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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 Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 973rd year of the 2nd millennium, the 73rd year of the 20th century, and the 4th year of the 1970s decade.
Flag of the American Indian Movement
- March 1
- 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 8
- 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 17
- 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 The Young and the Restless debuts on CBS.
- March 27 - At the 45th Academy Awards, The Godfather wins best picture.
- 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 5
- 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 10
- May 11 - The Data Act (Sw. Datalagen) - the world's first national data protection law - is enacted in Sweden.
- May 13
- May 14
- 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.
- May 22 - Lord Lambton resigns from the British government over a 'call girl' scandal.
- May 23 - Royal Canadian Mounted Police celebrate 100 year anniversary.
- May 24 - Earl Jellicoe, Lord Privy Seal and Leader of the House of Lords in Britain, resigns over a separate prostitution scandal.
- May 25
- 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 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 Johnson Sea Link becomes entangled on the wreckage of the USS Fred T. Berry off 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 24
- June 25
- 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 10
- 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 20
- 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 Mars 5 space probe is launched.
- July 27 - Hard rock band New York Dolls release their debut album.
- July 28
- 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.
- August 5
- 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.
- August 8
- 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 11
- 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 20
- 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 27
- 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.
- October 6
- October 8 - LBC Radio begins broadcasting on 97.3 FM in London.
- 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 income tax evasion on $29,500 he received in 1967, while he was governor of Maryland. He is fined $10,000 and put on 3 years' probation.
- October 10 - The New York Mets win the National League pennant.
- October 14 - Thai popular uprising Students revolt in Bangkok - In the Thammasat student uprising over 100,000 people protest in Thailand against the Thanom military government, 77 are killed and 857 are injured by soldiers, Thailand.
- October 15 - Typhoon Ruth crosses Luzon, Philippines, killing 27 people and causing $5 million in damage.
- October 17 - An OPEC oil embargo against several countries supporting Israel triggers the 1973 energy crisis.
- October 20
- January 1
- January 3 - Jaroslav ?vach, Czech footballer (d. 2020)
- January 4
- 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 12
- January 13
- January 14
- January 15
- January 16
- January 17
- January 18
- January 19
- January 21 - Chris Kilmore, American rock DJ (Incubus)
- January 22 - Abi Tucker, Australian actor and singer
- January 26
- January 27 - Shadmehr Aghili, Iranian pop singer, musician and composer
- January 29
- January 30 - Jalen Rose, American basketball player
- January 31
- February 1
- February 2 - Aleksander Tammert, Estonian discus thrower
- February 3 - Ilana Sod, Mexican journalist
- February 4
- February 5
- February 7
- February 8 - Sonia Deol, British-Asian presenter
- February 9 - Svetlana Boginskaya, Soviet gymnast
- February 10
- February 11
- 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 15
- February 16 - Cathy Freeman, Australian athlete
- February 17 - Jen Taylor, American voice actress
- February 18 - Claude Makélélé, French footballer
- February 19
- February 20
- February 21 - Heri Joensen, Faroese musician (Týr)
- February 22
- February 24
- February 25 - Julio Iglesias Jr., Spanish singer
- February 26
- February 27 - Peter Andre, English singer and television personality
- February 28
- March 1
- March 3 - Dejan Bodiroga, Serbian basketball player
- March 5 - Ryan Franklin, American baseball pitcher
- March 6
- March 7 - Rick Emerson, American talk show host and author
- March 9
- March 10
- March 13
- 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 19
- March 20
- March 23
- March 24
- March 25 - Anders Fridén, Swedish musician
- March 26
- March 27 - Sayaka Aoki, Japanese comedian
- March 28
- March 29
- March 30 - DJ AM, American DJ (d. 2009)
- April 1
- April 2
- April 3
- April 4
- April 5
- April 6
- April 7 - Christian O'Connell, British radio DJ and presenter
- April 8 - Emma Caulfield, American actress
- April 10
- April 11
- April 12
- April 13 - Sergey Shnurov, Russian singer
- April 14 - Adrien Brody, American actor
- April 15 - Emanuel Rego, Brazilian beach volleyball player
- April 16
- April 18 - Haile Gebrselassie, Ethiopian long-distance runner
- April 19 - George Gregan, Australian rugby union footballer
- April 21
- April 22 - Christopher Sabat, American voice actor
- April 23
- April 24
- April 25 - Fredrik Larzon, Swedish rock musician (Millencolin)
- April 26 - Lee Woon-jae, South Korean footballer
- April 27
- April 28
- April 29
- April 30
- July 1
- July 2 - Peter Kay, British comedian
- July 3
- 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
- July 4
- Gackt, Japanese singer-songwriter and actor
- Mathieu Chantelois, Canadian television personality, journalist, magazine editor, and marketing executive
