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1973 Historical Event(s)
- February 3, 1973 – New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Water Ox in Chinese astrology.
- May 8, 1973 – A 71-day standoff between federal authorities and the American Indian Movement members occupying the Pine Ridge Reservation at Wounded Knee, South Dakota ends with the surrender of the militants.
- May 25, 1973 – HNS Velos (D-16), while participating in a NATO exercise and in order to protest against the dictatorship in Greece, anchored at Fiumicino, Italy, refusing to return to Greece.
- July 5, 1973 – Catastrophic BLEVE (Boiling Liquid Expanding Vapor Explosion) in Kingman, Arizona, following a fire that broke out as propane is being transferred from a railroad car to a storage tank, kills 11 firefighters.
- July 10, 1973 – John Paul Getty III, grandson of oil magnate J. Paul Getty, is kidnapped in Rome, Italy.
- September 19, 1973 – King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden has his investiture.
- October 5, 1973 – Signature of the European Patent Convention.
- October 19, 1973 – President Richard Nixon rejects an Appeals Court decision that he turn over the Watergate tapes.
- October 30, 1973 – The Bosporus Bridge in Istanbul, Turkey is completed, connecting the continents of Europe and Asia over the Bosporus for the first time.
- October 31, 1973 – Mountjoy Prison helicopter escape. Three Provisional Irish Republican Army members escape from Mountjoy Prison, Dublin, Republic of Ireland aboard a hijacked helicopter that lands in the exercise yard.
Who Were Born On 1973?
- February 2, 1973 – Aleksander Tammert, Estonian discus thrower
- March 8, 1973 – Justin Thompson, American baseball player
- March 21, 1973 – Stuart Nethercott, English footballer
- April 2, 1973 – Roselyn Sánchez, Puerto Rican singer, model and actress
- April 7, 1973 – Ève Salvail, Canadian model
- May 17, 1973 – Josh Homme, American musician and songwriter (Queens of the Stone Age)
- June 12, 1973 – Jason Caffey, American basketball player
- July 12, 1973 – Christian Vieri, Italian footballer
- August 12, 1973 – Richard Reid, British terrorist (the “Shoe Bomber”)
- December 28, 1973 – Herborg Kråkevik, Norwegian singer and actress