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.
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Which were the most popular movies released this year ?
Directed by: William Friedkin
Starring: Ellen Burstyn, Max von Sydow, Linda Blair, Lee J. Cobb
Country: United States
Directed by: George Roy Hill
Starring: Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Robert Shaw, Charles Durning
Directed by: Franklin J. Schaffner
Starring: Steve McQueen, Dustin Hoffman, Victor Jory, Don Gordon
Directed by: Hal Ashby
Starring: Jack Nicholson, Randy Quaid, Otis Young, Clifton James
Which were the top hits of 1973 ?
Which were the most popular books released in 1973 ?
By: Barbara Howar
Barbara Howar was temporarily head of Washington D.C. socialites in the 1960s until President Johnson was cautioned to tame down the parties.
By: Mary Stewart
Keeping watch over the young Arthur Pendragon, the prince and prophet Merlin Ambrosius is haunted by dreams of the magical sword Caliburn, which has been hidden for centuries.
By: Kurt Vonnegut
In Breakfast of Champions, one of Kurt Vonnegut’s most beloved characters, the aging writer Kilgore Trout, finds to his horror that a Midwest car dealer is taking his fiction as truth.
By: David Halberstam
"A rich, entertaining, and profound reading experience." -- The New York Times"[The] most comprehensive saga of how America became involved in Vietnam.
Which were the top popular names given to babies born in 1973 in the USA ?
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