|<< - 1972|
|World Series Champions:
|Superbowl VII Champions:
New York Knicks
|Stanley Cup Champs:
|U.S. Open Golf:
|U.S. Tennis (Men/Ladies):
John Newcombe/Margaret Smith Court
Jan Kodes/Billie Jean King
|NCAA Football Champions:
Alabama & Notre Dame
|NCAA Basketball Champions:
|The Hotties, Sex Symbols and Fashion Icons:
Adrienne Barbeau, Dyan Cannon, Veronica Carlson, Pam Grier, Dayle Haddon, Peggy Lipton, Maureen McCormick, Liza Minelli, Caroline Munro, Ingrid Pitt, Diana Ross, Maria Schneider, Barbra Streisand, Jane Seymour
"My brain? But that's my second favorite organ!"
- Woody Allen, in 'Sleeper'
"Have it your way"
"People have got to know whether or not their President is a
crook. Well, I'm not a crook. I've earned everything I've got."
"It's people! Soylent Green is made of people!"
Joe Frazier nearly drowned on the 1st event, a 50 meter swim, on the ABC show The Superstars, that pitted various athletes against each other. Only after he was saved did he admit he couldn't swim. When asked why he tried anyway he said, "How was I to know I couldn't unless I tried it?"
|Time Magazine's Man of the Year:
Terry Meeuwsen (De Pere, WI)
Amanda Jones (Illinois)
The Scandals, Deaths and Sad News:
123 passengers died on an airplane (Flight Varig Flight 820 between Brazil and France) because of a fire started by a cigarette. Since then, all airplane bathrooms are required to have an ashtray even though smoking has been banned on all domestic flights since 1990.
A psychiatrist named David Rosenhan sent eight people with no history of mental illness to mental hospitals. All were diagnosed with psychiatric disorders and held for an average of 19 days.
Airplane Celebrity Death: Jim Croce
Cult Movie Star Death: Bruce Lee (brain edema, allergy or mysterious kung fu maneuver)
1973 Pop Culture News:
The first cell phone call in 1973 was made by Martin Cooper of Motorola to his direct research rival Joel Engel of Bell Labs.
After the drummer of The Who passed out during a live performance in 1973, the lead singer asked if anyone could fill in. 19 year old Scot Halpin stepped up to the plate. They invited him on stage and he finished the remaining 3 songs.
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) was invented.
The worlds most isolated tree, in the Sahara Desert, hundreds of miles away from anything, died when a drunk truck driver hit it.
When the national highway speed limit was set at 55 mph, it had nothing to do with improving safety, but was intended to optimize fuel consumption after the 1973 oil crisis. It was repealed in 1995 and states could once again set their own limits.
The KISS logo was hand-drawn by the bands vocalist/guitarist Paul Stanley on his kitchen table.
The original plans for Australia's Sydney Opera House projected a cost of $7 million and completion date of 26 January 1963. It was finished in 1973, ten years late, and at a cost of $102 million, some 1,500% over budget.
The 1973 Gremlin, made by American Motor Corporation, was available with Levi's denim seats.
Westworld, the original film written and directed by Michael Crichton, was the first movie to use digital image processing
The 1991's Silence of the Lambs is the first (and so far only) Best Picture winner widely considered to be a horror film, and only the third such film to be nominated in the category, after The Exorcist in 1973 and Jaws in 1975.
Jimmy Carter Reported a UFO Sighting in 1973.
There was a toilet paper shortage in the US caused by a joke on the Tonight Show that convinced people to hoard toilet paper.
Sham, the horse that finished 2nd to Secretariat in the 1973 Kentucky Derby, still holds the record for the second fastest time in Kentucky Derby history. If he had competed in any other year in the races 137-year history, he would have won the race.
Air Bags were first used by the public in the Oldsmobile Toronado.
Don Vito Corleone from The Godfather is the only fictional character to have received more than one Oscar for its portrayal. In 1973 by Marlon Brando, and in 1975 by Robert De Niro as Young Vito. Both legendary actors never bothered to attend the ceremony, with Brando rejecting the award.
Al Pacino boycotted the 1973 Academy Awards because he was insulted at being nominated for Best Supporting Actor in The Godfather, noting that he had more screen time than his co-star and Best Actor winner Brando.
Sacheen Littlefeather accepted the Best Actor Award for Marlon Brando in The Godfather. He didn't accept the award in person because of the United State's treatment of Native American Indians. She was actually an actress who later appeared in Playboy magazine.
Cost of a Superbowl ad in 1973: $88,000
Three astronauts on the Skylab 4 space station went on strike after being over worked, demanding more time for contemplating the universe and in Pogues words studying the, the Earth below, and ourselves: the first strike in space.
Homosexuality was only removed from the American Psychiatric Associations list of mental disorders in 1973.
|1st appearances & 1973's Most Popular Christmas
gifts, toys and presents:
Anti-Monopoly, Raleigh Chopper Bikes, Toy guns, Shrinky Dinks, Pente, Dungeons and Dragons
|1973 Most Popular TV shows:
1. All in the Family (CBS)
2. The Waltons (CBS)
3. Sanford and Son (NBC)
4. M*A*S*H (CBS)
5. Hawaii Five-O (CBS)
6. Maude (CBS)
7. Kojak (CBS)
8. The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour (CBS)
9. The Mary Tyler Moore Show (CBS)
10. Cannon (CBS)
The biggest Pop Artists of 1973 include:
(Data is complied from various charts including: Billboard's Pop, Rock, Airplay, R&B/Dance and Singles Charts. The Hot 100 is the primary chart used for this list.)
The Number One Hits Of 1973:
|Popular Music in 1973 - # 1 Hits of 1973|