1973 Newspapers

If you’re curious about what happened in 1973, or looking for recounts of a particular event for research purposes, then our archive of historic newspapers is the ideal place to start. We have the largest collection of authentic newspapers in the world, featuring stories and photos from the perspectives of those who were there at the time.

The 1970s were a prosperous decade in Britain, and households enjoyed access to many of the labour-saving products that had become commercially available in the ‘60s, such asthe microwave. Understand for yourself what it was like to live during this dynamic decade with an original newspaper chronicling the events of the year as they happened, through the eyes and words of those who were present.

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1973 Newspaper Headlines

1973 was an extremely eventful year in history. Some memorable 1973 headlines include the opening of the iconic London Bridge, the release of Pink Floyd’s landmark album “Dark Side of the Moon”, and the opening of the Bosphorus Bridge in Istanbul, which connected two continents: Asia and Europe.

Other remarkable 1973 newspaper articles cover topics such as the marriage of Princess Anne to “commoner” Captain Mark, Billie Jean King’s defeat of Bobby Briggs in a “battle of the sexes” tennis match, and the death of iconic martial artist and actor Bruce Lee.A 1973 newspaper is a wonderful keepsake gift idea for anyone with an interest in history or the year 1973 in particular.

1st January 1973
The United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland and Denmark enter the European Economic Community, which later becomes the European Union.

14th January 1973
Elvis Presley’s concert in Hawaii is watched live by over a billion people worldwide.

20th January 1973
U.S. President Richard Nixon is inaugurated for his second term.

22nd January 1973
Lyndon Baines Johnson, 36th President of the United States (b. 1908) dies after suffering his third heart attack.

17th March 1973
The Queen opens the modern London Bridge.

17th March 1973
Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon“ is released and later becomes one of rock’s landmark albums.

4th April 1973
The World Trade Centre officially opens in New York City with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

1st May 1973
An estimated 1,600,000 workers stop work in support of a Trade Union Congress “day of national protest and stoppage” against the Government’s anti-inflation policy.

23rd June 1973
A house fire in Kingston Upon Hull kills a six-year-old boy and is passed off as an accident. It is actually the first of twenty-six fire deaths caused over the next seven years by arsonist Peter Dinsdale.

20th July 1973
Bruce Lee, Chinese-American martial artist and actor (b. 1940) dies.

29th July 1973
Formula One racing driver Roger Williamson dies in an accident, witnessed live on European television, during the 1973 Dutch Grand Prix

15th August 1973
The U.S. bombing of Cambodia ends, officially halting twelve years of combat activity in Southeast Asia.

20th September 1973
Billie Jean King defeats Bobby Riggs 6-4, 6-4, 6-3 in a televised tennis match named “The Battle of the Sexes“.

20th October 1973
The Sydney Opera House is opened by the Queen after fourteen years of construction work.

30th October 1973
The Bosporus Bridge is completed in Istanbul, Turkey. It connects the continents of Europe and Asia over the Bosporus for the first time in history.

14th November 1973
Princess Anne marries a commoner, Captain Mark Phillips, in Westminster Abbey. They would eventually divorce in 1992.

31st December 1973
The Three-Day Week electricity consumption reduction measure comes into force in the United Kingdom, due to coal shortages caused by industrial action.

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