On This Day

What Happened in January 1973

Historical Events

  • Jan 1 Britain, Ireland and Denmark become 7th, 8th and 9th members of the European Common Market
  • Jan 1 West African Economic Community formed (Benin, Ivory Coast, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal, Upper Volta)
  • Jan 1 Australian Open Men's Tennis: Home favourite John Newcombe beats Onny Parun of New Zealand 6-3, 6-7, 7-5, 6-1 for his first Australian title
  • Jan 1 59th Rose Bowl: #1 Southern California beats #3 Ohio State, 42-17
  • Jan 1 39th Orange Bowl: #9 Nebraska beats #12 Notre Dame, 40-6
  • Jan 2 Japanese boxer Masao Ohba retains his WBA flyweight title with a 12th-round knockout of Chartchai Chionoi of Thailand in Tokyo; Ohba dies three weeks later in a car accident

Sports History

Jan 3 A 12-man syndicate led by Michael Burke and George Steinbrenner III buys MLB's New York Yankees from CBS for US$10 million

  • Jan 5 Mali & Niger break diplomatic relations with Israel
  • Jan 5 Netherlands recognizes German DR

Album Release

Jan 5 Columbia Records releases Bruce Springsteen's debut album "Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J."

  • Jan 6 "Schoolhouse Rock" premieres on ABC-TV with Multiplication Rock
  • Jan 7 "Purlie" closes at Billy Rose Theater NYC after 14 performances
  • Jan 7 British Darts Organisation founded in North London
  • Jan 7 Johnny Watkins bowls six overs 0-21 v Pakistan Never again
  • Jan 7 American poet James Merrill wins Bollingen Prize
  • Jan 7 WNPB TV channel 13 in Marquette, MI (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 7 Mark Essex's mass shooting comes to an end after he is shot by police more than 200 times on the roof of New Orlean's Holiday Inn hotel. He killed nine people, including five policeman.
  • Jan 8 "Tricks" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 8 performances
  • Jan 8 Greg Chappell's best Test bowling, 5-61 v Pakistan at SCG
  • Jan 8 Secret peace talks between US & North Vietnam resumed near Paris
  • Jan 8 USSR launches Luna 21 for Moon landing
  • Jan 8 Judge Sirica begins the trial of the Watergate burglars in Washington, D.C.
  • Jan 9 Luna 21 launched, to Moon
  • Jan 10 Gas tank on Staten Island explodes, 40 die
  • Jan 10 For the first time graduates studying from home with 'the Open University' receive their degrees
  • Jan 11 American League adopts designated hitter rule
  • Jan 11 Famous victory at the SCG Pakistan chasing 158 all out 106
  • Jan 13 "Tricks" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 8 performances
  • Jan 13 Lasse Daniel Efskind skates world record 1000m (1:17.6)
  • Jan 14 Grateful Dead bass player, Phil Lesh, busted on drugs in California
  • Jan 14 Super Bowl VII, LA Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, CA: Miami Dolphins beat Washington Redskins, 14-7; MVP: Jake Scott, Miami, S
  • Jan 14 Dancer Roy Castle is measured at 1,440 taps/min on BBC TV
  • Jan 14 2 Royal Ulster Constabulary officers are killed in Derry by a booby-trap bomb attached to their car by the Irish Republican Army

Music Concert

Jan 14 "Aloha from Hawaii", an Elvis Presley concert, becomes the most watched broadcast by an individual entertainer

  • Jan 15 4 Watergate burglars plead guilty in federal court
  • Jan 15 Gene Shalit joins Today Show panel

Historic Event

Jan 15 Pope Paul VI holds an audience with Golda Meir at the Vatican

Battle of Interest

Jan 15 US President Richard Nixon suspends all US offensive action in North Vietnam

  • Jan 16 NBC presents 440th & final showing of "Bonanza"
  • Jan 16 USSR's Lunakhod 2 begins radio-controlled exploration of Moon
  • Jan 17 City of Amsterdam decides to support Hanoi
  • Jan 17 New Philippine constitution names Marcos president for life
  • Jan 18 Boston Red Sox sign Orlando Cepeda as 1st player signed as a DH
  • Jan 18 Islanders break 12 game losing streak, 20 game road winless streak

Television Finale

Jan 18 John Cleese's final episode on "Monty Python's Flying Circus" on BBC TV

  • Jan 20 A car bomb explodes in Sackville Place, Dublin, Republic of Ireland, killing 1 person and injuring 17 (no group claimed responsibility)
  • Jan 20 Richard Nixon's second inauguration as President of the United States takes place in Washington, D.C.

