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August 24, 1973

August 24, 1973, was a Friday. It was 50 years, 8 months, and 25 days ago. The zodiac star sign for this date is Virgo.

Birthdays

Born on August 24, 1973

People who were born on this exact date:

Song charts

Popular songs

On August 24, 1973, the following songs were at the top of the music charts in the USA and the UK:

  • United States: "Brother Louie" by Stories
  • United Kingdom: "Young Love" by Donny Osmond

The Billboard Hot 100 on August 24, 1973

These songs were dominating the music charts:

  • Touch Me In The Morning - Diana Ross
  • Live And Let Die - Wings
  • Brother Louie - Stories
  • The Morning After - Maureen McGovern
  • Let's Get It On - Marvin Gaye
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A Spotify playlist of songs from the year 1973. Take a trip back to the days of Stevie Wonder, David Bowie, Deep Purple, the Doobie Brothers and Elton John.
Paper Moon

Top movie

The top movie on this day was "Paper Moon".

Facts

This date was 18,530 days ago. Approximately 618 months have passed. It was the 236th day of 1973, in week 34. The decade was the seventies. People born on this day are currently 50 years old and belong to the Generation X generation. 206 seasons of weather have come and gone since then.

Take me back to August 24, 1973

Let's take a walk down memory lane.

It is Friday, August 24, 1973. Babies who are born today will have the star sign Virgo. People have "that Friday feeling" and are excited for the weekend.

The summer of 1973 is coming to an end and fall is just around the corner. In America, the song "Brother Louie" by Stories is at the top of the singles charts, while "Young Love" by Donny Osmond is the number-one song in the UK. Richard Nixon is the President of the United States, and the movie Paper Moon is at the top of the box office.

Edward Heath is the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. 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.

A comedy film called "American Graffiti" is currently being shown in movie theaters. If you were to travel back to this day, notable figures such as J. R. R. Tolkien, Gram Parsons, and Oskar Schindler would all still be alive. On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour", "McMillan & Wife", "The Waltons", and "Barnaby Jones".

Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Pong" and "Space Race". Children and teenagers are watching television shows such as "Captain Kangaroo", "Sesame Street", "All in the Family", and "Archie's TV Funnies". Popular toys at the moment include Battleship (game), G.I. Joe Adventure Team, Shrinky Dinks, and Evel Knievel Stunt Cycle.

News

News, nostalgia, and fads

These are news stories, trending topics, and fads that were popular on August 24, 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.
  • 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

    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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Events

What happened around this time?

Notable events that happened close to August 24, 1973.

  • July 25, 1973: Former Canadian Prime Minister Louis St. Laurent passes away at the age of 91.
  • July 29, 1973: Formula One racing driver Roger Williamson dies in an accident.
  • July 31, 1973: 87 people die after Delta Air Lines Flight 723 crashes during landing at Logan International Airport in Boston, Massachusetts.
  • August 2, 1973: 51 people are killed on the Isle of Man when a fire breaks out at an amusement centre.
  • August 6, 1973:
    • Singer Stevie Wonder is seriously injured in a car accident while on tour in North Carolina.
    • The Washington Post reports that US Vice President is being investigated for criminal conspiracy, bribery, extortion and tax fraud.
  • August 8, 1973: US Vice President Spiro Agnew publicly proclaims his innocence in response to recent news that he is being investigated for bribery and tax fraud.
  • August 11, 1973: The coming-of-age film "American Graffiti" is released in movie theaters.
  • August 15, 1973: The United States' bombing of Cambodia comes to an end.
  • This date: August 24, 1973
  • August 25, 1973: 11-year-old Joanne Ratcliffe and 4-year-old Kirste Gordon go missing at an Australian rules football match in Adelaide, Australia.
  • August 28, 1973: Soul singer Marvin Gaye releases his landmark album "Let's Get It On".
  • September 2, 1973: Author J.R.R. Tolkien passes away.
  • September 11, 1973: Civilian rule ends in Chile after a group of military officers led by General Augusto Pinochet carry out a coup.
  • September 19, 1973: Singer Gram Parsons dies of a drugs overdose.
  • September 20, 1973:
    • American singer Jim Croce is killed in a plane crash.
    • Battle of the Sexes: 90 million people tune in to watch female tennis player Billie Jean King defeating Bobby Riggs at the Astrodome in Houston, Texas.
  • September 22, 1973: Golf: The United States wins the 1973 Ryder Cup at Muirfield in East Lothian, Scotland.
Zodiac info

Zodiac

Zodiac, birthstone, and birth flower information.

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  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on August 24, 1973, will have the star sign Virgo.
  • Zodiac Element: Earth.
  • 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: August 24, 1973 falls under the Bear.
  • Birthstone: A person during the month of August will have the birthstone Peridot.
  • Birth flower (August): The Gladiolus and the Poppy.

1970s fashion

Photographs of 1970s fashion and hairstyles.

1970s fashion

Television shows

TV shows in 1973

In August 1973, TV audiences were watching the following series:

TV shows from August 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
M*A*S*H
M*A*S*H
The Bob Newhart Show
The Bob Newhart Show
Ghost Story
Ghost Story
The Waltons
The Waltons
Maude
Maude
The Rookies
The Rookies
Emergency!
Emergency!
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

Kids TV shows on August 24, 1973

Cartoons and TV shows that children and teenagers were watching on this day in 1973:

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

Popular toys and games in 1973

If you were a child on this date, then you may have had some of the following toys:

Evel Knievel Stunt Cycle
Evel Knievel Stunt Cycle
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
Weebles
Weebles
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 August 1973.

Space Race 1973
Space Race
Pong 1972
Pong

Were you born on August 24, 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 August 24, 1979, instead.

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrities, historical figures, and other notable people who were born on August 24.

Yasser Arafat

Yasser Arafat

Palestinian leader Deceased
Born on August 24, 1929
He turned 44 on this day in 1973.

Vince McMahon

Vince McMahon

WWE owner
Born on August 24, 1945
He turned 28 on this day in 1973.

Pacho

Pacho

Colombian drug trafficker Deceased
Born on August 24, 1951
He turned 22 on this day in 1973.

Reggie Miller

Reggie Miller

Basketball player
Born on August 24, 1965
He turned 8 on this day in 1973.

Gemma O'Doherty

Gemma O'Doherty

Conspiracy theorist
Born on August 24, 1968
She turned 5 on this day in 1973.

Chad Michael Murray

Chad Michael Murray

Actor
Born on August 24, 1981
He was born exactly 8 years after this date.

Rupert Grint

Rupert Grint

Actor
Born on August 24, 1988
He was born exactly 15 years after this date.

Elizabeth Debicki

Elizabeth Debicki

Australian actress
Born on August 24, 1990
She was born exactly 17 years after this date.

USA

US President

Richard Nixon was the President of the United States on August 24, 1973.

UK

UK Prime Minister

Edward Heath was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

Ireland

Irish Taoiseach

Liam Cosgrave was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception

Conception dates

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on August 24, 1973 was most likely conceived around December 1, 1972.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on August 24, 1973 is close to May 17, 1974.

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Statistics

Here are some interesting statistics about August 24, 1973:

  • 18,530 days have passed since this date.
  • 2,647 weeks have passed.
  • 1,600,992,000 seconds have passed since August 24, 1973.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beat approximately 1,867,824,000 times.
  • Since then, the Earth has traveled approximately 826,111,872,000 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 266,832,000 times.
  • You have taken approximately 137,685,312 steps. That's roughly 61,193 miles.
  • 19,211,904 meteors have entered the Earth's atmosphere.
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