Events in History in 1973

Events 1 - 200 of 386

  • Jan 1 Britain, Ireland and Denmark become 7th, 8th and 9th members of the European Common Market
  • Jan 1 West African Economic Community formed (Benin, Ivory Coast, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal, Upper Volta)
  • Jan 5 Mali & Niger break diplomatic relations with Israel
  • Jan 5 Netherlands recognizes German DR
  • Jan 7 American poet James Merrill wins Bollingen Prize
  • Jan 7 Johnny Watkins bowls six overs 0-21 v Pakistan Never again
  • Jan 7 Mark Essex's mass shooting comes to an end after he is shot by police more than 200 times on the roof of New Orlean's Holiday Inn hotel. He killed nine people, including five policeman.
  • Jan 8 Judge Sirica begins the trial of the Watergate burglars in Washington, D.C.
  • Jan 8 Secret peace talks between US & North Vietnam resumed near Paris
  • Jan 8 USSR launches Luna 21 for Moon landing
  • Jan 9 Luna 21 launched, to Moon
  • Jan 10 For the first time graduates studying from home with 'the Open University' receive their degrees
  • Jan 10 Gas tank on Staten Island explodes, 40 die
  • Jan 11 Famous victory at the SCG Pakistan chasing 158 all out 106
  • Jan 13 Lasse Daniel Efskind skates world record 1000m (1:17.6)
  • Jan 14 2 Royal Ulster Constabulary officers are killed in Derry by a booby-trap bomb attached to their car by the Irish Republican Army
  • Jan 15 4 Watergate burglars plead guilty in federal court
  • Jan 15 Gene Shalit joins Today Show panel

Historic Event

Jan 15 Pope Paul VI holds an audience with Golda Meir at the Vatican

Battle of Interest

Jan 15 US President Richard Nixon suspends all US offensive action in North Vietnam

  • Jan 16 USSR's Lunakhod 2 begins radio-controlled exploration of Moon
  • Jan 17 City of Amsterdam decides to support Hanoi
  • Jan 17 New Philippine constitution names Marcos president for life
  • Jan 20 A car bomb explodes in Sackville Place, Dublin, Republic of Ireland, killing 1 person and injuring 17 (no group claimed responsibility)
  • Jan 20 Richard Nixon's second inauguration as President of the United States takes place in Washington, D.C.
  • Jan 22 Roe vs Wade: US Supreme Court legalizes most abortions
  • Jan 22 US, North & South Vietnam & Vietcong sign boundary accord
  • Jan 23 Helgafell, island of Heimaey Iceland erupts for 1st time in 7,000 yrs
  • Jan 23 Jordan Air crash at Kano, Nigeria kills 176 Muslim pilgrims

Agreement of Interest

Jan 23 Shah of Iran Mohammad Reza Pahlavi announces that the 1954 operating agreement between a consortium of oil companies and Iran will not be renewed when it expires in 1979

  • Jan 23 US President Richard Nixon announces an accord has been reached to end Vietnam War
  • Jan 26 Belgium government of Leburton forms
  • Jan 27 US & North Vietnam's William Rogers & Nguyen Duy Trinh sign cease-fire, ending longest US war and military draft
  • Jan 27 US female Figure Skating championship won by Janet Lynn
  • Jan 27 US male Figure Skating championship won by Gordon McKellen Jr
  • Jan 28 In the run up to the first anniversary of 'Bloody Sunday' there is serious rioting in Derry, North Ireland
  • Jan 29 International agreement to pay for and conserve 9th century Borobudur Temple in Indonesia, world's largest Buddhist temple (completed 1982). Beginnings of the World Heritage Convention. [1]
  • Jan 30 Jury finds Watergate defendants Liddy & McCord guilty on all counts of conspiracy, burglary, and illegal wiretapping
  • Feb 2 Richard Helms, ends term as 8th director of CIA; succeeded by James R Schlesinger (until July)
  • Feb 4 An International inspection team is sent to Vietnam to observe progress on the Paris truce agreement
  • 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 Comic strip "Hagar The Horrible" by Dik Browne debuts
  • Feb 4 Manfred Kokot runs world record 50m indoor (5.61 sec)
  • Feb 4 Reshef, Israel's missile boat, unveiled
  • 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 7 North Ireland's United Loyalist Council hold a one-day strike, loyalist paramilitaries forcibly try to stop people going to work
  • Feb 7 US Senate creates Select Committee on Presidential Campaign Activities
  • 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 Pragati Legislature Party elects Patnaik as leader of opposition in the state assembly in Orissa, India
  • Feb 10 83m wide gas tank on Staten Island explodes, 40 die
  • Feb 11 1st one-day international for Pakistan & NZ
  • Feb 12 1st US POWs in North 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

