February 1973 in History

Events in History

  • Feb 2 Richard Helms, ends term as 8th director of CIA; succeeded by James R Schlesinger (until July)
  • Feb 4 Manfred Kokot runs world record 50m indoor (5.61 sec)
  • Feb 4 Reshef, Israel's missile boat, unveiled
  • Feb 4 British Army snipers shoot dead a Provisional Irish Republican Army volunteer and three civilians at the junction in Belfast during the 'Troubles' in N Ireland
  • Feb 4 An International inspection team is sent to Vietnam to observe progress on the Paris truce agreement
  • Feb 5 Comic strip "Hagar The Horrible" by Dik Browne debuts
  • Feb 5 Funeral for LC William Nolde, last US soldier killed in Vietnam War
  • Feb 5 Juan Corona sentenced to 25 consecutive life terms for 25 murders
  • Feb 6 40,000 civil servants demonstrate against higher pension contribution
  • Feb 6 6th ABA All-Star Game: West 123 beats East 111 at Utah
  • Feb 6 Bernice Fekete skips her curling rink to 2nd straight 8-ender, Edm
  • Feb 7 US Senate creates Select Committee on Presidential Campaign Activities
  • Feb 7 North Ireland's United Loyalist Council hold a one-day strike, loyalist paramilitaries forcibly try to stop people going to work
  • Feb 8 Jean Kerrs "Finishing Touches" premieres in NYC
  • Feb 8 Mushtaq & Asif Iqbal make 350 stand for 4th wicket v NZ
  • Feb 8 Senate names 7 members to investigate Watergate scandal

  • Feb 9 Biju Patnaik of the Pragati Legislature Party elected leader of opposition in the state assembly in Orissa, India
  • Feb 10 83m wide gas tank on Staten Island explodes, 40 die
  • Feb 10 Mushtaq Mohammad follows up 201 to take 5-49 v NZ Dunedin
  • Feb 11 1st one-day international for Pakistan & NZ
  • Feb 11 1st sub 17-min 1,500m female free style swim (Shane Gould 16m56.9s)
  • Feb 12 1st US POWs in N Vietnam released; 116 of 456 flown to Philippines
  • Feb 13 US dollar devalues 10%
  • Feb 15 USSR launches Prognoz 3 to study sun (589/200,300 km)
  • Feb 16 West Indies v Australia at Kingston, 1st time since 1955 without Gary Sobers

Conference meetingMeeting of Interest

Feb 17 US National Security Adviser Henry Kissinger meets Chinese leader Mao Zedong, where the latter jokingly offers to send 10 million Chinese women to the United States

Chinese Revolutionary and Chairman of the Communist Party Mao Zedong
Chinese Revolutionary and Chairman of the Communist Party
Mao Zedong
Politician, statesman Henry Kissinger
Politician, statesman
Henry Kissinger
  • Feb 18 54-kg octopus measuring 7m across captured in Hood Canal, Washington
  • Feb 18 Belgian Emiel Puttemans runs 3,000m indoor record 7:39.2
  • Feb 21 Israeli fighters shoot Libyan aircraft down, killing 108
  • Feb 22 US & China agree to establish liaison offices in Beijing & Washington, D.C.
  • Feb 23 Gold goes up $10 overnight to record $95 an ounce in London
  • Feb 25 Juan Corona sentenced to 25 life sentences for 25 murders
  • Feb 26 Triple Crown horse Secretariat bought for a record $5.7m
  • Feb 27 American Indian Movement occupy Wounded Knee in South Dakota
  • Feb 27 Pope Paul VI publishes constitution motu proprio Quo aptius
  • Feb 28 Suriname government of Sedney arrests 13 union leaders
  • Feb 28 Iraq and Iraq Petroleum Company (IPC) reach an agreement on compensation for nationalization

Birthdays in History

  • Feb 23 Jack Case, American artist
  • Feb 24 Chris Fehn, American percussionist (Slipknot)

Deaths in History

  • Feb 2 Henry J Elias, Flemish historian/mayor of Gent, dies at 70
  • Feb 2 Hendrik Elias, Flemish historian and Mayor of Ghent (1941-44), dies at 70
  • Feb 5 George Morrison, dies at 82
  • Feb 5 L C William Nolde, last US soldier killed in Vietnam, funeral
  • Feb 6 Ira S Bowen, US physicist/astronomer (Mt Wilson/Palomar), dies at 74
  • Feb 9 Max Yasgur, owner Woodstock-festival farmland, dies at 53
  • Feb 11 J. Hans D. Jensen, German physicist (Nobel prize 1963), dies at 65

Person of interestFrank Costello

Feb 18 Frank Costello, Italian-American gangster (The Prime Minister of the Underworld), dies of a heart attack at 82

Gangster Frank Costello
Gangster
Frank Costello
  • Feb 20 Brigitte Reimann, German writer (Franziska Linkerhand), dies of cancer at 39
  • Feb 22 Elizabeth Bowen, Anglo-Irish novelist (The Death of the Heart, Cat Jumps), dies at 73
  • Feb 22 Winthrop Rockefeller, US governor (Arkansas), dies at 60
  • Feb 22 Jean-Jacques Bertrand, Quebec politician, Premier of Quebec (b. 1916)
  • Feb 23 Dickinson W. Richards, American physician, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1895)