NFL Pro Bowl

Jan 21 23rd NFL Pro Bowl, Texas Stadium, Irving, Texas: AFC beats NFC, 33-28; MVP: O. J. Simpson, Buffalo Bills, RB

  • Jan 21 Leslie Nielson appears on M*A*S*H in "Ringbanger"

Boxing Title Fight

Jan 22 George Foreman TKOs Joe Frazier in 2 rounds to win WBC & WBA heavyweight boxing titles in Kingston, Jamaica; Frazier knocked down 3 times in both 1st & 2nd rounds

  • Jan 22 Roe vs Wade: US Supreme Court legalizes most abortions
  • Jan 22 US, North & South Vietnam & Vietcong sign boundary accord

NBA All-Star Game

Jan 23 23rd NBA All-Star Game, Chicago Stadium: East beats West, 104-84; MVP: Dave Cowens, Boston Celtics, C

  • Jan 23 Helgafell, island of Heimaey Iceland erupts for 1st time in 7,000 yrs
  • Jan 23 Jordan Air crash at Kano, Nigeria kills 176 Muslim pilgrims
  • Jan 23 US President Richard Nixon announces an accord has been reached to end Vietnam War

Agreement of Interest

Jan 23 Shah of Iran Mohammad Reza Pahlavi announces that the 1954 operating agreement between a consortium of oil companies and Iran will not be renewed when it expires in 1979

Hall of Fame

Jan 24 Warren Spahn is elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

  • Jan 26 Belgium government of Leburton forms
  • Jan 27 UCLA's basketball team wins 61st consecutive game (NCAA record)
  • Jan 27 US & North Vietnam's William Rogers & Nguyen Duy Trinh sign cease-fire, ending longest US war and military draft
  • Jan 27 US female Figure Skating championship won by Janet Lynn
  • Jan 27 US male Figure Skating championship won by Gordon McKellen Jr
  • Jan 28 "Barnaby Jones" premieres on CBS TV
  • Jan 28 Henry Boucha, Detroit Red Wings, scores 6 sec into a game vs Mont
  • Jan 28 Mickey Welch, George Kelly & Billy Evans elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
  • Jan 28 Ron Howard appears on M*A*S*H in "Sometimes You Hear the Bullet"
  • Jan 28 In the run up to the first anniversary of 'Bloody Sunday' there is serious rioting in Derry, North Ireland
  • Jan 29 International agreement to pay for and conserve 9th century Borobudur Temple in Indonesia, world's largest Buddhist temple (completed 1982). Beginnings of the World Heritage Convention. [1]
  • Jan 30 26th NHL All-Star Game, Madison Square Garden, NYC: Eastern Division beats Western Division, 5-4; MVP: Greg Polis, Pittsburgh Penguins, LW
  • Jan 30 Jury finds Watergate defendants Liddy & McCord guilty on all counts of conspiracy, burglary, and illegal wiretapping
  • Jan 30 Rock band Kiss plays their 1st show at the Coventry Club in Queens, NY
  • Jan 30 1973 NFL Draft: John Matuszak from University of Tampa first pick by Houston Oilers