Meeting 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

  • 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 Mexican serial killer Juan Corona sentenced to 25 life sentences for 25 murders in California

Historic Event

Feb 26 Triple Crown horse Secretariat bought for a record $5.7m

  • Feb 27 American Indian Movement occupy Wounded Knee in South Dakota

Historic Publication

Feb 27 Pope Paul VI publishes constitution motu proprio Quo aptius

  • Feb 28 Iraq and Iraq Petroleum Company (IPC) reach an agreement on compensation for nationalization
  • Feb 28 Suriname government of Sedney arrests 13 union leaders
  • Mar 2 "Black September" terrorists occupy Saudi Embassy in Khartoum
  • Mar 6 In an exhibition game with the Pirates, Twins Larry Hisle becomes the 1st designated hitter (he hits 2 HRs & knocks in 7 RBIs)
  • Mar 7 Comet (Lubos) Kohoutek discovered at Hamburg Observatory

Election of Interest

Mar 7 Sheikh Mujibur Rahman's Awami League wins election in Bangladesh

Historic Event

Mar 8 Eisenhower Tunnel, world's highest and US longest, opens 60km west of Denver, Colorado

  • Mar 8 The Provisional Irish Republican Army undertakes its first operation in Great Britain, planting four car bombs in London; 10 members of PIRA are arrested at Heathrow Airport while trying to leave the country
  • Mar 8 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Mar 10 Morocco adopts constitution
  • Mar 13 Minskoff Theater opens at 200 W 45th St NYC
  • Mar 13 Syria adopts constitution

Historic Event

Mar 14 Future US senator John McCain is released after spending over five years in a North Vietnamese prisoner of war camp

  • Mar 14 Liam Cosgrave appointed president of Ireland
  • Mar 16 OPEC discusses raising prices to offset decline of U.S. dollar value
  • Mar 16 Shah of Iran Mohammad Reza Pahlavi and Consortium members agree to nationalize all assets immediately in return for an assured 20-year supply of Iranian oil

Historic Event

Mar 17 Queen Elizabeth II opens new London Bridge

  • Mar 17 St. Patrick's Day marchers carry 14 coffins commemorating Bloody Sunday
  • Mar 19 Dean tells Nixon, "There is a cancer growing on the Presidency"
  • Mar 23 After a 5½ year run soap "Love is a Many Splendored Thing" ends
  • Mar 23 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Mar 24 Professional track debut of Kip Keino defeating Jim Ryun in the mile
  • Mar 25 27th Tony Awards: "That Championship Season" and "Little Night Music" win
  • Mar 26 Susan Shaw is first woman in 171 years in London's Stock exchange
  • Mar 29 US troops leave Vietnam, 9 yrs after Tonkin Resolution
  • Mar 30 Ellsworth Bunker resigns as US ambassador to South Vietnam
  • Apr 1 Japan allows its citizens to own gold
  • Apr 1 OPEC increases price of petroleum by 5.7 percent
  • Apr 2 ITT admits to asking CIA to influence Chilean presidential election
  • Apr 2 Launch of the LexisNexis computerized legal research service.
  • Apr 3 1st mobile phone call is made in downtown Manhattan, NYC by Motorola employee Martin Cooper to the Bell Labs headquarters in New Jersey
  • Apr 4 World Trade Center, then the world's tallest building, opens in New York (110 stories). Later destroyed in 9/11 terrorist attacks.
  • Apr 5 Pioneer 11 launched to Jupiter
  • Apr 6 America launches the Pioneer 11 (Pioneer G) probe to study Jupiter & Saturn
  • Apr 6 Dock strike in Gent/Antwerp, Belgium
  • Apr 6 Indian troops invade Sikkim
  • Apr 7 Cleveland sets day-game & opening-game attendance records of 74,420
  • Apr 8 Thirty-two terrorist bombings in Cyprus
  • Apr 9 Netherlands recognizes North Vietnam
  • Apr 9 Otto Kerner, former governor of Illinois, convicted for his role in an illegal racetrack scheme
  • Apr 10 BEA flight to Basel Switzerland, crashes on landing, killing 104 of 143
  • Apr 10 Pakistan suspends constitution
  • Apr 12 France recognizes North Vietnam
  • Apr 12 Sudan adopts constitution
  • Apr 12 Swaziland suspends constitution
  • Apr 14 Acting FBI director L. Patrick Gray resigns after admitting he destroyed evidence in the Watergate scandal
  • Apr 17 German counter-terrorist unit GSG 9 founded
  • Apr 18 US Government ends Mandatory Oil Import Program, established in 1959 by President Eisenhower
  • Apr 19 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Apr 20 Canadian ANIK A2 becomes 1st commercial satellite in orbit
  • Apr 20 Mass murderer Ed Kemper attempts to dispose of his mother's vocal chords in a domestic waste disposal unit
  • Apr 25 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Apr 26 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Apr 28 Over 6000 Mk. 82 500 pound bombs detonate over 18 hrs in a railyard in northern California. 5500 structures damaged, town of Antelope destroyed, with every building reduced to foundations. Leads to Transportation Safety Act (1974)

