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1973 (MCMLXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday.
- June 1 - The Greek military junta abolishes the monarchy and proclaims a republic.
- June 3 - A Tupolev Tu-144 crashes at the Paris air show; 15 are killed.
- June 4 - A patent for the ATM is granted to Donald Wetzel, Tom Barnes and George Chastain.
- June 9 - Secretariat wins the Belmont Stakes, becoming the first Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing winner since 1948.
- June 10 - The grandson of J. Paul Getty is kidnapped in Rome.Confirmation needed
- June 16 - Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev begins several talks with U.S. President Richard Nixon.
- June 20 - The Ezeiza massacre occurs in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Snipers shoot on left-wing Peronists, killing at least 13 and injuring more than 300.
- June 22 - W. Mark Felt ("Deep Throat") retires from the FBI.
- June 23 - A house fire in Kingston upon Hull, England, which kills a 6-year-old boy is passed off as an accident; it later emerges as the first of 26 fire deaths caused over the next 7 years by arsonist Peter Dinsdale.
- June 24 - Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev addresses the American people on television, the first to do so.
- June 25 - Erskine Hamilton Childers is elected the fourth President of Ireland.
- June 25 - Watergate scandal: Former White House counsel John Dean begins his testimony before the Senate Watergate Committee.
- June 26 - At Plesetsk Cosmodrome, 9 persons are killed in the explosion of a Cosmos 3-M rocket.
- June 30 - Very long total solar eclipse. During the entire 2nd millennium, only 7 total solar eclipses exceeded 7 minutes of totality.
- June 30 - MSG Network first televises a WWWF event. This will last nearly 23 years, and has returned in 2006.
- July 1 - The United States Drug Enforcement Administration is founded.
- July 2 - Congress passes the Education of the Handicapped Act (EHA) mandating Special Education federally.
- July 2 - The U.S. television program Match Game begins its 1970s run.
- July 5 - The Isle of Man Post begins to issue its own postage stamps.
- July 5 - The catastrophic BLEVE (Boiling Liquid Expanding Vapor Explosion) in Kingman, Arizona, following a fire that broke out as propane was being transferred from a railroad car to a storage tank, kills 11 firefighters. This explosion has become a classic incident, studied in fire department training programs worldwide.
- July 10 - The Bahamas gain full independence within the Commonwealth of Nations.
- July 12 - 1973 National Archives Fire: A major fire destroys the entire 6th floor of the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis, Missouri.
- July 16 - Watergate Scandal: Former White House aide Alexander Butterfield informs the United States Senate Watergate Committee that President Richard Nixon had secretly recorded potentially incriminating conversations.
- July 20 - France resumes nuclear bomb tests in Mururoa Atoll, over the protests of Australia and New Zealand.
- July 20 - Chinese actor Bruce Lee dies of brain swelling in Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Hong Kong.
- July 21 - The Philippines receives its second Miss Universe title, with Margarita Moran as the winner.
- July 25 - The Soviet Mars 5 space probe is launched.
- July 28 - The Summer Jam at Watkins Glen, a massive rock festival featuring The Grateful Dead, The Allman Brothers Band and The Band, attracts over 600,000 music fans.
- July 28 - Skylab 3 (Owen Garriott, Jack Lousma, Alan Bean) is launched, to conduct various medical and scientific experiments aboard Skylab.
- July 29 - Formula One racing driver Roger Williamson dies in an accident, witnessed live on European television, during the 1973 Dutch Grand Prix.
- July 30 - An 11-year legal action for the victims of Thalidomide ends.Confirmation needed
- July 31 - Militant protesters of Ian Paisley disrupt the first sitting of the Northern Ireland Assembly.
- July 31 - A Delta Air Lines Flight 173 DC9-31 aircraft lands short of Boston's Logan Airport runway in poor visibility, striking a sea wall about 165 feet (50 m) to the right of the runway centerline and about 3000 feet (914 m) short. All 6 crew members and 83 passengers are killed, 1 of the passengers dying several months after the accident.
- September 8 - Star Trek: The Animated Series, the first Star Trek spin-off, premieres on the NBC television network.
- September 11 - Chile's democratically-elected government is overthrown in a military coup after serious instability. President Salvador Allende dies, and General Augusto Pinochet heads a U.S.-backed military junta that will govern Chile for the next 16 years.
- September 15 - Gustav VI Adolf of Sweden dies. His grandson, Carl XVI Gustav, becomes king.