- July 5
- July 6
- July 7
- July 8
- July 9
- July 10
- 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 11
- July 12
- July 13
- July 14
- July 15
- July 16
- July 17
- July 18 - Chi In-jin, South Korean boxer
- July 19
- July 20
- July 21 - Ali Landry, American actress
- July 22
- July 23
- July 24 - Jamie Denbo, American actress
- July 25
- July 26 - Kate Beckinsale, English actress
- July 27 - Gorden Tallis, Australian rugby league player
- July 28 - Steve Staios, Canadian ice hockey player
- July 29 - Wanya Morris, American singer
- July 30
- July 31 - Jacob Aagaard, Danish-Scottish chess player
- August 1
- August 2
- August 3 - Stephen Graham, English actor
- August 4 - Marcos, Brazilian footballer
- August 5 - Michael Hollick, American actor
- August 6
- August 8
- August 9
- 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 14
- August 15
- August 16 - Damian Jackson, American baseball player
- August 19
- August 20 - Todd Helton, American baseball player
- August 21
- August 22
- August 23
- August 24
- August 28 - Kirby Morrow, Canadian actor, voice actor, writer and comedian (d. 2020)
- August 29
- August 30 - Lisa Ling, American journalist
- September 1 - Ram Kapoor, Indian actor
- September 3 - Jennifer Paige, American singer-songwriter
- September 4
- September 5
- September 6
- September 7 - Shannon Elizabeth, American actress
- September 8
- September 9
- September 11 - Sohrab Bakhtiarizadeh, Iranian footballer
- September 12
- September 13
- September 14
- September 15
- September 17 - Ada Choi, Hong Kong actress
- September 18
- September 19
- September 20
- September 21 - Oswaldo Sánchez, Mexican footballer
- September 22
- 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 25
- September 26 - Lainey Lui, Canadian television personality; one of the co-hosts of etalk
- September 29
- September 30 - David Ury, American actor
- October 1 - Christian Borle, American actor and singer
- October 2
- October 3
- October 4
- October 5 - Annabelle Chvostek, Canadian singer-songwriter
- October 6 - Ioan Gruffudd, Welsh actor
- October 8 - Kari Korhonen, Finnish cartoonist
- October 9
- October 10 - Mario Lopez, American actor
- October 11
- October 13
- October 14
- October 15
- October 16
- October 18
- 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 24
- October 25 - Lamont Bentley, American actor and rapper (d. 2005)
- October 26
- October 28
- October 29 - Robert Pires, French football player
- October 30
- Silvia Corzo, Colombian newsreader
- Edge, retired Canadian professional wrestler and 4-time WWE Champion
- October 31 - Beverly Lynne, American actress
- November 1
- November 2 - Marisol Nichols, American actress
- November 3
- November 4 - Steven Ogg, Canadian actor
- November 5
- November 6 - Rumi Shishido, Japanese voice actress and singer
- November 7 - Yunjin Kim, South Korean-American film and theater actress
- November 8
- November 9
- November 10
- November 13 - Jordan Bridges, American actor
- November 14
- November 16 - Marcus Lemonis, Lebanese-American businessman, investor, and television personality
- November 19
- November 20
- November 22
- 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
- November 27
- November 28
- November 29
- November 30
- December 1
- December 2
- December 3
- December 4
- December 5
- December 7
- December 8 - Corey Taylor, American rock vocalist (Slipknot, Stone Sour)
- December 9 - Bárbara Padilla, American operatic soprano
- December 10
- December 11 - Mos Def, African-American rapper and actor
- December 12 - Paz Lenchantin, Argentine-American musician
- December 14
- December 15 - Surya Bonaly, French figure skater
- December 16 - Scott Storch, American hip-hop producer
- December 17
- December 18 - Darryl Brown, Trinidad and West Indian cricketer
- December 20 - Antti Kasvio, Finnish swimmer
- December 21 - Mike Alstott, American football player
- December 24
- December 25 - Chris Harris, American professional wrestler
- December 26 - Reichen Lehmkuhl, American lawyer, businessman, reality show winner, former model, and former occasional actor
- December 27
- December 28
- December 29
- December 30
- 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 8
- 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 18
- 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 21
- May 26 )
- 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 4 - Arna Bontemps, African-American Harlem Renaissance writer (b. 1902)
- 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
- 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 13
- September 15 - King Gustaf VI Adolf of Sweden (b. 1882)
- September 16
- September 18 - Théo Lefèvre, 39th Prime Minister of Belgium (b. 1914)
- September 19 - Gram Parsons, American musician (b. 1946)
- September 20
- 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 28
- September 29 - W. H. Auden, English poet (b. 1907)
- October 1 - Mohammad Hashim Maiwandwal, former Prime Minister of Afghanistan (b. 1921)
- October 2
- October 6
- 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 18
- 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 11
- November 12 - Wac?aw Stachiewicz, Polish writer, geologist, and general (b. 1894)
- November 13
- 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 23
- November 25
- 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 4
- 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 20
- December 22 - James Anderson, Australian tennis champion (b. 1894)
- December 23 - Gerard Kuiper, Dutch-born American astronomer (b. 1905)
- December 25
- December 26