Historical Events in 1973

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  • Jan 1 Britain, Ireland & Denmark become 7th-9th members of Common Market
  • Jan 1 West African Economic Community formed (Benin, Ivory Coast, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal, Upper Volta)
  • Jan 1 Australian Open Men's Tennis: Home favourite John Newcombe beats Onny Parun of New Zealand 6-3, 6-7, 7-5, 6-1 for his first Australian title
  • Jan 1 59th Rose Bowl: #1 Southern California beats #3 Ohio State, 42-17
  • Jan 1 39th Orange Bowl: #9 Nebraska beats #12 Notre Dame, 40-6
  • Jan 2 Japanese boxer Masao Ohba retains his WBA flyweight title with a 12th-round knockout of Chartchai Chionoi of Thailand in Tokyo; Ohba dies three weeks later in a car accident

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Jan 3 George Steinbrenner III buys Yankees from CBS for $12 million

New York Yankees Owner George Steinbrenner
New York Yankees Owner
George Steinbrenner
  • Jan 5 Mali & Niger break diplomatic relations with Israel
  • Jan 5 Netherlands recognizes German DR
  • Jan 6 "Schoolhouse Rock" premieres on ABC-TV with Multiplication Rock
  • Jan 7 "Purlie" closes at Billy Rose Theater NYC after 14 performances
  • Jan 7 British Darts Organisation founded in North London
  • Jan 7 Johnny Watkins bowls six overs 0-21 v Pakistan Never again
  • Jan 7 US poet James Merrill wins Bollingen Prize
  • Jan 7 WNPB TV channel 13 in Marquette, MI (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 7 Mark Essex's mass shooting comes to an end after he is shot by police more than 200 times on the roof of New Orlean's Holiday Inn hotel. He killed nine people, including five policeman.

  • Jan 8 "Tricks" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 8 performances
  • Jan 8 Greg Chappell's best Test bowling, 5-61 v Pakistan at SCG
  • Jan 8 Secret peace talks between US & North Vietnam resumed near Paris
  • Jan 8 USSR launches Luna 21 for Moon landing
  • Jan 8 Judge Sirica begins the trial of the Watergate burglars in Washington, D.C.
  • Jan 9 Luna 21 launched, to Moon
  • Jan 10 Gas tank on Staten Island explodes, 40 die
  • Jan 10 For the first time graduates studying from home with 'the Open University' receive their degrees
  • Jan 11 American League adopts designated hitter rule
  • Jan 11 Famous victory at the SCG Pakistan chasing 158 all out 106
  • Jan 13 "Tricks" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 8 performances
  • Jan 13 Lasse Daniel Efskind skates world record 1000m (1:17.6)
  • Jan 14 Grateful Dead bass player, Phil Lesh, busted on drugs in California
  • Jan 14 Super Bowl VII, LA Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, CA: Miami Dolphins beat Washington Redskins, 14-7; MVP: Jake Scott, Miami, S
  • Jan 14 Dancer Roy Castle is measured at 1,440 taps/min on BBC TV
  • Jan 14 2 Royal Ulster Constabulary officers are killed in Derry by a booby-trap bomb attached to their car by the Irish Republican Army

Music concertMusic Concert

Jan 14 "Aloha from Hawaii", an Elvis Presley concert, becomes the most watched broadcast by an individual entertainer

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley
  • Jan 15 4 Watergate burglars plead guilty in federal court
  • Jan 15 Gene Shalit joins Today Show panel

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Jan 15 Pope Paul VI holds an audience with Golda Meir at the Vatican

4th Prime Minister of Israel Golda Meir
4th Prime Minister of Israel
Golda Meir

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Jan 15 US President Richard Nixon suspends all US offensive action in N Vietnam

37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon
  • Jan 16 NBC presents 440th & final showing of "Bonanza"
  • Jan 16 USSR's Lunakhod 2 begins radio-controlled exploration of Moon
  • Jan 17 City of Amsterdam decides to support Hanoi
  • Jan 17 New Philippine constitution names Marcos president for life

  • Jan 18 Boston Red Sox sign Orlando Cepeda as 1st player signed as a DH
  • Jan 18 Islanders break 12 game losing streak, 20 game road winless streak

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Jan 18 John Cleese's final episode on "Monty Python's Flying Circus" on BBC TV

Actor, Comedian John Cleese
Actor, Comedian
John Cleese
Comedian and Actor Michael Palin
Comedian and Actor
Michael Palin
  • Jan 20 A car bomb explodes in Sackville Place, Dublin, Republic of Ireland, killing 1 person and injuring 17 (no organisation claimed responsibility)
  • Jan 20 Richard Nixon's second inauguration as President of the United States takes place in Washington, D.C.

