On This Day

What Happened on July 5, 1973

Historical Events


BattleCoup d'état

General Juvénal Habyarimana becomes president of Rwanda in a military coup d'état

Dictator and President of Rwanda Juvénal Habyarimana
Dictator and President of Rwanda
Juvénal Habyarimana
  • Isle of Man begins issuing its own postage stamps
  • Test cricket debut of English umpire Harold "Dickie" Bird v NZ at Leeds (66 Tests, 69 ODI)

Famous Birthdays

  • Bengt Lagerberg, Swedish musician (The Cardigans), born in Jönköping, Sweden
  • Christy Rowe, soccer defender (Olympics 1996), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • Marcus Allbäck, Swedish footballer, born in Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Michal Sýkora, Czech NHL defenseman (Sharks, Olympic gold 1998), born in Pardubice, Czechoslovakia
  • René Spies, German bobsledder, born in Winterberg, North Rhine-Westphalia, West Germany
  • Róisín Murphy, Irish singer and songwriter (Moloko), born in Arklow, Wicklow, Ireland
1973 Highlights

About July 5, 1973

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 47 years and 1 day
Leap Year: No

Generation Generation X
Chinese Zodiac: Ox
Star Sign: Cancer