From Academic Kids
1973 was a common year starting on Monday.
1970 1971 1972 - 1973(MCMLXXIII) - 1974 1975 1976
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- January 1 - United Kingdom, Ireland, and Denmark enter the European Economic Community, now known as the European Union.
- January 3 - Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS) sells the New York Yankees for $10 million to a 12-person syndicate led by George Steinbrenner.
- January 15 - Vietnam War: Citing progress in peace negotiations, President of the United States Richard Nixon announces the suspension of offensive action in North Vietnam.
- January 17 - Ferdinand Marcos becomes President for Life of the Philippines.
- January 22 - Supreme Court of the United States rules on Roe v. Wade.
- January 22 - George Foreman breaks Joe Frazier's professional career undefeated heavyweight world boxing champion status.
- January 23 - The eruption of Eldfell on the Icelandic island of Heimaey begins.
- January 23 - President Richard Nixon announces that a peace accord has been reached in Vietnam.
- January 27 - U.S. involvement in Vietnam War ends with the signing of peace pacts. See Paris Peace Accords.
- February 11 - Vietnam War: First release of American prisoners of war from Vietnam takes place.
- February 12 - Ohio becomes the first U.S. state to post distance in metric on signs. (See: Metric system in the United States)
- February 14- Ottawa The Yukon Native Brotherhood presets "Together Today for our Children Tomorrow" a historic document that begins the land claims negotiation in the Yukon.
- February 21 - Over the Sinai Desert, Israeli fighter aircraft shoot down a Libyan Arab Airlines jet killing 100.
- February 22 - Sino-American relations: Following President Richard Nixon's visit to mainland China, the United States and the People's Republic of China agree to establish liaison offices.
- February 27 - The American Indian Movement occupies Wounded Knee, South Dakota.
- March 1 - The New York Joffrey Ballet's Deuce Coupe Ballet opens. The ballet is set entirely around music by The Beach Boys.
- March 7 - Comet Kohoutek is discovered.
- March 8 - IRA bombs explode in the Whitehall and the Old Bailey.
- March 16 - Queen Elizabeth II opens the New London Bridge.
- March 29 - The last United States soldiers leave Vietnam.
- March 31 - Paramount's Carowinds opens for the first time.
- May 5 - Shambu Tamang becomes the youngest person to climb to the summit of Mount Everest.
- May 8 - A 71-day standoff between federal authorities and the American Indian Movement who were occupying the Pine Ridge Reservation at Wounded Knee, South Dakota, ends with the surrender of the militants.
- May 10 ? Polisario formed.
- May 14 - Skylab, the United States' first space station, is launched.
- May 17 - Watergate scandal: Hearings begin in the United States Senate and are televised.
- May 27 - According to the non-retroactive copyright laws of the Union of the Soviet Socialist Republics, all works published before this date are public domain. This applies worldwide.
- June 1 - Greek military junta abolishes the monarchy and proclaims a republic.
- June 3 - Tupolev Tu-144 crashes at the Paris air show - 15 dead.
- June 4 - patent for the ATM granted to Don Wetzel, Tom Barnes and George Chastain.
- June 9 - Secretariat wins the Belmont Stakes becoming the first Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing winner since 1948.
- June 22 - William Mark Felt retires from the FBI.
- June 25 - Erskine Hamilton Childers is elected the fourth President of Ireland.
- June 26 - On Plesetsk Cosmodrome 9 persons were killed at an explosion of a Cosmos 3-M rocket.
- June 30 - Very long total solar eclipse visible in NE South America, the Atlantic, and central Africa. During the entire Second Millennium, only seven total solar eclipses exceeded seven minutes of totality. This was the last. Observers aboard a Concorde jet were able to stretch totality to about 74 minutes by flying along the path of the moon's umbra.
- July 1 - US Drug Enforcement Agency founded.
- July 10 - The Bahamas gain full independence within the British Commonwealth.
- July 12 - A major fire destroys the entire 6th floor of the National Personnel Records Center. The disaster comes to be known as the 1973 National Archives Fire.
