1973 in History – What happened in year 1973

✅ Published on April 9th, 2009 in 20th Century in History

In history, year 1973 has its own importance and known for many memorable events like famous birthdays, inventions, natural disaster, treaties, change of rulers, special days etc. Find below a list of important historical events which happened during the year 1973.

Top Historical Events of the Year 1973 ⚡:

Date/MonthEvent / Incidence / Incident
03 januaryAmerican businessman George Steinbrenner and a group of investors bought the New York Yankees professional baseball team for US$8.7 million.
04 januaryLast of the Summer Wine, the longest running sitcom in the world, premiered as an episode of the BBC's Comedy Playhouse.
14 januaryElvis Presley's concert Aloha from Hawaii was broadcast live via satellite, and set a record as the most watched broadcast by an individual entertainer in television history.
22 januaryThe U.S. Supreme Court delivered its landmark decision in Roe V. Wade, striking down laws restricting abortion during the first six to seven months of pregnancy.
21 februaryAfter accidentally having strayed into Israeli airspace, Libyan Arab Airlines Flight 114 was shot down by two Israeli fighter aircraft.
17 marchSlava Veder took his Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph Burst ofJoy, which came to symbolize the end of United States involvement in theVietnam War.
26 marchThe first episode of The Young and the Restless was broadcast,eventually becoming the most watched daytime drama on American Television from 1988 onwards.
29 marchVietnam War-The United States ended Operation Barrel Roll, covert bombing campaign in Laos to help stem an increasing tired of People's Army of Vietnam and Pathet Lao offensives.
02 aprilThe LEXIS computer-assisted legal research service launched asa continuation of an experiment organized by the Ohio State Bar in 1967.
02 aprilThe Liberal Movement broke away from the Liberal and Country League in South Australia.
03 aprilOn a New York City street, Motorola researcher Martin Coopermade the first public call on a handheld mobile phone.
04 aprilThe World Trade Center in New York City was officially dedicated, about a year after the second of the building complexes twin towers was completed.
17 aprilGeorge Lucas began writing a 13-page film treatment entitled The Star Wars.
06 mayNew England Whalers won the inaugural Avco World Trophy, first World Hockey Association Championship, on May 6, 1973 by defeating Winnipeg Jets.
14 maySkylab was the first space station of the United States which was launched on May 14, 1973 by NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration). It orbited the Earth from 1973 to 1979.
14 mayThe NASA space station Skylab was launched from Cape Canaveral.
17 mayThe Senate Select Committee on Presidential Campaign Activities began televised hearing on Watergate scandal on May 17, 1973 in Washington D.C.
03 juneAt the Paris Air Show, a Tupolev Tu-144 broke up in mid-flightand disintegrated, killing the six members of the crew and eightbystanders on the ground.
09 juneSecretariat won the Belmont Stakes by 31 lengths, achieving thefirst American Triple Crown victory in a quarter-century, and loweringthe track and world record times for 1½ mile distance races to 2:24
10 julyBahamas gained independence within commonwealth country. Bahamas is a island country located in Atlantic ocean. It is comprised of more than seven hundred small islands. It is a commonwealth country with the head monarch as Queen Elizabeth II of England.
10 julyJohn Paul Getty III, grandson of American oil magnate J. PaulGetty, was kidnapped in Rome.
14 july102nd British Golf Open has been over. Tom Weiskopf shoots a 276 at Royal Troon. It was a grand success for him.
17 julyMohammed Zahir Shah, the last King of Afghanistan, was oustedin a coup by his cousin Mohammed Daoud Khan while in Italy undergoingeye surgery.
21 julyMossad agents mistakenly assassinated a Moroccan waiter inLillehammer, Norway, whom they believed had been involved in the 1972Munich Olympics massacre.
31 julyDC-9, the Delta Airlines crashed in fog at Logan Airport, Boston. 89 passengers were killed and one became alive surprisingly. But lone survivor died 6 months later.
05 augustTwo Arab gunmen from the Palestinian militant group Black September take 35 hostages; they open fire and throw grenades into a crowded passenger lounge at. This led to the death of 3 and injuring around 50 people. The terrorists are arrested and later sentenced to death for the murders.
11 augustAt a party in the recreation room of a New York City apartmentbuilding, DJ Kool Herc began rapping during an extended break, layingthe foundation for hip-hop music.
24 augustThe disease that infects horse’s Eastern Equine Encephalitis and the horse’s brain has killed 50 horses in Mass and surrounding states. The cause of the disease is traced to be the pesticide, Malathion, which is sprayed over thousands of acres in order to kill mosquitoes.
28 augustSwedish police used gas bombs to end a seven-day hostagesituation in Stockholm; during the incident the hostages had bonded withtheir captors, leading to the term 'Stockholm syndrome'.
18 septemberFuture President Jimmy Carter files a report with the National Investigations Committee on Aerial Phenomena (NICAP). He claimed that he had witnessed an Unidentified Flying Object (UFO) in October.


Famous birthdays in the year 1973:

Date/MonthName / Profession / Country
01 OctoberJohn Mackey / Composer / United States of America
01 SeptemberRieko Miura / Actress / Japan
02 January Lucy Davis / Actress / United Kingdom
03 March Matthew Marsden / Actor / United Kingdom
05 NovemberAlexei Yashin / Ice Hockey Player / Russia
05 JulyRóisín Murphy / Singer / Ireland
05 DecemberArgo Arbeiter / Footballer / Estonia
05 NovemberGráinne Seoige / Journalist / Ireland
10 AprilGuillaume Canet / Actor / France
12 JuneDarryl White / Footballer / Australia
12 MayLutz Pfannenstiel / Footballer / Germany
13 OctoberBrian Dawkins / Footballer / United States of America
17 DecemberPaula Radcliffe / Runner / United Kingdom
18 February Claude Makélélé / Footballer / France
21 AugustSergey Brin / Business Man / United States of America
21 SeptemberVanessa Grigoriadis / Author / United States of America
22 NovemberAndrew Walker / Rugby Player / Australia
24 JuneJere Lehtinen / Ice Hockey Player / Finland
24 AprilPeeter Rebane / Producer / Estonia
27 February Mark Taylor / Rugby Player / United Kingdom

Famous Indian Personalities Birthdays in the year 1973:

YearName / Profession / Country
24 AprilSachin Tendulkar / Player / India
05 JanuaryUday Chopra / Actor / India
23 JulyHimesh Reshammiya / Writer / India
03 AprilPrabhu Deva / Director / India
01 JulyAkhilesh Yadav / Politician / India
20 FebruaryPriyanshu Chatterjee / Actor / India
30 JulySonu Nigam / Actor / India
03 AprilNilesh Kulkarni / Cricketer / India
24 MayShirish Kunder / Producer / India
01 NovemberAishwarya Rai Bachchan / Actress / India
17 JuneLeander Paes / Tennis Player / India
07 JulyKailash Kher / Writer / India
24 AprilSachin Tendulkar / Cricketer / India
04 March Chandra Sekhar Yeleti / Writer / India
11 January Rahul Dravid / Cricketer / India
09 JuneManpreet Brar / Actress / India
16 NovemberPullela Gopichand / Player / India
01 NovemberAishwarya Rai Bachchan / Actress / India
24 AprilSachin Tendulkar / Cricketer / India
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