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1973 ( MCMLXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, the 1973rd year of the Common Era (CE) and (AD) designations, the 973rd year of the Anno Domini 2nd millennium, the 73rd year of the 20th century, and the 4th year of the 1970s decade.
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March 2 - Wellington Street bus station in Perth, Australia, is opened by western Australia's premier John Tonkin
March 3 - Tottenham Hotspur wins the Football League Cup final at Wembley, beating Norwich City 1-0.
March 7 - Comet Kohoutek is discovered.
March 10 - Sir Richard Sharples, Governor of Bermuda, is assassinated in Government House.
March 12 - Last episode of original Laugh-In airs on NBC. The show will continue with re-runs until May 14, 1973.
March 20 - A British government White Paper on Northern Ireland proposes the re-establishment of an Assembly elected by proportional representation, with a possible All-Ireland council.
March 21 - The Lofthouse Colliery disaster occurs in Great Britain. Seven miners are trapped underground; none survive. 
March 23 - Watergate scandal (United States): In a letter to Judge John Sirica, Watergate burglar James W. McCord, Jr. admits that he and other defendants have been pressured to remain silent about the case. He names former Attorney General John Mitchell as 'overall boss' of the operation.
March 26 - TV soap opera and game show The Young and the Restless debuts on The $10,000 Pyramid CBS.
March 27 - At the 45th Academy Awards, wins best picture. The Godfather  March 29 - The last United States soldier leaves Vietnam.
May 1 - An estimated 1,600,000 workers in the United Kingdom stop work in support of a Trades Union Congress "day of national protest and stoppage" against the Government's anti-inflation policy.
May 3 - The Sears Tower in Chicago is topped-out, becoming the world's tallest building at 1,451 feet (442 m).
May 8 - A 71-day standoff between federal authorities and American Indian Movement activists who were occupying the Pine Ridge Reservation at Wounded Knee, South Dakota, ends with the surrender of the militants.
May 11 - The Data Act (Sw. Datalagen) - the world's first national data protection law - is enacted in Sweden.
May 17 - Watergate scandal: Televised hearings begin in the United States Senate.
May 18 - Second Cod War: Joseph Godber, British Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, announces that Royal Navy frigates will protect British trawlers fishing in the disputed 80 kilometres (50 mi) limit around Iceland.
May 19 - Secretariat wins the Preakness Stakes by 2 lengths over the amazingly quick second placed Sham. A malfunction in the track's timing equipment prevented a confirmed new track record. 1⁄ 2
May 22 - Lord Lambton resigns from the British government over a ' call girl' scandal.
May 23 - The Royal Canadian Mounted Police celebrate their 100th anniversary.
May 24 - Earl Jellicoe, Lord Privy Seal and Leader of the House of Lords in Britain, resigns over a separate prostitution scandal.
May 27 - By virtue of the non-retroactivity of Soviet copyright laws, all works published before this date are public domain. This applies worldwide. Confirmation needed May 30 - Gordon Johncock wins the Indianapolis 500 in the Patrick Racing Special Eagle- Offenhauser, after only 133 laps, due to rain. (The race was begun May 28 but called due to rain.)
June 1 - The Greek military junta abolishes the monarchy and proclaims a republic.
June 3 - A Tupolev Tu-144 crashes at the Paris air show; 15 are killed.
June 4 - A United States patent for the Docutel automated teller machine is granted to Donald Wetzel, Tom Barnes and George Chastain.
June 9 - Secretariat wins the Belmont Stakes shattering the record by an unbelievable 2  seconds, becoming the first 3⁄ 5 Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing winner since 1948.
June 10 - Henri Pescarolo and co-driver Gérard Larrousse (both France) win the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the Equipe Matra MS670B.
June 17 - The submersible becomes Johnson Sea Link entangled on the wreckage of the USS off Fred T. Berry Key West, Florida. The submersible is brought to the surface the following day, but two of the four men aboard die of carbon dioxide poisoning.
June 18 - U.S. President Richard Nixon begins several talks with Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev.
June 20 - The Ezeiza massacre occurs in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Snipers shoot at left-wing Peronists, killing at least 13 and injuring more than 300.
June 22 - W. Mark Felt ("Deep Throat") retires from the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
June 23 - A house fire in Kingston upon Hull, England, which kills a six-year-old boy is passed off as an accident; it later emerges as the first of 26 fire deaths caused over the next seven years by arsonist Peter Dinsdale.