Sport awardNFL Pro Bowl

Jan 21 23rd NFL Pro Bowl, Texas Stadium, Irving, Texas: AFC beats NFC, 33-28; MVP: O. J. Simpson, Buffalo Bills, RB

NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal O.J. Simpson
NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal
O.J. Simpson
  • Jan 21 Leslie Nielson appears on M*A*S*H in "Ringbanger"

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Jan 22 George Foreman TKOs Joe Frazier in 2 rounds to win WBC & WBA heavyweight boxing titles in Kingston, Jamaica; Frazier knocked down 3 times in both 1st & 2nd rounds

Boxing Champ George Foreman
Boxing Champ
George Foreman
Heavyweight Boxing Champion Joe Frazier
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Joe Frazier
  • Jan 22 Roe vs Wade: US Supreme Court legalizes most abortions
  • Jan 22 US, North & South Vietnam & Vietcong sign boundary accord

Sport awardNBA All-Star Game

Jan 23 23rd NBA All-Star Game, Chicago Stadium: East beats West, 104-84; MVP: Dave Cowens, Boston Celtics, C

NBA Center and Head Coach Dave Cowens
NBA Center and Head Coach
Dave Cowens
  • Jan 23 Helgafell, island of Heimaey Iceland erupts for 1st time in 7,000 yrs
  • Jan 23 Jordan Air crash at Kano, Nigeria kills 176 Muslim pilgrims
  • Jan 23 US President Richard Nixon announces an accord has been reached to end Vietnam War
  • Jan 23 Shah of Iran announces that the 1954 operating agreement between a consortium of oil companies and Iran will not be renewed when it expires in 1979
  • Jan 24 Warren Spahn is elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
  • Jan 26 Belgium government of Leburton forms
  • Jan 27 UCLA's basketball team wins 61st consecutive game (NCAA record)
  • Jan 27 US & North Vietnam's William Rogers & Nguyen Duy Trinh sign cease-fire, ending longest US war and military draft
  • Jan 27 US female Figure Skating championship won by Janet Lynn
  • Jan 27 US male Figure Skating championship won by Gordon McKellen Jr
  • Jan 28 "Barnaby Jones" premieres on CBS TV
  • Jan 28 Henry Boucha, Detroit Red Wings, scores 6 sec into a game vs Mont
  • Jan 28 Mickey Welch, George Kelly & Billy Evans elected to Hall of Fame
  • Jan 28 Ron Howard appears on M*A*S*H in "Sometimes You Hear the Bullet"
  • Jan 28 In the run up to the first anniversary of 'Bloody Sunday' there is serious rioting in Derry, North Ireland

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Jan 28 30th Golden Globes: The Godfather, Marlon Brando and Liv Ullmann win