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 1 Anwar Mansoor Mangrio, Sindhi poet & research scholar.
  • Jan 2 Chris Woodruff, American tennis player and coach (Indian Wells 1999 semi-finals; coach University of Tennessee), born in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Jan 2 Lucy Davis, British actress
  • Jan 2 Will Kirby, American actor
  • Jan 3 Dan Harmon, American voice actor, producer and writer (Rick and Morty, Community), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Jan 4 Lamont Warren, NFL running back (Indianapolis Colts), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Jan 4 Ray Mickens, American football cornerback (NY Jets), born in Frankfurt, Germany
  • Jan 4 Todd Sauerbrun, NFL punter/kicker (Chicago Bears), born in East Setauket, New York
  • Jan 4 Frank Høj, Danish cyclist, born in Denmark
  • Jan 4 Harmony Korine, American film director and artist, born in Bolinas, California
  • Jan 5 Georgia Apostolou, Greek actress, born in Athens, Greece (d. 2016)
  • Jan 5 Phil Joel, Australian bassist (Newsboys), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • Jan 6 Sairaj Bahatule, Indian cricketer (promising Bombay leg-spin all-rounder), born in Mumbai, India
  • Jan 7 Bobby Engram, American football wide receiver (Chicago Bears), born in Camden, South Carolina
  • Jan 7 Brian Milne, American fullback (Cincinnati Bengals), born in Waterford, Pennsylvania
  • Jan 7 Ricky Wood, American diver (Olympics 1996), born in Troy, New York
  • Jan 7 Robert Dunn, American team handball left wing (Olympics 1996), born in Glenn Cove, New York
  • Jan 7 Jonna Tervomaa, Finnish singer, born in Forssa, Finland
  • Jan 8 Mark Knight, British musician, born in Brighton, England
  • Jan 9 Aaron Holbert, American baseball infielder (St Louis Cardinals), born in Torrance, California
  • Jan 9 Ronald Hamming, Dutch football player (FC Groningen, Fortuna Sittard), born in Zeegse, Netherlands
  • Jan 9 Sean Paul, Jamaican dancehall singer, born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • Jan 10 Glenn Robinson, American NBA forward (Milw, Olympic gold 1996), born in Gary, Indiana
  • Jan 10 Travis Davis, American NFL strong safety (New Orleans Saints, Jacksonville Jaguars), born in Wilmington, California
  • Jan 10 Ryan Drummond, American voice actor, born in Lima, Ohio
  • Jan 11 Dave Dickenson, Canadian football coach and quarterback (Calgary Stampeders), born in Great Falls, Montana

Rahul Dravid

Jan 11 Rahul Dravid, Indian Cricket Batsman and captain (164 Tests, 13,288 runs @ 52.31, 36 x 100s; 344 ODIs), born in Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India

