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December 20th, 1973.

December 20th, 1973, was a Thursday. It was day 354 of 1973. The decade was the 1970s.

47 years, 7 months and 3 days have passed since December 20th, 1973.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Sagittarius.

On this day.

What happened on December 20th, 1973?

  • Spanish Prime Minister Admiral Luis Carrero Blanco is assassinated by a car bomb in Madrid.

Music charts.

Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on December 20th, 1973.

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

Top movie at the Box Office.

The movie "The Way We Were" was at the top of the box office on December 20th, 1973.

Take me back to December 20th, 1973!

Let's take a stroll down memory lane!

The date is December 20th, 1973 and it's a Thursday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Sagittarius. Christmas Day of 1973 is fast approaching and the excitement is building. Department stores are thronged with Christmas shoppers.

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 the movie The Way We Were is at the top of the Box Office.

In the United Kingdom, Edward Heath is the current Prime Minister. 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 Brady Bunch", "All in the Family", "The Waltons" 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 Brady Bunch", "Sesame Street", "Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids" and "Yogi's Gang".

If you're a kid or a teenager, then you're probably playing with toys such as Etch A Sketch, Battleship (game), Nerf Balls and Big Jim (action figure).

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 20th, 1973.

  • Saturday Night Massacre.

    Saturday Night Massacre.

    The Watergate Scandal was ongoing during this period of time. On October 20th, 1973, US President Richard Nixon fired one of the lead prosecutors in the case. Furthermore, Attorney General Richardson and Deputy Attorney General William D. Ruckelshaus were both forced by Nixon to resign after they refused to fire the prosecutor themselves. Following the Saturday Night Massacre, pressure began to mount for the impeachment of the president.

  • The kung fu craze.

    The kung fu craze.

    Following the success of the Hong Kong martial arts film "Five Fingers of Death" in March of 1973, multiple kung fu movies went on to reach the top of the US box office that year.

  • 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.

  • The US military is withdrawing from the Vietnam War.

    The US military is withdrawing from the Vietnam War.

    During 1973, the war in Vietnam was still ongoing. However, by this stage, the US was steadily withdrawing its military from the country. Between 1972 and 1973, the number of US troops in Vietnam fell from 24,200 to 50. Although a peace agreement was signed at the start of 1973, it was quickly broken by both sides.

  • 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.

  • Have a nice day!

    Have a nice day!

    Around this time, the smiley face and phrases such as "Have a nice day!" and "Have a happy day!" were being plastered onto t-shirts, mugs and badges.

  • 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.

  • Lava lamps are all the rage.

    Lava lamps are all the rage.

    In the late 1960s, sales of lava lamps took off. It wasn't until the second half of the 1970s that they started to go out of fashion.

  • The afro hairstyle is at its peak in popularity.

    The afro hairstyle is at its peak in popularity.

    In the late 1960s and early 1970s, the afro hairstyle was at its peak in popularity. Public figures such as Angela Davis, Pam Grier, Jimi Hendrix and the Jackson 5 were among those who sported the style.

Basic facts.

Basic facts and information about this date.

  • 47 years, 7 months and 3 days have passed since December 20th, 1973.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 51 of 1973.
  • Leap Year: 1973 was NOT a leap year.
  • Age: Anyone born on December 20th, 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 125193600.

Around this time.

Notable events that occurred around December 20th, 1973.

  • November 25th, 1973: Albert DeSalvo, the man suspected of being the Boston Stranger, is found stabbed to death in prison.
  • November 26th, 1973: Alphabet murders: 11-year-old Michelle Maenza goes missing in Rochester, New York.
  • November 28th, 1973: Alphabet murders: The body of missing 11-year-old girl Michelle Maenza is discovered on a rural road in Macedon, New York.
  • 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 20th, 1973
  • 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 20th, 1973, will have the star sign Sagittarius.
  • Sagittarius is the star sign for this date in both the old and the new system.
  • 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 7.
  • Native American Zodiac: December 20th, 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.
  • 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.
  • The Flip Wilson Show - Variety show hosted by Flip Wilson.
  • McCloud - A New Mexico deputy marshall gets assigned to Manhattan's 27th Precinct.
  • The Brady Bunch - Sitcom about a large family with six children.
  • Marcus Welby, M.D. - Medical drama television program.
  • Here's Lucy - Sitcom starring Lucille Ball.
  • Columbo. - Crime drama television series starring Peter Falk as Columbo.
  • Gunsmoke - Western drama series.

Kid's TV shows on December 20th, 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.

  • Shrinky Dinks
  • 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.

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 other notable people who were born on December 20th.

Ashley Cole

Soccer player.
Born on December 20th, 1980
He was born exactly 7 years after this date.

Jonah Hill

Actor.
Born on December 20th, 1983
He was born exactly 10 years after this date.

Lucy Pinder

Model.
Born on December 20th, 1983
She was born exactly 10 years after this date.

JoJo

Singer.
Born on December 20th, 1990
She was born exactly 17 years after this date.

Jorginho

Soccer player.
Born on December 20th, 1991
He was born exactly 18 years after this date.

Dylan Wang

Chinese actor.
Born on December 20th, 1998
He was born exactly 25 years after this date.

US President.

Richard Nixon was the President of the United States on December 20th, 1973.

UK Prime Minister.

Edward Heath was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on December 20th, 1973.

Irish Taoiseach.

Liam Cosgrave was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception dates.

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on December 20th, 1973 was most likely conceived around the 12th of March, 1973.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on December 20th, 1973 is close to the 29th of September, 1974.

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Time difference & statistics.

Here are some fun statistics about December 20th, 1973.

  • A total of 17,383 days have passed since this date.
  • 2,483 weeks have passed.
  • 1,501,887,600 seconds have passed since the December 20th, 1973.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,752,202,200 times.
  • Since December 20th, 1973, the earth has travelled approximately 774,974,001,600 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 250,314,600 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 129,162,334 steps. That's about 57,405 miles!
  • Since this date, 18,022,651 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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