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October 6th, 1973.

October 6th, 1973, was a Saturday. It was day 279 of 1973. The decade was the 1970s.

47 years, 8 months and 6 days have passed since October 6th, 1973.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Libra.

On this day.

What happened on October 6th, 1973?

  • The Yom Kippur War begins.
  • Liam Brady makes his debut for Arsenal.

Music charts.

Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on October 6th, 1973.

  • United States: Half-breed - Cher
  • United Kingdom: Eye Level - Simon Park Orchestra
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Take me back to October 6th, 1973!

Let's take a stroll down memory lane!

The date is October 6th, 1973 and it's a Saturday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Libra. Currently, people are enjoying their weekend.

The summer is long gone. Temperatures have started to become much cooler and the evenings are beginning to get darker. Fallen leaves have carpeted driveways, lawns, pathways and sidewalks and there's a fresh earthy scent in the ear. In America, the song Half-breed by Cher is on top of the singles charts.

Over in the UK, Eye Level by Simon Park Orchestra 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. 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. On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "The Odd Couple", "All in the Family", "Last of the Summer Wine" and "Barnaby Jones". Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Pong" and "Space Race".

Children and teenagers are currently watching television shows such as "The Pink Panther Show", "All in the Family", "Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids" and "Star Trek: The Animated Series". If you're a kid or a teenager, then you're probably playing with toys such as G.I. Joe Adventure Team, Uno (card game), Kenner SSP Racers 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 October 6th, 1973.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Basic facts.

Basic facts and information about this date.

  • This date fell on a weekend.
  • 47 years, 8 months and 6 days have passed since October 6th, 1973.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 40 of 1973.
  • Leap Year: 1973 was NOT a leap year.
  • Age: Anyone born on October 6th, 1973, will be 47 years of age.
  • Generation: People born in 1973 belong to the Generation X generation.
  • Unix Timestamp: The Unix Timestamp for this date is 118710000.

Around this time.

Notable events that occurred around October 6th, 1973.

  • September 19th, 1973: Singer Gram Parsons dies of a drugs overdose.
  • September 20th, 1973: American singer Jim Croce is killed in a plane crash.
  • This date: October 6th, 1973
  • October 9th, 1973: Elvis and Priscilla Presley are divorced.
  • October 10th, 1973: Spiro T. Agnew resigns as the Vice President of the United States.
  • October 15th, 1973: Soccer: Brian Clough and Peter Taylor resign from Derby County.
  • October 20th, 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.
  • October 24th, 1973: The first episode of Kojak is aired.
  • October 31st, 1973: Three Provisional IRA prisoners escape Mountjoy Prison in Dublin by helicopter.

Personality traits.

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Horoscope, birthstone & birth flower information.

Zodiac & Birthstone information.

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  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on October 6th, 1973, will have the star sign Libra.
  • However, if you are going by the new star sign system that was discovered in 2020, then the sign for this date is actually Virgo.
  • Zodiac Element: Air.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1973 was the year of the Ox (Yin Wood).
  • The Life Path Number for this date is 9.
  • Native American Zodiac: October 6th, 1973 falls under the Raven.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of October will have the birthstones Tourmaline and Opal.
  • Birth flower (October): The Marigold and the Cosmos.

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.

Kid's TV shows on October 6th, 1973.

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

  • Star Trek: The Animated Series
  • Yogi's Gang
  • 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.

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

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Celebrity birthdays.

Celebrities, historical figures and notable people who were born on the 6th of October.

US President.

Richard Nixon was the President of the United States on October 6th, 1973.

UK Prime Minister.

Edward Heath was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on October 6th, 1973.

Irish Taoiseach.

Liam Cosgrave was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception dates.

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on October 6th, 1973 was most likely conceived around the 27th of December, 1972.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on October 6th, 1973 is close to the 16th of July, 1974.

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Time difference & statistics.

Here are some fun statistics about October 6th, 1973.

  • A total of 17,416 days have passed since this date.
  • 2,488 weeks have passed.
  • 1,504,742,400 seconds have passed since the October 6th, 1973.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,755,532,800 times.
  • Since October 6th, 1973, the earth has travelled approximately 776,447,078,400 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 250,790,400 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 129,407,846 steps. That's about 57,515 miles!
  • Since this date, 18,056,909 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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