Historical Events in February 1973

  • 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)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 2 Test debut of champion New Zealand cricket all-rounder Sir Richard Hadlee; drawn 1st Test v Pakistan, Wellington

Cricketer Richard Hadlee
Cricketer
Richard Hadlee
  • 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 North 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%

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Book releaseHistoric Publication

Feb 27 Pope Paul VI publishes constitution motu proprio Quo aptius

Pope Paul VI
Pope
Paul VI
  • 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