  • Jan 11 Joanna Brodzik, Polish actress (Magma M. and Kasia i Tomek), born in Krosno Odrzańskie, Poland
  • Jan 11 Rockmond Dunbar, American actor (Earth 2, Prison Break), born in Berkeley, California
  • Jan 12 Greg Morton, American actor (Scarecrow & Mrs King), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Jan 12 Dan Haseltine, American singer (Jars of Clay), born in Hampton, Massachusetts
  • Jan 12 Matt Wong, American musician (Reel Big Fish), born in Hilo, Hawaii
  • Jan 12 Hande Yener, Turkish singer, born in Kadıköy, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Jan 12 Prashant Bhargava, American filmmaker (Patang: The Kite), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2015)
  • Jan 12 Brian Culbertson, American smooth jazz, funk, and funk keyboardist, composer, and producer ("Nice & Slow"; "Colors Of Love"), born in Decatur, Illinois
  • Jan 13 Nikolai Khabibulin, Sverdlovsk Russia, NHL goalie (Winnipeg Jets)
  • Jan 13 Gloria Yip, Hong Kong actor
  • Jan 14 Lethon Flowers, American NFL defensive back (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Columbia, South Carolina
  • Jan 14 Rod Myers, American baseball outfielder (KC Royals), born in Conroe, Texas
  • Jan 14 Giancarlo Fisichella, Italian race car driver, born in Rome, Italy
  • Jan 15 Essam El-Hadary, Egyptian footballer, born in Damietta Governorate, Egypt
  • Jan 16 Josie Davis, American actress (Sarah-Charles in Charge, Two and a Half Men), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jan 16 Mario Bates, American NFL-running back (New Orleans Saints), born in Victoria, Texas
  • Jan 16 Willie Whitehead, American CFL defensive end (Hamilton Tiger Cats), born in Tuskegee, Alabama
  • Jan 17 Cuauhtémoc Blanco, Mexican footballer, born in Mexico City, Mexico
  • Jan 17 Liz Ellis, Australian netball defender and captain (122 caps; World C'ship gold 1995, 99, 2007; C'wealth Games gold 1998, 2002), born in Windsor, Australia
  • Jan 18 Crispian Mills [Boulting], British singer-songwriter and guitarist (Kula Shaker), born in London, England
  • Jan 18 Edward Jasper, American football defensive tackle (Philadelphia Eagles), born in Tyler, Texas
  • Jan 18 Junior Burrough, American NBA forward (Boston Celtics), born in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Jan 18 Regilio Vreede, Dutch football player (Blue White, RKC), born in Paramaribo, Suriname
  • Jan 18 Burnie Burns, American film producer & comedian (Machinima, Rooster Teeth), born in Rochester, New York
  • Jan 19 Chris Stynes, American baseball infielder (KC Royals), born in Queens, New York
  • Jan 19 Antero Manninen, Finnish cellist, born in Tampere, Finland
  • Jan 19 Aaron Yonda, YouTube celebrity, born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • Jan 19 Wang Junxia, Chinese long distance runner, born in Jiaohe, Jilin
  • Jan 19 Yevgeny Sadovyi, Russian swimmer (Olympic gold 200fre/400fre/4x200m 1992), born in Volzhsky, Russia
  • Jan 20 Eddie Kennison, American football wide receiver (St Louis Rams), born in Lake Charles, Louisiana
  • Jan 20 Jalen Rose, American NBA guard (Denver Nuggets), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Jan 20 Queen Mathilde of Belgium, born in Uccle, Belgium
  • Jan 20 Elisabetta Antonini, Italian jazz singer, born in Rome, Italy‎
  • Jan 21 Grady Jackson, defensive tackle (Oakland Raiders)
  • Jan 22 Deon Minor, American 400m runner, born in Paris, Texas
  • Jan 22 George Noga, CFL linebacker (Winnipeg Blue Bombers)
  • Jan 22 Reggie Barlow, American football wide receiver (Jacksonville Jaguars), born in Montgomery, Alabama
  • Jan 22 Rogerio Ceni, Brazilian footballer, born in Paraná, Brazil
  • Jan 23 Mark Kolesar, Canadian NHL right wing (Toronto Maple Leafs), born in Manitoba, Canada
  • Jan 23 Lanei Chapman, American actress, born in os Angeles, California
  • Jan 24 Erik Gervais, Canadian kayaker (Olympics 1996), born in Valleyfield, Quebec
  • Jan 25 Elvis Presley Jr., alleged son of Elvis Presley
  • Jan 25 Marco Battaglia, American football tight end (Cincinnati Bengals), born in Howard Beach, New York
  • Jan 25 Rodney Young, American NFL safety (NY Giants), born in Grambling, Louisiana
  • Jan 25 Scott Milanovich, American football coach & quarterback (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), born in Butler, Pennsylvania
  • Jan 25 Geoff Johns, American comic book writer, born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Jan 25 Ace Steel [Christopher Guy], American professional wrestler, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jan 26 Mayu Shinjo, Japanese mangaka, born in Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan
  • Jan 27 Eddie Davis, American CFL cornerback (CFL All-Star 2000, 04, 05, 06; Calgary Stampeders, Saskatchewan Roughriders), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Jan 27 Margot Bourgeois, Miss Universe-3rd place (Trinidad & Tobago, 1997)
  • Jan 28 Bronwyn Thompson, Australian rower (Olympics 1996)
  • Jan 28 Jerome Allen, American NBA guard (Minnesota Timberwolves) and coach, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Jan 28 Joe Stephens, NBA forward (Houston Rockets)
  • Jan 28 Robert Braknis, Canadian 100m backstroke/4 x 100 (Olympics 1996), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Jan 29 Darnell Stephens, American NFL linebacker (Tampa Bay Bucs), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • Jan 29 Jason Schmidt, American baseball pitcher (MLB All-Star 2003, 04, 06; Pittsburgh Pirates, SF Giants), born in Lewiston, Idaho
  • Jan 30 Jalen Rose, American basketball player (Indiana Pacers), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Jan 30 Jimmy Oliver, Canadian football wide receiver (San Diego Chargers)
  • Jan 30 Sharone Wright, American basketball player (Toronto Raptors), born in Macon, Georgia
  • Jan 31 Latario Rachal, American football player (Amsterdam Admirals, San Diego Chargers), born in California
  • Jan 31 Portia de Rossi, Australian actress, born in Horsham, Australia

