On This Day

What Happened in September 1973

Historical Events

  • Sep 1 74-year-old Hafnia Hotel burns, killing 35 (Copenhagen, Denmark)

Boxing Title Fight

Sep 1 In his first title defence George Foreman retains his WBC & WBA heavyweight crowns when he KOs Jose "King" Roman of Puerto Rico in round 1 in Tokyo, Japan

  • Sep 1 Libya nationalizes 51 percent of nine other oil companies' concessions
  • Sep 1 Gloucestershire beats Sussex by 40 runs in the Gillette Cup cricket final at Lord's to win their first major trophy since the Championship in 1877; South African all-rounder Mike Proctor stars with 94 and 2 for 37

Sports History

Sep 2 Billy Martin is fired as Detroit Tigers manager due to continual differences with the front office; goes on to manage Texas, Oakland and NY Yankees (in 5 separate stints)

  • Sep 2 Netherlands win their first men’s hockey World Cup, 4-2 on penalties over India in Amstelveen, Netherlands
  • Sep 3 American golfer Billy Casper finishes at 20-under-par 264 to beat Australian Bruce Devlin by 1 stroke to win the Sammy Davis, Jr. Greater Hartford Open; his 50th PGA Tour title
  • Sep 3 General Walters ends term as acting director of CIA

Telethon

Sep 3 Jerry Lewis' 8th Muscular Dystrophy telethon

  • Sep 4 William E. Colby, becomes 10th director of the CIA
  • Sep 5 "Desert Song" opens at Uris Theater NYC for 15 performances
  • Sep 5 1st one-day Cricket international for WI (v Eng) - lose by 1 wicket
  • Sep 5 Conference of less developed countries approves forming "producers' associations" and calls for withdrawal of Israeli forces from occupied Arab lands
  • Sep 6 New York Times reports almost all Superfectas run at Yonkers, Roosevelt & Monticello from Jan-Mar of 1973 were fixed
  • Sep 7 Mike Storen becomes American Basketball Association's 4th commissioner
  • Sep 8 Billy Martin named manager of the Texas Rangers

Baseball Record

Sep 8 Hank Aaron sets record of most HRs in 1 league (709)

  • Sep 8 Rebecca Ann King (Colo), 23, crowned 46th Miss America 1974
  • Sep 8 "Star Trek - Animated Series" premieres on TV

US Open Women's Tennis

Sep 8 US Open Women's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Margaret Court wins her 24th and final Grand Slam singles title; beats fellow Australian Evonne Goolagong Cawley 7-6, 5-7, 6-2

Sports History

Sep 9 4th place finish in the Italian Grand Prix at Monza is enough to clinch Jackie Stewart his 3rd Formula 1 World Drivers Championship

  • Sep 9 US Open Men's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Australian John Newcombe wins his second US singles title; beats Jan Kodeš 6-4, 1-6, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3
  • Sep 10 NY Jets trade pro footballs leading receiver Don Maynard to St Louis

Coup d'état

Sep 11 Chilean President Salvador Allende, the 1st elected Marxist president of a South America country, is deposed in a military coup led by general Augusto Pinochet

  • Sep 12 2 bettors win largest US Daily Double ($19,909.60 in Detroit)
  • Sep 12 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • Sep 13 ABC announces it obtained TV rights for 1976 Olympics
  • Sep 13 US Congress passes & sends a bill to President Nixon to lift NFL football's television blackout of sold out games
  • Sep 13 Syrian-Israeli dogfight over Mediterranean Sea
  • Sep 14 Indianapolis is awarded a WHA franchise
  • Sep 14 Israel shoots down 13 Syrian MIG-21s

Historic Event

Sep 14 US President Richard Nixon signed into law a measure lifting pro football's blackout

  • Sep 15 Dutch Guilder devalued by 5%
  • Sep 15 Ohio State's Archie Griffith begins record 31 cons 100 yd rushing