- September 18 - The two German Republics, the BRD and the DDR, are admitted to the United Nations.
- September 20 - The Battle of the Sexes: Billie Jean King defeats Bobby Riggs in a televised tennis match, 6-4, 6-4, 6-3, at the Astrodome in Houston, Texas.
- September 20 - American folk singer Jim Croce dies in a plane crash, in Natchitoches, Louisiana.
- September 22 - Henry Kissinger, United States National Security Advisor, starts his term as United States Secretary of State.
- September 28 - ITT is bombed in New York City to protest their involvement with the coup in Chile.
- October 6 - Yom Kippur War: The fourth and largest Arab-Israeli conflict begins, as Egyptian and Syrian forces attack Israel on Yom Kippur.
- October 10 - Spiro T. Agnew resigns as Vice President of the United States and then, in federal court in Baltimore, Maryland, pleads no contest to charges of income tax evasion on $29,500 he received in 1967, while he was governor of Maryland. He is fined $10,000 and put on 3 years' probation.
- October 17 - The Arab Oil Embargo against several countries which support Israel triggers the 1973 energy crisis.
- October 20 - The Saturday Night Massacre: U.S. President Richard Nixon orders Attorney General Elliot Richardson to dismiss Watergate Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox. Richardson refuses and resigns, along with Deputy Attorney General William Ruckelshaus. Solicitor General Robert Bork, third in line at the Department of Justice, then fires Cox. The event raises calls for Nixon's impeachment.
- October 20 - The Sydney Opera House is opened by Elizabeth II after 14 years of construction work.
- October 26 - The Yom Kippur War ends.
- October 27 - The Canyon City meteorite, a 1.4 kilogram chondrite type meteorite, strikes Earth in Fremont County, Colorado.Confirmation needed
- November 1: Watergate scandal: Acting Attorney General Robert Bork appoints Leon Jaworski as the new Watergate Special Prosecutor.Confirmation needed
- November 3 - Mariner program: NASA launches the Mariner 10 toward Mercury (on March 29, 1974 it becomes the first space probe to reach that planet).
- November 7 - The Congress of the United States overrides President Richard M. Nixon's veto of the War Powers Resolution, which limits presidential power to wage war without congressional approval.
- November 11 - Egypt and Israel sign a United States-sponsored cease-fire accord.
- November 14 - In the United Kingdom, Princess Anne marries a commoner, Captain Mark Phillips, in Westminster Abbey (they divorce in 1992).
- November 16 - Skylab program: NASA launches Skylab 4 (Gerald Carr, William Pogue, Edward Gibson) from Cape Canaveral, Florida on an 84-day mission.
- November 16 - U.S. President Richard Nixon signs the Trans-Alaska Pipeline Authorization Act into law, authorizing the construction of the Alaska Pipeline.
- November 17 - Watergate scandal: In Orlando, Florida, U.S. President Richard Nixon tells 400 Associated Press managing editors "I am not a crook."
- November 17 - A student uprising occurs against the military regime in Athens, Greece.
- November 21 - President Nixon's attorney, J. Fred Buzhardt, reveals the existence of an 18 1/2-minute gap in one of the White House tape recordings related to Watergate.
- November 25 - Greek Dictator George Papadopoulos is ousted in a military coup led by Lieutenant General Phaidon Gizikis.
- November 27 - The United States Senate votes 92-3 to confirm Gerald Ford as Vice President of the United States.
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 Fictional events
- January 1 - Danny Lloyd, American actor
- January 7 - Jonna Tervomaa, Finnish singer
- January 8 - Sean Paul, Jamaican singer
- January 11 - Rahul Dravid, Indian cricketer
- January 13 - Nikolai Khabibulin, Russian hockey player
- January 14 - Giancarlo Fisichella, Italian race car driver
- January 15 - Tomáš Galásek, Czech football player
- January 16 - Josie Davis, American actress
- January 17 - Cuauhtémoc Blanco, Mexican football player
- January 18 - Crispian Mills, British musician (The Jeevas and Kula Shaker)
- January 19 - Karen Lancaume, French actress (d. 2005)
- January 21 - Chris Kilmore, DJ of the US American alternative rock band Incubus
- January 29 - Jason Schmidt, baseball player
- February 1 - Nick Mitchell, American wrestler.
