October 24th, 1973

October 24th, 1973, fell on a Wednesday. It was day 297 of 1973. The decade was the 1970s.

47 years, 5 months and 29 days have passed since October 24th, 1973.


On This Date

Events that occurred on October 24th, 1973:

  • The first episode of Kojak is aired.


Music Singles

Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on October 24th, 1973:

  • United States: Midnight Train To Georgia - Gladys Knight & Pips
  • United Kingdom: Daydreamer / Puppy Song - David Cassidy

Take Me Back!

The date is October 24th, 1973 and it's a Wednesday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Scorpio. 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. Halloween of 1973 is quickly approaching. In America, the song Midnight Train To Georgia by Gladys Knight & Pips is on top of the singles charts.

Over in the UK, Daydreamer / Puppy Song by David Cassidy 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. "The Way We Were", starring Barbra Streisand, is being shown in movie theaters at the moment. On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "What's My Line?", "McCloud", "M*A*S*H" and "Kojak".

Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Pong", "Space Race" and "Gotcha". Children and teenagers are currently watching television shows such as "JOT the Dot", "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood", "The Brady Bunch" and "Sesame Street". If you're a kid or a teenager, then you're probably playing with toys such as "Battleship (game)", "Clackers", "Nerf Balls" and "Kenner SSP Racers".


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 October 24th, 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.

  • Watergate Continues

    Saturday Night Massacre: The Watergate Scandal continues as US President Richard Nixon fires one of the lead prosecutors in the case. Attorney General Richardson and Deputy Attorney General William D. Ruckelshaus are forced by Nixon to resign after they refuse to fire the prosecutor themselves. Pressure begins to mount for the impeachment of the president. 18 minutes in one of the presidential tapes goes "missing."


Basic Facts

Basic facts and information about this date:

  • 47 years, 5 months and 29 days have passed since October 24th, 1973.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 43 of 1973.
  • Leap Year: 1973 was NOT a leap year.
  • Age: Anyone born on October 24th, 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 120265200.


Around This Time...

Notable events that occurred around October 24th, 1973:

  • October 6th, 1973: Liam Brady makes his debut for Arsenal.
  • October 6th, 1973: The Yom Kippur War begins.
  • 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 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.
  • This date: October 24th, 1973
  • October 31st, 1973: Three Provisional IRA prisoners escape Mountjoy Prison in Dublin by helicopter.
  • November 14th, 1973: United Kingdom: Princess Anne marries Captain Mark Phillips.

Horoscopes & Birthstone Information

Zodiac & Birthstone information:

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on October 24th, 1973, will have the star sign Scorpio.
  • However, if you are going by the new star sign system (2020), then the sign for this date is actually Virgo.
  • Zodiac Element: Water.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1973 was the year of the Ox (Yin Wood).
  • Native American Zodiac: October 24th, 1973 falls under the Snake.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of October will have the birthstones Tourmaline and Opal.

Television Shows

TV shows that people would have been watching around this time.

  • Kojak - TV show about a bald New York detective.
  • 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.

1973 - Kid's TV

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

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.

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

Celebrity Birthdays

Celebrities, historical figures and noteable people who were born on the 24th of October:


US President

Who was the US President on October 24th, 1973?

  • Richard Nixon was the President of the United States.

UK Prime Minister

Who was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on October 24th, 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 October 24th, 1973 was probably conceived around the 14th of January, 1973. (Rough Estimate).
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on October 24th, 1973 is the 3rd of August, 1974. (Rough Estimate).

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Videos

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Time Difference & Statistics

Here are some fun statistics about October 24th, 1973.

  • 17,347 days have passed since this date.
  • 1,498,780,800 seconds have passed since the October 24th, 1973.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,748,577,600 times.
  • Since October 24th, 1973, earth has travelled approximately 773,370,892,800 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 249,796,800 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 128,895,149 steps. That's about 57,287 miles!
  • Since this date, 17,985,370 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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