October 1973 calendar

October 1973

Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in October 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 October 1973: find out below


Historical Events

Which were the important events of October 1973?


  • 01 Oct 1973 USSR-West Germany gas tunnel opens
  • 03 Oct 1973 Willi Stoph succeeds Walter Ulbricht as East German party leader
  • 04 Oct 1973 Hans of Manens ballet Adagio Hammerklavier premieres in Amsterdam
  • 05 Oct 1973 Signature of the European Patent Convention.
  • 06 Oct 1973 Yom Kippur War begins as Syria and Egypt attack Israel
  • 07 Oct 1973 Sandra Haynie wins LPGA Lincoln-Mercury Golf Open
  • 08 Oct 1973 Spyris Markezinis forms government in Greece
  • 09 Oct 1973 1st general striking in Luxembourg since 1942
  • 10 Oct 1973 New York Mets beat Cin Reds in Game 5 of the NLCS
  • 11 Oct 1973 Oakland beats Baltimore 3 games to 2 to win AL pennant
  • 12 Oct 1973 Israeli counter offensive in southern Syria
  • 13 Oct 1973 Jordan enters Yom Kippur war
  • 14 Oct 1973 Egyptian tanks move further into Israel
  • 15 Oct 1973 7th Country Music Association Award: Roy Clark wins
  • 16 Oct 1973 Israeli tanks under General Sharon move through Suez Canal
  • 17 Oct 1973 Arabs decrease oil production
  • 18 Oct 1973 Raisin opens at 46th St. Theater NYC for 847 performances
  • 19 Oct 1973 Ringo releases Photograph
  • 20 Oct 1973 Canadian actor William Shatner (Star Trek) marries Marcy Lafferty
  • 21 Oct 1973 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Waco Tribune Herald Ladies Golf Classic
  • 22 Oct 1973 Israeli troops reconquer mountain Hermon
  • 23 Oct 1973 Yankee GM and President Lee MacPhail named AL President
  • 24 Oct 1973 John Lennon sues US government to admit FBI is tapping his phone
  • 25 Oct 1973 Cubs trade Ferguson Jenkins to Rangers for Bill Madlock and Vic Harris
  • 26 Oct 1973 Israeli forces reach Suez, trapping Egyptian army
  • 27 Oct 1973 1st time Islanders beat Rangers-3-2
  • 28 Oct 1973 Sharon Miller wins LPGA Corpus Christi Civitan Golf Open
  • 30 Oct 1973 The Bosporus Bridge in Istanbul, Turkey is completed, connecting the continents of Europe and Asia over the Bosporus for the first time.
  • 31 Oct 1973 Tom Seaver wins NL Cy Young Award
  • 06 Oct 1973 Egypt and Syria launch coordinated attacks against Israel, beginning the Yom Kippur War.
vinyl songs

Music charts

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

  1. - Half-Breed
  2. - Angie
  3. - Midnight Train To Georgia
  4. - Loves Me Like A Rock
  5. - Ramblin Man

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - Eye Level
  2. - Daydreamer / Puppy Song
  3. - My Friend Stan
  4. - Ballroom Blitz
  5. - Nutbush City Limits


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in October 1973?

The Hollow Hills by Mary Stewart

The Hollow Hills


The young Arthur Pendragon is being watched over by the prince and prophet Merlin Ambrosius, who are haunted daily by visions of the magical sword Caliburn that has been kept secret for centuries.

Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut

Breakfast of Champions


Breakfast of Champions is Kurt Vonnegut’s most beloved character, Kilgore Trout. He discovers to his horror that a Midwest car dealer has taken his fiction as fact in Breakfast of Champions.

Facing The Lions by Tom Wicker

Facing The Lions


Rich Morgan, Washington bureau chief of a major national newspaper fly south to attend Senator Hunt Anderson's funeral. To bring together the many threads of love, trust, and betrayal that were involved in this tragedy,

The Salamander by Morris L. West

The Salamander


There are some slight signs of wear

In One Era And Out The Other by Sam Levenson

In One Era And Out The Other


Sam Levenson, a beloved humorist and author, finds that his old worldviews don’t match the new one. Levenson was the youngest of eight children born to a large Jewish immigrant family.