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December 16th, 1973.

December 16th, 1973, was a Sunday. It was day 350 of 1973. The decade was the 1970s.

47 years, 4 months and 24 days have passed since December 16th, 1973.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Sagittarius.

Music charts.

Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on December 16th, 1973.

  • United States: The Most Beautiful Girl - Charlie Rich
  • United Kingdom: Merry Xmas Everybody - Slade

Take me back to December 16th, 1973!

Let's take a stroll down memory lane!

The date is December 16th, 1973 and it's a Sunday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Sagittarius. Currently, people are enjoying their weekend.

The Christmas season of 1973 is in full swing. The decorations are up and festive songs are playing on the radio. In America, the song The Most Beautiful Girl by Charlie Rich is on top of the singles charts. Over in the UK, Merry Xmas Everybody by Slade 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 "Here's Lucy", "M*A*S*H", "Last of the Summer Wine" and "Kojak". 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", "The Pink Panther Show", "All in the Family" and "The Adventures of Black Beauty".

Popular toys at the moment include the likes of the Easy-Bake Oven, Nerf Balls, VertiBird (toy helicopter) and Kenner SSP Racers.

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 December 16th, 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.

  • This date fell on a weekend.
  • 47 years, 4 months and 24 days have passed since December 16th, 1973.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 50 of 1973.
  • Leap Year: 1973 was NOT a leap year.
  • Age: Anyone born on December 16th, 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 124848000.

Around this time.

Notable events that occurred around December 16th, 1973.

  • November 25th, 1973: Albert DeSalvo, the man suspected of being the Boston Stranger, is found stabbed to death in prison.
  • December 5th, 1973: The biographical-crime film Serpico, starring Al Pacino, is released in movie theaters.
  • December 6th, 1973: Gerald Ford becomes the Vice President of the United States.
  • This date: December 16th, 1973
  • December 20th, 1973: Spanish Prime Minister Admiral Luis Carrero Blanco is assassinated by a car bomb in Madrid.
  • December 26th, 1973: The Exorcist is released.
  • January 1st, 1974: Soccer: Manchester United legend George Best plays his final game for the club.
  • January 4th, 1974: Serial killer Ted Bundy carries out his first known attack on Karen Sparks in Washington, Oregon.
  • January 13th, 1974: Super Bowl VIII: The Miami Dolphins defeat the Minnesota Vikings 24-7 at Rice Stadium in Houston, Texas.
  • January 15th, 1974: Serial killer Dennis Rader (BTK) murders four members of the Otero family in Wichita, Kansas.
  • January 15th, 1974: The first episode of "Happy Days" is aired.

Personality traits.

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Horoscope, birthstone & birth flower information.

Zodiac & Birthstone information.

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  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on December 16th, 1973, will have the star sign Sagittarius.
  • However, if you are going by the new star sign system that was discovered in 2020, then the sign for this date is actually Ophiuchus.
  • Zodiac Element: Fire.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1973 was the year of the Ox (Yin Wood).
  • The Life Path Number for this date is 3.
  • Native American Zodiac: December 16th, 1973 falls under the Owl.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of December will have the birthstones Tanzanite, Zircon and Turquoise.
  • Birth flower (December): The Narcissus and the Holly.

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.

  • 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.

Kid's TV shows on December 16th, 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.

  • 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 notable people who were born on the 16th of December.

US President.

Richard Nixon was the President of the United States on December 16th, 1973.

UK Prime Minister.

Edward Heath was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on December 16th, 1973.

Irish Taoiseach.

Liam Cosgrave was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception dates.

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on December 16th, 1973 was most likely conceived around the 8th of March, 1973.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on December 16th, 1973 is close to the 25th of September, 1974.

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Time difference & statistics.

Here are some fun statistics about December 16th, 1973.

  • A total of 17,312 days have passed since this date.
  • 2,473 weeks have passed.
  • 1,495,753,200 seconds have passed since the December 16th, 1973.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,745,045,400 times.
  • Since December 16th, 1973, the earth has travelled approximately 771,808,651,200 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 249,292,200 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 128,634,775 steps. That's about 57,171 miles!
  • Since this date, 17,949,038 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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