The 1970s continued previous trends surrounding the improvement of women’s rights and the world’s growing sense of political awareness.
In this decade, much of the world replaced Keynesian economics with a more neoliberal theory. The year 1973 fits perfectly into these general trends while possessing some notable events of its own. The world population clocked in at roughly 3.2 billion people.
The most popular baby names of the day were Michael and Lisa. Some of the famous people born this year include Seth Macfarlane, Tyra Banks, and Paul Walker. The Birds, Cleopatra, and The Great Escape dominated in movie ticket sales, meanwhile at the library and the bookstore, The Hollow Hills and The Belljar grabbed the public’s gaze.
The world lost a lot of greats in 1973 including W.E.B Du Bois, Pablo Picasso, Bruce Lee, and fantasy writer JR R Tolkien. Let’s look at some other things that happened.
The year saw plenty of firsts: the first graduate to receive degrees from a work-at-home program, the first KISS performance, the first female jockey to win a major race, and the creation of the first portable cell phone.
Animals saw greater protection around the world as Nixon signed the Endangered Species Act into law. In this same year, psychology ended homosexuality’s classification as a mental illness. Sports saw Billie King beat Chris Evert in tennis and the world also watched as Queen Elizabeth II opened the Sydney Opera House.
In terms of darker happenings, 1973 saw the four burglars at Watergate plead guilty and the first shots s of the Yom Kippur war. While conflict kicked up on the Arab-Israeli front, peace increased on American soil when Nixon began pulling troops out of Northern Vietnam. If you are addicted to your smartphone, or earned a degree long distance, 1973 may have had something to do with it.
Which were the most popular movies released this year ?
Which were the top hits of 1973 ?
Top #10 songs in the USA
- Carly Simon - You're So Vain
- Marvin Gaye - Let's Get It On
- Cher - Half-Breed
- Stories - Brother Louie
- Paul McCartney - My Love
- Billy Preston - Will It Go Round In Circles
- Elton John - Crocodile Rock
- Roberta Flack - Killing Me Softly With His Song
- Eddie Kendricks - Keep On Truckin' (Part 1)
- Dawn - Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Ole Oak Tree
Top #10 songs in the UK
- David Cassidy - Daydreamer / Puppy Song
- Dawn featuring Tony Orlando - Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Old Oak Tree
- The Sweet - Blockbuster
- Gary Glitter - I Love You Love Me Love
- Gary Glitter - I'm The Leader Of The Gang (I Am)
- Peters & Lee - Welcome Home
- Donny Osmond - Young Love
- Wizzard - See My Baby Jive
- Gary Glitter - Hello Hello I'm Back Again
- The Sweet - Ballroom Blitz
Which were the most popular books released in 1973 ?
Which were the top popular names given to babies born in 1973 in the USA ?
Top #10 male names
Top #10 female names
What happened in each day of 1973
Click on the dates below to find out what the world looked like in each day of 1973