October 31st, 1973

October 31st, 1973, fell on a Wednesday. It was day 304 of 1973. The decade was the 1970s.

46 years, 9 months and 11 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.


Music Singles

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. The summer is long gone and temperatures have started to become much cooler. 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.

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. People are watching popular TV shows such as "Marcus Welby, M.D.", "McCloud", "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and "McMillan & Wife".

Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Pong", "Space Race" and "Gotcha". Children and teenagers are currently watching television shows such as "The Bugs Bunny Show", "Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids", "The Adventures of Black Beauty" and "Yogi's Gang". If you're a kid or a teenager, then you're probably playing with toys such as "Clackers", "Crissy (doll)", "Weebles" and "Evel Knievel Stunt Cycle".


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.

    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.

  • 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:

  • 46 years, 9 months and 11 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 46 years of age.
  • People born in 1973 belong to the "Generation X" generation.
  • Unix Timestamp: The Unix Timestamp for this date is 120873600.


Around This Time...

Notable events that occurred around October 31st, 1973:

  • October 6th, 1973: The Yom Kippur War begins.
  • 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..
  • October 24th, 1973: The first episode of Kojak is aired.
  • November 14th, 1973: United Kingdom: Princess Anne marries Captain Mark Phillips.

Horoscopes & Birthstone Information

Zodiac & Birthstone information:

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on October 31st, 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 Libra.
  • Zodiac Element: Water.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1973 was the year of the Ox (Yin Wood).
  • Native American Zodiac: October 31st, 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 you might 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)
  • 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

Celebrity Birthdays

Celebrities and historical figures that were born on the 31st of October:


Holidays

National holidays and famous events that fall on the 31st of October:

  • Halloween
  • Reformation Day

US President

Who was the US President on this particular date?

  • Richard Nixon was the President of the United States on October 31st, 1973.

Conception Dates

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).

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.

How old was I?

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Videos

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Time Difference & Statistics

Here are some fun statistics about October 31st, 1973.

  • 17,087 days have passed since this date.
  • 1,476,313,200 seconds have passed since the October 31st, 1973.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,722,365,400 times.
  • Since October 31st, 1973, earth has travelled approximately 761,777,611,200 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 246,052,200 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 126,962,935 steps. That's about 56,428 miles!
  • Since this date, 17,715,758 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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