June 26 - At Plesetsk Cosmodrome, nine persons are killed in the explosion of a Cosmos 3-M rocket.
June 27 - Coup d'état in Uruguay: pressed by the military, President Juan María Bordaberry dissolves Parliament; a 12-year-long civic-military dictatorship begins.
June 28 - Elections are held for the Northern Ireland Assembly, which will lead to power-sharing between unionists and nationalists in Northern Ireland for the first time. June 30 - A very long total solar eclipse occurs. During the entire second millennium, only seven total solar eclipses exceeded seven minutes of totality.
Saint Andrew's Cathedral, Singapore
July 6 - St Andrew's Cathedral, Singapore is gazetted as a national monument.
July 11 - Varig Flight 820 crashes near Orly, France; 123 are killed.
July 12 - National Personnel Records Center fire: A major fire destroys the entire 6th floor of the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis, Missouri.
July 16 - Watergate scandal: Former White House aide Alexander Butterfield informs the United States Senate Watergate Committee that President Richard Nixon had secretly recorded potentially incriminating conversations.
July 17 - King Mohammed Zahir Shah of Afghanistan is deposed by his cousin Mohammed Daoud Khan while in Italy undergoing eye surgery.
July 21 - Lillehammer affair: Agents of Mossad, the Israeli secret intelligence agency, shoot and kill a Moroccan waiter in Lillehammer, Norway, mistakenly believing him to be a senior member of the Palestinian Black September Organization.
July 23 - The Avianca Building in Bogotá, Colombia suffers a serious fire.
July 25 - The Soviet space probe is launched. Mars 5
July 27 - Hard rock band New York Dolls release their debut album.
July 29 - Formula One racing driver Roger Williamson dies in an accident, witnessed live on European television, during the 1973 Dutch Grand Prix.
July 30 - An 11-year legal action for the victims of Thalidomide ends. Confirmation needed July 31
August 1 - Caribbean Community and Common Market (CARICOM) inaugurated.
August 2 - A flash fire kills 51 at the Summerland amusement centre at Douglas, Isle of Man. 
Black September members open fire at the Athens airport; 3 are killed, 55 injured. Mars 6, also known as 3MP No.50P, is a Soviet spacecraft launched to explore Mars.
South Korean politician
Kim Dae-jung is kidnapped in Tokyo by the KCIA. American serial killer, rapist, kidnapper and torturer Dean Corll is shot to death by one of his teenage accomplices, Elmer Wayne Henley, at Corll's Pasadena, Texas home. Henley turns himself in and confesses, uncovering the Houston Mass Murders, a series of murders in which 28 young boys have been abducted, tortured and murdered by Corll and his accomplices Henley and David Brooks (who is also arrested).
August 11 - DJ Kool Herc originates the hip hop music genre in New York City. 
August 15 - The U.S. bombing of Cambodia ends, officially halting 12 years of combat activity in Southeast Asia according to the Case-Church Amendment-an act that prohibits military operations in Laos, Cambodia, and North and South Vietnam as a follow up of the Paris Peace Accords. August 23 - The Norrmalmstorg robbery occurs, famous for the origin of the term Stockholm syndrome.
September 3 - The British Trades Union Congress expels 20 members for registering under the Industrial Relations Act 1971.
September 9 - Scottish racing driver Jackie Stewart becomes World Drivers' Champion when his Tyrrell 003- Cosworth places fourth in the 1973 Italian Grand Prix at Monza.
September 15 - Gustaf VI Adolf of Sweden dies. His grandson, Carl XVI Gustaf, becomes king.
September 18 - The two German Republics, the Federal Republic of Germany (West Germany) and the German Democratic Republic (East Germany), are admitted to the United Nations.
September 22 - Henry Kissinger, United States National Security Advisor, starts his term as United States Secretary of State.
September 23 - In American football, the Oakland Raiders defeat the Miami Dolphins 12-7, ending the Dolphins' unbeaten streak at 18. It is the Miami Dolphins' first loss since January 16, 1972 in Super Bowl VI.
September 28 - The ITT Building in New York City is bombed in protest at ITT's alleged involvement in the September 11, 1973, coup d'état in Chile. September 30 - Yankee Stadium, known as "The House That Ruth Built", closes for a two-year renovation at a cost of $160 million. The New York Yankees play all of their home games at Shea Stadium in 1974 and 1975.
