What Happened in September 1973

Historical Events

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

Sport defeatBoxing 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

Boxing Champ George Foreman
Boxing Champ
George Foreman
  • 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
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 3 Jerry Lewis' 8th Muscular Dystrophy telethon

Comedian Jerry Lewis
Comedian
Jerry Lewis
  • Sep 4 William E Colby, becomes 10th director of 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

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

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

Baseball Player Hank Aaron
Baseball Player
Hank Aaron
  • Sep 8 Rebecca Ann King (Colo), 23, crowned 46th Miss America 1974
  • Sep 8 "Star Trek - Animated Series" premieres on TV
  • Sep 8 US Open Women's Tennis: Margaret Court wins her 24th and final Grand Slam singles title; beats Evonne Goolagong Cawley 7-6, 5-7, 6-2
  • 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: Australian John Newcombe wins his second US title; beats Jan Kodeš 6-4, 1-6, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 10 Muhammad Ali defeats Ken Norton

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
  • Sep 10 NY Jets trade pro footballs leading receiver Don Maynard to St Louis

BattleCoup d'état

Sep 11 Chilean President Salvador Allende is deposed in a military coup led by general Augusto Pinochet

Marxist and President of Chile Salvador Allende
Marxist and President of Chile
Salvador Allende
General and Dictator Augusto Pinochet
General and Dictator
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 Congress passes & sends a bill to Nixon to lift football's blackout
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon
  • Sep 15 Dutch Guilder devalued by 5%
  • Sep 15 Ohio State's Archie Griffith begins record 31 cons 100 yd rushing
  • 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

Sports record brokenNFL 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

NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal O.J. Simpson
NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal
O.J. Simpson
  • Sep 18 German FR & German DR admitted to UN
  • Sep 19 Carl XVI Gustaf, becomes King of Sweden

  • Sep 19 Frank Robinson homers in record 32nd ML park (Arlington Tx)
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 20 Billie Jean King beats Bobby Riggs in battle-of-sexes tennis match

Tennis Legend Billie Jean King
Tennis Legend
Billie Jean King
Tennis Player and Three-Time Major Champion Bobby Riggs
Tennis Player and Three-Time Major Champion
Bobby Riggs

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 20 Willie Mays announces retirement at end of 1973 season

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

AgreementContract of Interest

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

NBA Point Guard Nate Archibald
NBA Point Guard
Nate Archibald

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 22 Henry Kissinger succeeds William Rogers as US Secretary of State

Politician, statesman Henry Kissinger
Politician, statesman
Henry Kissinger
  • 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 Balt Oriole Al Bumbry hits 3 triples vs Milwaukee Brewers
  • Sep 22 Henry Kissinge sworn in as America's 1st Jewish Secretary of State

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

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

General and President of Argentina Juan Perón
General and President of Argentina
Juan Perón
  • Sep 23 Largest known prime, 2 ^ 132,049-1, is discovered
  • Sep 24 Guinea-Bissau declares independence from Portugal
  • Sep 24 St Louis Cards Jim Bakken sets NFL record kicking 7 field goals
  • Sep 25 3-man crew of Skylab 3 make safe splashdown in Pacific after 59 days
  • Sep 25 Mets beat Expos 2-1 on Willie Mays Night at Shea Stadium
  • Sep 26 Turkey's state of siege ends (after 2½ years)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 26 Wilt Chamberlain signs with ABA San Diego Conquistadors

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

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

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

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

Music releaseMusic Single

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

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • 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 American Nina Kuscsik retains her NYC Marathon 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 Sandra Palmer wins LPGA Cameron Park Golf Open
  • Sep 30 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • Sep 30 Yanks close 50th year at Yankee Stadium losing 8-5, Ralph Houk resigns as manager

Famous Birthdays

  • Sep 1 Gillian Boxx, softball catcher (Olympic gold 1996), born in Fontana, California
  • Sep 1 Trent Bray, New Zealand 100m/200m swimmer (Olympics 1996)
  • Sep 1 Ram Kapoor, Indian actor
  • Sep 1 J. D. Fortune, Canadian singer (INXS)
  • Sep 1 Zach Thomas, American football player
  • 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, NFL tackle (Washington Redskins)
  • Sep 3 Damon Stoudamire, NBA guard (Toronto Raptors)
  • Sep 3 Joanette Kruger, tennis star, born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Sep 3 Norihiko Hibino, Japanese composer
  • Sep 4 Robert Couch, NFL tackle (Atlanta Falcons)
  • Sep 4 Stacy Sanches, playmate (Mar, 1995), born in Dallas, Texas