- July 16 - Watergate Scandal: Former White House aide Alexander Butterfield informs the United States Senate committee investigating the scandal that President Richard Nixon had secretly recorded potentially incriminating conversations.
- July 20 - France resumes nuclear bomb tests in Mururoa Atoll over protestations of Australia and New Zealand.
- July 25 - Soviet Mars 5 space probe launched.
- July 30 - An 11-year legal action for the victims of Thalidomide ends.
- August 2 - Flash fire kills 51 at the Summerland amusement centre at Douglas, Isle of Man.
- August 5 - Black September members open fire at Athens airport - 3 dead, 55 injured.
- August 13 - The film of Jesus Christ Superstar is released.
- August 15 - The U.S. bombing of Cambodia ends, marking the official halt to 12 years of combat activity in Southeast Asia.
- August 22 - Henry Kissinger, United States National Security Advisor, is named Secretary of State.
- September 11 - Chile's democratically elected government is overthrown in military coup after serious instability. President Salvador Allende dies, and General Augusto Pinochet heads a military junta that will govern Chile for the next 17 years.
- September 15 - Sweden's king Gustav VI Adolf dies. Carl XVI Gustav becomes king.
- September 18 - Chile's national day.
- September 18 - The two German Republics, the BRD and the DDR, are admitted to the United Nations.
- September 20 - Billed as The Battle of the Sexes, Billie Jean King defeats Bobby Riggs 6-4, 6-4, 6-3.
- September 28 - ITT bombed in New York City to protest their involvement with the Coup in Chile.
- October 6 - Yom Kippur War - Fourth and largest Arab-Israeli conflict begins as Egyptian and Syrian forces attack Israel as Jews mark Yom Kippur.
- October 10 - Spiro T. Agnew resigns as vice president of the United States and then, in federal court in Baltimore, pleads no contest to charges of evasion of income taxes on $29,500 he received in 1967 while he was governor of Maryland. He is fined $10,000 and put on three years' probation.
- October 17 - A worldwide oil shortage, the 1973 energy crisis, followed an Arab Oil Embargo against several countries which gave support to Israel.
- October 20 - The Saturday Night Massacre.
- October 20 - Sydney Opera House is opened by Elizabeth II.
- October 26 - Yom Kippur War ends.
- October 27 - The Canyon City meteorite, a 1.4 kg chondrite type meteorite struck earth in Fremont County, Colorado.
- November 1 - Watergate Scandal: Leon Jaworski is appointed as the new Watergate Special Prosecutor.
- November 1 - Fortean Times (a monthly magazine of news, reviews and research on strange phenomena and experiences, curiosities, prodigies and portents) founded to continue the work of Charles Fort. (http://www.forteantimes.com/mag_info/about.shtml) (http://www.frogboy.freeuk.com/iwfs1.html)
- November 3 - Mariner program: NASA launches the Mariner 10 toward Mercury (on March 29, 1974 it became the first space probe to reach that planet).
- November 7 - The U.S. Congress overrides President Richard M. Nixon's veto of the War Powers Resolution, which limits presidential power to wage war without congressional approval.
- November 11 - Egypt and Israel sign a United States-sponsored cease-fire accord.
- November 14 - In the United Kingdom, Princess Anne marries a commoner, Captain Mark Phillips, in Westminster Abbey (they divorced in 1992).
- November 16 - Skylab program: NASA launches Skylab 4 with a crew of three astronauts from Cape Canaveral, Florida for an 84-day mission.
- November 16 - US President Richard Nixon signs the Trans-Alaska Pipeline Authorization Act into law, authorizing the construction of the Alaska Pipeline.
- November 17 - Watergate scandal: In Orlando, Florida, US President Richard Nixon tells 400 Associated Press managing editors "I am not a crook."
- November 17 - Student uprising against the military regime in Athens, Greece.
- November 25 - Greek Dictator George Papadopoulos is ousted in military coup led by Lieutenant General Phaidon Gizikis.
- November 27 - The United States Senate votes 92 to 3 to confirm Gerald Ford as Vice President of the United States (on December 6, the House confirmed him 387 to 35).
- December - Chile breaks diplomatic contacts with Sweden.
- December 1 - Papua New Guinea gains self government from Australia.
