October 31st, 1973, fell on a Wednesday. It was day 304 of 1973. The decade was the 1970s.
47 years, 5 months and 19 days have passed since October 31st, 1973.
On This Date
Events that occurred on October 31st, 1973:
Three Provisional IRA prisoners escape Mountjoy Prison in Dublin by helicopter.
Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on October 31st, 1973:
United States: Midnight Train To Georgia - Gladys Knight & Pips
United Kingdom: Daydreamer / Puppy Song - David Cassidy
Take Me Back!
The date is October 31st, 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. It's Halloween, so kids are trick-or-treating and horror movies are being shown on TV. 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 "The Brady Bunch", "All in the Family", "McMillan & Wife" and "Upstairs, Downstairs".
Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Pong", "Space Race" and "Gotcha". Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "The Bugs Bunny Show", "The Pink Panther Show", "All in the Family" and "Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids". Popular toys include the likes of "Easy-Bake Oven", "Crissy (doll)", "Nerf Balls" and "Big Jim (action figure)".
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 31st, 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 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" 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.
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 and information about this date:
47 years, 5 months and 19 days have passed since October 31st, 1973.
Week Number: This date occurred during Week 44 of 1973.
Leap Year: 1973 was NOT a leap year.
Age: Anyone born on October 31st, 1973, will be 47 years of age.
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.
National holidays and famous events that fall on the 31st of October:
Who was the US President on October 31st, 1973?
Richard Nixon was the President of the United States.
UK Prime Minister
Who was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on October 31st, 1973?
Edward Heath was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
Who was the Taoiseach (Prime Minister) of Ireland on this date?
Liam Cosgrave was the Taoiseach of Ireland.
Interesting facts about conception dates.
A baby that was born on October 31st, 1973 was probably conceived around the 21st of January, 1973. (Rough Estimate).
The due date for a baby that was conceived on October 31st, 1973 is the 10th of August, 1974. (Rough Estimate).
How old was I?
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Time Difference & Statistics
Here are some fun statistics about October 31st, 1973.
17,338 days have passed since this date.
1,497,999,600 seconds have passed since the October 31st, 1973.
If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,747,666,200 times.
Since October 31st, 1973, earth has travelled approximately 772,967,793,600 miles through space.
If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 249,666,600 times.
If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 128,827,966 steps. That's about 57,257 miles!
Since this date, 17,975,995 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!
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