1973: Roe V. Wade, Arab-Israeli War, Watergate Investigations, Vietnam Cease-Fire, Agnew Resigns
By Patrick Mondout
While the Roe V. Wade abortion ruling, another Arab/Israeli war, and
in Vietnam were the big stories, the expanding Watergate Scandal
dominated the headlines in 1973. A comet that was billed as the Comet of
the Century before its arrival turned out to be a dud. Comet Kohoutek was
hardly visible to the naked eye.
January 14: The Miami Dolphins complete a
perfect season by beating the Washington Redskins 14-7 in Super
January 20: President
Nixon is inaugurated for his second term.
January 22: All state laws preventing a woman's
right to an abortion during the first three months are ruled
unconstitutional by the Supreme Court.
January 23: A cease-fire
agreement between the U.S. and Vietnam is announced in Paris.
January 27: The cease-fire agreement is signed
and the military draft ends in the United States.
February 12: The first
U.S. prisoners of war are handed over near Hanoi.
February 14: The first returning U.S.
POWs land at Travis Air Force Base in California.
April 8: Spanish artist Pablo Picasso dies at
April 30: Nixon henchmen H.R. Haldeman and John
D. Ehrlichman and Attorney General Richard Kleindienst resign while Nixon
fires John Dean as White House consel.
May 7: Thanks to the Watergate efforts of Bob
Woodward and Carl Bernstein, the Washington Post wins a Pulitzer Prize for
May 17: Senator Sam Ervin's Watergate hearings
June 9: Secretariat becomes the first horse
since 1948 to win the Triple Crown.
July 16: The White House admits that recording
equipment has been used to tape virtually all presidential meetings.
August 22: Henry Kissinger is named U.S.
secretary of state.
September 11: Chilean President Salvador Allende
is killed in a coup.
September 18: The United Nations accepts East
and West Germany as member nations.
October 6: A war between Israel and both Egypt
along the Suez Canal and Syria along the Golan Heights begins.
October 10: Spiro
Agnew resigns as vice president of the United States after pleading
nolo contendere to a count of tax-evasion.
October 17: OPEC begins its oil embargo against
October 24: Their militaries demoralized and
decimated, Egypt and Syria accept a United Nations cease-fire agreement
ending the 2nd Arab-Israeli war.
December 3: The first close-up color photos of
Jupiter are transferred from Pioneer
December 6: Confirmed by the Senate, Gerald R.
Ford becomes the first unelected vice-president of the United States.