Actor Marlon Brando
Actor
Marlon Brando
Filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola
Filmmaker
Francis Ford Coppola
Film Producer Robert Evans
Film Producer
Robert Evans
  • Jan 30 26th NHL All-Star Game, Madison Square Garden, NYC: Eastern Division beats Western Division, 5-4; MVP: Greg Polis, Pittsburgh Penguins, LW
  • Jan 30 Jury finds Watergate defendants Liddy & McCord guilty on all counts
  • Jan 30 Rock band Kiss plays their 1st show at the Coventry Club in Queens, NY
  • Jan 30 1973 NFL Draft: John Matuszak from University of Tampa first pick by Houston Oilers
  • Feb 1 Outfielder Monte Irvin is elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame by the Special Committee on the Negro Leagues; fourth inductee through the committee
  • Feb 2 "Midnight Special" rock music show debuts on NBC-TV
  • Feb 2 Richard Helms, ends term as 8th director of CIA; succeeded by James R Schlesinger (until July)
  • Feb 2 Test Cricket debut of Richard John Hadlee, NZ v Pakistan, Wellington
  • Feb 3 Dr Hook's "Cover of "Rolling Stone"" enters Top 40 & peaks at #6
  • Feb 4 "No, No Nanette" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 861 performances
  • Feb 4 Islanders & Sabres had a penalty free game
  • Feb 4 Manfred Kokot runs world record 50m indoor (5.61 sec)
  • Feb 4 Reshef, Israel's missile boat, unveiled
  • Feb 4 Comic strip "Hagar The Horrible" by Dik Browne debuts
  • Feb 4 British Army snipers shoot dead a Provisional Irish Republican Army volunteer and three civilians at the junction in Belfast during the 'Troubles' in N Ireland
  • Feb 4 An International inspection team is sent to Vietnam to observe progress on the Paris truce agreement
  • Feb 5 Funeral for LC William Nolde, last US soldier killed in Vietnam War
  • Feb 5 Juan Corona sentenced to 25 consecutive life terms for 25 murders
  • Feb 6 "Shelter" opens at John Golden Theater NYC for 31 performances
  • Feb 6 40,000 civil servants demonstrate against higher pension contribution
  • Feb 6 6th ABA All-Star Game: West 123 beats East 111 at Utah
  • Feb 6 Bernice Fekete skips her curling rink to 2nd straight 8-ender, Edm
  • Feb 7 1st time Rangers shut-out Islanders 6-0
  • Feb 7 US Senate creates Select Committee on Presidential Campaign Activities
  • Feb 7 North Ireland's United Loyalist Council hold a one-day strike, loyalist paramilitaries forcibly try to stop people going to work

Music releaseAlbum Release

Feb 7 The Stooges release their 3rd album "Raw Power"

Rocker Iggy Pop
Rocker
Iggy Pop
  • Feb 8 Jean Kerrs "Finishing Touches" premieres in NYC
  • Feb 8 Mushtaq & Asif Iqbal make 350 stand for 4th wicket v NZ
  • Feb 8 Senate names 7 members to investigate Watergate scandal
  • Feb 9 Biju Patnaik of the Pragati Legislature Party elected leader of opposition in the state assembly in Orissa, India
  • Feb 10 2nd time Rangers shut-out Islanders 6-0
  • Feb 10 83m wide gas tank on Staten Island explodes, 40 die
  • Feb 10 Pakistani cricketer Mushtaq Mohammad scores 201 runs in a match against New Zealand
  • Feb 11 1st one-day international for Pakistan & NZ
  • Feb 11 1st sub 17-min 1,500m female free style swim (Shane Gould 16m56.9s)
  • Feb 11 Philadelphia 76ers lose their 20th NBA game in a row
  • Feb 12 1st US POWs in N Vietnam released; 116 of 456 flown to Philippines
  • Feb 13 Musical "El Grande de Coca-Cola" premieres in NYC
  • Feb 13 US dollar devalues 10%

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Feb 14 Muhammad Ali beats British heavyweight boxing champion Joe Bugner by unanimous points decision in 12 rounds at Las Vegas Convention Centre

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
  • Feb 15 Friendsville Academy (Tenn) ends 138-game basketball losing streak
  • Feb 15 USSR launches Prognoz 3 to study sun (589/200,300 km)
  • Feb 16 West Indies v Australia at Kingston, 1st time since 1955 without Gary Sobers

  • Feb 17 Rodney Redmond scores 107 on debut v Pakistan, his only Test Cricket

Conference meetingMeeting of Interest

Feb 17 US National Security Adviser Henry Kissinger meets Chinese leader Mao Zedong, where the latter jokingly offers to send 10 million Chinese women to the United States

Chinese Revolutionary and Chairman of the Communist Party Mao Zedong
Chinese Revolutionary and Chairman of the Communist Party
Mao Zedong
US Secretary of State and Political Scientist Henry Kissinger
US Secretary of State and Political Scientist
Henry Kissinger
  • Feb 18 54-kg octopus measuring 7m across captured in Hood Canal, Washington
  • Feb 18 Belgian Emiel Puttemans runs 3,000m indoor record 7:39.2
  • Feb 18 15th Daytona 500: Richard Petty wins his 4th Great American Race by more than 2 laps from Bobby Isaac
  • Feb 19 "Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree" single released by Dawn featuring Tony Orlando (Billboard Song of the Year 1973)
  • Feb 20 10th time Islanders shut-out-4-0 vs Penguins
  • Feb 21 Chicago Black Hawks, record 262nd NHL game without being shut-out
  • Feb 21 Israeli fighters shoot Libyan aircraft down, killing 108
  • Feb 22 US & China agree to establish liaison offices in Beijing & Washington, D.C.
  • Feb 23 Gold goes up $10 overnight to record $95 an ounce in London
  • Feb 25 Juan Corona sentenced to 25 life sentences for 25 murders
  • Feb 25 Steven Sondheim's musical "Little Night Music" premieres at Shubert Theatre in NYC (601 performances)
  • Feb 26 Triple Crown horse Secretariat bought for a record $5.7m

