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August 2nd, 1973.

August 2nd, 1973, was a Thursday. It was day 214 of 1973. The decade was the 1970s.

48 years, 1 months and 25 days have passed since August 2nd, 1973.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Leo.

On this day.

What happened on August 2nd, 1973?

  • 51 people are killed on the Isle of Man when a fire breaks out at an amusement centre.

Music charts.

Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on August 2nd, 1973.

  • United States: The Morning After - Maureen McGovern
  • United Kingdom: I'm The Leader Of The Gang - Gary Glitter
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Karado: The Hong Kong Flash

Top movie at the Box Office.

The movie "Karado: The Hong Kong Flash" was at the top of the box office on August 2nd, 1973.

Take me back to August 2nd, 1973!

Let's take a stroll down memory lane!

The date is August 2nd, 1973 and it's a Thursday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Leo. It's summer, so the temperatures are warmer and the evenings are longer than usual.

In America, the song The Morning After by Maureen McGovern is on top of the singles charts. Over in the UK, I'm The Leader Of The Gang by Gary Glitter is the number one hit song. Richard Nixon is currently the President of the United States and the movie Karado: The Hong Kong Flash is at the top of the Box Office.

In the United Kingdom, Edward Heath is the current Prime Minister. 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 J. R. R. Tolkien, Gram Parsons and Oskar Schindler would all be still alive. On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "Here's Lucy", "The Brady Bunch", "All in the Family" and "McMillan & Wife". Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Pong" and "Space Race".

Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "Captain Kangaroo", "The Bugs Bunny Show", "JOT the Dot" and "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood". Popular toys at the moment include the likes of Etch A Sketch, Weebles, Uno (card game) and Magnavox Odyssey.

News topics, fads & culture.

Trending news stories and fads that were prevalent at this time. These are news stories and events that would have been in the media on August 2nd, 1973.

  • The Watergate hearings.

    The Watergate hearings.

    Between the May and August of 1973, the Senate Watergate Committee carried out a number of televised hearings in relation to the Watergate Scandal. John Dean, who had served as the White House Counsel until he was fired in April of 1973, told investigators that he had discussed the Watergate cover-up with US President Richard Nixon. In July of 1973, Nixon refuses to hand over presidential tape recordings to investigators.

  • 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 U.K. stock market fared even worse, with the FT 30 losing over 70% of its value.

  • 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.

  • Who were the best football players in 1973?

    Who were the best football players in 1973?

    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 as the Time Person of the Year in 1973. Sirica was the judge who ordered U.S. 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.

  • Music cassette tapes are becoming popular.

    Music cassette tapes are becoming popular.

    From about 1972 onward, audio cassettes started to become more widespread. 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.

    Around this period, sales of color TV sets began to surpass sales of the older black-and-white sets. By this stage, almost all of the popular daytime networks were broadcasting in color.

  • Have a nice day!

    Have a nice day!

    Around this time, 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.

  • The Hippie movement.

    The Hippie movement.

    In the late 1960s and early 1970s, the hippie counterculture was at its height in popularity. 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.

    In the late 1960s, sales of lava lamps took off. 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.

    In the late 1960s and early 1970s, the afro hairstyle was at its peak in popularity. Public figures such as Angela Davis, Pam Grier, Jimi Hendrix and the Jackson 5 were among those who sported the style.

Basic facts.

Basic facts and information about this date.

  • 48 years, 1 months and 25 days have passed since August 2nd, 1973.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 31 of 1973.
  • Leap Year: 1973 was NOT a leap year.
  • Age: Anyone born on August 2nd, 1973, will be 48 years of age.
  • Generation: People born in 1973 belong to the Generation X generation.
  • Unix Timestamp: The Unix Timestamp for this date is 113094000.

Around this time.

Notable events that occurred around August 2nd, 1973.

  • July 14th, 1973: The rock and roll duo "The Everly Brothers" break up after Phil Everly storms off stage during a performance in Buena Park, California.
  • July 20th, 1973: Martial artist Bruce Lee dies at the age of 32.
  • July 21st, 1973: Israeli Mossad agents mistakenly kill a waiter in Lillehammer, Norway.
  • July 25th, 1973: Former Canadian Prime Minister Louis St. Laurent passes away at the age of 91.
  • July 29th, 1973: Formula One racing driver Roger Williamson dies in an accident.
  • July 31st, 1973: 87 people die after Delta Air Lines Flight 723 crashes during landing at Logan International Airport in Boston, Massachusetts.
  • This date: August 2nd, 1973
  • August 6th, 1973: Singer Stevie Wonder is seriously injured in a car accident while on tour in North Carolina.
  • August 11th, 1973: The coming-of-age film "American Graffiti" is released in movie theaters.
  • August 25th, 1973: 11-year-old Joanne Ratcliffe and 4-year-old Kirste Gordon go missing at an Australian rules football match in Adelaide, Australia.
  • August 28th, 1973: Soul singer Marvin Gaye releases his landmark album "Let's Get It On".

