  • Feb 7 Kristin Godridge, Traralgon Aust, tennis star (1993 Futures-Singapore)
  • Feb 7 Leanne Schuster, WPVA volleyballer (National-9th-1995), born in Mesa, Arizona
  • Feb 7 Sonia Paquette, St-Janvier Quebec, hurdler (Olympics 1996)
  • Feb 7 Tim Bowens, NFL defensive tackle (Miami Dolphins)
  • Feb 8 Andreas Gliatis, soccer player (NEC)
  • Feb 8 Dave Dopek, Bolingbrook Illinois, 200m runner
  • Feb 8 Eric Kresser, quarterback (Cincinnati Bengals)
  • Feb 8 Michelle Brogan, Australian basketball forward (Olympic bronze 1996)
  • Feb 8 Tom King, Australian 470 class sailor (Olympics 1996)
  • Feb 9 Svetlana Boginskaya, Soviet gymnast
  • Feb 9 Colin Egglesfield, American actor
  • Feb 11 Tom Tumulty, US linebacker (Cincinnati Bengals), born in Penn Hills, Pennsylvania
  • Feb 11 Ethan Iverson, US pianist, composer, and critic, born in Menomonie, Wisconsin
  • Feb 11 Jeon Do-yeon, Korean actress, born in Seoul, South Korea
  • Feb 11 Varg Vikernes, Norwegian musician, born in Bergen, Norway
  • Feb 12 Brendon Mark Cameron, New Zealand 4k pursuit cyclist (Olympics 1996), born in Otorohanga, New Zealand
  • Feb 12 Tara Strong, Canadian-American voice actress (Rugrats, The Powerpuff Girls), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Feb 13 Willie Smith, NFL linebacker (Detroit Lions), born in Smithfield, North Carolina
  • Feb 14 George Hegamin, American football offensive lineman (Dallas Cowboys, Frankfurt Galaxy), born in Camden, New Jersey
  • Feb 14 Michael "Mike" Theodore Lambert IV, US rower (Olympics 1996), born in Thomaston, Georgia
  • Feb 14 Steve McNair, American football quarterback (Houston Oilers, Titans), born Mount Olive, Mississippi (d. 2009)
  • Feb 14 Tyus Edney, US basketball player (Boston Celtics, Sacramento Kings), born in Gardena, California
  • Feb 15 Amy Van Dyken, US 50m/100m freestyle/100m butterfly swimmer (Olympic 2 g-96), born in Denver, Colorado
  • Feb 15 Alex Borstein, American actress and animator (The Marvelous Mrs Maisel), born in Highland Park, Illinois
  • Feb 16 Cathy Freeman, Australian 100m/200m/400m (Olympic silver 1992, 96), born in Mackay, Queensland
  • Feb 16 James Young, Australian water polo player (Olympics 1996)
  • Feb 16 Nikos Kostakis, Greek footballer
  • Feb 16 Christian Bassedas, Argentine former footballer
  • Feb 17 Chris Robinson, NBA guard (Vancouver Grizzlies)
  • Feb 17 Drew Barry, NBA guard (Atlanta Hawks)
  • Feb 17 Frank Sanders, NFL wide receiver (Arizona Cardinals)
  • Feb 17 Raymond Jackson, NFL defensive back (Buffalo Bills)
  • Feb 18 Claude Makélélé, French footballer
  • Feb 19 Terrence Rencher, NBA guard (Phoenix Suns)
  • Feb 19 Tommy Bennett, safety (Arizona Cardinals)
  • Feb 21 Brian Rolston, American NHL left wing (Olympics 1994, NJ Devils), born in Flint, Michigan
  • Feb 21 Heri Joensen, Faroese musician, born in Tórshavn, Faroe Islands
  • Feb 21 Bowie Tsang, Taiwanese singer & TV host, born in Hong Kong
  • Feb 22 Kimberly Davies, Australian actress (Baywatch), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • Feb 22 Ntala Skinner, American biathelete (Olympics 1994), born in Sun Valley, Idaho
  • Feb 22 Juninho Paulista, Brazilian footballer, born in São Paulo, Brazil
  • Feb 22 Claus Lundekvam, Norwegian footballer, born in Austevoll, Norway
  • Feb 22 Einar Kristian Tveitå, Norwegian athlete
  • Feb 23 Robert Pipkins, American luge racer (Olympics 1994), born in Buffalo, New York
  • Feb 23 Jack Case, American artist
  • Feb 23 Lars-Olof Johansson, Swedish musician (The Cardigans), born in Huskvarna, Sweden
  • Feb 24 Alexei Kovalev, NHL right wing (NY Rangers), born in Moscow, Russia
  • Feb 24 Harold Morrow, full back (Minnesota Vikings)
  • Feb 24 James Michael Kennedy, rocker (4 Fun-Unbelievable Fun Boys), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Feb 24 Kavis Reed, CFL defensive back (Edmonton Eskimos)
  • Feb 24 Chris Fehn, American percussionist (Slipknot)
  • Feb 24 Jordan Jovtchev, Bulgarian gymnast
  • Feb 25 Daryl Gardener, defensive end (Miami Dolphins)
  • Feb 25 Kirrily Sharpe, Bankstown Aust, tennis star (1995 Futures-Saga-JPN)
  • Feb 25 Justin Jeffre, American singer (98 Degrees)
  • Feb 25 Anson Mount, American actor
  • Feb 25 Julio José Iglesias, Spanish singer
  • Feb 25 Normann Stadler, German triathlete
  • Feb 26 Jenny Thompson, American 400m freestyle swimmer (Olympic gold 1992, 96), born in Danvers, Massachusetts
  • Feb 26 Marshall Faulk, American NFL running back (Indianapolis Colts), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Feb 26 Ole Gunnar Solskjær, Norwegian football player & manager, born in Kristiansund, Norway
  • Feb 27 Roderick "Pooh" Clark, American R&B singer (High-5)
  • Feb 27 Mark Taylor, Welsh rugby union footballer, born in Blaenavon, United Kingdom
  • Feb 28 Denard Walker, cornerback (Tennessee Oilers)