- December 3 - Pioneer program: Pioneer 10 sends back the first close-up images of Jupiter.
- December 15 - Gay rights: The American Psychiatric Association removes homosexuality from its DSM-II.
- December 20 - Singer, songwriter, Bobby Darin (birthname Robert Casotto) dies of heart complications.
- December 23 - The OPEC doubles the price of crude oil.
- December 30 - Carlos the Jackal fails in his attempt to assassinate British businessman Joseph Sieff.
- December 31 - In the UK, as a result of high coal and oil prices, the Three-Day Week officially comes into force.
- The National House Building Council was formed in the United Kingdom.
- The COSC The Swiss Official Chronometer testing Institute was founded in Switzerland by 5 Watch Cantons & FH, Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry.
- Title Queen of Australia created
Year in topic
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- 1973 in television
- January 8 - Sean Paul, Jamaican reggae singer
- January 11 - Rahul Dravid, Indian cricketer
- January 13 - Nikolai Khabibulin, Russian NHL goalie
- January 18 - Crispian Mills, British musician (The Jeevas and Kula Shaker)
- January 19 - Drea de Matteo, American actress
- January 19 - Karen Lancaume, pornographic actress (d. 2005)
- January 29 - Jason Schmidt, Major League Baseball player
- February 4 - Oscar De La Hoya, American boxing champion
- February 11 - Varg Vikernes, Norwegian musician Burzum
- February 14 - Steve McNair, American football quarterback
- February 16 - Cathy Freeman, Australian athlete
- February 24 - Jordan Jovtchev, Bulgarian gymnast
- February 26 - Marshall Faulk, American football player
- February 26 - Jenny Thompson, U.S. Olympic swimmer
- February 28 - Eric Lindros, Canadian ice hockey player
- March 1 - Ryan Peake, Canadian guitarist (Nickelback)
- March 9 - Aaron Boone, Major League Baseball player
- March 17 - Caroline Corr, Irish musician (The Corrs)
- March 23 - Jason Kidd, basketball player
- April 4 - David Blaine, American illusionist
- April 5 - Pharrell Williams, American musician and producer (The Neptunes)
- April 24 - Sachin Tendulkar, Indian cricketer
- May 1 - Oliver Neuville, German international footballer
- May 10 - Dario Franchitti, automobile racer
- May 14 - Natalie Appleton, All Saints, singer
- May 16 - Tori Spelling, actress
- May 30 - Leigh Francis, British comedian - famous as Avid Merrion
- June 1 - Heidi Klum, German supermodel
- June 1 - Derek Lowe, baseball pitcher
- June 8 - Lexa Doig, Canadian actress (Andromeda)
- June 9 - Tedy Bruschi, American football player
- June 9 - Iain Lee, British comedian and radio and television presenter
- June 10 - Faith Evans, R&B singer
- June 13 - Sam Adams, American football player
- June 22 - Carson Daly, talk show host, VJ
- June 26 - Gretchen Wilson, country music singer
- June 28 - Adrian Annus, hammer thrower
- June 30 - Chan Ho Park, Korean baseball pitcher
- July 4 - Gackt, Japanese singer
- July 9 - Kelly Holcomb, American football quarterback
- July 11 - Konstantinos Kenteris, Greek athlete
- July 15 - John Dolmayan, drummer of band System of a Down
- July 17 - Eric Moulds, American football player
- July 20 - Peter Forsberg, Swedish NHL player
- July 20 - Haakon Magnus, Crown Prince of Norway
- July 23 - Nomar Garciaparra, baseball star
- July 23 - Monica Lewinsky, former White House intern
- July 26 - Kate Beckinsale, actress
- August 1 - Tempestt Bledsoe, actress
- August 6 - Asia Carrera, erotic actress
- August 8 - Scott Stapp, Creed lead singer
- August 12 - Richard Reid, alleged Al-Qaida operative; "the shoe bomber"
- August 19 - Mette-Marit Tjessem-Høiby, crown princess of Norway
- August 20 - Todd Helton, baseball player