Personality traits.

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Horoscope, birthstone & birth flower information.

Zodiac & Birthstone information.

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  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on August 2nd, 1973, will have the star sign Leo.
  • However, if you are going by the new star sign system that was discovered in 2020, then the sign for this date is actually Cancer.
  • 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 3.
  • Native American Zodiac: August 2nd, 1973 falls under the Salmon.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of August will have the birthstone Peridot.
  • Birth flower (August): The Gladiolus and the Poppy.

Photos of 1970s fashion.

Photographs of 1970s fashion and hairstyles.

Photos of 1970s fashion.

TV shows.

Television shows that people were watching on this date.

  • Barnaby Jones - Television series about a Private Detective and his widowed daughter-in-law.
  • Last of the Summer Wine - British sitcom about three senior citizens in the Yorkshire Dales.
  • M*A*S*H - TV series about an American military medical unit during the Korean War.
  • The Waltons - TV series about a family living in rural Virginia during the Great Depression.
  • Maude - Sitcom starring Bea Arthur as Maude Findlay. Spin-off of All in the Family.
  • Emergency! - TV series about a fire department in LA.
  • Upstairs, Downstairs - British drama series about the aristocratic Bellamy family and their household staff.
  • McMillan & Wife - TV show about a San Francisco police commissioner and his wife Sally.
  • The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour - Variety show starring pop singers Sonny Bono and Cher.
  • All in the Family - American sitcom about the life of a working-class father and his family.
  • The Odd Couple - Starring Tony Randall as Felix Unger and Jack Klugman as Oscar Madison.
  • The Mary Tyler Moore Show - Sitcom about a career-oriented woman who moves to Minneapolis after separating from her partner.
  • The Flip Wilson Show - Variety show hosted by Flip Wilson.
  • McCloud - A New Mexico deputy marshall gets assigned to Manhattan's 27th Precinct.
  • The Brady Bunch - Sitcom about a large family with six children.
  • Marcus Welby, M.D. - Medical drama television program.
  • Here's Lucy - Sitcom starring Lucille Ball.
  • Columbo. - Crime drama television series starring Peter Falk as Columbo.
  • Gunsmoke - Western drama series.
  • What's My Line? - Panel game show.

Kid's TV shows on August 2nd, 1973.

Children's cartoons and Teen TV shows that were being aired on this date in 1973.

  • The Adventures of Black Beauty
  • Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids
  • All in the Family
  • Sesame Street
  • The Brady Bunch
  • The Pink Panther Show
  • Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
  • JOT the Dot
  • Underdog
  • The Bugs Bunny Show
  • Captain Kangaroo

Popular toys and games in 1973.

Toys and games that were popular on this date in 1973.

  • Evel Knievel Stunt Cycle
  • Baby Alive (doll)
  • Shrinky Dinks
  • Magnavox Odyssey
  • Kenner SSP Racers
  • Big Jim (action figure)
  • Uno (card game)
  • Weebles
  • VertiBird (toy helicopter)
  • G.I. Joe Adventure Team
  • Nerf Balls
  • Frisbee
  • Crissy (doll)
  • Clackers
  • Battleship (game)
  • Lite-Brite
  • The Easy-Bake Oven
  • Etch A Sketch

Video games.

Popular video games that people were playing on this date.

  • Space Race - Arcade game in which two players each control a rocket ship.
  • Pong - Table tennis game.

Were you born on this date?

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

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Celebrity birthdays.

Celebrities, historical figures and other notable people who were born on August 2nd.

James Baldwin

Writer. Deceased
Born on August 2nd, 1924
He turned 49 on this day in 1973.

Edward Furlong

Actor.
Born on August 2nd, 1977
He was born exactly 4 years after this date.

Holidays.

National holidays and famous events that fall on the 2nd of August.

  • Republic Day (Republic of Macedonia)

US President.

Richard Nixon was the President of the United States on August 2nd, 1973.

UK Prime Minister.

Edward Heath was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on August 2nd, 1973.

Irish Taoiseach.

Liam Cosgrave was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception dates.

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on August 2nd, 1973 was most likely conceived around the 23rd of October, 1972.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on August 2nd, 1973 is close to the 12th of May, 1974.

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Time difference & statistics.

Here are some fun statistics about August 2nd, 1973.

  • A total of 17,588 days have passed since this date.
  • 2,512 weeks have passed.
  • 1,519,603,200 seconds have passed since the August 2nd, 1973.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,772,870,400 times.
  • Since August 2nd, 1973, the earth has travelled approximately 784,115,251,200 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 253,267,200 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 130,685,875 steps. That's about 58,083 miles!
  • Since this date, 18,235,238 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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