Person of interestEric Lindros

Feb 28 Eric Lindros, NHL center (Philadelphia Flyers), born in London, Ontario

NHL Star Eric Lindros
NHL Star
Eric Lindros
  • Feb 28 Gary Walker, NFL defensive tackle/defensive end (Houston Oilers)
  • Feb 28 Henry Bailey, NFL wide receiver/kick returner (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • Feb 28 Nicolas Minassian, French racing driver

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 2 Hendrik Elias, Flemish historian and Mayor of Ghent (1941-44), dies at 70
  • Feb 3 Edward Lockspeiser, composer, dies at 67
  • Feb 5 George Morrison, dies at 82
  • Feb 5 L C William Nolde, last US soldier killed in Vietnam, funeral
  • Feb 6 Ira S Bowen, US physicist/astronomer (Mt Wilson/Palomar), dies at 74
  • Feb 8 Herbie Taylor, South African cricketer (2936 runs in 42 Tests for South Africa), dies at 83
  • Feb 9 Max Yasgur, owner Woodstock-festival farmland, dies at 53
  • Feb 9 Vasiliki Maliaros, Greek actress (b. 1883)
  • Feb 11 J. Hans D. Jensen, German physicist (Nobel prize 1963), dies at 65
  • Feb 12 Benjamin Frankel, British composer, dies at 67
  • Feb 15 Tim Holt [Charles John Holt III], American actor (The Treasure of the Sierra Madre), dies of bone cancer at 54
  • Feb 15 Wallace "Wally" Cox, American comedian and actor (Mister, Underdog, Peepers, Hollywood Squares), dies of a heart attack at 48
  • Feb 16 Pieter Van der Bijl, cricketer (outstanding S Af bat in 1938-39), dies

Person of interestFrank Costello

Feb 18 Frank Costello, Italian-American gangster (The Prime Minister of the Underworld), dies of a heart attack at 82

Gangster Frank Costello
Gangster
Frank Costello
  • Feb 20 Brigitte Reimann, German writer (Franziska Linkerhand), dies of cancer at 39
  • Feb 20 Joseph Szigeti, Hungarian violinist (Violinist Notebook 1933), dies at 80
  • Feb 20 Maurice Dallimore, British actor (The Collector, Me and My Girl), dies from Laennec's cirrhosis at 60
  • Feb 22 Elizabeth Bowen, Anglo-Irish novelist (The Death of the Heart, Cat Jumps), dies at 73
  • Feb 22 Katina Paxinou, actress (For Whom the Bell Tolls, Zita), dies at 72
  • Feb 22 Winthrop Rockefeller, US governor (Arkansas), dies at 60
  • Feb 22 Jean-Jacques Bertrand, 21st Premier of Quebec (1968-70), dies at 56
  • Feb 23 Dickinson W. Richards, American physician, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1895)
  • Feb 24 Art Smith, actor (Quicksand), dies of heart attack at 73
  • Feb 26 Mary Finney, actress (Honestly Celeste), dies at 68
  • Feb 27 Lucijan Marija Skerjanc, Yugoslav composer/conductor, dies at 72
  • Feb 28 Cecil Kellaway, South African-born American actor (Guess Who's Coming to Dinner), dies at 78
  • Feb 28 Hope Landin, American actress (I Remember Mama, Sugarfoot), dies at 79