On This Day

What Happened on October 20, 1973

Historical Events


Appears on tv showTV Show Appearance

Mariette Hartley appears on "The Bob Newhart Show" in the episode "Have You Met Miss Dietz?"

Comedian and Actor Bob Newhart
Comedian and Actor
Bob Newhart
  • OPEC oil embargo begins

AustraliaSydney Opera House

Queen Elizabeth II opens the Sydney Opera House

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The Sydney Opera House, New South Wales, Australia
The Sydney Opera House, New South Wales, Australia
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  • The Family Station Inc buys shortwave Radio Station WNYW, changes calls to WYFR & moves station from NYC to Scituate Mass
  • US President Nixon accepts the resignations of Attorney General Elliot L. Richardson and Deputy Attorney General William D. Ruckelshaus as they refuse orders to discharge Watergate Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox, in what has become known as "The Saturday Night Massacre"

Event of interestEvent of Interest

US President Nixon proclaims Jim Thorpe to have been the greatest athlete of the 1st half of the 20th century

Versatile Athlete Jim Thorpe
Versatile Athlete
Jim Thorpe

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


1973 Highlights

About October 20, 1973

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 47 years and 9 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Generation X
Chinese Zodiac: Ox
Star Sign: Libra