On This Day

What Happened on October 20, 1973

Day of the Week: Saturday

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mariette Hartley appears on Bob Newhart in "Have You Met Miss Dietz"

Comedian and Actor Bob Newhart
Comedian and Actor
Bob Newhart
  • OPEC oil embargo begins
  • President Nixon discharges Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox and accepts the resignations of Attorney General Elliot L. Richardson and Deputy Attorney General William D. Ruckelshaus

Event of interestEvent of Interest

President Nixon proclaims Jim Thorpe greatest athlete of 1st ½ century

Versatile Athlete Jim Thorpe
Versatile Athlete
Jim Thorpe

AustraliaSydney Opera House

Queen Elizabeth II opens Sydney Opera House
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The Sydney Opera House, New South Wales, Australia
The Sydney Opera House, New South Wales, Australia
  • The Family Station Inc buys shortwave Radio Station WNYW, changes calls to WYFR & moves station from NYC to Scituate Mass
  • US President Nixon fires Watergate accuser Archibald Cox

Famous Birthdays

  • Scott Goodman, Hobart Tasmania Aus, 200m butterfly swimmer (Olympic bronze 1996)

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

Canadian actor William Shatner (Star Trek) marries Marcy Lafferty