Person of interestRose McGowan

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

Actress and Activist Rose McGowan
Actress and Activist
Rose McGowan
  • 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 Sam Couch, American kayaker (alt-Olympics 1996), born in Newport Beach, California
  • Sep 7 Shannon Elizabeth, American actress (American Pie), born in Houston, Texas
  • Sep 8 Bob Wolcott, Huntington Beach Ca, pitcher (Seattle Mariners)
  • Sep 8 Jason Downs, actor (Bobby-Hairspray)
  • Sep 8 Khamis Al-Owairan, Saudi Arabian footballer
  • Sep 9 Mike Schlegel, NFL defensive tackle (Atlanta Falcons)
  • Sep 9 Peter Scott, Newcastle Australia, canoeist (Olympics 1996)
  • Sep 9 Todd McMillon, CFL cornerback (Saskatchewan Roughriders)
  • Sep 9 Troy Rudolph, production asst (Suburbanators, Viper)
  • Sep 9 Kazuhisa Ishii, Japanese baseball player
  • Sep 10 Ghada Shouaa, Syria, heptatlete (Olympic gold 1996)
  • Sep 10 Ferdinand Coly, Senegalese footballer
  • 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

Person of interestPaul 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 13 Brian Evans, American NBA forward (Orlando Magic), born in Rockford, Illinois
  • Sep 13 Philip Dulebohn, American figure skater (1997 Eastern Sr - 3rd), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 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 13 Kelly Chen, Hong Kong singer and actress, born in Hong Kong
  • Sep 14 Terrell Fletcher, NFL running back (San Diego Chargers)
  • Sep 14 Tony Bui, Vietnamese film director
  • Sep 14 Linvoy Primus, English footballer
  • Sep 14 Mike Ward, Canadian comedian
  • Sep 14 Andrew Lincoln [Clutterbuck], English actor (The Walking Dead), born in London, England
  • Sep 15 Julie Cox, English actress
  • Sep 16 Clint Peay, soccer defender (Olympic gold 1996), born in Columbia, Maryland
  • Sep 16 Alexander Vinokourov, Kazakh cyclist
  • Sep 16 Justin Haythe, American writer
  • Sep 16 George Corrie, English Footballer
  • 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
  • Sep 18 James Marsden, American actor
  • Sep 18 Ami Onuki, Japanese singer (Puffy AmiYumi)
  • Sep 18 Mark Shuttleworth, South African entrepreneur
  • 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, National Football League linebacker
  • 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 Grant McDonald, Australian baseball outfielder (Olympics 1996)
  • Sep 23 Michelle Tolson, Miss America-NH (1997), born in Manchester, New Hampshire
  • Sep 23 Ingrid Fliter, Argentinian pianist
  • Sep 24 Rodrick Rhodes, NBA forward (Houston Rockets)
  • Sep 24 Eddie George, American football player
  • Sep 25 Melonie McGarrah, Rogers Arkansas, Miss America-Arkansas (1997)
  • Sep 25 Tijani Babangida, soccer player (Roda JC)
  • Sep 25 Bridgette Wilson, Gold Beach, Oregon, American actress (Mortal Kombat, Billy Madison)
  • 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)
  • Sep 26 Chris Small, Scottish snooker player
  • Sep 26 Olga Vasdeki, Greek triple jumper
  • 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)
  • Sep 28 Jori Hulkkonen, Finnish electronic musician
  • Sep 28 Brian Rafalski, American ice hockey player
  • Sep 29 Joe Hulbig, American ice hockey player
  • Sep 29 Athanasios Michalopoulos, Greek volleyball player
  • Sep 29 Scout Niblett, British singer/songwriter

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

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

Ice Hockey Legend Bobby Orr
Ice Hockey Legend
Bobby Orr
  • Sep 17 "The Osmonds" lead singer and bassist Merrill Osmond (20) weds Mary Carlson

HeartWedding of Interest

Sep 22 Cartoonist Charles M. Schulz (50) weds Jean Forsyth Clyde

Cartoonist Charles M. Schulz
Cartoonist
Charles M. Schulz

Famous Deaths


Person of interestJ. R. R. Tolkien

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

Writer and Academic J. R. R. Tolkien
Writer and Academic
J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Sep 2 Carl Dudley, American film director (b. 1910)
  • Sep 5 Jack Fournier, American baseball player (b. 1889)
  • 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

Person of interestSalvador 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

Marxist and President of Chile Salvador Allende
Marxist and President of Chile
Salvador Allende
  • 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 of Sweden (b. 1882)
  • Sep 15 Victor Jara, Chilean musician (b. 1941)
  • 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, composer, dies at 63
  • Sep 18 Nora Nicholson, British actress (Blue Lagoon, Crow Hollow), dies at 80
  • Sep 19 Gram Parsons, rocker (Byrds), dies of OD 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, vocalist (Time in a Bottle), dies in a plane crash at 30
  • Sep 21 Diana Sands, actress (Landlord, Raisin in the Sun), dies at 39
  • Sep 21 William CF Plomer, South African libretto writer (Curlew River), dies at 69
  • Sep 23 A S Neill, British headmaster, dies at 89
  • Sep 23 Manuel Borguno, composer, dies at 87

Person of interestPablo Neruda

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

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

Person of interestAnna Magnani

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

Actress Anna Magnani
Actress
Anna Magnani
  • 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/US writer (Spain/Platonic Blow), dies at 66
  • Sep 29 W H Auden, Vienna poet, dies
  • Sep 30 Peter Pitseolak, Inuit photographer and author (b. 1902)