1973: Top Songs, Movies TV Shows, Sporting Events And More

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The 1970’s were a whirlwind of change. From the hangover of the late 60’s to the lull and depression of the early part of the 70’s to the “ok, let’s loosen up and have some fun” attitude of the middle to latter part of the decade, it certainly was a decade of ups and downs that would lead to a never-ending party known as the 1980’s.

Check out everything that was from this decade, year by year. From the sporting events to world events, the top TV shows, songs, movies and more.

As you’re going back in time, think about some of the things in our lives today that you don’t see appearing here because…. they didn’t exist yet. Things like the top selling computers, tablets, laptops, microwaves, cable provider, wireless company, music video of the year etc.

Let us know some of the things that come to mind below.

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1980 | 1981 | 1982 | 1983 | 1984 | 1985 | 1986 | 1987 | 1988 | 1989

1. “Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Ole Oak Tree” – Dawn featuring Tony Orlando
2. “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown” – Jim Croce
3. “Crocodile Rock” – Elton John
4. “My Love” – Paul McCartney & Wings
5. “Let’s Get It On” – Marvin Gaye
6. “Touch Me In The Morning” – Diana Ross
7. “Delta Dawn” – Helen Reddy
8. “Playground In My Mind” – Clint Holmes
9. “Killing Me Softly With His Song” – Roberta Flack
10. “Me And Mrs. Jones” – Billy Paul

Album of the Year: Innervisions, Stevie Wonder
Best New Artist: Bette Midler
Best Pop Duo or Group: “Neither One of Us”, Gladys Knight and the Pips
Best Pop Female Vocal: “Killing Me Softly With His Song,” Roberta Flack
Best Pop Male Vocal: “You Are the Sunshine of My Life,” Stevie Wonder
Record of the Year: “Killing Me Softly With His Song,” Roberta Flack
Song of the Year: “Killing Me Softly With His Song”

1. The Exorcist $89,000,000
2. The Sting $78,212,000
3. American Graffiti $55,128,000
4. Enter the Dragon $25,000,000
5. Papillon $22,500,000
6. The Way We Were $22,457,000
7. Magnum Force $20,100,000
8. Robin Hood $18,000,000
9. Last Tango in Paris $16,711,000
10. Paper Moon $16,559,000
11. Live and Let Die $15,925,000

Badlands / Westworld / Bang the Drum Slowly / High Plains Drifter / Jesus Christ Superstar / Mean Streets / Save the Tiger
Serpico / Sleeper / The Last Detail / The Paper Chase

Best Actor: Jack Lemmon: Save the Tiger
Best Actress: Glenda Jackson: A Touch of Class
Best Director: George Roy Hill: The Sting
Best Picture: Tony Bill and Michael Phillips and Julia Phillips: The Sting
Best Supporting Actor: John Houseman: The Paper Chase
Best Supporting Actress: Tatum O’Neal: Paper Moon

All in the Family / The Waltons / Sanford and Son / M*A*S*H / Hawaii Five-O / Maude / Kojak
The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour / The Mary Tyler Moore Show / Cannon / The Six Million Dollar Man
The Bob Newhart Show / The Wonderful World of Disney / The NBC Sunday Mystery Movie
Gunsmoke / Happy Days / Good Times / Barnaby Jones / NFL Monday Night Football / The CBS Friday Night Movie

Best Drama – Masterpiece Theatre: Upstairs, Downstairs
Best Actor – Telly Savalas, Kojak
Best Actress – Michael Learned, The Waltons

Best Comedy – M*A*S*H
Best Actor – Alan Alda, M*A*S*H
Best Actress – Mary Tyler Moore, The Mary Tyler Moore Show
Supporting Actor – Rob Reiner, All in the Family
Supporting Actress – Cloris Leachman, The Mary Tyler Moore Show: “The Lars Affair”
Best Variety – The Carol Burnett Show