January 3 - Jaroslav ?vach, Czech footballer (d. 2020)
January 5 - Uday Chopra, Indian actor
January 6 - Scott Ferguson, Canadian ice hockey player
January 7 - Jonna Tervomaa, Finnish singer
January 9 - Sean Paul, Jamaican singer
January 10 - Ajit Pai, American politician and telecommunications director, Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission
January 11 - Rahul Dravid, Indian cricket player and coach. 
January 21 - Chris Kilmore, American rock DJ ( Incubus)
January 22 - Abi Tucker, Australian actor and singer
January 27 - Shadmehr Aghili, Iranian pop singer, musician and composer
January 30 - Jalen Rose, American basketball player January 31
February 2 - Aleksander Tammert, Estonian discus thrower
February 3 - Ilana Sod, Mexican journalist
February 8 - Sonia Deol, British-Asian presenter
February 9 - Svetlana Boginskaya, Soviet gymnast
February 12 - Tara Strong, Canadian-American voice actress
February 13 - Ian Duncan, Baron Duncan of Springbank, English politician
February 14 - Steve McNair, American football player (d. 2009)
February 16 - Cathy Freeman, Australian athlete
February 17 - Jen Taylor, American voice actress
February 18 - Claude Makélélé, French footballer
February 21 - Heri Joensen, Faroese musician ( Týr)
February 25 - Julio Iglesias Jr., Spanish singer
February 27 - Peter Andre, English singer and television personality February 28
March 3 - Dejan Bodiroga, Serbian basketball player
March 5 - Ryan Franklin, American baseball pitcher
March 7 - Rick Emerson, American talk show host and author
8 March - Tony Campos, American bassist
March 14 - Betsy Brandt, American actress
March 15 - Lee Jung-jae, South Korean actor and model
March 17 - Caroline Corr, Irish musician ( The Corrs)
March 18 - Luci Christian, American voice actress
March 25 - Anders Fridén, Swedish musician
March 27 - Sayaka Aoki, Japanese comedian
March 30 - DJ AM, American DJ (d. 2009)
April 7 - Christian O'Connell, British radio DJ and presenter
April 8 - Emma Caulfield, American actress
April 13 - Sergey Shnurov, Russian singer
April 14 - Adrien Brody, American actor
April 15 - Emanuel Rego, Brazilian beach volleyball player
April 18 - Haile Gebrselassie, Ethiopian long-distance runner
April 19 - George Gregan, Australian rugby union footballer
April 22 - Christopher Sabat, American voice actor
April 25 - Fredrik Larzon, Swedish rock musician ( Millencolin)
April 26 - Lee Woon-jae, South Korean footballer
July 2 - Peter Kay, British comedian
Antonio Filippini, Italian footballer
Emanuele Filippini, Italian footballer
Emma Cunniffe, British actress
Jonah Lotan, Israeli actor
Mimi Miyagi, Filipino model, pornographic actress, film director, and actress
Owen H.M. Smith, American television producer, writer, actor and comedian Patrick Wilson, American actor
Gackt, Japanese singer-songwriter and actor Mathieu Chantelois, Canadian television personality, journalist, magazine editor, and marketing executive
Neil Bannister, English cricketer
Craig Heap, English gymnast
Julián Legaspi, Uruguayan-Peruvian actor
McNeil Hendricks, South African rugby union player
Annie Mumolo, American actress, screenwriter, comedian and producer
Andrej Hrn?iar, Slovak actor and politician
Martin S. Jensen, Danish professional football goalkeeper Oleksandr Yanukovych, Ukrainian dentist and businessman
July 18 - Chi In-jin, South Korean boxer
July 21 - Ali Landry, American actress
July 24 - Jamie Denbo, American actress
July 26 - Kate Beckinsale, English actress
July 28 - Steve Staios, Canadian ice hockey player
July 29 - Wanya Morris, American singer
July 31 - Jacob Aagaard, Danish-Scottish chess player
August 3 - Stephen Graham, English actor
August 4 - Marcos, Brazilian footballer
August 5 - Michael Hollick, American actor
August 10 - Javier Zanetti, Argentine football player
August 11 - Carolyn Murphy, American model
August 12 - Richard Reid, English terrorist
August 13 - Ryoko Shinohara, Japanese actress
August 16 - Damian Jackson, American baseball player
August 20 - Todd Helton, American baseball player
