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1973 Historical Event(s)
- January 22, 1973 – The Supreme Court of the United States delivers its decision in Roe v. Wade, legalizing elective abortion in all fifty states.
- February 3, 1973 – New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Water Ox in Chinese astrology.
- July 13, 1973 – Alexander Butterfield reveals the existence of the “Nixon tapes” to the special Senate committee investigating the Watergate break in.
- July 28, 1973 – Summer Jam at Watkins Glen: 600,000 people attend a rock festival at the Watkins Glen International Raceway.
- August 8, 1973 – Kim Dae-Jung, a South Korean politician and later president of South Korea, is kidnapped.
- September 20, 1973 – Billie Jean King beats Bobby Riggs in The Battle of the Sexes tennis match at the Houston Astrodome in Houston, Texas.
- October 14, 1973 – 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.
- November 16, 1973 – Skylab program: NASA launches Skylab 4 with a crew of three astronauts from Cape Canaveral, Florida for an 84-day mission.
- December 17, 1973 – Terrorism: 30 passengers are killed in an attack by Palestinian terrorists on Rome’s Leonardo da Vinci Airport.
- December 18, 1973 – Soviet Soyuz Programme: Soyuz 13, crewed by cosmonauts Valentin Lebedev and Pyotr Klimuk, is launched from Baikonur in the Soviet Union.
Who Were Born On 1973?
- March 4, 1973 – Phillip Daniels, American footballer
- April 20, 1973 – Geoff Lloyd, British radio presenter
- August 29, 1973 – Olivier Jacque, motorcyclist
- September 12, 1973 – Ki-Jana Carter, American football player
- September 14, 1973 – Mike Ward, Canadian comedian
- November 2, 1973 – Marisol Nichols, American actress
- November 17, 1973 – Eli Marrero, American baseball player
- November 22, 1973 – Chad Trujillo, American astronomer
- December 30, 1973 – Frans Bauer, Dutch singer