- February 2 - Aleksander Tammert, Estonian discus thrower
- February 4 - Oscar de la Hoya, American boxer
- February 8 - Sonia Deol, Presenter Network East, BBC Asian Network & programme narrator
- February 9 - Svetlana Boginskaya, Soviet gymnast
- February 11 - Varg Vikernes, Norwegian musician (Burzum)
- February 14 - Steve McNair, American football player
- February 15 - Amy Van Dyken, American swimmer
- February 16 - Cathy Freeman, Australian athlete
- February 20 - Kimberley Davies, Australian actress
- February 22 - Shota Arveladze, Georgian football player
- February 22 - Gustavo Assis-Brasil, Brazilian guitarist
- February 24 - Jordan Jovtchev, Bulgarian gymnast
- February 24 - Richard Clapp, Canadian baseball player
- February 26 - Marshall Faulk, American football player
- February 26 - Jenny Thompson, American swimmer
- February 28 - Eric Lindros, Canadian hockey player
- March 1 - Ryan Peake, Canadian guitarist (Nickelback)
- March 9 - Aaron Boone, baseball player
- March 10 - John LeCompt, American guitarist
- March 13 - Edgar Davids, Dutch football player
- March 17 - Caroline Corr, Irish musician (The Corrs)
- March 19 - Magnus Hedman, Ex. Swedish Footballplayer
- March 22 - Eriko Kurosaki, Japanese nailist
- March 23 - Jason Kidd, American basketball player
- March 24 - Jacek Bąk, Polish footballer
- March 29 - Marc Overmars, Dutch football player
- March 30 - Adam Goldstein, American DJ
- March 30 - Paul Wall, American Rapper, promoter, DJ and Jeweler
- April 1 - Stephen Fleming, New Zealand cricket captains
- April 2 - Roselyn Sanchez, Puerto Rican actress
- April 3 - Matthew Ferguson, Canadian actor
- April 4 - David Blaine, American magician
- April 5 - Pharrell Williams, American musician and producer (The Neptunes)
- April 6 - Rie Miyazawa, Japanese actress and singer
- May 1 - Oliver Neuville, German football player
- May 3 - Michael Reiziger, Dutch football player
- May 7 - Paolo Savoldelli, Italian professional road racing cyclist
- May 10 - Dario Franchitti, Scottish race car driver
- May 12 - Forbes March, American actor
- May 14 - Natalie Appleton, Canadian singer (All Saints)
- May 16 - Jason Acuna, American skateboarder and actor also known as Wee-Man
- May 16 - Tori Spelling, American actress
- May 17 - Josh Homme, founder, frontman and only continuous member of Queens of the Stone Age
- May 24 - Dermot O'Leary, British TV Star
- May 25 - Jean-Pierre Canlis, American Glass Artist
- May 30 - Leigh Francis, British comedian
- May 31 - Dominique van Roost, Belgian tennis player
- June 1 - Fred Deburghgraeve, Belgian swimmer
- June 1 - Heidi Klum, German model
- June 1 - Derek Lowe, baseball player
- June 8 - Lexa Doig, Canadian actress
- June 9 - Tedy Bruschi, American football player
- June 9 - Iain Lee, British comedian and radio and television presenter
- June 10 - Faith Evans, American singer
- June 12 - Darryl White, Australian footballer
- June 13 - Sam Adams, American football player
- June 14 - Ceca Raznatovic, Serbian singer
- June 15 - Neil Patrick Harris, American actor
- June 19 - Yuko Nakazawa, Japanese singer
- June 21 - Juliette Lewis, American actress
- June 22 - Carson Daly, American talk show host
- June 24 - Alexander Beyer, German actor
- June 24 - Claude Chabrol, French movie director
- June 26 - Gretchen Wilson, American singer
- June 28 - Adrian Annus, Hungarian athlete
- June 30 - Chan Ho Park, Korean Major League Baseball player
- July 3 - Emma Cunniffe, British actress
- July 9 - Kelly Holcomb, American football player
- July 11 - Konstantinos Kenteris, Greek athlete
- July 15 - John Dolmayan, Lebanese-born drummer (System of a Down)
- July 16 - Stefano Garzelli, Italian professional road racing cyclist
- July 17 - Eric Moulds, American football player
- July 20 - Peter Forsberg, Swedish hockey player
- July 20 - Haakon Magnus, Crown Prince of Norway
- July 23 - Nomar Garciaparra, baseball star
- July 23 - Fran Healy, British singer (Travis)
- July 23 - Monica Lewinsky, White House intern
- July 25 - Dani Filth, Israeli- born musician (Cradle of Filth)
- July 26 - Kate Beckinsale, English actress
- August 1 - Tempestt Bledsoe, American actress
