Flag Log's World Flag Chart 1973
South Vietnam (communist opposition)
Other Peoples and Places
Saguia el-Hamra and Rio de Oro
Events of 1973
March 15: Saudi Arabia changed the size of the sword and inscription on its flag.
April 15: The Oromo Liberation Front was established to win the independence of Oromia from Ethiopia. Its flag, a red-green-red tricolour with a sycamore tree emblem, has become the preeminent emblem of the Oromo people.
May 10: The Popular Front for the Liberation of Saguia el-Hamra and Río de Oro was established in the Spanish Sahara.
June 1: British Honduras was renamed Belize.
July 10: The Bahamas became independent from the United Kingdom.
July 17: Prince Mohammed Daoud Khan overthrew the monarchy of Afghanistan and declared a republic. The year 1929 (the year the Musahiban dynasty came to power) was removed the from the country's emblem. It is not clear if any flags with this minor change were made before the republic adopted an entirely new flag in 1974.
July 23: The Cook Islands adopted a flag.
July 29: Equatorial Guinea put a new emblem on its flag.
September 12: The Dutch Cultural Community in Belgium adopted a Flemish flag. It was based on the arms of the medieval County of Flanders.
September 24: Guinea-Bissau declared independence from Portugal.
December 20: A nordic cross flag was proposed for Greenland.
Sometime in 1973: The artist Bikki Sunazawa designed a flag for the Ainu people, depciting a red arrow soaring beneath the blue skies of Hokkaido.
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