1973 - What Shaped Us

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.

Popular Grad Names for 1973

Boys:

Mark
Gary
Paul
Bill
Peter

Girls:

Karen
Kathy
Janet
Jane
Sandra

Boys:

Mark
Gary
Paul
Bill
Peter

Girls:

Karen
Kathy
Janet
Jane
Sandra

Movies and TV

Oscar for Best Picture:

The Godfather

Oscar for Best Actor:

Marlon Brando

Oscar for Best Actress:

Liza Minnelli

Top-rated TV shows:

All in the Family
Sanford and Son
Hawaii Five-0

Oscar for Best Picture:

The Godfather

Oscar for Best Actor:

Marlon Brando

Oscar for Best Actress:

Liza Minnelli

Top-rated TV shows:

All in the Family
Sanford and Son
Hawaii Five-0

Cost of Living Stats for 1973

Average new house:

$32,500

Average annual income:

$12,900

Gallon of gas:

40 cents

Average new house:

$32,500

Average annual income:

$12,900

Gallon of gas:

40 cents

Celebrities Born in 1973

 
 
 
 

Celebrities Who Graduated in 1973

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Grammy Awards

Album of the Year:

The Concert for Bangladesh
(George Harrison and friends)

Song of the Year:

"The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face"
(Roberta Flack)

Album of the Year:

The Concert for Bangladesh
(George Harrison and friends)

Song of the Year:

"The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face"
(Roberta Flack)

Billboard Chart-Toppers

Year-end #1 pop single:

"Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree"
(Tony Orlando and Dawn)

Year-end #1 pop album:

The World Is a Ghetto
(War)

Year-end #1 R&B single:

"Let’s Get It On"
(Marvin Gaye)

Year-end #1 R&B album:

I’m Still in Love with You
(Al Green)

Year-end #1 pop single:

"Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree"
(Tony Orlando and Dawn)

Year-end #1 pop album:

The World Is a Ghetto
(War)

Year-end #1 R&B single:

"Let’s Get It On"
(Marvin Gaye)

Year-end #1 R&B album:

I’m Still in Love with You
(Al Green)

1973 Super Bowl

Miami Dolphins

14

Washington Redskins

7

Miami Dolphins

14

Washington Redskins

7

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