On This Day

What Happened in June 1973

Historical Events

Album Release

Jun 1 George Harrison's "Living in the Material World" album goes gold, 2 days after its US release

  • Jun 1 Greek President Papadopoulos asks for "parliamentary presidential republic"

Music Single

Jun 1 Paul McCartney & Wings release single "Live & Let Die"

  • Jun 1 Eight OPEC countries raise price of petroleum by 11.9 percent
  • Jun 2 "Nash at Nine" closes at Helen Hayes Theater NYC after 21 performances

French Open Women's Tennis

Jun 2 French Open Women's Tennis: Margaret Court of Australia beats American teenager Chris Evert 6-7, 7-6, 6-4 for her 5th and last French singles crown

  • Jun 3 "Smith" closes at Eden Theater, NYC, after 17 performances
  • Jun 3 At Paris air show, Tupolev 144, a Soviet supersonic airliner ("Concorde-ski"), crashes, 15 killed

French Open Men's Tennis

Jun 3 French Open Men's Tennis: Ilie Năstase of Romania wins his second Grand Slam singles title, besting Croat player Niki Pilić of Yugoslavia, 6-3, 6-3, 6-0

  • Jun 4 A patent for the ATM is granted to Don Wetzel, Tom Barnes and George Chastain
  • Jun 7 Rangers draft Texas high school pitcher David Clyde #1
  • Jun 8 Admiral Luis Carrero Blanco appointed premier of Spain

Sports History

Jun 9 105th Belmont: Ron Turcotte aboard Secretariat wins in 2:24, becoming the 1st Triple Crown winner in 25 years

LPGA Championship

Jun 10 LPGA Championship Women's Golf, Pleasant Valley CC: 1964 champion Mary Mills wins by 1 stroke ahead of runner-up Betty Burfeindt

  • Jun 10 NASA launches Radio Astronomy Explorer 49 into lunar orbit
  • Jun 11 Libya nationalizes Bunker Hunt concession; Nigeria acquires 35 percent participation in Shell-BP concession
  • Jun 12 New Zealand all-rounder Bevan Congdon scores 176 as Kiwis chase 479 in 1st Test v England at Nottingham; tourists just miss out, dismissed for 440
  • Jun 12 Yanks trade wife swapper Mike Kekich for Lowell Palmer
  • Jun 12 Coleraine bombings: six Protestant civilians were killed and 33 wounded by a Provisional Irish Republican Army car bomb in Coleraine, County Londonderry
  • Jun 13 Garvey, Lopes, Cey & Russell play together for 1st time, set record of staying together as an infield for 8½ years (LA Dodgers)
  • Jun 14 46th National Spelling Bee: Barrie Trinkle wins spelling vouchsafe

Historic Event

Jun 14 US President Richard Nixon administration imposes 60-day economy-wide price freeze, superseding Special Rule No. 1 for oil companies

Music Single

Jun 15 “Let’s Get It On” single released by Marvin Gaye (Billboard R&B Song of the Year, 1973; No. 4 overall)

  • Jun 17 Canadian Open Golf (La Canadienne), Montreal Municipal GC: Jocelyne Bourassa of Canada wins inaugural event in a playoff with Sandra Haynie & Judy Rankin
  • Jun 17 US Open Men's Golf, Oakmont CC: Johnny Miller fires a record final round 63 (-8) to win his first major championship, 1 stroke ahead of runner-up John Schlee

Music Recording

Jun 17 Dolly Parton records her song "I Will Always Love You" (later a huge hit for Whitney Houston) for RCA in Nashville

Meeting of Interest

Jun 18 Soviet General Secretary Leonid Brezhnev visits the US and President Nixon

  • Jun 18 NCAA makes urine testing mandatory for participants
  • Jun 19 "The Rocky Horror Show" stage production first opens in London written by Richard O'Brian and directed by Jim Sharman and starring Tim Curry

Sports History

Jun 19 Pete Rose (Cincinnati Reds) and Willie Davis (LA Dodgers) both record 2,000th MLB career hit; Rose, a single in 4-0 win vs SF Giants; Davis, a HR in 3-0 win vs Atlanta Braves

  • Jun 20 Chicago's Cy Acosta is 1st AL pitcher to bat since DH rule (strikeout)