August 28 - Kirby Morrow, Canadian actor, comedian and writer (d. 2020)
August 30 - Lisa Ling, American journalist
September 1 - Ram Kapoor, Indian actor
September 3 - Jennifer Paige, American singer-songwriter
September 7 - Shannon Elizabeth, American actress
September 11 - Sohrab Bakhtiarizadeh, Iranian footballer
September 17 - Ada Choi, Hong Kong actress
September 21 - Oswaldo Sánchez, Mexican footballer
Craig McRae, Australian footballer
Yoo Chae-yeong, South Korean singer and actress Bob Sapp, American professional wrestler, actor, American football player, kickboxer and mixed martial artist
September 24 - Eddie George, American football player
September 26 - Lainey Lui, Canadian television personality; one of the co-hosts of etalk
September 30 - David Ury, American actor
October 1 - Christian Borle, American actor and singer
October 5 - Annabelle Chvostek, Canadian singer-songwriter
October 6 - Ioan Gruffudd, Welsh actor
October 8 - Kari Korhonen, Finnish cartoonist
October 10 - Mario Lopez, American actor
October 16 - Todd van der Heyden, Canadian journalist and news anchor
October 19 - Joaquin Gage, Canadian ice hockey player
October 21 - Beverley Turner, British TV and radio presenter
October 22 - Ichiro Suzuki, Japanese baseball player
October 23 - Malaika Arora, Indian actress, dancer, model, VJ, and television personality
October 25 - Lamont Bentley, American actor and rapper (d. 2005)
October 29 - Robert Pires, French football player
Silvia Corzo, Colombian newsreader Edge, retired Canadian professional wrestler and 4-time WWE Champion October 31 - Beverly Lynne, American actress
November 2 - Marisol Nichols, American actress
November 4 - Steven Ogg, Canadian actor
November 6 - Rumi Shishido, Japanese voice actress and singer
November 7 - Yunjin Kim, South Korean-American film and theater actress
November 11 - Jason White, American musician
November 13 - Jordan Bridges, American actor
November 16 - Marcus Lemonis, Lebanese-American businessman, investor, and television personality
Cassie Campbell, Canadian ice hockey forward and CBC commentator Eliana, Brazilian TV hostess, actress, and singer
November 24 - Amy Hayes, American ring announcer and model
November 26 - Peter Facinelli, American actor
December 8 - Corey Taylor, American rock vocalist ( Slipknot, Stone Sour)
December 9 - Bárbara Padilla, American operatic soprano
December 11 - Mos Def, African-American rapper and actor
December 15 - Surya Bonaly, French figure skater
December 18 - Darryl Brown, Trinidad and West Indian cricketer
December 20 - Antti Kasvio, Finnish swimmer
December 21 - Mike Alstott, American football player
December 25 - Chris Harris, American professional wrestler
December 26 - Reichen Lehmkuhl, American lawyer, businessman, reality show winner, former model, and former occasional actor
December 31 - Nikolay Tsiskaridze, Russian dancer
March 3 - Vera Panova, Soviet-Russian writer (b. 1905)
March 6 - Pearl S. Buck, American writer, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1892)
March 10 - Robert Siodmak, German-born American director (b. 1900)
March 12 - Frankie Frisch, American baseball player ( St. Louis Cardinals) and a member of the MLB Hall of Fame (b. 1898)
March 13 - Melville Cooper, British actor (b. 1896)
March 17 - Giuseppe Ferretto, Italian Roman Catholic cardinal (b. 1899)
March 20 - Adolf Strauss, German general (b. 1879)
March 22 - Hilda Geiringer, Austrian mathematician (b. 1893)
March 23 - Ken Maynard, American actor (b. 1895)
March 25 - Edward Steichen, American photographer (b. 1879) March 26
May 1 - Asger Jorn, Danish painter (b. 1914)
May 6 - Myrna Fahey, American actress (b. 1933)
May 8 - Alexander Vandegrift, American general (b. 1887)
May 11 - Lex Barker, American actor (b. 1919)
May 12 - Frances Marion, American screenwriter (b. 1888)
May 16 - Jacques Lipchitz, French-American sculptor (b. 1891)
May 18 - Jeannette Rankin, American politician (b. 1880)
May 20 - Jarno Saarinen, Finnish motorcycle racer (b. 1945)
