April 1, 1973 April Fools' Day

April 1, 1973, was a Sunday. It was 51 years, 1 month, and 19 days ago. The zodiac star sign for this date is Aries.

On This Day

On this day

What happened on April 1, 1973?

  • John Lennon and Yoko Ono hold a press conference to announce the formation of a new landless state called "Nutopia".

Born on April 1, 1973

People who were born on this exact date:

Song charts

Music charts

Songs that were on top of the charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on April 1, 1973:

  • United States: "Killing Me Softly With His Song" by Roberta Flack
  • United Kingdom: "The Twelfth Of Never" by Donny Osmond

The Billboard Hot 100 on April 1, 1973

These were the top five songs on the Billboard Hot 100 chart:

  • Killing Me Softly With His Song - Roberta Flack
  • Also Sprach Zarathustra (2001) - Deodato
  • Neither One Of Us (Wants To Be The First To Say Goodbye) - Gladys Knight And The Pips
  • Love Train - The O'Jays
  • Ain't No Woman (Like The One I've Got) - Four Tops
Play the top singles from 1973
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Five Fingers Of Death

Top movie at the box office

The movie "Five Fingers Of Death" was at the top of the box office on April 1, 1973.


This date occurred 18,677 days ago. Approximately 623 months have passed. It was the 91st day of 1973, in week 13. The decade was the seventies. Daylight saving time (DST) ended in Australia on April 1, 1973, as the clocks went back by one hour. People who were born on April 1, 1973, are now 51 years old and belong to the Generation X generation. The Earth has experienced 208 seasons of weather since then.

Take me back to April 1, 1973

Let's take a stroll down memory lane.

The date is April 1, 1973, and it's a Sunday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Aries. People are currently enjoying their weekend. However, because it's a Sunday, some are dreading the week ahead.

It is April Fools' Day, which means that people are playing practical jokes on one another. The summer of 1973 is drawing closer, and temperatures have started to rise. In America, the song "Killing Me Softly With His Song" by Roberta Flack is at the top of the singles charts, while "The Twelfth Of Never" by Donny Osmond is the number-one song in the UK.

Richard Nixon is the President of the United States, and the movie Five Fingers Of Death is at the top of the box office. Edward Heath is the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. On television, people are watching popular shows such as "What's My Line?", "The Mary Tyler Moore Show", "The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour", and "McMillan & Wife".

In fashion, the hippie look from the 1960s is still popular. Clothing items such as tie dye shirts, bell-bottoms, midi skirts, gauchos and Mexican blouses are being worn by women. Meanwhile, men are wearing dark satin shirts, ethnic-looking tunics, bell bottom jeans, tweed sports jackets and turtlenecks. It's 1973, so radio stations are playing songs from artists such as The Rolling Stones, Tony Orlando & Dawn, Sweet, Elton John, Roberta Flack, Carly Simon, Marvin Gaye and Jim Croce. If you were to travel back to this day, notable figures such as Pablo Picasso, Bruce Lee, J. R. R. Tolkien, and Gram Parsons would all still be alive.

People are playing video games such as "Pong". Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "Underdog", "Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids", "Lassie's Rescue Rangers", and "Schoolhouse Rock!". Children are playing with toys such as Troll doll, the Easy-Bake Oven, Big Jim (action figure), and Kenner SSP Racers.


News, nostalgia, and fads

These are news stories, trending topics, and fads that were popular on April 1, 1973.

  • The kung fu craze.

    The kung fu craze

    Following the success of the Hong Kong martial arts film "Five Fingers of Death" in March of 1973, multiple kung fu movies went on to reach the top of the US box office that year.
  • 1973-74 stock market crash.

    1973-74 stock market crash

    Between January 1973 and December 1974, the Dow Jones Industrial Average lost over 45% of its value. The UK stock market fared even worse, with the FT 30 dropping by over 70%.
  • Hitchhiking is declining.

    Hitchhiking is declining

    Although hitchhiking is still pretty common, it is beginning to decline due to people's falling trust in strangers, lower air travel prices, an increase in highways, and more affordable cars.
  • The US military is withdrawing from the Vietnam War.

    The US military is withdrawing from the Vietnam War

    During 1973, the war in Vietnam was still ongoing. However, by this stage, the US was steadily withdrawing its military from the country. Between 1972 and 1973, the number of US troops in Vietnam fell from 24,200 to 50. Although a peace agreement was signed at the start of 1973, it was quickly broken by both sides.
  • Who were the best NBA players in 1973?

    Who were the best NBA players in 1973?

    The best NBA players in 1973 were Dave Cowens, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, John Havlicek, Spencer Haywood, Nate Archibald and Jerry West.
  • Best soccer players.

    Best soccer players

    In 1973, the best soccer players were Johan Cruyff, Dino Zoff, Gerd Müller, Franz Beckenbauer, Billy Bremner, Kazimierz Deyna, Eusébio, Gianni Rivera, Gunter Netzer and Ralf Edström.
  • The Sting.

