Sandra Fortune of the Capitol Ballet competes in the International Ballet Competition

In 1973, Sandra Fortune was the only American in the Second International Ballet Competition in Moscow where she was placed 26th out of 125 dancers.

Sandra Fortune-Green was born on March 2, 1951 in Washington DC to Elizabeth and Raymond Fortune. Fortune-Green began her dance career at age ten, enrolling in the renowned Jones-Haywood School of Dance under the instruction of Doris Jones and Claire Haywood. Fortune-Green flourished at the school, eventually becoming a principal dancer for the Capitol Ballet Company.

After Fortune-Green graduated from Theodore Roosevelt High School in 1968, she pursued her dance studies in New York at the School of American Ballet, the American Ballet Theatre, and the Joffrey Ballet before returning back to Washington DC to attend Howard University. In 1972, Fortune-Green left Howard to begin training for the prestigious Second International Ballet Competition in Moscow, Russia. She was the only African American to ever compete in this competition. Fortune-Green was eliminated after the second round of judging, but finished twenty-sixth out of the 126 dancers participating. After returning to the United States, Fortune-Green married her high school sweetheart, Joseph Green, on New Year’s Eve of 1975.




Sandra Fortune Green

1941: Jones-Haywood School of Ballet is founded in Washington DC

Christopher Boatwright joins the Stuttgart Ballet

In 1973, Christopher Boatwright (1955-1997) joined the Stuttgart Ballet company in Germany where he played principal characters in his nine years with them.

Christopher Boatwright was compelled to join the Stuttgart Ballet company in Germany after seeing their performance of “Eugene Onegin” at the Metropolitan Opera House in 1973. From his nine years with this company he is most remembered by his portrayal of Romeo in “Romeo and Juliet” in 1979.


Christopher Boatwright

Other Happenings in 1973:


Feb 8: Twyla Tharp choreographed Deuce Coupe for Joffrey Ballet

Jul 19: Australian Ballet’s film of Don Quixote premieres at the brand-new Sydney Opera House

Dec 15: Boston Ballet celebrated 10 years as a professional company



Jan 22: In Roe v. Wade, US Supreme Court rules that abortion is a constitutional right.

Jan 23: US President Nixon announces an accord has been reached to end Vietnam War

Mar 8: Eisenhower Tunnel opens and is established as the world’s highest/US longest.

Apr 18: US Government ends Mandatory Oil Import Program, established in 1959 by President Eisenhower

Jul 20: The US Senate passes the War Powers Act

Sep 13: Congress passes & sends a bill to Nixon to lift football’s blackout

Dec 28: Endangered Species Act made law in the US, to protect wildlife rights.

Three African-Americans are elected as Mayors in their cities, Los Angeles, Atlanta, and Detroit.



Jan : The United Kingdom, Denmark, and Ireland join the European Economic Community.

Aug 15: US involvement in Vietnam officially ends.

Oct 20: Sydney Opera House opens, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 was performed.


Arts and Science

Jan 14: “Aloha from Hawaii”, an Elvis Presley concert, becomes the most watched broadcast by an individual entertainer

Mar 1: Robert Joffrey Dance Company opens

Mar 27: 45th Academy Awards – The Godfather, Marlon Brando & Liza Minnelli win Marlon Brando turns down Oscar for best actor in support of Indians

Apr 3: The first portable cell phone call is made in New York City, United States

May 4: Valerie Perrine becomes the first woman to display female nudity on an American TV network- Steambath (PBS)

May 17: Stevie Wonder releases “You are the Sunshine of my Love”

Jun 19: “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” stage production opens in London

Aug 6: Stevie Wonder involved in car crash, goes into a 4 day coma

Sep 8: “Star Trek – Animated Series” premieres on TV

Dec 25: The Sting directed by George Roy Hill and starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford premieres in Los Angeles and New York (Best Picture 1974)



Jan 22: George Foreman TKOs Joe Frazier in 2 for heavyweight boxing title

Mar 20: Roberto Clemente elected to Hall of Fame, 11 weeks after his death

Mar 31: Ken Norton defeats Muhammad Ali in a 12 round split decision

May 8: Ernie Banks fills in for Cubs manager Whitey Lockman who is ejected during the game, technically becoming baseball’s 1st African American manager

Sept 1: George Foreman KOs Jose “King” Roman in 1 for heavyweight boxing title

Sept 10: Muhammad Ali defeats Ken Norton

Sep 21: Nate Archibald signs 7-year contract with NBA Kansas City Kings for $450,000


Civil and Human Rights

Jun 28: Black Sports Hall of Fame forms: Paul Robeson, Elgin Baylor, Jesse Owens, Jim Brown, Wilma Rudolph, Joe Louis & Althea Gibson elected

Jul 1: Tom Bradley becomes the 38th Mayor of Los Angeles, the first (and only) African-American to hold that position

Jul 2: National Black Network begins operation on radio

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