Music awardsMusic Awards

Feb 26 8th Academy of Country Music Awards: Merle Haggard and Donna Fargo win

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Merle Haggard
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Merle Haggard
  • Feb 27 American Indian Movement occupy Wounded Knee in South Dakota
  • Feb 27 Pope Paul VI publishes constitution motu proprio Quo aptius
  • Feb 27 White Sox slugger Dick Allen signs 3 year $750,000 contract
  • Feb 28 Suriname government of Sedney arrests 13 union leaders
  • Feb 28 Iraq and Iraq Petroleum Company (IPC) reach an agreement on compensation for nationalization
  • Mar 1 Robert Joffrey Dance Company opens
  • Mar 1 Robyn Smith rides North Sea to victory in the Paumanok Handicap at Aqueduct Race Track in NYC to become the first American female jockey to win a stakes race

Music releaseAlbum Release

Mar 1 Pink Floyd release their album "Dark Side of the Moon", since sold over 45 million copies

Singer-songwriter and Producer David Gilmour
Singer-songwriter and Producer
David Gilmour
Rock Bassist and Vocalist Roger Waters
Rock Bassist and Vocalist
Roger Waters
  • Mar 2 "Black September" terrorists occupy Saudi Embassy in Khartoum
  • Mar 3 "Shelter" closes at John Golden Theater NYC after 31 performances
  • Mar 4 15th Grammy Awards: 1st Time Ever I Saw Your Face, America
  • Mar 5 Yankee pitchers Peterson & Kekich announce they swapped wives
  • Mar 6 In an exhibition game with the Pirates, Twins Larry Hisle becomes the 1st designated hitter (he hits 2 HRs & knocks in 7 RBIs)
  • Mar 7 Comet (Lubos) Kohoutek discovered at Hamburg Observatory

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Mar 7 Sheikh Mujibur Rahman's Awami League wins election in Bangladesh

Founding Father of Bangladesh Sheikh Mujibur Rahman
Founding Father of Bangladesh
Sheikh Mujibur Rahman

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Mar 8 Eisenhower Tunnel, world's highest and US longest, opens 60km west of Denver, Colorado

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower

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Mar 8 Paul & Linda McCartney are fined £100 for growing cannabis

Musician, Activist and Photographer Linda McCartney
Musician, Activist and Photographer
Linda McCartney
  • Mar 8 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Mar 8 The Provisional Irish Republican Army undertakes its first operation in Great Britain, planting four car bombs in London; 10 members of PIRA are arrested at Heathrow Airport while trying to leave the country
  • Mar 10 Morocco adopts constitution
  • Mar 10 20th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: NC State beats Maryland, 76-74
  • Mar 12 Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In last airs on NBC-TV
  • Mar 13 Syria adopts constitution
  • Mar 13 "Irene" opens at Minskoff Theater NYC for 605 performances
  • Mar 13 Minskoff Theater opens at 200 W 45th St NYC

  • Mar 14 Liam Cosgrave appointed president of Ireland

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Mar 14 Future US senator John McCain is released after spending over five years in a North Vietnamese prisoner of war camp

US Senator John McCain
US Senator
John McCain
  • Mar 16 Shah of Iran and Consortium members agree to nationalize all assets immediately in return for an assured 20-year supply of Iranian oil
  • Mar 16 OPEC discusses raising prices to offset decline of U.S. dollar value

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Mar 17 Queen Elizabeth II opens new London Bridge

Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II
  • Mar 17 St. Patrick's Day marchers carry 14 coffins commemorating Bloody Sunday
  • Mar 18 "Seesaw" opens at Uris Theater NYC for 296 performances
  • Mar 19 Dean tells Nixon, "There is a cancer growing on the Presidency"

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Mar 20 Roberto Clemente elected to Hall of Fame, 11 weeks after his death in a plane crash