    The Sting

    "The Sting" won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1973.
  • Roberta Flack - "Killing Me Softly with His Song"

    Roberta Flack - "Killing Me Softly with His Song"

    "Killing Me Softly with His Song" by Roberta Flack won a Grammy for 1973's Song of the Year.
  • 1973 in movies.

    1973 in movies

    Movies released in 1973 included The Sting, The Exorcist, American Graffiti, Papillon, The Way We Were, Charlotte's Web, Magnum Force, Last Tango in Paris, Live and Let Die, Robin Hood, Paper Moon, The Wicker Man, The Legend of Hell House and Badlands.
  • John Sirica.

    John Sirica

    John Sirica was named Time Person of the Year in 1973. Sirica was the judge who ordered US President Richard Nixon to hand over the Watergate-related recordings.
  • 1973 in music.

    1973 in music

    The Billboard Charts in 1973 were dominated by Marvin Gaye, Carly Simon, Dawn & Tony Orlando, Eddie Kendricks, Elton John, Roberta Flack, Paul McCartney and Wings, Clint Holmes, Billy Preston, Cher, Jim Croce and Diana Ross.
  • The Co-ed Killer is targeting students in California.

    The Co-ed Killer is targeting students in California

    Between May of 1972 and April of 1973, serial killer Edmund Kemper (aka the "Co-ed Killer") was targeting female college students in California.
  • Music cassette tapes are becoming popular.

    Music cassette tapes are becoming popular

    Audio cassettes started becoming widespread from about 1972 onward. Although they lacked the sound quality of vinyl records, they were far more convenient and portable.
  • Color TV surpasses black-and-white.

    Color TV surpasses black-and-white

    Sales of color TV sets were beginning to surpass sales of the older black-and-white models. By this stage, almost all of the popular daytime networks were broadcasting in color.
  • Have a nice day!

    Have a nice day!

    The smiley face and phrases such as "Have a nice day!" and "Have a happy day!" were being plastered onto t-shirts, mugs, and badges.
  • Wallpaper.


    Wallpaper was extremely common in people's homes throughout the 1970s and 1980s. It wasn't until the mid-late 1980s that "modernism" started to creep in.
  • Office workers are using typewriters.

    Office workers are using typewriters

    Although personal computers began to emerge during the 1970s, typewriters were still the norm for most office workers.
  • The Volkswagen Beetle.

    The Volkswagen Beetle

    The Volkswagen Beetle was one of the most common cars on the road. Sales of the vehicle increased following the release of the 1968 film The Love Bug (and its subsequent spin-offs).
  • The Hippie movement.

    The Hippie movement

    The hippie counterculture reached its peak during the late 1960s and early 1970s. The movement, which sprung up in opposition to the Vietnam War, was centered around peace, psychedelic music, sexual liberation, bright colors, and drugs such as LSD and marijuana.
  • Lava lamps are all the rage.

    Lava lamps are all the rage

    Sales of lava lamps increased in the late 1960s. It wasn't until the second half of the 1970s that they started to go out of fashion.
  • The afro hairstyle is at its peak in popularity.

    The afro hairstyle is at its peak in popularity

    The afro hairstyle took off during the 1960s and early 1970s. Public figures such as Angela Davis, Pam Grier, Jimi Hendrix, and the Jackson 5 were among those who sported the style.

Personality traits

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What happened around this time?

News stories, pop culture trends, and other events that happened around April 1, 1973.

  • March 7, 1973: The sci-fi series "The Six Million Dollar Man" makes its debut on television.
  • March 8, 1973:
    • The Northern Ireland sovereignty referendum takes place. It is largely boycotted by the nationalist community.
    • Singer Ron "Pigpen" McKernan passes away.
  • March 20, 1973: Jim Croce releases the song "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown".
  • March 21, 1973: Boxing: Larry Holmes makes his professional debut.
  • March 23, 1973:
    • John Lennon is ordered to leave the United States due to his anti-war efforts.
    • Paul McCartney and Wings release the single "My Love".
  • March 24, 1973: The final episode of Lassie is aired.
  • March 26, 1973: Andre the Giant makes his WWF debut.
  • March 29, 1973: The last American military unit leaves Vietnam.
  • This date: April 1, 1973
  • April 2, 1973: Alphabet murders: 11-year-old Wanda Walkowicz goes missing in Rochester, New York.
  • April 3, 1973: Alphabet murders: The body of missing 11-year-old girl Wanda Walkowicz is discovered close to State Route 104 in Webster, New York.
  • April 4, 1973:
    • NBC airs a 90-minute special of Elvis Presley's concert "Aloha from Hawaii via Satellite".
    • The World Trade Center officially opens in New York City.
  • April 8, 1973: Spanish painter Pablo Picasso dies at the age of 91.
  • April 20, 1973: American serial killer Edmund Kemper hands himself into authorities.
  • April 28, 1973:
    • Bobby Charlton plays his final game for Manchester United.
    • Pink Floyd's record-breaking album "The Dark Side of the Moon" hits #1 on the US Billboard chart.
  • April 30, 1973: Watergate scandal: President Richard Nixon announces that White House Counsel John Dean has been fired and that Attorney General Richard Kleindienst has resigned.
Zodiac info


Zodiac, birthstone, and birth flower information.