World Record

Sep 15 Secretariat wins Marlboro Cup in world record 1:45 2/5 for 1¼ miles

  • Sep 15 OPEC supports price hikes and designates six Gulf countries to negotiate collectively with companies over prices; other members to negotiate individually
  • Sep 16 "Desert Song" closes at Uris Theater NYC after 15 performances

NFL Record

Sep 16 Buffalo's O.J. Simpson rushes for a then NFL record 250 yards in Buffalo's 31-13 win at New England

  • Sep 18 German FR & German DR admitted to UN
  • Sep 19 Carl XVI Gustaf, becomes King of Sweden

Baseball Record

Sep 19 Frank Robinson, Angels OF, homers in record 32nd major league ballpark - Arlington Stadium (Arlington, Texas), against the Rangers

  • Sep 19 NL refuses to allow San Diego Padres move to Washington, D.C.
  • Sep 19 Pirate Radio Free America (off Cape May NJ) forms
  • Sep 19 USSR performs underground nuclear test

Sports History

Sep 20 Willie Mays announces retirement at end of 1973 season

Historic Event

Sep 21 Jackson Pollocks painting "Blue Poles" sold for $2,000,000

  • Sep 21 NY Mets go into 1st place (at .500) after trailing 12½ games

Contract of Interest

Sep 21 Nate Archibald signs 7 yr contract with NBA KC Kings for $450,000

  • Sep 22 "A Little Night Music" opens at Majestic Theater on Broadway
  • Sep 22 Ryder Cup Golf, Muirfield: US beats Great Britain & Ireland, 19-13; first time 'Ireland' included in team name
  • Sep 22 Baltimore Oriole Al Bumbry hits 3 triples vs Milwaukee Brewers

Historic Event

Sep 22 Henry Kissinger sworn in as America's 1st Jewish Secretary of State, succeeds William Rogers

Election of Interest

Sep 23 Argentine General Elections - former Argentine President Juan Perón returns to power

  • Sep 23 Largest known prime number, 2 ^ 132,049-1, is found with computer aid by David Slowinski; holds as largest until 1985
  • Sep 24 Guinea-Bissau declares independence from Portugal
  • Sep 25 3-man crew of Skylab 3 make safe splashdown in Pacific after 59 days
  • Sep 25 New York Mets beat Montreal Expos, 2-1 on 'Willie Mays Night' at Shea Stadium, NYC
  • Sep 26 Turkey's state of siege ends (after 2½ years)

Sports History

Sep 26 Wilt Chamberlain signs with ABA San Diego Conquistadors

  • Sep 26 Concorde makes its first non-stop crossing of the Atlantic (Washington, D.C. to Paris) in record-breaking time (3h33m).

Baseball Record

Sep 27 Nolan Ryan strikes out 16 in 11 innings, for record 383 of season

  • Sep 27 Soyuz 12 carries 2 cosmonauts into Earth orbit (2 days)
  • Sep 27 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR

Music Single

Sep 27 “The Way We Were” single released by Barbra Streisand (Billboard Song of the Year, 1974)

  • Sep 28 Palestinian Terrorists hijack Austrian train
  • Sep 28 ITT Building in New York City bombed to protest ITT's involvement in the September 11 1973 coup d'état in Chile.
  • Sep 29 "Jimmy Loves Mary-Anne" by Looking Glass peaks at #33
  • Sep 29 "We're An American Band" by Grand Funk peaks at #1
  • Sep 29 Insurance ind announces auto racers get into more highway accidents
  • Sep 29 Soyuz 12 returns to Earth
  • Sep 30 New York City Marathon: American Nina Kuscsik retains her crown in 2:57:07; Tom Fleming wins men's race in 2:21:54
  • Sep 30 Mel Gray begins NFL streak of 121 consecutive game receptions
  • Sep 30 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • Sep 30 New York Yankees close 50th year at Yankee Stadium with an 8-5 loss to Detroit Tigers for an 80-82 season record; manager Ralph Houk resigns

