1973 fun facts
CALL ME AMY takes place in 1973. I picked that year for Pup, because it was soon after the Federal Marine Mammal Protection Act had passed. I found it fascinating to research this time period (and to jog my memory, of course).
When I first started this site almost two years ago, I posted some 1973 fun facts. Being new to blogging, I enjoyed checking my site stats. For some reason my post titled 1973 consistently got more hits from all over the world than my other posts combined. This made me very curious. Were school children from Zimbabwe, Mongolia, Croatia and other exotic places really all doing homework assignments on 1973? Or was there just not much else out there about 1973 and anyone who happened to search for it landed on my blog? Partly because the post was popular and partly because I’m still curious, I’m posting an improved version of the entry to see what happens.
Top events from 1973 included the following: The United States ended its involvement in the Vietnam War. In New York City, the World Trade Center officially opened. The first handheld cellular phone call was made in midtown Manhattan. Secretariat, the famous thoroughbred racehorse, became the first U. S. Triple Crown Champion. Skylab, the first American space station, was launched and the Sears Tower in Chicago became the world’s tallest building.
And last but not least, President Richard Nixon was up to his ears in Watergate while Elvis Presley’s concert in Hawaii was the first worldwide telecast by an entertainer. Here is a picture of Nixon and Elvis shaking hands during the early 1970s.
Stamps cost 8 cents and gas was 39 cents a gallon. The Academy Award for Best Picture went to “The Godfather.” The Grammy Award for Record of the Year was “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face,” by Roberta Flack (this was her first of four Grammy wins!)
Letter Carriers were first allowed to wear shorts in 1973. Speaking of fashion, denim blue jeans of all types were very big that year—embroidered, studded, painted, or faded. Platform shoes and hairstyles both reached new heights. Other popular hairdos were the ‘shag’ and the ‘afro’. Far out!