Kentucky Derby Winner: Secretariat – Trainer: R. Turcotte – Jockey: L. Laurin

Superbowl VIII: Miami 24 – MINNESOTA 7
Pro MVP: O.J. Simpson, Buffalo, RB

College Football: #1 Notre Dame
Heisman Trophy: John Cappelletti, Penn St., RB
Rose Bowl: Ohio St. 42, USC 21
Orange Bowl: Penn St. 16, LSU 9
Cotton Bowl: Nebraska 19, Texas 3
Sugar Bowl: Notre Dame 24, Alabama 23

NBA Championship: New York Vs. L.A. Lakers
Winner: New York in in 5
L.A. Coach: Bill Sharman
New York Coach: Red Holzman
MVP: Dave Cowens, Boston, C – Average Points Per Game: 20.5
NCAA National Champions: UCLA – 30W 0L (Undefeated) / Coach: John Wooden

World Series
Oakland A’s Vs. New York Mets
Oakland in 7
Oakland Coach: Dick Williams
New York Coach: Yogi Berra

National League
MVP: Pete Rose, Cin (OF)
Rookie of the Year: Gary Matthews, SF (OF)

American League
MVP: Reggie Jackson, Oak (OF)
Rookie of the Year: Al Bumbry, Bal (OF)

US Suspends All Activity Over Vietnam

First Vietnam POW’s Released At Clark Field- Philippines

Elvis Presley’s Aloha From Hawaii television special is seen around the world by more than 1 billion viewers

Letter From John McCord To Judge Sirica Implicates Re-election Committee

Senate Committee Begins Watergate Hearings

Presidential Counsel John Dean Implicates President

Endangered Species Act is passed

The Bahamas gains independence from Great Britain

Archiabald Cox Is appointed Special Watergate Prosecutor

Judge Sirica Orders Tapes Released – Nixon Refuses

OPEC Emposes Oil Embargo

US and Cuba sign antihijack pact

Militant Indians seize hostages at Wounded Knee S.D.

Last US combat troops leave Vietnam

Syria and Egypt attack Israel on Yom Kuppur

Alaskan pipeline is authorized

Lyndon B. Johnson dies

Actress Betty Grabel dies

Oregon is the first state to decriminalize marijuana

Elvis gives Priscilla $750,000 in divorce settlement

Airmail goes to 10 cents/ oz., post cards 5 cents

Supreme Court rules all first-term abortion laws unconstitutional with Roe Vs. Wade decision

Nixon’s secret taping devices revealed

Kojak with Telly Savalas premiers

The Six Million Dollar man with Lee Majors attracts big TV audiences

Big Bird on Sesame street helps teach preschoolers

NASA launched Mariner 10 to probe Mercury

The Concorde airplane is cutting time across the time pond by leaps and bounds, not without problems

Elton John’s Yellow Brick Road is a top album

Skylab, the world’s first space station is launched

The Sears Tower in Chicago is completed and ready for business

Stevie Wonder’s “You Are The Sunshine Of My Life” is a hit

Fads; Backgammon, CB radios, martial arts

Congress prohibits “black outs” for sold out games

Billie Jean King beats Bobby Riggs in the Astrodome in $1,000,000 match

84 Congressman sponsor 22 bills calling for impeachment

Screening passengers to prevent hijacking begins at airports

The most single records sold are country and western

Pet Rocks are in

The World Trade Center towers become the tallest buildings in the world

The Great Gatsby and Mark Spitz look are popular men fashion

President: Richard M. Nixon
Vice President: Spiro T. Agnew

Population: 211,908,788
Life expectancy: 71.4 years

High: 1051
Low: 788

Federal spending: $245.71 billion
Federal debt: $466.3 billion
Inflation: 7.6%
Consumer Price Index: 44.4
Unemployment: 5.6%

Cost of a new home: $35,500.00
Cost of a new car: $3,500.00
Median Household Income: $10,512.00
Cost of a first-class stamp: $0.08
Cost of a gallon of regular gas: $0.39
Cost of a dozen eggs: $0.78
Cost of a gallon of Milk: $1.31