Famous Birthdays

  • Sep 1 Gillian Boxx, American softball catcher (Olympic gold 1996; 4 x All-American), born in Fontana, California
  • Sep 1 Ram Kapoor, Indian actor (Kasamh Se), born in Jalandhar, India
  • Sep 1 J. D. Fortune [Jason Bennison], Canadian rock singer (INXS, 2005-11), born in Mississauga, Ontario
  • Sep 1 Zach Thomas, American football middle linebacker (7 × Pro Bowl 1999–2003, 05, 06; 5 × First-team All-Pro 1998, 99, 2002, 03, 06; Miami Dolphins), born in Pampa, Texas
  • Sep 1 Polly Shannon, Canadian actress
  • Sep 2 Matthew Dunn, Leeton NSW Australia, swimmer (Olympics 1996)
  • Sep 2 Jason Blake, American hockey player
  • Sep 3 Brian Thure, American NFL tackle (Washington Redskins), born in Downey, California
  • Sep 3 Damon Stoudamire, American NBA guard (Toronto Raptors), born in Portland, Oregon
  • Sep 3 Joanette Kruger, tennis star, born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Sep 3 Norihiko Hibino, Japanese video game composer, born in Osaka, Japan

Rose McGowan

Sep 5 Rose McGowan, American actress (Charmed) and sexual harassment activist, born in Florence, Italy

  • Sep 5 Jenny Whittle, Australian basketball center (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Gold Coast, Australia
  • Sep 5 Paddy Considine, English actor and musician, born in Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire, England
  • Sep 6 Greg Rusedski, Canadian-British tennis star (1995 Seoul), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Sep 6 Carlo Cudicini, Italian football goalkeeper, born in Milan, Italy
  • Sep 7 Shannon Elizabeth, American actress (American Pie), born in Houston, Texas
  • Sep 8 Jason Downs, American actor (KC Undercover, Hairspray), born in Columbia, Maryland
  • Sep 8 Khamis Al-Owairan, Saudi Arabian soccer midfielder (105 caps), born in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • Sep 8 Khamis Al-Dossari, Saudi Arabian soccer midfielder (105 caps; Al-Hilal, Al Ittihad), born in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (d. 2020)
  • Sep 9 Peter Scott, Australian canoeist (Olympics 1996), born in Newcastle, Australia
  • Sep 9 Todd McMillon, American football player (Saskatchewan Roughriders), born in Bellflower, California
  • Sep 9 Troy Rudolph, Canadian actor and production assistant (Suburbanators, Viper), born in Calgary, Canada
  • Sep 9 Kazuhisa Ishii, Japanese baseball player, born in Chiba, Japan
  • Sep 10 Ghada Shouaa, Syrian athlete (Syria's 1st Olympic gold heptathlon 1996; World C'ship gold 1995), born in Mhardeh, Syria
  • Sep 10 Ferdinand Coly, Senegalese soccer defender (44 caps; Poitiers FC, Châteauroux, Lens), born in Dakar, Senegal
  • Sep 11 Fred Thomas, American NFL cornerback (Seattle Seahawks), born in Bruce, Mississippi
  • Sep 12 Darren Campbell, British sprint athlete, born in Moss Side, Manchester, England
  • Sep 12 Martin Lapointe, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Ville St. Pierre, Quebec, Canada

Paul Walker

Sep 12 Paul Walker, American actor (The Fast and the Furious), born in Glendale, California (d. 2013)