Personality summary image

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on April 1, 1973, will have the star sign Aries.
  • Zodiac Element: Fire.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1973 was the year of the Ox (Yin Wood).
  • The Life Path Number for this date is 7.
  • Native American Zodiac: April 1, 1973 falls under the Falcon.
  • Birthstone: A person during the month of April will have the birthstone Diamond.
  • Birth flower (April): The Daisy and the Sweet Pea.

1970s fashion

Photographs of 1970s fashion and hairstyles.

1970s fashion

Television shows

Television shows in April 1973

Television shows that people were watching in April 1973:

TV shows from April 1973.

The Six Million Dollar Man
The Six Million Dollar Man
Barnaby Jones
Barnaby Jones
Last of the Summer Wine
Last of the Summer Wine
The Bob Newhart Show
The Bob Newhart Show
Ghost Story
Ghost Story
The Waltons
The Waltons
The Rookies
The Rookies
Sanford and Son
Sanford and Son
Upstairs, Downstairs
Upstairs, Downstairs

Cars in 1973

1974 saw the introduction of cars such as the Ford Mustang (second generation), the Mitsubishi Lancer, the Toyota Starlet, the Chevrolet Chevelle Laguna, the Buick Regal, and the Volkswagen Passat.

Cars in 1973.

Children TV shows

Cartoons and children's TV shows in April 1973

Children and teenagers were watching the following cartoons and TV series:

Schoolhouse Rock!
Schoolhouse Rock!
Lassie's Rescue Rangers
Lassie's Rescue Rangers
The Adventures of Black Beauty
The Adventures of Black Beauty

Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids
Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids
The Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan
The Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan
The Electric Company
The Electric Company
Help!... It's the Hair Bear Bunch!
Help!... It's the Hair Bear Bunch!
Archie's TV Funnies
Archie's TV Funnies
All in the Family
All in the Family
Sabrina the Teenage Witch
Sabrina the Teenage Witch
Sesame Street
Sesame Street

Toys in 1973

Children were playing with the following toys and games:

Baby Alive (doll)
Baby Alive (doll)
Shrinky Dinks
Shrinky Dinks
Magnavox Odyssey
Magnavox Odyssey
Kenner SSP Racers
Kenner SSP Racers
Big Jim (action figure)
Big Jim (action figure)
Uno (card game)
Uno (card game)
The Rock Flowers dolls
The Rock Flowers dolls
VertiBird (toy helicopter)
VertiBird (toy helicopter)
G.I. Joe Adventure Team
G.I. Joe Adventure Team
Nerf Balls
Nerf Balls
Video games

Video games

Popular video games that people were playing in April 1973.

Pong 1972

Were you born on April 1, 1973?

If you were born on this date, then it is unlikely that you will remember anything from the year 1973.

This is because humans find it difficult to retrieve memories of their early childhood.

If you are looking for some childhood nostalgia, then you should check out April 1, 1979, instead.

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrities, historical figures, and other notable people who were born on April 1.

Otto von Bismarck

Otto von Bismarck

President of Prussia Deceased
Born on April 1, 1815
He was not alive on this date.

Susan Boyle

Susan Boyle

Born on April 1, 1961
She turned 12 on this day in 1973.

Phillip Schofield

Phillip Schofield

TV presenter
Born on April 1, 1962
He turned 11 on this day in 1973.

Randy Orton

Randy Orton

Born on April 1, 1980
He was born exactly 7 years after this date.

Sean Taylor

Sean Taylor

American football player Deceased
Born on April 1, 1983
He was born exactly 10 years after this date.

Jonny May

Jonny May

Rugby player
Born on April 1, 1990
He was born exactly 17 years after this date.

Logan Paul

Logan Paul

Born on April 1, 1995
He was born exactly 22 years after this date.



National holidays and famous events that fall on April 1:


US President

Richard Nixon was the President of the United States on April 1, 1973.


UK Prime Minister

Edward Heath was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.


Irish Taoiseach

Liam Cosgrave was the Taoiseach of Ireland.


Conception dates

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on April 1, 1973 was most likely conceived around July 9, 1972.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on April 1, 1973 is close to December 23, 1973.

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Stats for April 1, 1973


Here are some interesting statistics about April 1, 1973:

  • 18,677 days have passed since this date.
  • 2,668 weeks have passed.
  • 1,613,692,800 seconds have passed since April 1, 1973.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beat approximately 1,882,641,600 times.
  • Since then, the Earth has traveled approximately 832,665,484,800 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 268,948,800 times.
  • You have taken approximately 138,777,581 steps. That's roughly 61,679 miles.
  • 19,364,314 meteors have entered the Earth's atmosphere.
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