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 (Queens NY)
  • 31 Jan 1973 Pan American and Trans World Airlines cancelled their options to buy 13 Concorde airliners.

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Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?
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The Boss

The Boss

Release year: 1973

Directed by: Fernando Di Leo

Starring: Henry Silva, Richard Conte, Gianni Garko, Antonia Santilli

Steelyard Blues

Steelyard Blues

Release year: 1973

Directed by: Alan Myerson

Starring: Mel Stewart, Donald Sutherland, Howard Hesseman, Morgan Upton

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Which were the most popular books released in January 1973?
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Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach

Jonathan Livingston Seagull


The new complete edition of a timeless classic that includes the never-before-published Part Four and Last Words by Richard Bach.This is the story for people who follow their hearts and make their own rules…people who get special pleasure out of …

Elephants Can Remember by Agatha Christie

Elephants Can Remember


The Queen of Mystery has come to Harper Collins! Agatha Christie, the acknowledged mistress of suspense—creator of indomitable sleuth Miss Marple, meticulous Belgian detective Hercule Poirot, and so many other unforgettable

Open Marriage by Nena and George O'Neill

Open Marriage



Two From Galilee by Marjorie Holmes

Two From Galilee


Here from Marjorie Holines, one of the most beloved authors of our day, is the extraordinary bestselling novel that tells the story of Mary and Joseph as it has never been told before--the greatest love

All Creatures Great And Small by James Herriot

All Creatures Great And Small


The classic multimillion copy bestsellerDelve into the magical, unforgettable world of James Herriot, the world's most beloved veterinarian, and his menagerie of heartwarming, funny, and tragic animal patients.For