  • Sep 12 Tarana Burke, American activist, founder of #MeToo, born in New York City
  • Sep 12 Maximiliano Hernández, American actor (Mr. Mercedes; The Americans, 2013; Marvel Universe films), born in Brooklyn, NYC
  • Sep 13 Philip Dulebohn, American pairs figure skater (US Championship Gold, 2003), and coach, born in Silver Spring, MaAryland
  • Sep 13 Fabio Cannavaro, Italian footballer (Parma), born in Naples, Italy
  • Sep 13 Marcelinho Paulista, Brazilian footballer, born in Cotia, Brazil
  • Sep 13 Christine Arron, French track and field sprinter, born in Les Abymes, Guadeloupe, France
  • Sep 14 Tony Bui, Vietnamese-American film director (Three Seasons), born in Saigon, Vietnam
  • Sep 14 Linvoy Primus, English footballer (Charlton Athletic, Barnet), born in Forest Gate, England
  • Sep 14 Mike Ward, French Canadian comedian, born in Quebec City, Quebec
  • Sep 14 Andrew Lincoln [Clutterbuck], English actor (The Walking Dead), born in London, England
  • Sep 14 Nas [Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones] American rapper (It Was Written; "If I Ruled the World (Imagine That)"), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Sep 16 Clint Peay, American soccer defender (Olympic gold 1996), born in Columbia, Maryland
  • Sep 16 Alexander Vinokourov, Russian-Kazakhtani road cyclist, born in Petropavl, Kazakh S.S.R.
  • Sep 16 Justin Haythe, American novelist (The Honeymoon), born in London
  • Sep 16 George Corrie, English footballer, born in Workington, England
  • Sep 17 David Reid, light middleweight boxer (Olympic gold 1996), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Sep 17 Demis Nikolaidis, Greek footballer
  • Sep 17 Ada Choi, Hong Kong actress
  • Sep 18 Paul Brousseau, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Pierrefonds, Quebec, Canada
  • Sep 18 James Marsden, American actor (Superman Returns), born in Stillwater, Oklahoma
  • Sep 18 Ami Onuki, Japanese singer (Puffy AmiYumi), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • Sep 18 Mark Shuttleworth, South African entrepreneur (founder and CEO of Canonical Ltd.), born in Welkom, Orange Free State, South Africa
  • Sep 19 Jeremy Jordan, American singer and actor, born in Hammond, Indiana
  • Sep 19 Nick Colgan, Irish football goalkeeper, born in Drogheda, Ireland
  • Sep 19 Cristiano da Matta, Brazilian auto racer (CART FedEx Series 2002), born in Belo Horizonte, Brazil
  • Sep 20 Ronald McKinnon, American NFL linebacker, born in Elba, Alabama
  • Sep 21 Virginia Ruano-Pascual, tennis star, born in Madrid, Spain
  • Sep 21 Oswaldo Sanchez, Mexican footballer
  • Sep 21 Vanessa Grigoriadis, American journalist
  • Sep 23 Ingrid Fliter, Argentinian concert pianist, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Sep 24 Rodrick Rhodes, american NBA forward (Houston Rockets), born in Jersey City, New Jersey
  • Sep 24 Eddie George, American College Football Hall of Fame running back (Heisman Trophy 1995, Ohio State; Pro Bowl 1997-2000, Houston / Tennessee Oilers / Titans), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Sep 25 Tijani Babangida, Nigerian soccer player (Roda JC), born in Kaduna, Nigeria
  • Sep 25 Bridgette Wilson, American actress (Mortal Kombat, Billy Madison), born in Gold Beach, Oregon
  • Sep 25 Bridget Marquardt, American model, born in Tillamook, Oregon
  • Sep 26 David Richie, American NFL defensive tackle (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32), born in Orange, California
  • Sep 26 Marty Casey, American singer (Lovehammers), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Sep 26 Chris Small, Scottish snooker player, born in Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • Sep 26 Olga Vasdeki, Greek triple jumper, born in Volos, Greece
  • Sep 27 Larry McSeed, CFL linebacker (Montreal Alouettes)
  • Sep 27 Tina Nicholson, WNBA guard (Cleveland Rockers)
  • Sep 27 Chris Demakes, American singer/guitarist (Less Than Jake), born in Florida
  • Sep 28 Jori Hulkkonen, Finnish electronic musician
  • Sep 28 Brian Rafalski, American international and NHL ice hockey player, 1999-2011 (New Jersey Devils, Detroit Red Wings), born in Dearborn, Michigan
  • Sep 29 Scout Niblett, British singer-songwriter, born in Stone, England

Famous Weddings

Bobby Orr

Sep 8 Ice hockey star Bobby Orr (25) weds speech therapist Peggy Wood at a secret ceremony in Ontario, Canada

  • Sep 17 "The Osmonds" lead singer and bassist Merrill Osmond (20) weds Mary Carlson

