On This Day

September 1973 in History

Events in History

  • Sep 1 74-year-old Hafnia Hotel burns, killing 35 (Copenhagen, Denmark)
  • Sep 1 Libya nationalizes 51 percent of nine other oil companies' concessions
  • Sep 3 General Walters ends term as acting director of CIA
  • Sep 4 William E. Colby, becomes 10th director of the CIA
  • Sep 5 Conference of less developed countries approves forming "producers' associations" and calls for withdrawal of Israeli forces from occupied Arab lands
  • Sep 6 New York Times reports almost all Superfectas run at Yonkers, Roosevelt & Monticello from Jan-Mar of 1973 were fixed

Coup d'état

Sep 11 Chilean President Salvador Allende, the 1st elected Marxist president of a South America country, is deposed in a military coup led by general Augusto Pinochet

  • Sep 12 2 bettors win largest US Daily Double ($19,909.60 in Detroit)
  • Sep 12 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • Sep 13 Congress passes & sends a bill to Nixon to lift football's blackout
  • Sep 13 Syrian/Israeli dogfight over Mediterranean Sea
  • Sep 14 Indianapolis is awarded a WHA franchise
  • Sep 14 Israel shoots down 13 Syrian MIG-21s

Historic Event

Sep 14 US President Richard Nixon signed into law a measure lifting pro football's blackout

  • Sep 15 Dutch Guilder devalued by 5%
  • Sep 15 Ohio State's Archie Griffith begins record 31 cons 100 yd rushing
  • Sep 15 Secretariat wins Marlboro Cup in world record 1:45 2/5 for 1¼ miles
  • Sep 15 OPEC supports price hikes and designates six Gulf countries to negotiate collectively with companies over prices; other members to negotiate individually
  • Sep 18 German FR & German DR admitted to UN
  • Sep 19 Carl XVI Gustaf, becomes King of Sweden
  • Sep 19 Pirate Radio Free America (off Cape May NJ) forms
  • Sep 19 USSR performs underground nuclear test

Historic Event

Sep 21 Jackson Pollocks painting "Blue Poles" sold for $2,000,000

Historic Event

Sep 22 Henry Kissinger sworn in as America's 1st Jewish Secretary of State, succeeds William Rogers

Election of Interest

Sep 23 Argentine General Elections - former Argentine President Juan Perón returns to power

  • Sep 23 Largest known prime number, 2 ^ 132,049-1, is found with computer aid by David Slowinski; holds as largest until 1985
  • Sep 24 Guinea-Bissau declares independence from Portugal
  • Sep 25 3-man crew of Skylab 3 make safe splashdown in Pacific after 59 days
  • Sep 26 Turkey's state of siege ends (after 2½ years)
  • Sep 26 Concorde makes its first non-stop crossing of the Atlantic (Washington, D.C. to Paris) in record-breaking time (3h33m).
  • Sep 27 Soyuz 12 carries 2 cosmonauts into Earth orbit (2 days)
  • Sep 27 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • Sep 28 Palestinian Terrorists hijack Austrian train
  • Sep 28 ITT Building in New York City bombed to protest ITT's involvement in the September 11 1973 coup d'état in Chile.
  • Sep 29 Soyuz 12 returns to Earth
  • Sep 30 USSR performs underground nuclear test

Birthdays in History

  • Sep 12 Tarana Burke, American activist, founder of #MeToo, born in New York City
  • Sep 16 Justin Haythe, American novelist (The Honeymoon), born in London
  • Sep 18 Mark Shuttleworth, South African entrepreneur (founder and CEO of Canonical Ltd.), born in Welkom, Orange Free State, South Africa
  • Sep 21 Vanessa Grigoriadis, American journalist

Weddings in History

Deaths in History

  • Sep 7 Hans Lorbeer, German writer and politician, dies at 72

Salvador Allende

Sep 11 Salvador Allende, President of Chile (1970-73) and the 1st Marxist to become president of a Latin American country through an open election, commits suspected suicide by shooting himself during a military coup at 65

  • Sep 11 Neem Karoli Baba, Indian guru
  • Sep 12 Marjorie Post, US philanthropic/multi-millionaire ($200m), dies at 86
  • Sep 15 Gustav VI Adolf, King of Sweden (1950-73), dies at 90
  • Sep 16 Leonard Carmichael, American Psychologist and secretary of the Smithsonian Institution (1953-64), dies at 74

Pablo Neruda

Sep 23 Pablo Neruda, Chilean poet (Residence on Earth - Nobel Prize, 1971), dies at 69

  • Sep 26 Anton Schnack, German writer and poet, dies at 81
  • Sep 28 Wystan H Auden, British/American writer (Spain/Platonic Blow), dies at 66
  • Sep 29 W. H. Auden, Anglo-American poet (The Age of Anxiety), dies at 66
  • Sep 30 Peter Pitseolak, Inuit photographer and author (b. 1902)