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  Timeline: 1973  
   
 
By Barry Boyce, CyclingRevealed Historian
 
Date Race Winner Distance
March 19, 1973 Milan-San Remo Roger De Vlaeminck (Bel) 288 km
April 1, 1973 Tour of Flanders Erik Leman (Bel) 260 km
April 15, 1973 Paris-Roubaix Eddy Merckx (Bel) 272 km
April 22, 1973 Liege-Bastogne-Liege Eddy Merckx (Bel) 236 km
April 26-May 13, 1973 Vuelta a Espana Eddy Merckx (Bel) 17 Stages, 3,057 km
May 18-June 9, 1973 Giro d'Italia Eddy Merckx (Bel) 20 Stages, 3,796 km
June 30-July 22, 1973 Tour de France Luis Ocana (Spa) 20 Stages, 4,146 km
September 2, 1973 World Championships Felice Gimondi (Ita) Montjuich, Spain 248.7 km

October 13, 1973

Giro di Lombardia Felice Gimondi (Ita) Milan-Como, 266 km

•  Vietnam - January 1973, Vietnam cease-fire is called, American forces leave the country.

•  Triple Crown - Secretariat won Thoroughbred Racing's Triple Crown (the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, Belmont Stakes). Secretariat became the first champion to accomplish the feat since 1948 (Citation).

•  USA - Vice President Spiro Agnew resigns his office. In federal court of Baltimore, Maryland he pleads no contest to income tax evasion.

•  World at War - October 6, 1973 , Egypt and Syria attack Israel during Yom Kippur (a Jewish day of atonement). The Arab/Israeli conflict lasted three weeks and inflicted great damage to both sides. November 11, 1973 , the USA mediates an Egypt and Israel cease-fire agreement.

Notable Deaths -
Lyndon B. Johnson, 1908-1973
, Democratic President of the USA who was responsible for the escalation of the Vietnam Conflict.

Paavo Nurmi, 1897-1973, one of the “Flying Finns”, Nurmi was the greatest middle and long distance runner of the 1920's. He won 9 Olympic Gold Medal from 1920 to 1928.

 

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