- September 12 - Darren Campbell, British athlete
- September 14 - Nas, Rapper
- September 19 - José Azevedo, Portuguese cyclist
- September 22 - Craig McRae, Australian rules footballer
- October 3 - Neve Campbell, Canadian actress
- October 10 - Mario López, American actor
- October 22 - Ichiro Suzuki, Japanese baseball star, American League MVP and Rookie of the Year in 2001
- October 26 - Seth MacFarlane, American voice actor and creator of television series Family Guy
- October 29 - Gabrielle Union, American actress
- November 5 - Johnny Damon, baseball player
- November 12 - Martin M. Weiss, author
- November 14 - Lawyer Milloy, American football player
- November 14 - Dana Snyder, American voice actor
- November 29 - Ryan Giggs, Welsh international footballer
- November 29 - Raphael Smith screenwriter/songwriter
- December 2 - Monica Seles, tennis champion
- December 7 - Terrell Owens, American football star
- December 15 - Surya Bonaly, figure skater
- December 14 - Thuy Trang, Vietnamese/American actress (d. 2001)
- December 30 - Ato Boldon, Trinidad and Tobago athlete
- January 22 - Lyndon Johnson, President of the United States (b. 1908)
- January 23 - Kid Ory, musician
- January 24 - J. Carrol Naish, actor
- January 26 - Edward G. Robinson, actor
- February 11 - Hans D Jensen, German physicist.
- February 15 - Wally Cox, actor
- February 19 - Joseph Szigeti, Hungarian violinist (b. 1892)
- March 6 - Pearl S. Buck, novelist
- March 10 - Eugene 'Bull' Connor, segregationist
- March 8 - Ron Pigpen McKernan of the Grateful Dead
- March 14 - Rafael Godoy, Colombian composer (b. 1907)
- March 14 - Chic Young, cartoonist (Blondie)
- March 26 - Noel Coward, composer, playwright
- April 8 - Pablo Picasso, Spanish artist from Málaga (b. 1881)
- April 16 - Istvan Kertesz, Hungarian conductor (b. 1929)
- April 19 - Hans Kelsen, Austrian-American legal theorist
- April 21 - Arthur Fadden, thirteenth Prime Minister of Australia
- April 26 - Irene Ryan, actress
- May 2 - Alan Carney, American actor and comedian
- May 11 - Lex Barker, actor
- May 14 - Jean Gebser, author, linguist and poet (b. 1905)
- May 18 - Jeannette Rankin, the first woman elected to the United States House of Representatives
- July 6 - Otto Klemperer, conductor
- July 8 - Wilfred Rhodes, Yorkshire and England cricketer (b. 1877).
- July 20 - Bruce Lee, Chinese-American martial artist and actor
- August 1 - Gian Francesco Malipiero, composer
- August 17 - Conrad Aiken, American writer (b. 1889)
- August 17 - Jean Barraqué, French composer
- September 2 - J. R. R. Tolkien, South-African-born writer (b. 1892)
- September 11 - Salvador Allende, President of Chile
- September 19 - Gram Parsons, musician
- September 23 - Pablo Neruda, Chilean poet (b. 1904)
- September 29 - W. H. Auden, English poet (b. 1907)
- October 2 - Paavo Nurmi, Finnish runner (b. 1897)
- October 17 - Ingeborg Bachmann, lyricist, narrator and writer (b. 1926)
- October 22 - Pablo Casals, Spanish cellist and conductor (b. 1876)
- December 1 - David Ben-Gurion, Prime Minister of Israel (b. 1886)
- December 3 - Emile Christian, jazz musician (b. 1895)
- December 20 - Bobby Darin, American rock'n'roll singer (b. 1936)
- December 25 - Gabriel Voisin, French aviation pioneer (b. 1880)
- December 26 - Harold B. Lee, president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (b. 1899)
- Physics - Leo Esaki, Ivar Giaever, Brian David Josephson
- Chemistry - Ernst Otto Fischer, Geoffrey Wilkinson
- Medicine - Karl von Frisch, Konrad Lorenz, Nikolaas Tinbergen
- Literature - Patrick White
- Peace - Henry A. Kissinger, Le Duc Tho
- Economics - Wassily Leontief
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