August 17th, 1973

August 17th, 1973, fell on a Friday. It was day 229 of 1973. The decade was the 1970s.

47 years, 5 months and 8 days have passed since August 17th, 1973.



Music Singles

Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on August 17th, 1973:

  • United States: Touch Me In The Morning - Diana Ross
  • United Kingdom: I'm The Leader Of The Gang - Gary Glitter

Take Me Back!

The date is August 17th, 1973 and it's a Friday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Leo. Currently, people have "that Friday feeling" and are looking forward to the weekend.

It's summer, so the temperatures are warmer and the evenings are longer than usual. In America, the song Touch Me In The Morning by Diana Ross 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 Edward Heath is the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. 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. A comedy film called "American Graffiti" is currently being shown in movie theaters.

People are watching popular TV shows such as "McCloud", "The Odd Couple", "McMillan & Wife" and "Barnaby Jones". Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Pong" and "Space Race". Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "The Brady Bunch", "Sesame Street", "Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids" and "The Adventures of Black Beauty".

If you're a kid or a teenager, then you're probably playing with toys such as "Etch A Sketch", "Easy-Bake Oven", "Nerf Balls" and "VertiBird (toy helicopter)".


News Topics, Fads & Culture

Trending news stories and fads that were prevalent throughout this time period. These are news stories and events that would have been in the media on August 17th, 1973.

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

  • Roberta Flack - "Killing Me Softly with His Song"

    "Killing Me Softly with His Song" by Roberta Flack would go on to win a Grammy for 1973's Song of the Year.

  • The Sting

    "The Sting" won the Academy Award for Best Picture 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.

  • 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.

  • 1973-74 stock market crash.

    Between the 11th of January, 1973 and the 6th of 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.


Basic Facts

Basic facts and information about this date:

  • 47 years, 5 months and 8 days have passed since August 17th, 1973.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 33 of 1973.
  • Leap Year: 1973 was NOT a leap year.
  • Age: Anyone born on August 17th, 1973, will be 47 years of age.
  • People born in 1973 belong to the "Generation X" generation.
  • Unix Timestamp: The Unix Timestamp for this date is 114390000.


Around This Time...

Notable events that occurred around August 17th, 1973:

  • July 20th, 1973: Bruce Lee dies.
  • July 29th, 1973: Formula One racing driver Roger Williamson dies in an accident.
  • August 2nd, 1973: 51 people are killed on the Isle of Man when a fire breaks out at an amusement centre.
  • This date: August 17th, 1973
  • 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.
  • September 2nd, 1973: Author J.R.R. Tolkien passes away.

Horoscopes & Birthstone Information

Zodiac & Birthstone information:

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on August 17th, 1973, will have the star sign Leo.
  • Leo is the star sign for this date in both the old and the new system.
  • Zodiac Element: Fire.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1973 was the year of the Ox (Yin Wood).
  • Native American Zodiac: August 17th, 1973 falls under the Salmon.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of August will have the birthstone Peridot.

Television Shows

TV shows that you might have been watching around this time.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

1973 - Kid's TV

Children's and Teen TV shows that would have been airing 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

1973 - Toys & Games

Toys and games that would have been 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
  • Easy-Bake Oven
  • Etch A Sketch

Video Games

Popular video games that you might have been playing around this time.

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

Celebrity Birthdays

Celebrities and historical figures that were born on the 17th of August:


US President

Who was the US President on August 17th, 1973?

  • Richard Nixon was the President of the United States.

UK Prime Minister

Who was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on August 17th, 1973?

  • Edward Heath was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

Irish Taoiseach

Who was the Taoiseach (prime minister) of Ireland on this date?

  • Liam Cosgrave was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception Dates

Interesting facts about conception dates.

  • A baby that was born on August 17th, 1973 was probably conceived around the 7th of November, 1972. (Rough Estimate).
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on August 17th, 1973 is the 27th of May, 1974. (Rough Estimate).

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Videos

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Time Difference & Statistics

Here are some fun statistics about August 17th, 1973.

  • 17,328 days have passed since this date.
  • 1,497,142,800 seconds have passed since the August 17th, 1973.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,746,666,600 times.
  • Since August 17th, 1973, earth has travelled approximately 772,525,684,800 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 249,523,800 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 128,754,281 steps. That's about 57,224 miles!
  • Since this date, 17,965,714 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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