Historic Event

Apr 30 US President Nixon announces the resignation of H. R. Haldeman, Ehrlichman and others

  • May 3 Chicago's Sears Tower, world's tallest building (443 m), topped out
  • May 4 1st TV network female nudity-Steambath (PBS)-Valerie Perrine
  • May 4 BPAA US Women's Bowling Open won by Millie Martorella
  • May 4 Patriarch Shenuda II of Kopitisch church visits the pope
  • May 6 1st WHA championship, New England Whalers beat Win Jets, 4 games to 1
  • May 7 Pulitzer prize awarded to Eudora Welty (Optimist's Daughter)

Historic Event

May 8 Indians holding South Dakota hamlet of Wounded Knee for 10 weeks surrender

  • May 10 Establishment of Frente Polisario in Mauritania
  • May 11 Citing government misconduct, Daniel Ellsberg has his charges for his involvement in releasing the Pentagon Papers to The New York Times dismissed
  • May 11 Dutch government of Uyl forms
  • May 14 Gold hits record $102.50 an ounce in London
  • May 14 Skylab launched, 1st Space Station
  • May 14 US Supreme court approves equal rights to females in military
  • May 17 Five British Army soldiers are killed by a Provisional Irish Republican Army booby-trap bomb in Omagh, County Tyrone
  • May 17 Senate Watergate Committee begins its hearings
  • May 17 US performs 3 nuclear tests at Rifle Colorado

Historic Event

May 18 Soviet party leader Leonid Brezhnev visits West Germany

  • May 18 WIBC Bowling Queens won by Dotty Fothergill
  • May 22 President Nixon confesses his role in Watergate cover-up
  • May 24 George [Earl] Jellicoe resigns as British Lord Privy Seal and Leader of the House of Lords
  • May 25 Peronist Hector Campora installed as President of Argentina
  • May 25 US launches 1st Skylab crew Kerwin, Conrad, Weitz
  • May 26 Bahrain adopts its constitution
  • May 29 Columbia Records fires president Clive Davis for misappropriating $100,000 in funds, Davis will start Arista records
  • May 29 Thomas Bradley elected 1st African American mayor of Los Angeles, California
  • Jun 1 Eight OPEC countries raise price of petroleum by 11.9 percent
  • Jun 1 Greek President Papadopoulos asks for "parliamentary presidential republic"
  • Jun 3 At Paris air show, Tupolev 144, a Soviet supersonic airliner ("Concorde-ski"), crashes, 15 killed
  • Jun 4 A patent for the ATM is granted to Don Wetzel, Tom Barnes and George Chastain
  • Jun 8 Admiral Luis Carrero Blanco appointed premier of Spain
  • Jun 10 NASA launches Radio Astronomy Explorer 49 into lunar orbit
  • Jun 11 Libya nationalizes Bunker Hunt concession; Nigeria acquires 35 percent participation in Shell-BP concession
  • Jun 12 Coleraine bombings: six Protestant civilians were killed and 33 wounded by a Provisional Irish Republican Army car bomb in Coleraine, County Londonderry
  • Jun 14 46th National Spelling Bee: Barrie Trinkle wins spelling vouchsafe
  • Jun 14 US President Richard Nixon administration imposes 60-day economy-wide price freeze, superseding Special Rule No. 1 for oil companies
  • Jun 18 Soviet General Secretary Leonid Brezhnev visits the US and President Nixon
  • Jun 20 Ezeiza massacre in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Snipers fire upon left-wing Peronists. At least 13 are killed and more than 300 are injured

