On This Day

Historical Events in June 1973

Album Release

Jun 1 George Harrison's "Living in the Material World" album goes gold, 2 days after its US release

  • Jun 1 Greek President Papadopoulos asks for "parliamentary presidential republic"

Music Single

Jun 1 Paul McCartney & Wings release single "Live & Let Die"

  • Jun 1 Eight OPEC countries raise price of petroleum by 11.9 percent
  • Jun 2 "Nash at Nine" closes at Helen Hayes Theater NYC after 21 performances

French Open Women's Tennis

Jun 2 French Open Women's Tennis: Margaret Court of Australia beats American teenager Chris Evert 6-7, 7-6, 6-4 for her 5th and last French singles crown

  • Jun 3 "Smith" closes at Eden Theater, NYC, after 17 performances
  • Jun 3 At Paris air show, Tupolev 144, a Soviet supersonic airliner ("Concorde-ski"), crashes, 15 killed

French Open Men's Tennis

Jun 3 French Open Men's Tennis: Ilie Năstase of Romania wins his second Grand Slam singles title, besting Croat player Niki Pilić of Yugoslavia, 6-3, 6-3, 6-0

  • Jun 4 A patent for the ATM is granted to Don Wetzel, Tom Barnes and George Chastain
  • Jun 7 Rangers draft Texas high school pitcher David Clyde #1
  • Jun 8 Admiral Luis Carrero Blanco appointed premier of Spain

Sports History

Jun 9 105th Belmont: Ron Turcotte aboard Secretariat wins in 2:24, becoming the 1st Triple Crown winner in 25 years

LPGA Championship

Jun 10 LPGA Championship Women's Golf, Pleasant Valley CC: 1964 champion Mary Mills wins by 1 stroke ahead of runner-up Betty Burfeindt

  • Jun 10 NASA launches Radio Astronomy Explorer 49 into lunar orbit
  • Jun 11 Libya nationalizes Bunker Hunt concession; Nigeria acquires 35 percent participation in Shell-BP concession
  • Jun 12 New Zealand all-rounder Bevan Congdon scores 176 as Kiwis chase 479 in 1st Test v England at Nottingham; tourists just miss out, dismissed for 440
  • Jun 12 Yanks trade wife swapper Mike Kekich for Lowell Palmer
  • Jun 12 Coleraine bombings: six Protestant civilians were killed and 33 wounded by a Provisional Irish Republican Army car bomb in Coleraine, County Londonderry
  • Jun 13 Garvey, Lopes, Cey & Russell play together for 1st time, set record of staying together as an infield for 8½ years (LA Dodgers)
  • Jun 14 46th National Spelling Bee: Barrie Trinkle wins spelling vouchsafe

Historic Event

Jun 14 US President Richard Nixon administration imposes 60-day economy-wide price freeze, superseding Special Rule No. 1 for oil companies

Music Single

Jun 15 “Let’s Get It On” single released by Marvin Gaye (Billboard R&B Song of the Year, 1973; No. 4 overall)

  • Jun 17 Canadian Open Golf (La Canadienne), Montreal Municipal GC: Jocelyne Bourassa of Canada wins inaugural event in a playoff with Sandra Haynie & Judy Rankin
  • Jun 17 US Open Men's Golf, Oakmont CC: Johnny Miller fires a record final round 63 (-8) to win his first major championship, 1 stroke ahead of runner-up John Schlee

Music Recording

Jun 17 Dolly Parton records her song "I Will Always Love You" (later a huge hit for Whitney Houston) for RCA in Nashville

Meeting of Interest

Jun 18 Soviet General Secretary Leonid Brezhnev visits the US and President Nixon

  • Jun 18 NCAA makes urine testing mandatory for participants
  • Jun 19 "The Rocky Horror Show" stage production first opens in London written by Richard O'Brian and directed by Jim Sharman and starring Tim Curry

Sports History

Jun 19 Pete Rose (Cincinnati Reds) and Willie Davis (LA Dodgers) both record 2,000th MLB career hit; Rose, a single in 4-0 win vs SF Giants; Davis, a HR in 3-0 win vs Atlanta Braves

  • Jun 20 Chicago's Cy Acosta is 1st AL pitcher to bat since DH rule (strikeout)

Historic Event

Jun 20 Juan Perón returns from exile to Argentina after 18 years

  • Jun 20 SF Giants Bobby Bonds sets NL record with 22 lead off HRs
  • Jun 20 Ezeiza massacre in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Snipers fire upon left-wing Peronists. At least 13 are killed and more than 300 are injured
  • Jun 22 Dutch High Council stops fluorine addition to drink water
  • Jun 22 George Harrison releases his fourth studio album "Living in the Material World" in the UK
  • Jun 22 Skylab 2's astronauts land
  • Jun 22 23rd Berlin International Film Festival: "Distant Thunder" wins the Golden Bear
  • Jun 23 "Cyrano" closes at Palace Theater NYC after 49 performances
  • Jun 23 "Sugar" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 506 performances
  • Jun 23 Phillies Ken Brett 4th consecutive game HR in which he pitched
  • Jun 23 World Court condemns French nuclear tests in the Pacific
  • Jun 24 Marlene Raymond (15), limboes under a flaming bar at 6 1/8"
  • Jun 25 John Dean begins testifying before Senate Watergate Committee
  • Jun 25 Russian communist party leader Leonid Brezhnev visits France
  • Jun 25 Udo Beyer of East Germany puts the shot a record 20.47 m
  • Jun 26 London production of musical "Grease" premieres
  • Jun 26 On Plesetsk Cosmodrome, USSR, 9 people are killed in an explosion of a Cosmos 3-M rocket.

Film Release

Jun 27 "Live & Let Die", 8th James Bond Film, 1st to star Roger Moore, also starring Jane Seymour, 1st released in the US

  • Jun 27 John W Dean tells Watergate Committee about Nixon's "enemies list"
  • Jun 27 Uruguayan president Juan Maria Bordaberry dissolves parliament and heads a coup d'état - beginning of the civic-military dictatorship
  • Jun 28 Lawsuit in Detroit challenges Little League's "no girls" rule
  • Jun 28 New Zealand ship HMNZS Otago sails for Mururoa nuclear test zone after France’s refusal to accept an International Court of Justice injunction against its atmospheric nuclear testing
  • Jun 28 Northern Ireland Assembly elections take place
  • Jun 30 "Burns & Schreiber Comedy Hour" TV Variety; debut on ABC
  • Jun 30 Biggest US tanker "Brooklyn" christened (230,000 ton)
  • Jun 30 Observers aboard Concorde jet observe 72-min solar eclipse