September 20, 1973

September 20, 1973, was a Thursday. It was 50 years, 8 months, and 4 days ago. The zodiac star sign for this date is Virgo.

On This Day

What happened on this date?

Notable events that occurred on September 20, 1973:

  • 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.
  • American singer Jim Croce is killed in a plane crash.

Born on September 20, 1973

People who were born on this exact date:

Song charts

Top songs

These songs were on top of the music charts in the United States and the United Kingdom on September 20, 1973:

  • United States: "Delta Dawn" by Helen Reddy
  • United Kingdom: "Angel Fingers" by Wizzard

The Billboard Hot 100 on September 20, 1973

These songs were dominating the music charts:

  • Delta Dawn - Helen Reddy
  • Let's Get It On - Marvin Gaye
  • Say, Has Anybody Seen My Sweet Gypsy Rose - Dawn Featuring Tony Orlando
  • Loves Me Like A Rock - Paul Simon (with The Dixie Hummingbirds)
  • We're An American Band - Grand Funk
Play the top songs from 1973
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The Shanghai Killers

Top movie

The top movie on this day was "The Shanghai Killers".


This date was 18,509 days ago. Approximately 617 months have passed. It was the 263rd day of 1973, in week 38. 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 September 20, 1973

Let's take a walk down memory lane.

It is Thursday, September 20, 1973. Babies who are born today will have the star sign Virgo. Schools and colleges are starting again, and fall has officially arrived. As a result, temperatures are beginning to cool, and trees are starting to shed their leaves.

The earthy smells of autumn have started to fill the air. In America, the song "Delta Dawn" by Helen Reddy is at the top of the singles charts, while "Angel Fingers" by Wizzard is the number-one song in the UK. Richard Nixon is the President of the United States, and the movie The Shanghai Killers 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.

If you were to travel back to this day, notable figures such as Oskar Schindler would be still alive. On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "Hawaii Five-O", "Medical Center", "McCloud", and "The Partridge Family". Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Pong" and "Space Race".

Children and teenagers are watching television shows such as "Dastardly and Muttley in Their Flying Machines", "The Electric Company", "The Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan", and "Star Trek: The Animated Series". Popular toys at the moment include Etch A Sketch, Clackers, the Rock Flowers dolls, and Uno (card game).


News, nostalgia, and fads

These are news stories, trending topics, and fads that were popular on September 20, 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%.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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?

Notable events that happened close to September 20, 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.
  • This date: September 20, 1973
  • September 22, 1973: Golf: The United States wins the 1973 Ryder Cup at Muirfield in East Lothian, Scotland.
  • September 28, 1973: The ITT building in New York is bombed by a left-wing militant organization due to the company's involvement in the 1973 Pinochet coup in Chile.
  • October 6, 1973:
    • Soccer: Liam Brady makes his debut for Arsenal.
    • The Yom Kippur War begins when a coalition of Arab states led by Egypt and Syria launches a surprise attack on Israel.
  • October 9, 1973: Elvis and Priscilla Presley are divorced.
  • October 10, 1973: Spiro T. Agnew resigns as the Vice President of the United States and pleads "No Contest" to one felony charge of tax fraud.
  • October 15, 1973: Soccer: Brian Clough and Peter Taylor resign from Derby County.
  • October 19, 1973: OAPEC announces that it will be placing an oil embargo on the United States, Japan, the United Kingdom, Canada, and the Netherlands.
  • October 20, 1973: U.S. Attorney General Elliot Richardson and Deputy Attorney General William Ruckelshaus are fired by President Richard Nixon after they refuse to fire special prosecutor Archibald Cox.
Zodiac info


Zodiac, birthstone, and birth flower information.

Personality summary image

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on September 20, 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 4.
  • Native American Zodiac: September 20, 1973 falls under the Bear.
  • Birthstone: A person during the month of September will have the birthstone Sapphire.
  • Birth flower (September): The Aster and the Morning Glory.

1970s fashion

Photographs of 1970s fashion and hairstyles.

1970s fashion

Television shows

TV series on September 20, 1973

People in September 1973 were watching the following TV series:

TV shows from September 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

Kids TV shows on September 20, 1973

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

The Addams Family
The Addams Family
Super Friends
Super Friends
Bailey's Comets
Bailey's Comets

Inch High, Private Eye
Inch High, Private Eye
Speed Buggy
Speed Buggy
Star Trek: The Animated Series
Star Trek: The Animated Series
Yogi's Gang
Yogi's Gang
Schoolhouse Rock!
Schoolhouse Rock!
Lassie's Rescue Rangers
Lassie's Rescue Rangers
The Adventures of Black Beauty
The Adventures of Black Beauty
The Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan
The Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan

Popular toys and games in 1973

Toys and games that were popular in 1973:

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
VertiBird (toy helicopter)
VertiBird (toy helicopter)
Nerf Balls
Nerf Balls
G.I. Joe Adventure Team
G.I. Joe Adventure Team
Video games

Video games

Popular video games that people were playing in September 1973.

Space Race 1973
Space Race
Pong 1972

Were you born on September 20, 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 September 20, 1979, instead.

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrities, historical figures, and other notable people who were born on September 20.

George R. R. Martin

George R. R. Martin

Born on September 20, 1948
He turned 25 on this day in 1973.

Paul C

Paul C

Hip Hop producer Deceased
Born on September 20, 1964
He turned 9 on this day in 1973.

Jon Bernthal

Jon Bernthal

Born on September 20, 1976
He was born exactly 3 years after this date.

Ricci Guarnaccio

Ricci Guarnaccio

TV personality
Born on September 20, 1986
He was born exactly 13 years after this date.

Khabib Nurmagomedov

Khabib Nurmagomedov

UFC fighter
Born on September 20, 1988
He was born exactly 15 years after this date.


US President

Richard Nixon was the President of the United States on September 20, 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 September 20, 1973 was most likely conceived around December 28, 1972.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on September 20, 1973 is close to June 13, 1974.

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Stats for September 20, 1973


Here are some interesting statistics about September 20, 1973:

  • 18,509 days have passed since this date.
  • 2,644 weeks have passed.
  • 1,599,177,600 seconds have passed since September 20, 1973.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beat approximately 1,865,707,200 times.
  • Since then, the Earth has traveled approximately 825,175,641,600 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 266,529,600 times.
  • You have taken approximately 137,529,274 steps. That's roughly 61,124 miles.
  • 19,190,131 meteors have entered the Earth's atmosphere.
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