Famous Deaths

J. R. R. Tolkien

Sep 2 J. R. R. Tolkien, British author (The Hobbit; The Lord of the Rings), dies of an ulcer at 81

  • Sep 2 Carl Dudley, American film director (b. 1910)
  • Sep 5 Jack Fournier, American baseball player, 1912-27 (White Sox; Cardinals; Brooklyn Robins) dies at 83
  • Sep 6 William Henry Harris, English composer, dies at 90
  • Sep 7 Hans Lorbeer, German writer and politician, dies at 72
  • Sep 9 Samuel N Behrman, US stage/screenwriter (Quo Vardis), dies at 80

Salvador Allende

Sep 11 Salvador Allende, President of Chile (1970-73) and the 1st Marxist to become president of a Latin American country through an open election, commits suspected suicide by shooting himself during a military coup at 65

  • Sep 11 Neem Karoli Baba, Indian guru
  • Sep 12 Eduard Flipse, Dutch conductor/composer, dies at 77
  • Sep 12 Marjorie Post, US philanthropic/multi-millionaire ($200m), dies at 86
  • Sep 13 Betty Field, American actress (Of Mice and Men; Kings Row; Bus Stop), dies of cerebral hemorrhage at 57
  • Sep 15 Gustav VI Adolf, King of Sweden (1950-73), dies at 90
  • Sep 15 Victor Jara, Chilean folk singer-songwriter, and political activist, killed by Augusto Pinochet's military interrogators at 40
  • Sep 16 Frederic Meyer, actor (Faraway Hill), dies at 63
  • Sep 16 Leonard Carmichael, American Psychologist and secretary of the Smithsonian Institution (1953-64), dies at 74
  • Sep 17 Hugo Winterhalter, American composer, dies at 63
  • Sep 18 Nora Nicholson, British actress (Blue Lagoon, Crow Hollow), dies at 80
  • Sep 19 Gram Parsons [Cecil Ingram Connor III], American country-rock singer-songwriter (Byrds - Sweethearts of the Rodeo; Flying Burrito Brothers; "Grievous Angel"), dies of a drug overdose at 26
  • Sep 19 Bobby Gilbert, American actor (Some Like It Hot, The Rebel Set), dies of hepatitis at 75
  • Sep 20 Ben Webster, American tenor saxophonist, dies at 64
  • Sep 20 Glenn Strange, American actor (Sam the Bartender-Gunsmoke), dies at 74
  • Sep 20 Jim Croce, American singer-songwriter ("Time in a Bottle"; "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown"), dies in a plane crash at 30
  • Sep 20 Maurice T. "Maury" Muehleisen, American musician and songwriter (Jim Croce), dies in a plane crash at 24
  • Sep 20 Jack Marshall, American jazz and session guitarist, film and television composer, arranger, and record producer (Capitol Records), dies at 51
  • Sep 21 Diana Sands, actress (Landlord, Raisin in the Sun), dies at 39
  • Sep 21 William Plomer, South African-British libretto writer (Curlew River), dies at 69
  • Sep 23 Manuel Borguñó, Spanish pianist, composer, choral director, and pedagogue, dies at 89

Pablo Neruda

Sep 23 Pablo Neruda, Chilean poet (Residence on Earth - Nobel Prize, 1971), dies at 69

  • Sep 26 Anton Schnack, German writer and poet, dies at 81

Anna Magnani

Sep 26 Anna Magnani, Italian actress (The Rose Tattoo; Miracle; Wild is the Wind), dies of pancreatic cancer at 65

  • Sep 28 Mantan Moreland, comedian (Watermelon Man), dies at 71
  • Sep 28 Norma Crane, American actress (Tea & Sympathy, Fiddler on the Roof, They Call Me Mister Tibbs!), dies of cancer at 44
  • Sep 28 Wystan H Auden, British/American writer (Spain/Platonic Blow), dies at 66
  • Sep 29 W. H. Auden, Anglo-American poet (The Age of Anxiety), dies at 66
  • Sep 30 Peter Pitseolak, Inuit photographer and author (b. 1902)