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1973 HAPPENINGS

MUSIC

40th Annual Los Angeles Bach Festival.  Dr. Lauris Jones conducting
The Sydney Opera House opens in Australia

POLITICS

US pulls out of Vietnam
US Vice President, Spiro Agnew, resigns in disgrace, becoming the first US Vice President to do so.  Shortly after, he is charged with Income Tax evasion.
John Paul Getty III is kidnapped by a a criminal organization in Italy and held for ransom of over three million dollars.  At first his family believes it to be a hoax and refuses to pay the ransom, until his captors cut off his ear and send it to his family with the threat of returning him in pieces until the ransom is paid. 
US President, Richard Nixon, resigns to avoid impeachment
OPEC begins restricting sales of oil to nations supporting Israel
Basque terrorists kill the Spanish ambassador
Great Britain and Denmark join the EEC 
Bangladesh elects its first Prime Minister
Belize gains independence from Great Britain
Great Britain and Iceland embark on what is dubbed "Cod Wars" over fishing rights
The Bahamas gain independence from Great Britain

POINTS OF INTEREST

The issue of Women's Rights in childbirth becomes a hot issue.
The waterbed is invented
The beginning of the Home Computer
The first use of electronic locks
Video games are introduced
The Microwave oven is invented
Barcodes are introduced to US mail
Genetic Engineering is introduced by Cohen and Boyer
USA space station, Skylab, is launched
Roe vs Wade makes abortion a US constitutional right
The New York World Trade Center becomes the tallest building in the world

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