- August 6 - Asia Carrera, American actress
- August 8 - Scott Stapp, American singer (Creed)
- August 12 - Richard Reid, English terrorist
- August 14 - Kieren Perkins, Australian swimmer
- August 16 - Damian Jackson, baseball player
- August 19 - Mette-Marit Tjessem-Høiby, Crown Princess of Norway
- August 20 - Todd Helton, baseball player
- August 21 - Steve McKenna, hockey player
- August 22 - Howie Dorough, American singer, member of Backstreet Boys
- August 24 - Inge de Bruijn, Dutch swimmer
- August 25 - Dave Chappelle, African-American actor, comedian
- August 28 - DJ Assault, American musician
- September 4 - Jason David Frank, American actor
- September 5 - Rose McGowan, American actress
- September 7 - Shannon Elizabeth, American actress
- September 12 - Darren Campbell, British athlete
- September 13 - Fabio Cannavaro, Italian footballer
- September 14 - Nas, American rapper
- September 17 - Anastacia, American female singer
- September 18 - Mark Shuttleworth, South African entrepreneur
- September 18 - Ami Onuki, Famous Japanese singer, part of Puffy Amiyumi
- September 19 - José Azevedo, Portuguese cyclist
- September 22 - Craig McRae, Australian footballer
- October 2 - Proof, American rapper (d. 2006)
- October 3 - Neve Campbell, Canadian actress
- October 5 - Annabelle Chvostek, Canadian singer/songwriter
- October 9 - Terry Balsamo, American guitarist
- October 10 - Mario López, American actor
- October 11 - Takeshi Kaneshiro, Chinese/Japanese actor
- October 13 - Nanako Matsushima, Japanese actress
- October 13 - Matt Hughes, American mixed martial arts fighter.
- October 21 - Beverly Turner, British TV and radio presenter
- October 22 - Ichiro Suzuki, Japanese baseball player
- October 24 - Levi Leipheimer, American professional cyclist
- October 26 - Seth MacFarlane, American voice actor
- October 29 - Robert Pirès, French football player
- October 30 - Silvia Corzo, Colombian newsreader
- October 30 - Adam Copeland, Canadian professional wrestler, two time WWE Champ
- November 1 - Aishwarya Rai, Indian actress
- November 5 - Johnny Damon, baseball player
- November 7 - Ryan J. Downey, Musician/ TV Reporter
- November 9 - Nick Lachey, American singer
- November 12 - Martin M. Weiss, American author
- November 14 - Lawyer Milloy, American football player
- November 14 - Dana Snyder, American voice actor
- November 26 - Peter Facinelli, American actor
- November 28 - Jade Puget, American guitarist (AFI)
- November 28 - Rob Conway, American Profesional Wrestler
- November 29 - Ryan Giggs, Welsh footballer
- November 29 - Raphael Smith, South African screenwriter and songwriter
- November 30 - Christian Cage, Canadian professional wrestler, Former NWA Champ
- December 2 - Monica Seles, Yugoslavian-born tennis player
- December 2 - Jan Ullrich, German professional road bicycle racer
- December 3 - Holly Marie Combs, American actress
- December 4 - Tyra Banks, American supermodel, talk show host
- December 4 - Steven Menzies, Australian rugby league player
- December 7 - Terrell Owens, American football star
- December 8 - Corey Taylor, Vocalist for Slipknot and Stone Sour
- December 14 - Thuy Trang, Vietnamese-born actress (d. 2001)
- December 14 - Tomasz Radzinski, Canadian footballer
- December 15 - Surya Bonaly, French figure skater
- December 16 - Scott Storch, American hip-hop producer
- December 17 - Paula Radcliffe, British athlete
- December 29 - Theo Epstein, baseball general manager
- December 30 - Jason Behr, American actor
- December 30 - Ato Boldon, West Indian athlete
- December 31 - Nikolay Tsiskaridze, Russian dancer
- January 19 - Max Adrian, Northern Irish actor (b. 1903)
- January 22 - Lyndon Johnson, President of the United States (b. 1908)
- January 23 - Kid Ory, American musician (b. 1886)
- January 24 - J. Carrol Naish, American actor (b. 1897)
- January 26 - Edward G. Robinson, American actor (b. 1893)
- January 31 - Ragnar Anton Kittil Frisch, Norwegian economist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1895)
- February 11 - Hans D Jensen, German physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1907)