May 27 - Constantin Daicoviciu, Romanian historian and archaeologist (b. 1898) May 29 - P. Ramlee, Malaysian film actor, director, singer, songwriter, composer, and producer (b. 1929)
June 1 - Mary Kornman, American actress (b. 1915)
June 8 - Emmy Göring nee Sonnemann, German actress, second wife of Hermann Göring (b. 1893)
June 9 - Erich von Manstein, German field marshal (b. 1887)
June 10 - William Inge, American playwright (b. 1913)
June 18 - Roger Delgado, English actor (b. 1918)
June 23 - Fay Holden, American actress (b. 1893)
June 24 - Mary Carr, American actress (b. 1874)
June 26 - Ernest Truex, American actor (b. 1889)
June 29 - Germán Valdés, Mexican actor, singer and comedian (b. 1915) June 30
July 12 - Lon Chaney Jr., American actor (b. 1906)
July 13 - Willy Fritsch, German actor (b. 1901)
July 18 - Jack Hawkins, British actor (b. 1910)
July 20 - Bruce Lee, chinese actor, martial arts 1940
July 23 - Eddie Rickenbacker, American World War I flying ace and race car driver (b. 1890)
July 24 - Julián Acuña Galé, Cuban botanist (b. 1900)
July 25 - Louis St. Laurent, 12th Prime Minister of Canada (b. 1882)
July 26 - Konstantinos Georgakopoulos, Greek lawyer and professor, 152nd Prime Minister of Greece (b. 1890)
July 31 - Annibale Bergonzoli, Italian general (b. 1884)
September 2 - J. R. R. Tolkien, British writer (b. 1892)
September 9 - S. N. Behrman, American playwright, screenwriter, and biographer (b. 1893)
September 11 - Salvador Allende, 30th President of Chile (b. 1908)
September 12 - Marjorie Merriweather Post, American businesswoman (b. 1887)
September 15 - King Gustaf VI Adolf of Sweden (b. 1882)
September 18 - Théo Lefèvre, 39th Prime Minister of Belgium (b. 1914)
September 19 - Gram Parsons, American musician (b. 1946)
September 22 - Paul van Zeeland, 29th Prime Minister of Belgium (b. 1893)
September 23 - Pablo Neruda, Chilean poet, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1904)
September 24 - Josué de Castro, Brazilian writer, physician, geographer and activist against hunger (b. 1908)
September 26 - Anna Magnani, Italian actress (b. 1908)
September 29 - W. H. Auden, English poet (b. 1907)
October 1 - Mohammad Hashim Maiwandwal, former Prime Minister of Afghanistan (b. 1921)
October 8 - Gabriel Marcel, French Catholic existential thinker (b. 1889)
October 9 - Sister Rosetta Tharpe, American singer and guitarist (b. 1915)
October 10 - Ludwig von Mises, Austrian economist (b. 1881)
October 16 - Gene Krupa, American jazz drummer (b. 1909)
October 17 - Ingeborg Bachmann, Austrian poet and author (b. 1926)
October 19 - Margaret Caroline Anderson, American magazine publisher (b. 1886)
October 22 - Pablo Casals, Spanish cellist and conductor (b. 1876)
October 25 - Abebe Bikila, Ethiopian Olympic athlete (b. 1932)
October 26 - Semyon Budyonny, Cossack cavalryman and Marshal of the Soviet Union (b. 1883)
October 27 - Allan Lane, American actor (b. 1909) October 28
November 3 - Marc Allégret, French film director (b. 1900)
November 7 - Kiyohide Shima, Japanese admiral (b. 1890)
November 12 - Wac?aw Stachiewicz, Polish writer, geologist, and general (b. 1894)
November 16 - Alan Watts, British philosopher (b. 1915)
November 18 - Alois Hába, Czech composer and musicologist (b. 1893)
November 20 - Allan Sherman, American comedy writer, television producer, and song parodist (b. 1924)
November 28 - John Rostill, English bassist, musician and composer ( The Shadows) (b. 1942)
December 1 - David Ben-Gurion, 1st Prime Minister of Israel (b. 1886)
December 3 - Adolfo Ruiz Cortines, 47th President of Mexico, 1952-1958 (b. 1889) 
December 5 - Sir Robert Watson-Watt, Scottish engineer, radar pioneer (b. 1892)
December 12 - Atilio García, Argentine-born Uruguayan football player (b. 1914)
December 13 - Giuseppe Beltrami, Italian Roman Catholic cardinal (b. 1889)
December 16 - Sid Barnes, Australian cricketer (b. 1916)
December 22 - James Anderson, Australian tennis champion (b. 1894)
December 23 - Gerard Kuiper, Dutch-born American astronomer (b. 1905)
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