Historic Event

Jun 20 Juan Perón returns from exile to Argentina after 18 years

  • Jun 20 SF Giants Bobby Bonds sets NL record with 22 lead off HRs
  • Jun 20 Ezeiza massacre in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Snipers fire upon left-wing Peronists. At least 13 are killed and more than 300 are injured
  • Jun 22 Dutch High Council stops fluorine addition to drink water
  • Jun 22 George Harrison releases his fourth studio album "Living in the Material World" in the UK
  • Jun 22 Skylab 2's astronauts land
  • Jun 22 23rd Berlin International Film Festival: "Distant Thunder" wins the Golden Bear
  • Jun 23 "Cyrano" closes at Palace Theater NYC after 49 performances
  • Jun 23 "Sugar" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 506 performances
  • Jun 23 Phillies Ken Brett 4th consecutive game HR in which he pitched
  • Jun 23 World Court condemns French nuclear tests in the Pacific
  • Jun 24 Marlene Raymond (15), limboes under a flaming bar at 6 1/8"
  • Jun 25 John Dean begins testifying before Senate Watergate Committee
  • Jun 25 Russian communist party leader Leonid Brezhnev visits France
  • Jun 25 Udo Beyer of East Germany puts the shot a record 20.47 m
  • Jun 26 London production of musical "Grease" premieres
  • Jun 26 On Plesetsk Cosmodrome, USSR, 9 people are killed in an explosion of a Cosmos 3-M rocket.

Film Release

Jun 27 "Live & Let Die", 8th James Bond Film, 1st to star Roger Moore, also starring Jane Seymour, 1st released in the US

  • Jun 27 John W Dean tells Watergate Committee about Nixon's "enemies list"
  • Jun 27 Uruguayan president Juan Maria Bordaberry dissolves parliament and heads a coup d'état - beginning of the civic-military dictatorship
  • Jun 28 Lawsuit in Detroit challenges Little League's "no girls" rule
  • Jun 28 New Zealand ship HMNZS Otago sails for Mururoa nuclear test zone after France’s refusal to accept an International Court of Justice injunction against its atmospheric nuclear testing
  • Jun 28 Northern Ireland Assembly elections take place
  • Jun 30 "Burns & Schreiber Comedy Hour" TV Variety; debut on ABC
  • Jun 30 Biggest US tanker "Brooklyn" christened (230,000 ton)
  • Jun 30 Observers aboard Concorde jet observe 72-min solar eclipse

Famous Birthdays

  • Jun 1 Frédérik Deburghgraeve, Belgian swimmer (Olympic gold 100m breaststroke 1996 WR 1:00.60), born in Roeselare, West Flanders, Belgium
  • Jun 1 Adam Garcia, Australian stage and screen actor (Coyote Ugly), born in Wahroonga, New South Wales
  • Jun 1 Derek Lowe, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 2000, 02; no-hitter 2002; Boston Red Sox), born in Dearborn, Michigan

Heidi Klum

Jun 1 Heidi Klum, German supermodel and TV presenter (Project Runway), born in Bergisch Gladbach, North Rhine-Westphalia

