Centuries: 19th century - 20th century - 21st century
Decades: 1920s 1930s 1940s 1950s 1960s - 1970s - 1980s 1990s 2000s
Years: 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 - 1978 - 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983
- January 1 - the Copyright Act of 1976 takes effect, making sweeping changes to United States copyright law.
- January 1 - Air India's Boeing 747 explodes near Bombay - 213 dead.
- January 4 - Referendum in Chile supports policies of Augusto Pinochet.
- January 10 - Assassination of Pedero Jaoquin Chamorro who had critizised Nicaraguan government. Riots erupt against Somoza's government.
- January 18 - The European Court of Human Rights finds the United Kingdom government guilty of mistreating prisoners in Northern Ireland, but not guilty of torture.
- January 19 - Federal Appeals Court Judge William H. Webster appointed as Director of the FBI
- January 22 - Ethiopia announces ambassador of West Germany as Persona non grata
- January 23 - Sweden becomes the first nation to ban aerosol sprays that are thought to damage earth's protective ozone layer.
- January 24 - Soviet nuclear military satellite falls into atmosphere over Canada
- January 30 - Blizzards in USA kill 90
- February 1 - Director Roman Polanski skips bail and flees to France after pleading guilty to charges of engaging in sex with a 13-year-old girl
- February 8 - Proceedings of the United States Senate are broadcasted on radio for the first time.
- February 11 - 16 Unification Church couples wed in New York NY.
- February 11 - Mobilization in Somalia due to apparent Ethiopian attack
- February 11 - The People's Republic of China lifts a ban on works by Aristotle, Shakespeare, & Dickens.
- February 15 - Rhodesia's prime minister Ian D. Smith and three black leaders agree on the transfer to black majority rule.
- February 15 - Ted Bundy is captured in Florida
- February 16 - The first computer bulletin board system is created (CBBS in Chicago, Illinois).
- March 3 - Ethiopia admits that its troops are fighting with the aid Cuban soldiers against Somalian troops in Ogaden.
- March 3 - Charles Chaplin's remains are stolen from Cosier-sur-Vevey, Switzerland but are recovered 11 weeks later near Lake Geneva.
- March 3 - Rhodesia attacks Zambia.
- March 11 - Palestinian terrorists on the Tel Aviv Haifa highway kill 34 Israelis
- March 15 - United States Senate approves the Panama Canal neutrality treaty; votes to turn the canal over to Panama by the year 2000 on April 18.
- March 16 - Israeli forces invade Lebanon.
- March 16 - Former Italian premier Aldo Moro is kidnapped by left wing terrorists, who kill five bodyguards; he is found dead on May 9.
- March 22 - Karl Wallenda of the Flying Wallendas dies after falling off a tight-rope between two hotels in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
- April 8 - Regular broadcasts of proceedings in British Parliament start
- April 16 - In Cologne, 15.000 former members of resistance movement demonstrate against national socialism
- April 27 - President of Afghanistan, Daud Khan is killed during a military coup - Mohammed Takain succeeds him.
- May 8 - Norway opens a natural gas field in Polar Sea.
- May 18 - Soviet dissident Juri Orlov is sentenced for seven years hard labor for distributing counterrevolutionary material
- May 18-May 19 - Belgian and French paratroopers fly to Zaire to aid the fight against the rebels.
- May 20 - Mavis Hutchinson, 53, becames the first woman to run across USA - trek took 69 days
- May 25 - A bomb explodes in the security section of Northwestern University - security guard is wounded. The first bomb of the Unabomber case.
- May 26 - DC-10 crashes in O'Hare international airport
- May 26 - In Atlantic City, New Jersey, Resorts International, the first legal casino in the eastern United States, opens.
- June 6 - Californians in referendum approve Proposition 13 for a nearly 60% slash in property tax revenues.
- June 12 - David Berkowitz, "Son of Sam," in sentenced to 25 years to life in prison.
- June 17 - Police of Switzerland finds Charlie Chaplin's body in its coffin in 10 miles from the cemetery.
- June 23 - Josip Broz Tito is named for Yugoslavian president for life.
- June 24 - President of Yemen Arab Republic Hussein al-Ghashmi is killed
- June 26 - Bomb of Breton nationalists causes destruction in Versailles.
- June 28 - The Supreme Court of the United States, in the Bakke case, bars quota systems in college admissions but affirms constitutionality of programs giving advantage to minorities.
- June 30 - Ethiopia begin a massive offensive in Eritrea.
- July 25 - First human birth, girl Louise Brown, from in vitro fertilization (the test tube baby)
- August 6 - Pope Paul VI dies at age of 80. The new Pope, John Paul I, age 65, dies unexpectedly after 34 days in office on September 28. He is succeeded by Cardinal Karol Wojtyla of Poland as John Paul II on October 16.
- August 20 - Gunmen open fire on an Israeli El Al airline bus in London
- August 20 - in Abadan, Iran, nearly 400 killed when arsonist set cire to crowded theater.
- August 25 - Shroud of Turin on public display for the first time in 45 years.
- September 17 - Camp David peace agreement between Israel and Egypt
- October 1 - Vietnam attacks Cambodia
- October 14 - Daniel arap Moi becomes president of Kenya.
- November 7 - Indira Gandhi re-elected to Indian parliament.
- November 18 - Reverend Jim Jones's 900 followers commit mass suicide in Jonestown, Guyana, by drinking a cyanide-laced fruit drink.
- November 20 - Military coup in Spain fails.
- December 11 - Lufthansa Heist on NY airport
- December 11- Massive anti-Shah demonstration in Iran - 2 million demonstrators.
- December 27 - Spanish Constitution approved in referendum officially ending 40 years of military dictatorship.
Art, Culture & Fashion
- January 13 - Hubert H. Humphrey, U.S Vice President and Senator
- January 13 - Joe McCarthy, baseball manager
- January 14 - Kurt Gödel, US mathematician
- January 23 - Jack Oakie, actor
- January 23 - Terry Kath, musician ("Chicago (band)")
- February 4 - Bergen Evans, television host
- February 11 - James B Conant, headmaster of Harvard University.
- March 18 - Leigh Brackett, science fiction author
- March 31 - Charles Best, medical scientist
- May 1 - Aram Khachaturian, composer
- May 9 - Aldo Moro, former Prime Minister of Italy
- May 22 - Joe Colombo, gangster - he had been in coma since the assassination attempt
- July 30 - Umberto Nobile, Italian aviator
- August 6 - Pope Paul VI; heart attack
- August 22 - Jomo Kenyatta, Kenyan statesman
- August 26 - Charles Boyer, actor
- September 7 - Keith Moon, drummer of The Who; drug overdose.
- September 9 - Jack Warner, Hollywood studio founder
- September 11 - Georgi Markov, Bulgarian dissident; assassinated with a poisoned umbrella. Dies 4 days later.
- September 15 - Willy Messerchmitt, German aircraft engineer
- October 22 - Anastas Mikojan, Soviet politician
- November 15 - Margaret Mead, cultural anthropologist
- Boumedienne, president of Algeria.