Historical Events in October 1973

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Oct 1 Future Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder/manager Leo Durocher ends his 45 year career in the sport when he resigns as Houston Astros manager

Baseball Player and Manager Leo Durocher
Baseball Player and Manager
Leo Durocher
  • Oct 1 USSR-West Germany gas tunnel opens
  • Oct 3 Willi Stoph succeeds Walter Ulbricht as East German party leader
  • Oct 4 Hans of Manens ballet "Adagio Hammerklavier" premieres in Amsterdam
  • Oct 5 Signature of the European Patent Convention.

Music releaseAlbum Release

Oct 5 "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" 7th studio album by Elton John is released

Singer Elton John
Singer
Elton John
  • Oct 6 Yom Kippur War begins as Syria & Egypt attack Israel
  • Oct 7 Iraq nationalizes Exxon and Mobil shares in Basrah Petroleum Company representing 23.75 percent equity in the company.
  • Oct 7 Scotsman Jackie Stewart wins his 3rd World Formula 1 Drivers title despite withdrawing from the season ending US Grand Prix at Watkins Glen; wins title by 16 points from Emerson Fittipaldi

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Oct 8 NLCS game 3 brawl between Cins' Pete Rose & NY Met Bud Harrelson

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose
  • Oct 8 Spyris Markezinis forms government in Greece
  • Oct 8 OPEC meets with oil companies to discuss revision of 1971 Tehran agreement and oil prices; negotiations fail.
  • Oct 9 1st general striking in Luxembourg since 1942
  • Oct 9 Israel announces loss of Bar-Lev defense line in Suez Canal
  • Oct 9 Warriors-Cavalier game in Cleveland postponed because of wet floors

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Oct 10 US Vice President Spiro Agnew resigns after pleading no contest to allegations of tax fraud

Vice President of the United States Spiro Agnew
Vice President of the United States
Spiro Agnew

  • Oct 10 MLB National League Championship: New York Mets beat Cincinnati Reds, 3 games to 2
  • Oct 11 Oakland beats Baltimore 3 games to 2 to win AL pennant
  • Oct 11 Héctor José Cámpora is elected President of Argentina
  • Oct 11 MLB American League Championship: Oakland Athletics beat Baltimore Orioles, 3 games to 2
  • Oct 12 Israeli counter offensive in southern Syria
  • Oct 12 US President Richard Nixon nominates Gerald Ford to replace Spiro Agnew as Vice President
  • Oct 13 Jordan enters Yom Kippur war

Appears on tv showTV Show Appearance

Oct 13 Teri Garr appears on "The Bob Newhart Show" in "Emily in for Carol"

Comedian and Actor Bob Newhart
Comedian and Actor
Bob Newhart

Film release premierFilm Premier

Oct 13 "Badlands" directed by Terrence Malick and starring Martin Sheen and Sissy Spacek premieres at the New York Film Festival

  • Oct 14 Egyptian tanks move further into Israel

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Oct 14 Willie Mays last hit, as Mets beat A's in World Series game 2 A's Mike Andrews makes 2 errors, prompting owner Finley to remove him

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays
  • Oct 15 7th Country Music Association Award: Roy Clark wins
  • Oct 15 Tanks attack Thailand demonstrating students, 300 killed
  • Oct 16 Israeli tanks under Gen Sharon move through Suez Canal
  • Oct 16 Kissinger & Le Duc Tho jointly awarded Nobel peace prize
  • Oct 16 Maynard Jackson elected 1st black mayor of Atlanta
  • Oct 16 Monks Heng Yo & Heng Ju, start 1000 mile SF to Seattle pilgrimage
  • Oct 16 The Gulf Six (Iran, Iraq, Abu Dhabi, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Qatar) unilaterally raise the posted price of Saudi Light marker crude-oil by 17 percent
  • Oct 17 OPEC oil ministers use oil as an economic weapon in the Arab-Israeli War, mandating a cut in exports and recommending an embargo against unfriendly states
  • Oct 18 "Raisin" opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 847 performances
  • Oct 18 Congress authorizes bi-centennial quarter, half-dollar & dollar coin
  • Oct 18 Judd Woldon & Robert Brittens musical "Raisin," premieres in NYC
  • Oct 18 Nobel prize for Economic Sciences awarded to American Wassily Leontief