Baseball Player Roberto Clemente
Baseball Player
Roberto Clemente
  • Mar 20 NBC TV premiere of pilot episode of "Police Story", based on Los Angeles Police Dept. Joseph Wambaugh's writings

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Mar 21 Montreal Canadiens' left wing Frank Mahovlich becomes 5th NHL player to score 500 goals

NHL Legend Frank Mahovlich
NHL Legend
Frank Mahovlich
  • Mar 23 After a 5½ year run soap "Love is a Many Splendored Thing" ends
  • Mar 23 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

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Mar 23 Yoko Ono is granted permanent residence in USA

Artist & Musician Yoko Ono
Artist & Musician
Yoko Ono
  • Mar 24 Harley Race beats Dory Funk Jr in Kansas City, to become NWA champ
  • Mar 24 Professional track debut of Kip Keino defeating Jim Ryun in the mile
  • Mar 24 San Francisco 49er pres Lou Spadia proposes NFL expand to 30 teams
  • Mar 25 AIAW Women's Basketball Tournament, Immaculata beats Queens College, 59-52, Immaculata 1st undefeated team in New York
  • Mar 25 27th Tony Awards: "That Championship Season" and "Little Night Music" win
  • Mar 26 35th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: UCLA beats Memphis 81-76; Bruins' 7th straight title
  • Mar 26 TV Soap "The Young & the Restless" premieres on CBS
  • Mar 26 Susan Shaw is first woman in 171 years in London's Stock exchange
  • Mar 27 Dennis Amiss out for 99 v Pakistan, 3rd 99 in Test Cricket
  • Mar 27 Jerry Garcia (Grateful Dead) stopped for speeding and LSD possession
  • Mar 27 45th Academy Awards: "The Godfather", Marlon Brando & Liza Minnelli win. Marlon Brando then turns down the Oscar for best actor to protest Hollywood’s portrayal of Native Americans in film.
  • Mar 29 Dave Cowens wins NBA MVP
  • Mar 29 US troops leave Vietnam, 9 yrs after Tonkin Resolution
  • Mar 30 Ellsworth Bunker resigns as US ambassador to South Vietnam
  • Mar 31 Philadelphia Flyers score an NHL record tying 8 goals from an astounding 60 shots in the 2nd period of a 10-2 win over New York Islanders
  • Mar 31 Muhammad Ali suffers a broken jaw in a shock split-points decision loss to Ken Norton over 12 rounds in San Diego; Ali wins rematch in another controversial split decision
  • Mar 31 127th Grand National: Brian Fletcher wins aboard 9/1 co-favourite Red Rum; recovers from 15 lengths behind at final fence; first of Red Rum's record 3 GN victories
  • Mar 31 Boston Bruins defenceman Bobby Orr scores his 3rd career hat trick in a 7-3 loss at Toronto to become the first player in NHL history to score 100 points for 4 straight seasons
  • Mar 31 American tennis star Billie Jean King ends Australian Margaret Court's 57-match winning streak 6-7, 7-6, 6-3 in semi finals of the WTA event in Indianapolis, IN
  • Apr 1 Japan allows its citizens to own gold

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Apr 1 John Lennon and Yoko Ono form a new country with no laws or boundaries, called Nutopia, its national anthem is silence

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
Artist & Musician Yoko Ono
Artist & Musician
Yoko Ono
  • Apr 1 OPEC increases price of petroleum by 5.7 percent
  • Apr 2 CBS radio begins on the hour news, 24 hours a day
  • Apr 2 ITT admits to asking CIA to influence Chilean presidential election
  • Apr 2 Launch of the LexisNexis computerized legal research service.
  • Apr 3 The first portable cell phone call is made in New York City, United States.
  • Apr 4 World Trade Center, then the world's tallest building, opens in New York (110 stories)
  • Apr 5 NFL adopts jersey numbering system (ie QBs, 1-19)
  • Apr 5 Pioneer 11 launched to Jupiter
  • Apr 6 Dock strike in Gent/Antwerp, Belgium
  • Apr 6 Indian troops invade Sikkim
  • Apr 6 Pioneer 11 launched toward Jupiter & Saturn
  • Apr 6 Roberto Clemente Day, Pirates retire his #
  • Apr 6 US launches Pioneer 11 to Jupiter & Saturn
  • Apr 6 Yankee Ron Blomberg becomes 1st designated hitter, he walks