August 1973 in History

Events in History

  • Aug 1 H J Witteveen appointed as director of IMF
  • Aug 3 Flash fire kills 51 at amusement park (Isle of Man, UK)
  • Aug 3 National People's party wins Dutch Antilles National elections
  • Aug 5 Arab terrorists open fire at Athens airport, kill 3 injure 55
  • Aug 5 USSR launches Mars 6

Contract of Interest

Aug 8 US Vice President Spiro Agnew says reports he took kickbacks are "damned lies" from government contracts in Maryland. Vowed not to resign.

  • Aug 9 USSR launches Mars 7
  • Aug 10 1st BART train travels thru transbay tube to Montgomery St Station
  • Aug 12 WPBA National Championship won by Betty Morris
  • Aug 14 US ends secret bombing of Cambodia
  • Aug 15 Black September kills 3 and wounds 55 in Athens
  • Aug 15 David Storey's play "Cromwell" premieres in London
  • Aug 15 USSR performs nuclear test
  • Aug 19 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • Aug 22 Chilean parliament accuses pres Allende violating laws
  • Aug 23 Intelsat communications satellite launched
  • Aug 24 John Adams & his bass drum become a right-field fixture in Cleveland Stadium
  • Aug 25 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • Aug 25 Zambia adopts constitution
  • Aug 26 University of Texas (Arlington) is first accredited school to offer belly dancing
  • Aug 28 6.8 quake centered in Oaxaca State in Mexico kills 527
  • Aug 28 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • Aug 28 India & Pakistan sign POW accord
  • Aug 28 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • Aug 31 PBA National Championship Won by Earl Anthony

Birthdays in History

  • Aug 3 Chris Murphy, American politician (Senator-D-Connecticut 2013-, Rep-D-Connecticut 2007-13), born in White Plains, New York
  • Aug 3 Jay Cutler, American bodybuilder (4x Mr. Olympia winner - 2006, 2007, 2009, and 2010), born in Sterling, Massachusetts
  • Aug 5 Sean Sherk, American mixed martial artist
  • Aug 12 Richard Reid, British terrorist, referred to as the "shoe bomber" - attempted to detonate explosives hidden in his shoe while flying from Paris to Miami in 2001
  • Aug 12 Sayyed Muqtada al-Sadr, Iranian Shia cleric, son of Ayatollah Mohammad al-Sadr, born in Najaf, Iran
  • Aug 13 Kamila Shamsie, Pakistani British writer (Home Fire), born in Karachi, Pakistan
  • Aug 13 Molly Henneberg, American journalist (Fox News Channel)
  • Aug 19 Mette-Marit, Crown Princess of Norway, married to Crown prince Haakon, born in Kristiansand, Norway

Sergey BrinSergey Brin (49 years old)

Aug 21 Russian-born American computer scientist and businessman (co-founded Google with Larry Page), born in Moscow, Soviet Union

  • Aug 28 Theaster Gates, American installation artist, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Aug 29 Adam Sessler, American TV show host, born in Berkeley, California,
  • Aug 30 Amy Sherald, American painter (portrait of Michelle Obama), born in Columbus, Georgia
  • Aug 31 Mary Peltola, American politician (1st Alaskan Native elected to Congress), born in Anchorage, Alaska

Deaths in History

Walter UlbrichtWalter Ulbricht (1893-1973)

Aug 1 German politician (Head Of State, German Democratic Republic), dies at 80

  • Aug 2 Jean-Pierre Melville, director (Bob Le Flambeur), dies at 57
  • Aug 3 Richard Marshall, U.S. Army general (b. 1895)

Fulgencio BatistaFulgencio Batista (1901-1973)

Aug 6 Dictator and President of Cuba (1933-44, 1952-59), dies of a heart attack at 72

  • Aug 8 Vilhelm Moberg, Swedish author (The Emigrants) and historian, dies at 74
  • Aug 9 Dean Corll, American serial killer (Houston mass murders), fatally shot by an accomplice at 33

Karl ZieglerKarl Ziegler (1898-1973)

Aug 12 German chemist and Nobel Laureate (polymers), dies at 74

  • Aug 12 Walter Rudolf Hess, Swiss physiologist (Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, 1949), dies of heart failure at 92
  • Aug 13 Ben van Eysselsteijn, Dutch writer and playwright (Arid Earth), dies at 75
  • Aug 16 Selman Waksman, Ukrainian-American microbiologist (Nobel 1951-ingenious, systematic and successful studies of the soil microbes that led to the discovery of streptomycin), dies at 85
  • Aug 17 Conrad Aiken, American poet (Pulitzer), dies at 74