  • Jun 2 Jayantha Silva, cricketer (Sri Lankan Test left-arm spinner 1995)
  • Jun 2 Kevin Feige, American producer, President of Marvel Studios (2007-), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Jun 3 Charles Emanuel, American NFL safety (Philadelphia Eagles), born in Indiantown, Florida
  • Jun 3 Sargis Sargsian, Armenian tennis player (1995 NCAA), born in Yerevan, Armenia
  • Jun 4 Antonio Anderson, defensive tackle (Dallas Cowboys)
  • Jun 4 Corey Walker, running back (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • Jun 4 Doug Colman, linebacker (NY Giants)
  • Jun 4 Sir Mawn Wilson, NFL wide receiver (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • Jun 5 Brady Smith, American NFL defensive end (New Orleans Saints), born in Royal Oak, Michigan
  • Jun 5 Sean Moran, American NFL defensive end (Buffalo Bills), born in Aurora, Colorado
  • Jun 5 Lamon Brewster, American boxer (WBO heavyweight title 2004-2006), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Jun 5 Daniel Gildenlöw, Swedish progressive rock songwriter, vocalist, and guitarist (Pain of Salvation; The Flower Kings), born in Eskilstuna, Sweden
  • Jun 5 Gella Vandecaveye, Belgian judoka, born in Kortrijk, Belgium
  • Jun 6 Ashfaq Ahmed, cricketer (Pakistan pace bowler 1993-)
  • Jun 6 Jamie Wilson, tackle (Carolina Panthers)
  • Jun 6 Jon Hesse, NFL linebacker (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • Jun 6 Olindo Mare, American football kicker (Pro Bowl, All-Pro 1999; Miami Dolphins), born in Hollywood, Florida
  • Jun 6 Kat Swift, American politician (Green Party)
  • Jun 7 Napoleon Kaufman, NFL running back (Oakland Raiders)
  • Jun 7 Robert Barr, NFL tackle (Seattle Seahawks)
  • Jun 7 Song Yun-ah, South Korean model and actress
  • Jun 7 Nihad Hrustanbegović, Bosnian-Dutch concert and jazz accordionist, and composer, born in Bijeljina, SR Bosnia and Herzegovina, SFR Yugoslavia
  • Jun 8 Bryant Reeves, NBA center (Vancouver Grizzlies)
  • Jun 8 Michael Sheldon, NFL offensive tackle (Buffalo Bills)
  • Jun 8 Lexa Doig, Canadian actress, born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Jun 8 Lucija Šerbedžija, Croatian actress
  • Jun 9 Chris Villarrial, American football player (Chicago Bears) and coach, born in Hummelstown, Pennsylvania
  • Jun 9 Grant Marshall, Canadian NHL right wing (Dallas Stars), born in Mississauga, Ontario
  • Jun 9 Orlondo Steinauer, American CFL cornerback (Hamilton Tiger Cats) and coach, born in Seattle, Washington
  • Jun 9 Tedy Bruschi, American linebacker (New England Patriots), born in San Francisco, California
  • Jun 9 Laura Ponte, Spanish model married to a member of the Spanish royal family
  • Jun 9 Frederic Choffat, Swiss film director
  • Jun 10 Wade Miller, Canadian CFL linebacker and chief Executive (Winnipeg Blue Bombers), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • Jun 10 Faith Evans, American singer-songwriter, born in Lakeland, Florida
  • Jun 10 Pokey Reese, American baseball player (Boston Red Sox), born in Columbia, South Carolina
  • Jun 10 David Friedman, American child actor (Little House on the Prairie), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jun 11 Robby Kiger, American actor (Josh Fox-Crazy Like a Fox), born in Encino, California
  • Jun 12 Hanna Riikka Nieminen, Finnish ice hockey right wing (2 Olympics bronze 1998, 2018), born in Jyväskylä, Finland
  • Jun 12 Jason Caffey, American NBA forward (Chicago Bulls), born in Mobile, Alabama
  • Jun 12 Rick Plum, Dutch soccer player (Roda JC, MVV), born in Kerkrade, Netherlands
  • Jun 12 Takis Fyssas, Greek footballer, born in Athens, Greece
  • Jun 12 Darryl White, Australian rules footballer (Brisbane Bears), born in Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia
  • Jun 13 Ines Gorrochategui, Cordoba Arg, tennis star (1991 Futures-Brindisi)
  • Jun 13 Kano Hills, tackle (New Orleans Saints)
  • Jun 13 Sam Adams, NFL defensive tackle (Seattle Seahawks)
  • Jun 13 Ville Laihiala, Finnish heavy metal singer (Sentenced, Poisonblack), born in Oulu, Finland
  • Jun 13 Kasia Kowalska, Polish pop rock singer and actress, born in Sulejówek, Poland
  • Jun 14 Daniel Marsh, cricketer (son of Rod South Aust slow lefty since 1993)
  • Jun 14 Michael Cade, American actor (Sylvester Winkle-California Dreams), born in New Jersey
  • Jun 14 Sam Shade, NFL strong safety (Cin Bengals)
  • Jun 14 Sami Kapanen, Vantaa Fin, NHL left wing (Whalers, Carolina, Olympic bronze 1998)
  • Jun 14 Stepfret Williams, wide receiver (Dallas Cowboys)
  • Jun 14 Ceca Raznatovic, Serbian singer
  • Jun 15 Dean McAmmond, Canadian NHL left wing (Edmonton Oilers), born in Grand Cache, Alberta
  • Jun 15 Matt Stevens, safety (Philadelphia Eagles)

