January 1973 calendar

January 1973

Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in January 1973.
The US president was Richard Nixon (Republican), the UK Prime Minister was Edward Heath (Conservative), Pope St Paul VI was leading the Catholic Church.

But much more happened on January 1973: find out below


Historical Events

Which were the important events of January 1973?


  • 01 Jan 1973 West African Economic Community forms (Benin, Ivory Coast, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal, Upper Volta).
  • 03 Jan 1973 George Steinbrenner III buys New York Yankees from CBS for US$12 million.
  • 04 Jan 1973 The pilot episode of the longest-running TV comedy series in the world ''Last of the Summer Wine'' is broadcast in the United Kingdom.
  • 05 Jan 1973 Netherlands recognizes German Democratic Republic.
  • 06 Jan 1973 Schoolhouse Rock, premieres on ABC-TV with Multiplication Rock
  • 07 Jan 1973 Purlie closes at Billy Rose Theater NYC after 14 performances
  • 08 Jan 1973 Tricks opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 8 performances
  • 09 Jan 1973 Luna 21 launched, to Moon
  • 10 Jan 1973 Gas tank on Staten Island explodes, 40 die
  • 11 Jan 1973 American League adopts designated hitter rule.
  • 13 Jan 1973 Tricks closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 8 performances
  • 14 Jan 1973 Grateful Dead bass player, Phil Lesh, busted on drugs in California
  • 15 Jan 1973 Gene Shalit joins Today Show panel
  • 16 Jan 1973 NBC presents 440th and final showing of Bonanza
  • 17 Jan 1973 City of Amsterdam decides to support Hanoi, Vietnam.
  • 18 Jan 1973 Boston Red Sox sign Orlando Cepeda as first player signed as a designated hitter.
  • 20 Jan 1973 U.S. President Richard Nixon is inaugurated for his second term.
  • 21 Jan 1973 Leslie Nielson appears on M*A*S*H in Ringbanger
  • 22 Jan 1973 Roe vs. Wade: US Supreme Court legalizes some abortions
  • 23 Jan 1973 Jordan Air crash at Kano, Nigeria kills 176 Muslim pilgrims.
  • 24 Jan 1973 Warren Spahn is elected to Baseball Hall of Fame.
  • 25 Jan 1973 English actor Derren Nesbitt is convicted of assaulting his wife Anne Aubrey.
  • 26 Jan 1973 Belgium government of Leburton forms.
  • 27 Jan 1973 US and Vietnam sign cease-fire, ending longest US war and milt draft
  • 28 Jan 1973 Barnaby Jones premieres on CBS TV
  • 30 Jan 1973 1st Kiss concert
  • 31 Jan 1973 Pan American and Trans World Airlines cancelled their options to buy 13 Concorde airliners.
  • 01 Jan 1973 Denmark, Ireland and the United Kingdom are admitted into the European Economic Community.
vinyl songs

Music charts

Which were the top hits in January 1973?
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Top #5 songs in the USA

  1. - You're So Vain
  2. - Superstition
  3. - Clair
  4. - Me And Mrs. Jones
  5. - Crocodile Rock

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - I Love You Love Me Love
  2. - Long Haired Lover From Liverpool
  3. - The Jean Genie
  4. - Blockbuster
  5. - Merry Xmas Everybody


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in January 1973?

Elephants Can Remember by Agatha Christie

Elephants Can Remember


Harper Collins is now the Queen of Mystery! Agatha Christie is the acknowledged mistress suspense--creator and indomitable sleuth Miss Marple as well as meticulous Belgian detective Hercule poirot and many other memorable characters

Two From Galilee by Marjorie Holmes

Two From Galilee


Marjorie Holines is one of our most loved authors. This extraordinary bestseller tells the story about Mary and Joseph in a way that has never before been told. It's the greatest love story.

Once Is Not Enough by Jacqueline Susann

Once Is Not Enough


Entertainment was once a world that didn't sleep. Models, magazine editors, and pop stars all visited "vitamin doctors", to get shots that would enable them to stay awake all night, then work the next day in offices with Calderesque mobiles …

All Creatures Great And Small by James Herriot

All Creatures Great And Small


This classic bestseller is multimillion-copy. Enter the magical world of James Herriot, the beloved veterinarian and his gang of funny, heartwarming, and tragic animal patients.

Harry S. Truman by Margaret Truman

Harry S. Truman


This is the definitive biography about one of the most influential political figures of the 20th Century. Margaret Truman offers rare insight and understanding of her father's life, and Margaret Truman is unsurpassed in this regard.