We entered high school at the dawn of a new decade. Although we welcomed the first Earth Day during our freshman year, 1970 also brought the killing of unarmed Vietnam War protesters at Kent State, the U.S. invasion of Cambodia, and the breakup of the Beatles. The 1970s were off to a rough start.
Arguably, the event that dominated our time in high school was the Watergate Scandal. Millions were glued to their television sets as hearings lasted into the summer after our graduation. On the plus side, 1973 saw the U.S. finally withdraw from the war in Vietnam. This was also the year that the Sears Tower became the tallest building in the world as well as the first year that women could serve on juries in all 50 states (yes, really).
We said goodbye to some big names during high school, including Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Bruce Lee, and Pablo Picasso. And we said hello to New York City’s World Trade Center towers, Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon, and the blockbuster films The Sting and The Exorcist. We should also mention that the popular Saturday morning educational shorts known as Schoolhouse Rock! debuted in 1973.