Neil Patrick Harris

Jun 15 Neil Patrick Harris, actor (Doogie Howser MD, How I Met Your Mother), born in Albuquerque, New Mexico

  • Jun 15 Tore André Flo, Norwegian footballer
  • Jun 15 Pia Miranda, Australian actress
  • Jun 15 Greg Vaughan, American actor, born in Dallas, Texas
  • Jun 16 Nikos Machlas, Greek footballer, born in Heraklion, Greece
  • Jun 16 Eddie Cibrian [Edward Carl], American actor (Sunset Beach, Third Watch), born in Burbank, California
  • Jun 17 Louis Leterrier, French film director (The Incredible Hulk), born in Paris
  • Jun 17 Leander Paes, Indian tennis player, born in Kolkata, West Bengal, India
  • Jun 18 Tracy Noonan, American soccer goalkeeper (Olympics 1996), born in Lawrence, Massachusetts
  • Jun 18 Alexandros Papadimitriou, Greek hammer thrower
  • Jun 18 Julie Depardieu, French actress, born in Paris, France
  • Jun 19 Arne van de Berg, soccer player (Willem II)
  • Jun 19 Jahine Arnold, wide receiver (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • Jun 19 Yasuhiko Yabuta, Japanese baseball player
  • Jun 20 Chino Moreno, American musician (Deftones)
  • Jun 21 Alyson Annan, Australian field hockey midfielder (Olympics 1996), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • Jun 21 Juliette Lewis, American actress (Natural Born Killers, Cape Fear), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jun 21 Merlakia Jones, American WNBA player (Cleveland Rockers), born in Montgomery, Alabama
  • Jun 21 Zuzana Čaputová, Slovakian politician and activist, President of Slovakia (2019-), born in Bratislava., Czechoslovakia
  • Jun 21 Frank Vogel, American basketball head coach (LA Lakers 2019, Indiana Pacers 2011-16; Orlando Magic 2016-18), born in Wildwood Crest, New Jersey
  • Jun 22 Benjamin Fairbrother, CFL offensive tackle (Saskatchewan Roughriders)
  • Jun 22 Cory Alexander, NBA guard (San Antonio Spurs)
  • Jun 22 Lacy Goranson, actress (Becky-Roseanne), born in Evanston, Indiana
  • Jun 22 Carson Daly, American television personality
  • Jun 23 Mark Larsen, Danish gallop jockey
  • Jun 23 Marie N, Latvian singer
  • Jun 24 Jere Lehtinen, Espoo Fin, NHL right wing (Dallas Stars, Olympic bronze 1998)
  • Jun 24 Michael Cheever, American NFL corner (Jacksonville Jaguars), born in Newnan, Georgia
  • Jun 24 Alexander Beyer, German actor
  • Jun 24 Ji Jin Hee, South Korean actor
  • Jun 24 Karen Stupples, English golfer (Women's British Open 2004), born in Dover, Kent
  • Jun 25 Milan Hnilicka, Czech hockey goaltender (Team Czech Olympic gold 1998), born in Litoměřice, Czechoslovakia
  • Jun 25 Rene Corbet, Canadian NHL left wing (Colorado Avalanche), born in Victoriaville, Quebec, Canada
  • Jun 25 Whitney Post, American rower (Olympics 1996), born in Wayland, Massachusetts
  • Jun 25 Jamie Redknapp, English soccer midfielder (17 caps; Liverpool 237 games) and broadcaster (BBC, Sky Sports), born in Barton on Sea, England
  • Jun 26 Aaron Jackson, American actor (Mark Winkle-California Dreams), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Jun 26 Reggie Brown, NFL fullback (Seattle Seahawks), born in Highland Park, Michigan
  • Jun 26 Gretchen Wilson, American country music singer (Redneck Woman), born in Pocahontas, Illinois
  • Jun 26 Paweł Małaszyński, Polish actor and band leader (Cochise), born in Szczecinek, Poland
  • Jun 26 Amen [Jussi Antero Sydänmaa], Finnish musician (Lordi), born in Espoo, Finland
  • Jun 27 Heath Irwin, American football guard (New England Patriots), born in Boulder, Colorado

