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.

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 Newspapers

1973 Newspaper Headlines

1973 was an extremely eventful year in history. Some memorable 1973 headlines include the official end of U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War and the opening of the World Trade Center in New York City. 

Other remarkable 1973 newspaper articles cover topics such as the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision overturning state bans on abortion, 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.

January 14, 1973
Elvis Presley’s concert in Hawaii is watched live by over a billion people worldwide. It’s the first worldwide telecast by an entertainer watched by more people than the Apollo moon landings, but was not shown in Eastern Bloc countries, except East Germany, due to communist censorship. It didn’t air until April in the United States and Brazil.

January 14, 1973
Super Bowl VII takes place, with the Miami Dolphins defeating Washington 14-7 and completing the NFL’s first (and only, thus far) perfect season.

January 15, 1973
Citing progress in peace negotiations, President Richard Nixon announces the suspension of offensive action in North Vietnam.

January 20, 1973
President Richard Nixon is inaugurated for his second term.

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

January 22, 1973
Roe v. Wade:
The U.S. Supreme Court overturns state bans on abortion.

January 23, 1973
President Richard Nixon declares that a peace accord has been reached in Vietnam.

January 27, 1973
United States involvement in the Vietnam War officially ends with the signing of the Paris Peace Accords.

February 27, 1973
The American Indian Movement occupies Wounded Knee, South Dakota.

March 17, 1973
The Queen of England opens the modern London Bridge.

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

March 29, 1973
The last U.S. soldier leaves Vietnam.

April 3, 1973
The first handheld cellular phone call is made by Martin Cooper in New York City.

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

April 6, 1973
Ron Blomberg of the New York Yankees is the first designated hitter in Major League Baseball.

May 3, 1973
The Sears Tower in Chicago is completed, making it the world’s tallest building. It was held until 1988.

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

August 11, 1973
DJ Kool Herc originates the hip hop music genre in New York City.

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

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

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

October 30, 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.

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

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Very great customer service

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Jeff G November 17 2023

Crumbling and expensive. Paid $70 plus for a paper taped back together. Horrible customer serve. At no point do they advertise these papers maybe taped together. Probably because if they did you would not buy it. Deceitful.

  • Historic Newspapers Team November 18 2023

    Thank you for your review.

    We do apologize that you are not happy with the newspaper received.

    We can see that you did contact our Customer Service Team in regards to the item received. It was explained that as you have ordered a 1945 newspaper and therefore 78 years old, unfortunately it will not be received as if you had brought a newspaper today.

    Most of our archived papers are stored in large binders or are already folded, especially the larger broadsheets. As they are genuine originals from that time, they can be fragile therefore we use a special archive tape to reinforce the spine or areas which may deteriorate from excessive use. Some stock we have acquired is stitched into the binders from previous use in places like libraries, universities, private sales etc. Where this is the case, we would have to carefully cut the papers out so we use the tape which is clear and designed so that you can read the paper freely.

    Please accept our apologies for any inconvenienced caused.

    Kindest Regards
    The Historic Newspapers Team

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Very unique, interesting to see what happens 70 years ago.

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It was an 80th birthday gift for my dad. He loved it. Wonderful trip down memory lane. The paper is very fragile and turning the dry pages takes great care, but that just helped with the authenticity and magic of the look into the past. Thanks!

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