Famous Weddings

Michael Caine

Jan 8 Actor Michael Caine (40) weds model Shakira Baksh (25) at Candlelight Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas, Nevada

Jane Fonda

Jan 21 Actress Jane Fonda weds activist Tom Hayden

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 2 Joseph Arthurlin "Joe" Harriott, Jamaican-British be-bop and free-form jazz alto saxophonist (Abstract), dies of cancer at 44
  • Jan 3 Wilbur De Paris, American swing and Dixieland jazz trombone player, dies at 72
  • Jan 5 Cor of Dis sr. [Cornelis Nicolas of Dis sr.], Dutch politician (SGP), dies at 79
  • Jan 11 Isabel Randolph, American actress (Missing Corpse), dies at 83
  • Jan 11 Rudolf Kubin, Czech cellist, dies a day after 64th birthday
  • Jan 15 Jef Alpaerts, Flemish pianist, educator, and conductor (Collegium Musicum Antverpiense), dies at 68
  • Jan 15 Ivan Petrovsky, Russian mathematician (b. 1901)
  • Jan 15 Coleman Francis, American film director (b. 1919)
  • Jan 17 Fred Essler, Austrian actor (Unsinkable Molly Brown, Saratoga Trunk), dies at 77
  • Jan 19 Max Adrian, Irish actor (Boy Friend), dies of a heart attack at 69
  • Jan 20 Amilcar Cabral, Bissau-Guinean nationalist leader, fought for Guinea Bissau independence, murdered at 51
  • Jan 20 Lorenz Böhler, Austrian physician (b. 1885)

Lyndon B. Johnson

Jan 22 Lyndon B. Johnson, 36th US President (Democrat: 1963-69), dies at his Texas ranch at 64

  • Jan 23 Alexander Onassis, Greek heir of the Onassis family (b. 1948)
  • Jan 23 Edward "Kid" Ory, American New Orleans style jazz trombonist, dies of pneumonia and a heart attack at 86
  • Jan 24 Alan Lisette, New Zealand cricketer (NZ slow left-armer vs West Indies 1956), dies at 53
  • Jan 24 J. Carrol Naish, American actor (Charlie Chan-Adv of Charlie Chan), dies at 73
  • Jan 25 Masao Ohba, Japanese boxer (WBA flyweight champion), dies in a car accident at 23
  • Jan 26 Edward G. Robinson [Goldenberg], Romanian actor (Double Indemnity, The Stranger, The Ten Commandments), dies at 79
  • Jan 26 Meijer Sluyser, Dutch journalist/commentator (VARA), dies at about 71
  • Jan 26 Jay C. Higginbotham, American swing jazz trombonist (Luis Russell'; Red Allen;, Benny Carter), dies at 67
  • Jan 28 John Banner, Austrian-born American actor (Hogan's Heroes, Lone Ranger, 36 Hours), dies of a abdominal haemorrhage at 63
  • Jan 29 Johannes Paul Thilman, composer, dies at 67
  • Jan 29 Ludwig Stössel, Austrian actor (Man With a Camera, The Pride of the Yankees), dies at 89
  • Jan 30 Jack MacGowran, Irish actor (King Lear, The Quiet Man, The Exorcist), dies of influenza at 54
  • Jan 31 Ragnar Frisch, Norwegian economist (Nobel 1969), dies at 77