On This Day

Historical Events in January 1973

  • Jan 1 Britain, Ireland and Denmark become 7th, 8th and 9th members of the European 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 A 12-man syndicate led by Michael Burke and George Steinbrenner III buys MLB's New York Yankees from CBS for US$10 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 American 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
Pope Paul VI
Pope
Paul VI

BattleBattle of Interest

Jan 15 US President Richard Nixon suspends all US offensive action in North 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

AgreementAgreement of Interest

Jan 23 Shah of Iran Mohammad Reza Pahlavi announces that the 1954 operating agreement between a consortium of oil companies and Iran will not be renewed when it expires in 1979

Last Shah of Iran Mohammad Reza Pahlavi
Last Shah of Iran
Mohammad Reza Pahlavi
  • 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 awardsGolden Globes

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 of conspiracy, burglary, and illegal wiretapping
  • 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