Historic Event

Jun 20 Juan Perón returns from exile to Argentina after 18 years

  • Jun 22 Dutch High Council stops fluorine addition to drink water
  • Jun 22 Skylab 2's astronauts land
  • Jun 23 World Court condemns French nuclear tests in the Pacific
  • Jun 24 Marlene Raymond (15), limboes under a flaming bar at 6 1/8"
  • Jun 25 John Dean begins testifying before Senate Watergate Committee
  • Jun 25 Russian communist party leader Leonid Brezhnev visits France
  • Jun 25 Udo Beyer of East Germany puts the shot a record 20.47 m
  • Jun 26 On Plesetsk Cosmodrome, USSR, 9 people are killed in an explosion of a Cosmos 3-M rocket.
  • Jun 27 John W Dean tells Watergate Committee about Nixon's "enemies list"
  • Jun 27 Uruguayan president Juan Maria Bordaberry dissolves parliament and heads a coup d'état - beginning of the civic-military dictatorship
  • Jun 28 Lawsuit in Detroit challenges Little League's "no girls" rule
  • Jun 28 New Zealand ship HMNZS Otago sails for Mururoa nuclear test zone after France’s refusal to accept an International Court of Justice injunction against its atmospheric nuclear testing
  • Jun 28 Northern Ireland Assembly elections take place
  • Jun 30 Biggest US tanker "Brooklyn" christened (230,000 ton)
  • Jun 30 Observers aboard Concorde jet observe 72-min solar eclipse
  • Jul 1 British Library established as the country's national library and legal depository, one of the largest libraries in the world with over 170 million items (previously part of the British Museum) [1]

Historic Event

Jul 1 Tom Bradley becomes the 38th Mayor of Los Angeles, the first (and only) African-American to hold that position

  • Jul 2 James R Schlesinger ends term as 9th director of CIA
  • Jul 2 Nation Black Network begins operation on radio
  • Jul 3 General Walters, serves as acting director of CIA
  • Jul 4 CARICOM - Caribbean Community & Common Market, forms

Coup d'état

Jul 5 General Juvénal Habyarimana becomes president of Rwanda in a military coup d'état

  • Jul 5 Isle of Man begins issuing its own postage stamps
  • Jul 7 78 drown as flash flood sweeps a bus into a river (India)
  • Jul 7 All women board of directors takes control of ABA's Kentucky Colonels
  • Jul 7 Shoelace Park in the Bronx named
  • Jul 9 9th Maccabiah games opens in Tel Aviv, Israel
  • Jul 10 Bahamas declares Independence from UK & adopts constitution
  • Jul 10 John Paul Getty III, grandson of oil tycoon J. Paul Getty, is kidnapped in Rome by Italian gangsters wanting a ransom
  • Jul 11 Brazilian Boeing 707 crashes near Paris, 122 killed
  • Jul 12 A fire destroys the entire 6th floor of the National Personnel Records Center of the United States
  • Jul 13 Bobby Murcer's 3 homers accounted for all RBIs, beating KC 5-0
  • Jul 13 Hector de Campora resigns as President of Argentina
  • Jul 16 During Watergate hearings, Butterfield reveals existence of tapes
  • Jul 17 Military coup in Afghanistan; King Mohammad Zahir Shah flees
  • Jul 20 Jack Brisco beats Harley Race in Houston, to become NWA champ
  • Jul 20 The US Senate passes the War Powers Act