1973 History, Trivia and Fun Facts

1973 History, Trivia and Fun Facts

Top Ten Baby Names of 1973:
Jennifer, Amy, Michelle, Kimberly, Lisa, Michael, Chris, Topher, Jason, James, David

The Hotties, Sex Symbols and Fashion Icons:
Adrienne Barbeau, Dyan Cannon, Veronica Carlson, Pam Grier, Dayle Haddon, Peggy Lipton, Maureen McCormick, Caroline Munro, Ingrid Pitt, Diana Ross, Maria Schneider, Barbra Streisand, Jane Seymour

Hollywood Hunks, Leading Men and Sex Symbols:
Robert Redford, Paul Newman, Richard Roundtree, Marlon Brando

“The Quotes:”
“My brain? But that’s my second favorite organ!”
– Woody Allen, in ‘Sleeper’

“Have it your way”
– Burger King

“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.”
– President Richard Nixon

“It’s people! Soylent Green is made of people!”
– Charlton Heston, in ‘Soylent Green’

“The uncola”
– 7 Up

Time Magazine’s Man of the Year:
John Sirica

Miss America:
Terry Meeuwsen (De Pere, WI)

Miss USA:
Amanda Jones (Illinois)

The Scandal:
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.

Airplane Celebrity Death: Jim Croce

Cult Movie Star Death: Bruce Lee (brain edema, allergy or mysterious kung fu maneuver)
Nerd News:

Pop Culture News:

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is invented.

Air Bags were first used by the public in the Oldsmobile Toronado.

Cost of a Superbowl ad in 1973: $88,000

The Habit:
Pong (arcade)

1st appearances & 1973’s Most Popular Christmas gifts, toys and presents:
Anti-Monopoly, Raleigh Chopper Bikes, Toy guns, Shrinky Dinks, Pente, Dungeons and Dragons

Best Film Oscar Winner:
The Godfather (presented in 1973)

Popular and Notable Books From 1973:
The Billion Dollar Sure Thing by Paul E. Erdman
Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut
Burr by Gore Vidal
Evening in Byzantium by Irwin Shaw
Fear of Flying by Erica Jong
The Friends by Rosa Guy
Gravity’s Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon
The Hollow Hills by Mary Stewart
The Honorary Consul by Graham Greene
Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach
The Matlock Paper by Robert Ludlum
The Odessa File by Frederick Forsyth
Once Is Not Enough by Jacqueline Susann
The Princess Bride by William Goldman
Sula by Toni Morrison
Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls

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)

1973 Billboard Number One Songs
December 16, 1972 – January 5, 1973:
Me and Mrs. Jones – Billy Paul

January 6 – January 26:
You’re So Vain – Carly Simon

January 27 – February 2:
Superstition – Stevie Wonder

February 3 – February 23:
Crocodile Rock – Elton John

February 24 – March 23:
Killing Me Softly With His Song – Roberta Flack

March 24 – April 6:
Love Train – O’Jays

April 7 – April 20:
The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia – Vicki Lawrence

April 21 – May 18:
Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Ole Oak Tree – Dawn Featuring Tony Orlando

May 19 – May 25:
You Are The Sunshine Of My Life – Stevie Wonder

May 26 – June 1:
Frankenstein – The Edgar Winter Group

June 2 – June 29:
My Love – Paul McCartney & Wings

June 30 – July 6:
Give Me Love – (Give Me Peace On Earth) – George Harrison

July 7 – July 20:
Will It Go Round In Circles – Billy Preston

July 21 – August 3:
Bad, Bad Leroy Brown – Jim Croce

August 4 – August 17:
The Morning After – Maureen McGovern

August 18- August 25:
Touch Me in the Morning – Diana Ross

August 25 – September 8:
Brother Louie – Stories

September 8 – September 14:
Let’s Get It On – Marvin Gaye

September 15 – September 28:
Delta Dawn – Helen Reddy

September 29 – October 5:
We’re An American Band – Grand Funk

October 6 – October 19:
Half-Breed – Cher

October 20 – October 26:
Angie – The Rolling Stones

October 27 – November 9:
Midnight Train To Georgia – Gladys Knight & The Pips

November 10 – November 23:
Keep On Truckin’ – (Part 1) Eddie Kendricks

November 24 – November 30:
Photograph – Ringo Starr

December 1 – December 14:
Top Of The World – The Carpenters

December 15 – December 28:
The Most Beautiful Girl – Charlie Rich

December 29, 1972 – January 11, 1974:
Time In A Bottle – Jim Croce

World Series Champions: Oakland Athletics
Superbowl VII Champions: Miami Dolphins
NBA Champions: New York Knicks
Stanley Cup Champs: Montreal Canadiens
U.S. Open Golf Johnny Miller
U.S. Tennis: (Men/Ladies) John Newcombe/Margaret Smith Court
Wimbledon (Men/Women): Jan Kodes/Billie Jean King
NCAA Football Champions: Alabama & Notre Dame
NCAA Basketball Champions: UCLA
Kentucky Derby: Secretariat (Triple Crown Winner: Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes)

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