- February 15 - Wally Cox, American actor (b. 1924)
- February 19 - Joseph Szigeti, Hungarian violinist (b. 1892)
- February 23 - Dickinson W. Richards, American physician, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1895)
- March 6 - Pearl S. Buck, American writer, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1892)
- March 8 - Ron Pigpen McKernan, American musician (Grateful Dead) (b. 1945)
- March 14 - Rafael Godoy, Colombian composer (b. 1907)
- March 14 - Chic Young, American cartoonist (b. 1901)
- March 26 - Noel Coward, English composer and playwright (b. 1899)
- April 8 - Pablo Picasso, Spanish artist (b. 1881)
- April 16 - Istvan Kertesz, Hungarian conductor (b. 1929)
- April 19 - Hans Kelsen, Austrian-born legal theorist (b. 1881)
- April 21 - Arthur Fadden, thirteenth Prime Minister of Australia (b. 1894)
- April 26 - Irene Ryan, American actress (b. 1902)
- April 30 – Václav Renč, Czech poet, dramatist and translator (b. 1911)
- May 2 - Alan Carney, American actor and comedian (b. 1909)
- May 11 - Lex Barker, American actor (b. 1919)
- May 14 - Jean Gebser, German author, linguist, and poet (b. 1905)
- May 18 - Jeannette Rankin, first U.S. Congresswoman (b. 1880)
- June 4 - Arna Bontemps, Harlem Renaissance writer (b. 1902)
- June 18 - Roger Delgado, English actor (b. 1918)
- July 2 - Swede Savage, American race car driver (b. 1946)
- July 6 - Otto Klemperer, German-born conductor (b. 1885)
- July 7 - Veronica Lake, American actress (b. 1922)
- July 8 - Wilfred Rhodes, English cricketer (b. 1877)
- July 20 - Robert Smithson, American artist (b. 1938)
- July 20 - Bruce Lee, American martial artist and actor (b. 1940)
- July 29 - Roger Williamson, British race car driver (b. 1948)
- August 1 - Gian Francesco Malipiero, Italian composer (b. 1882)
- August 6 - Fulgencio Batista, Cuban dictator (b. 1901)
- August 11 - Karl Ziegler, German chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1898)
- August 12 - Walter Rudolf Hess, Swiss physiologist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1881)
- August 16 - Selman Waksman, Ukrainian-born biochemist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1888)
- August 17 - Conrad Aiken, American writer (b. 1889)
- August 17 - Jean Barraqué, French composer (b. 1928)
- August 17 - Paul Williams, American singer (The Temptations) (b. 1939)
- August 31 - John Ford, American film director (b. 1895)
- September 2 - J. R. R. Tolkien, British writer (b. 1892)
- September 11 - Salvador Allende, President of Chile (b. 1908)
- September 19 - Gram Parsons, American musician (b. 1946)
- September 20 - Jim Croce, American songwriter (b. 1943)
- September 23 - Pablo Neruda, Chilean poet, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1904)
- September 29 - W. H. Auden, English poet (b. 1907)
- September 30 - Peter Pitseolak, Inuit photographer and author (b. 1902)
- October 2 - Paavo Nurmi, Finnish runner (b. 1897)
- October 6 - François Cevert. French race car driver (b. 1944)
- October 10 - Ludwig von Mises, Austrian economist (b. 1881)
- October 16 - Gene Krupa, American jazz drummer (b. 1909)
- October 18 - Margaret Caroline Anderson, American magazine publisher (b. 1886)
- October 17 - Ingeborg Bachmann, Austrian writer (b. 1926)
- October 22 - Pablo Casals, Catalan cellist and conductor (b. 1876)
- November 11 - David "Stringbean" Akeman, American banjo player (b. 1915)
- November 11 - Artturi Ilmari Virtanen, Finnish chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1895)
- November 27 - Frank Christian, American musician (b. 1887)
- December 1 - David Ben-Gurion, Prime Minister of Israel (b. 1886)
- December 3 - Emile Christian, American musician (b. 1895)
- December 20 - Bobby Darin, American singer (b. 1936)
- December 20 - Luis Carrero Blanco, first minister of Spain (assassinated) (b. 1907)
- December 25 - Gabriel Voisin, French aviation pioneer (b. 1880)
- December 25 - Ismet Inonu, Turkish general, prime minister, and president (b. 1884)
- December 26 - Harold B. Lee, president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (b. 1899)
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