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1973 Events

In the United States, 1973 would be a year of unforgettable political turmoil.

Some 1973 events include:


  • Elvis performs a concert in Hawaii, the first world-wide telecast of an entertainer.
  • Nixon suspends offensive action in Vietnam and later in the month announces and then signs the Paris Peace Accord
  • Former president Lyndon Johnson dies


  • The first U.S. POWs are released from Vietnam
  • The American Indian Movement occupies Wounded Knee, SD to call attention to the plight of Native Americans


  • The new London Bridge opens in England
  • The Watergate scandal continues to unfold in Washington D.C.


  • The first handheld cellular phone is produced
  • The World Trade Center celebrates its official opening
  • FedEx begins operations
  • Many figures involved in Watergate resign, including John Ehrlichman and H.R. Haldeman


  • Construction of Chicago’s Sears Tower is completed, making it the tallest building in the world
  • Secretariat wins the Kentucky Derby
  • The Watergate hearings begin to be televised
  • The Skylab space station is launched


  • Secretariat wins the Belmont Stakes and racing’s Triple Crown
  • Soviet president Leonid Brezhnev addresses the American people on TV


  • The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is established
  • Richard Nixon is incriminated during more Watergate hearings


  • The U.S. bombing of Cambodia ends
  • Willie Mays hits his 660th home run


  • Billie Jean King defeats Bobby Riggs in the Battle of the Sexes tennis match
  • Henry Kissinger becomes Secretary of State


  • The Arab-Israeli Yom Kippur War begins
  • Vice President Spiro Agnew resigns


  • Britain’s Princess Anne marries a commoner, Capt. Mark Phillips
  • Gerald Ford is confirmed as the new vice president


  • Apollo 17 landed safely and returned to earth
  • The U.S. passes the Endangered Species Act