Famous Weddings

Amitabh Bachchan

Jun 3 Indian actor Amitabh Bachchan marries actress Jaya Bhaduri

Joe Clark

Jun 30 Prime Minister of Canada Joe Clark (34) weds lawyer Maureen McTeer (21)


Famous Deaths

  • Jun 1 Harvey S Firestone Jr, American tire manufacturer, dies at 75
  • Jun 1 Mary Kornman, American actress ("Our Gang" shorts; The Desert Trail; Queen of the Jungle; Swing It, Professor), dies at 57
  • Jun 1 Walter Greaza, American actor (Treasury Man; Martin Kane Private Eye), dies at 76
  • Jun 3 Dory Funk, professional wrestler (b. 1919)

Arna Bontemps

Jun 4 Arna Bontemps, American poet (Harlem Renaissance), dies of heart attack at 72 in Nashville

  • Jun 4 Murray Wilson, father of beachboys Brian, Carl & Dennis, dies at 55
  • Jun 4 Emma "Grandma" Gatewood, American ultra-light hiking pioneer and 1st woman to hike the Appalachian Trail alone, dies of an apparent heart attack at 85
  • Jun 5 Max Terhune, American actor (Range Justice, Night Riders), dies at 82
  • Jun 7 Lane Bradford, actor (Dead Man's Gold, Gun Hawk), dies at 50
  • Jun 7 Christine Lavant, Austrian poet and writer (Das Kind), dies at 57
  • Jun 8 Eino Linnala, Finnish composer, pedagogue, and musicologist dies at 76
  • Jun 8 Gerald F. Bogan, U.S. Navy aviator and vice admiral who served in World War I & II, dies at 78
  • Jun 8 Christine Bakker-van Bosse, Dutch feminist and pacifist, dies at 88
  • Jun 9 Erich von Manstein, German military commander (b. 1887)
  • Jun 10 William M. Inge, American playwright (Come Back Little Sheba), dies at 60
  • Jun 13 Alvin Derold Etler, American oboist, and composer, dies at 60
  • Jun 13 Frantisek Suchy, Czech composer and folk song collector, dies at 82
  • Jun 17 Luis Van Rooten, Mexican-born, American actor, author and translator (One Man's Family), dies at 66
  • Jun 18 Fritz Mahler, Austrian composer, dies at 71
  • Jun 18 Roger Delgado, English actor (Doctor Who, Agent 8 3/4, Hot Enough for June), dies in a road accident at 55
  • Jun 18 Willem Vogt, Dutch radio pioneer/founder AVRO, dies at 84
  • Jun 21 Frank Leahy, American football coach (Notre Dame), dies at 64
  • Jun 22 Jacques Wolfe, Romanian-American composer, dies at 77
  • Jun 23 Fay Holden, actress (Mother-Andy Hardy films), dies at 77
  • Jun 24 Mary Carr, American actress (Forbidden Trail, 2nd Wife), dies at 99
  • Jun 24 George "Bud" Hamilton Westmore, American film make-up artist (Westmore family), dies after a heart attack at 55
  • Jun 26 Arnold Richardson, composer, dies at 59
  • Jun 26 Ernest Truex, American actor (Fluffy, Scared, His Girl Friday, Pete & Gladys, Mr Peepers), dies at 83
  • Jun 27 Earl Browder, leader US Communist Party (1930-45), dies at 82
  • Jun 29 Tin-Tan [Germán Valdés], Mexican actor, singer and comedian (Spanish dubbing of The Jungle Book, The Aristocats), dies from cancer at 57
  • Jun 30 Elmer Layden, College Football Hall of Fame fullback (Notre Dame legendary 4-horsemen, 1st NFL Commissioner), dies at 70
  • Jun 30 Vasyl Velychkovsky, Ukrainian Bishop and Catholic Martyr, dies under Soviet imprisonment at 70
  • Jun 30 Nancy Mitford, English author (Love in a Cold Climate), one of the Mitford sisters, dies of cancer at 68