Events in Film & Television in 1973

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 3 George Steinbrenner III buys Yankees from CBS for $12 million

New York Yankees Owner George Steinbrenner
New York Yankees Owner
George Steinbrenner
  • 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"

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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 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"

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

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
  • Feb 2 "Midnight Special" rock music show debuts 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 26 TV Soap "The Young & the Restless" premieres on CBS
  • Mar 27 45th Academy Awards: "The Godfather", Marlon Brando & Liza Minnelli win Marlon Brando turns down Oscar for best actor in support of Indians
  • Apr 2 CBS radio begins on hour news 24 hours a day

Music releaseMusic Recording

Apr 19 Barbra Streisand records "Between Yesterday & Tomorrow"

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Karate Star/Actor Bruce Lee
Karate Star/Actor
Bruce Lee
  • May 14 Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In last airs on NBC-TV
  • May 16 ABC Masters Bowling Tournament won by Dave Soutar

Film tv awardsTelevision 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

Film release premierFilm 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 release premierFilm Premier

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

Film Director George Lucas
Film Director
George Lucas
Actor Richard Dreyfuss
Actor
Richard Dreyfuss
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 3 Jerry Lewis' 8th Muscular Dystrophy telethon

Comedian Jerry Lewis
Comedian
Jerry Lewis
  • Sep 8 Rebecca Ann King (Colo), 23, crowned 46th Miss America 1974
  • Sep 8 "Star Trek - Animated Series" premieres on TV
  • Sep 13 ABC announces it obtained TV rights for 1976 Olympics
  • Sep 27 “The Way We Were” single released by Barbra Streisand (Billboard Song of the Year 1974)

Appears on tv showTV Show Appearance

Oct 13 Teri Garr appears on 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 20 Mariette Hartley appears on Bob Newhart in "Have You Met Miss Dietz"
  • Nov 2 "Barbra Streisand ...and Other Musical Instruments" airs on CBS TV
  • Dec 1 Stan Stasiak beats Pedro Morales in Philadelphia, to become WWF champ
  • Dec 9 Bruno Sammartino beats Stan Stasiak in NY, to become WWF champ

Film release premierFilm Premier

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

Actor Robert Redford
Actor
Robert Redford
Actor & Entrepreneur Paul Newman
Actor & Entrepreneur
Paul Newman

Film release premierFilm Premier

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

Writer & Filmmaker William Peter Blatty
Writer & Filmmaker
William Peter Blatty