1973 in the United Kingdom

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1973 in the United Kingdom:
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Events from the year 1973 in the United Kingdom.

Incumbents[edit]

Events[edit]

January[edit]

February[edit]

  • 20 February – Two Pakistanis were shot dead by police in London after being spotted carrying pistols, which are later established to have been fake pistols.
  • 27 February – Rail workers and civil servants went on strike.

March[edit]

April[edit]

May[edit]

June[edit]

  • 23 June – A fire at a house in Hull which killed a 6-year-old boy is initially thought to be an accident but it later emerged as the first of 26 fire deaths caused over the next seven years by arsonist Peter Dinsdale.

July[edit]

August[edit]

September[edit]

October[edit]

  • 8 October
    • London Broadcasting Company, Britain's first legal commercial Independent Local Radio station, begins broadcasting.[24]
    • Prime minister Edward Heath announced government proposals for its counter-inflationary Price and Pay Code Stage Three (continuing to July 1974), including limiting pay rises to 7%, restricting price rises, and paying £10 bonuses to pensioners before Christmas - a move which would cost around £80million, funded by a 9p rise in National Insurance contributions.
  • 16 October – The film Don't Look Now, containing one of the most graphic sex scenes hitherto shown in mainstream British cinema, is released in a double bill with The Wicker Man.[25]
  • 20 October – The Dalai Lama made his first visit to the UK.[26]
  • 26 October – Firefighters in Glasgow staged a one-day strike following a pay dispute. Troops were drafted in to run the fire stations.

November[edit]

December[edit]

Undated[edit]

Publications[edit]

Births[edit]

January – March[edit]

April – June[edit]

July – September[edit]

October – December[edit]

Deaths[edit]

January – March[edit]

April – June[edit]

July – September[edit]

October – December[edit]

References[edit]

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