Events in Film & Television in 1973

Sports History

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

  • Jan 6 "Schoolhouse Rock" premieres on ABC-TV with Multiplication Rock
  • Jan 7 WNPB TV channel 13 in Marquette, MI (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 14 Dancer Roy Castle is measured at 1,440 taps/min on BBC TV
  • Jan 16 NBC presents 440th & final showing of "Bonanza"

Television Finale

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

  • Jan 21 Leslie Nielson appears on M*A*S*H in "Ringbanger"
  • Jan 28 "Barnaby Jones" premieres on CBS TV
  • Jan 28 Ron Howard appears on M*A*S*H in "Sometimes You Hear the Bullet"
  • Feb 2 "Midnight Special" rock music show debuts on NBC-TV

Music Concert

Feb 6 Drummer Buddy Rich plays influential performance at the Top of the Plaza, Richmond New York, later televised by PBS

Music History

Feb 9 American singer-songwriter and actor Paul Williams sings the torch song "Here's That Rainy Day" in full Planet of the Apes make-up and costume on Johnny Carson's "The Tonight Show"

  • Feb 22 "Turkish Delight" Holland's most successful film, directed by Paul Verhoeven and starring Rutger Hauer is released
  • Mar 12 Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In last airs on NBC-TV
  • Mar 20 NBC TV premiere of pilot episode of "Police Story", based on Los Angeles Police Dept. Joseph Wambaugh's writings
  • Mar 24 Harley Race beats Dory Funk Jr in Kansas City, to become NWA professional wrestling champ
  • Mar 26 TV soap opera "The Young & the Restless" premieres on CBS
  • 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.
  • Apr 2 CBS radio begins on the hour news, 24 hours a day

Film Premiere

Apr 9 "Paper Moon" film starring Ryan O'Neal and his daughter, Tatum O'Neal, directed by Peter Bogdanovich premieres in Hollywood, California; Tatum O'Neal becomes youngest (age 10) Academy Award winner (Supporting Actress)

Music Recording

Apr 19 Barbra Streisand records "Between Yesterday & Tomorrow"

Film & TV History

May 10 Bruce Lee collapses in Golden Harvest studios in Hong Kong and is rushed to Hong Kong Baptist Hospital where doctors diagnose him with cerebral edema

Film Release

May 11 Ground-breaking Indian crime film "Zanjeer" directed by Prakash Mehra and starring "The Angry Young Man" Amitabh Bachchan released

  • May 14 French film "Day for Night" written and directed by François Truffaut, starring Jacqueline Bisset and Jean-Pierre Léaud premieres at Cannes (Academy Award Best Foreign Language Film)
  • May 16 ABC Masters Bowling Tournament won by Dave Soutar

Emmy Awards

May 20 25th Emmy Awards: Waltons, All in the Family & Mary Tyler Moore win

  • May 25 26th Cannes Film Festival: "The Hireling" directed by Alan Bridges and "Scarecrow" directed by Jerry Schatzberg jointly awarded the Grand Prix du Festival International du Film
  • 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
  • Jun 22 23rd Berlin International Film Festival: "Distant Thunder" wins the Golden Bear

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 30 "Burns & Schreiber Comedy Hour" TV Variety; debut on ABC

Film & TV History

Jul 4 Alan Ayckbourn's "Absurd Person Singular," premieres in London

Film Premiere

Aug 2 "American Graffiti", directed by George Lucas and starring Richard Dreyfuss and Ron Howard premieres at the Locarno International Film Festival, Switzerland

  • Aug 11 "American Graffiti", directed by George Lucas, opens in cinemas across the United States
  • Aug 16 5th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at Sheraton Hotel, Harbor Island
  • Sep 3 American golfer Billy Casper finishes at 20-under-par 264 to beat Australian Bruce Devlin by 1 stroke to win the Sammy Davis, Jr. Greater Hartford Open; his 50th PGA Tour title

Telethon

Sep 3 Jerry Lewis' 8th Muscular Dystrophy telethon

  • Sep 8 "Star Trek - Animated Series" premieres on TV
  • Sep 8 Rebecca Ann King (23), Miss Colorado, crowned 46th Miss America
  • Sep 13 ABC announces it obtained TV rights for 1976 Olympics
  • Sep 13 US Congress passes & sends a bill to President Nixon to lift NFL football's television blackout of sold out games
  • Sep 27 “The Way We Were” single released by Barbra Streisand (Billboard Song of the Year, 1974)

Film Premiere

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

TV Show Appearance

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

Music Single

Oct 19 Ringo Starr releases music single "Photograph" in the UK

  • Oct 20 Mariette Hartley appears on "The Bob Newhart Show" in the episode "Have You Met Miss Dietz?"
  • Nov 2 "Barbra Streisand ...and Other Musical Instruments" special premieres on CBS TV
  • Nov 6 James Bond film "Man With the Golden Gun" starring Roger Moore begins filming
  • Nov 9 Ringo Starr releases album "Ringo"
  • Nov 17 Teri Garr plays new nurse, Lt Suzanne Marquetten, on "The Sniper" episode of TV series M*A*S*H

Theater Premiere

Nov 27 Neil Simon's play "Good Doctor" premieres in NYC

Pro Wrestling

Dec 10 Bruno Sammartino beats Stan Stasiak, to become WWWF champ for 2nd time

  • Dec 15 Pirates of Caribbean ride opens at Disneyland

Film Premiere

Dec 25 "The Sting" directed by George Roy Hill, starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford and music inspired by Scott Joplin premieres in Los Angeles and New York (Best Picture 1974)

Film Premiere

Dec 26 Horror film "The Exorcist" based on book and screenplay by William Peter Blatty, starring Linda Blair, rated X, premieres - 1st horror film to be nominated for Best Picture