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Oct 19 Ringo Starr releases "Photograph"

Beatles Drummer Ringo Starr
Beatles Drummer
Ringo Starr
  • Oct 19 Saudi Arabia, Libya, and other Arab states proclaim an embargo on oil exports to the United States

  • Oct 20 Mariette Hartley appears on Bob Newhart in "Have You Met Miss Dietz"
  • Oct 20 OPEC oil embargo begins

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Oct 20 President Nixon proclaims Jim Thorpe greatest athlete of 1st ½ century

Versatile Athlete Jim Thorpe
Versatile Athlete
Jim Thorpe

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Oct 20 Queen Elizabeth II opens Sydney Opera House

Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II
  • Oct 20 US President Nixon fires Watergate accuser Archibald Cox
  • Oct 20 President Nixon discharges Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox and accepts the resignations of Attorney General Elliot L. Richardson and Deputy Attorney General William D. Ruckelshaus
  • Oct 20 The Family Station Inc buys shortwave Radio Station WNYW, changes calls to WYFR & moves station from NYC to Scituate Mass
  • Oct 21 A's manager Dick Williams quits after A's beat Mets in World Series
  • Oct 21 Fred Dryer of the then Los Angeles Rams becomes the first player in NFL history to score two safeties in the same game.
  • Oct 21 23rd NASCAR Sprint Cup: Benny Parsons wins
  • Oct 22 Israeli troops reconquer mountain Hermon
  • Oct 22 Security Council Resolution 338-cease fire to Yom Kippur War

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Oct 23 Richard Nixon agrees to turn over White House tape recordings to Judge John Sirica

US Federal Judge John Sirica
US Federal Judge
John Sirica
37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon
  • Oct 23 UN's revised International Telecommunication Convention adopted
  • Oct 23 Yankee GM & pres Lee MacPhail named AL president
  • Oct 23 Arab oil embargo extended to the Netherlands
  • Oct 23 19 year old American tennis star Chris Evert retains her WTA Tour Championship at Boca Raton, Florida; beats Nancy Richey Gunter 6-3, 6-3 in the final
  • Oct 24 Heavy fog causes 65 car collision killing 9 on New Jersey Turnpike
  • Oct 24 John Lennon sues US government to admit FBI is tapping his phone
  • Oct 24 Yom Kippur War ends, Israel 65 miles from Cairo, 26 from Damascus
  • Oct 25 Chris Wills wins 1st National hang-gliding championship
  • Oct 25 Cubs trade Ferguson Jenkins to Rangers for Bill Madlock & Vic Harris
  • Oct 25 SF Giants trade Willie McCovey to San Diego Padres for pitcher Mike Caldwell
  • Oct 26 Israeli forces reach Suez, trapping Egyptian army
  • Oct 26 President Nixon releases first White House tapes on Watergate scandal
  • Oct 26 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Oct 26 Wings release "Helen Wheels"
  • Oct 27 1st time Islanders beat Rangers-3-2
  • Oct 27 Alabama sets offensive record (828 yds), beats Virginia Tech 77-6
  • Oct 28 Elmore Smith of Lakers blocks 17 shots in a game (NBA record)
  • Oct 30 Tom Seaver becomes 1st non-20-game winner to win Cy Young award

TurkeyOpening of the Bosphorus Bridge

Oct 30 The Bosphorus Bridge in Istanbul, Turkey is completed, connecting the continents of Europe and Asia over the Bosporus for the first time
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  • Oct 31 Tom Seaver wins NL Cy Young Award
  • Oct 31 Three Provisional Irish Republican Army volunteers escape from Mountjoy Prison in Dublin using a hijacked helicopter