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1973 Fun Facts

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  1. Top 100 Songs
  2. Popular Musicians
  3. Top Grossing Movies
  4. Significant News Events
  5. Cost of Living Data
  6. Popular TV Shows
  7. Strides in Technology
  8. On Our Graduation Day
  9. Who the heck was Ina L. Ashton and why is her name on our auditorium??



Top 100 Songs Released in 1973


1. Tie A Yellow Ribbon 'Round The Ole Oak Tree, Tony Orlando and Dawn
2. Bad Bad Leroy Brown, Jim Croce
3. Killing Me Softly With His Song, Roberta Flack
4. Let's Get It On, Marvin Gaye
5. My Love, Paul McCartney and Wings
6. Why Me, Kris Kristofferson
7. Crocodile Rock, Elton John
8. Will It Go Round In Circles, Billy Preston
9. You're So Vain, Carly Simon
10. Touch Me In The Morning, Diana Ross
11. The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia, Vicki Lawrence
12. Playground In My Mind, Clint Holmes
13. Brother Louie, Stories
14. Delta Dawn, Helen Reddy
15. Me And Mrs. Jones, Billy Paul
16. Frankenstein, Edgar Winter Group
17. Drift Away, Dobie Gray
18. Little Willy, Sweet
19. You Are The Sunshine Of My Life, Stevie Wonder
20. Half Breed, Cher
21. That Lady, Isley Bros.
22. Pillow Talk, Sylvia
23. We're An American Band, Grand Funk Railroad
24. Right Place, Wrong Time, Dr. John
25. Wildflower, Skylark
26. Superstition, Stevie Wonder
27. Loves Me Like A Rock, Paul Simon
28. The Morning After, Maureen McGovern
29. Rocky Mountain High, John Denver
30. Stuck In The Middle With You, Stealers Wheel
31. Shambala, Three Dog Night
32. Love Train, O'Jays
33. I'm Gonna Love You Just A Little More, Barry White
34. Say, Has Anybody Seen My Sweet Gypsy Rose, Tony Orlando and Dawn
35. Keep On Truckin' (Pt. 1), Eddie Kendricks
36. Dancing In The Moonlight, King Harvest
37. Danny's Song, Anne Murray
38. Monster Mash, Bobby "Boris" Pickett and The Crypt Kickers
39. Natural High, Bloodstone
40. Diamond Girl, Seals and Crofts
41. Long Train Running, Doobie Brothers
42. Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth), George Harrison
43. If You Want Me To Stay, Sly and The Family Stone
44. Daddy's Home, Jermaine Jackson
45. Neither One Of Us (Wants To Be The First To Say Goodbye), Gladys Knight and The Pips
46. I'm Doing Fine Now, New York City
47. Could It Be I'm Falling In Love, Spinners
48. Daniel, Elton John
49. Midnight Train To Georgia, Gladys Knight and The Pips
50. Smoke On The Water , Deep Purple
51. The Cover Of Rolling Stone, Dr. Hook and The Medicine Show
52. Behind Closed Doors, Charlie Rich
53. Your Mama Don't Dance, Loggins and Messina
54. Feelin' Stronger Every Day, Chicago
55. The Cisco Kid, War
56. Live And Let Die, Wings
57. Oh, Babe, What Would You Say?, Hurricane Smith
58. I Believe In You, Johnnie Taylor
59. Sing, Carpenters
60. Ain't No Woman (Like The One I Got), Four Tops
61. Dueling Banjos, Eric Weissberg and Steve Mandel
62. Higher Ground, Stevie Wonder
63. Here I Am (Come And Take Me), Al Green
64. My Maria, B.W. Stevenson
65. Superfly, Curtis Mayfield
66. Get Down, Gilbert O'Sullivan
67. Last Song, Edward Bear
68. Reelin' In The Years, Steely Dan
69. Hocus Pocus, Focus
70. Yesterday Once More, Carpenters
71. Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, Bette Midler
72. Clair, Gilbert O'Sullivan
73. Do It Again, Steely Dan
74. Kodachrome, Paul Simon
75. Why Can't We Live Together, Timmy Thomas
76. So Very Hard To Go, Tower Of Power
77. Do You Want To Dance?, Bette Midler
78. Rockin' Pneumonia And The Boogie Woogie Flu, Johnny Rivers
79. Ramblin' Man, Allman Brothers
80. Masterpiece, Temptations
81. Peaceful, Helen Reddy
82. One Of A Kind (Love Affair), Spinners
83. Funny Face, Donna Fargo
84. Funky Worm, Ohio Players
85. Angie, Rolling Stones
86. Jambalaya (On The Bayou), Blue Ridge Rangers
87. Don't Expect Me To Be Your Friend, Lobo
88. Break Up To Make Up, Stylistics
89. Daisy A Day, Jud Strunk
90. Also Sprach Zarathustra (2001), Deodato
91. Stir It Up, Johnny Nash
92. Money, Pink Floyd
93. Gypsy Man, War
94. The World Is A Ghetto, War
95. Yes We Can Can, Pointer Sisters
96. Free Ride, Edgar Winter Group
97. Space Oddity, David Bowie
98. It Never Rains In Southern California, Albert Hammond
99. The Twelfth Of Never, Donny Osmond
100. Papa Was A Rolling Stone, Temptations



Popular Musicians in 1973

  • Stevie Wonder
  • ABBA
  • The Eagles
  • John Lennon
  • Paul Simon
  • Pink Floyd
  • Rod Stewart
  • Michael Jackson
  • Elton John
  • Rolling Stones
  • The Moody Blues
  • David Bowie
  • Led Zeppelin
  • Electric Light Orchestra
  • Paul McCartney and Wings
  • Bob Marley and the Wailers
  • Diana Ross




Top Grossing Movies in 1973


A Delicate Balance

American Graffiti

The Day of the Jackal


The Exorcist

Forty Carats

The Iceman Cometh

Jesus Christ Superstar

Lady Sings the Blues

Live and Let Die

The Long Goodbye

Lost Horizon

Mean Streets

The Paper Chase

Paper Moon

Save the Tiger


The Sting (1973 Academy Awards Best Picture)

The Way We Were



Significant News Events in 1973


  • Arab members of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), announce they will restrict flow of crude oil to countries supporting Israel causing price of oil to increase by 200%
  • Recession begins in Europe following OPEC Oil price increases
  • Roe v. Wade makes abortion a US constitutional right
  • Britain Ireland and Denmark join the EEC
  • Chrysler and other US car makers close a number of plants affecting 100,000 workers
  • US Troops withdrawn from Vietnam and U.S. involvement in Vietnam War ends with the signing of peace
  • World Trade Center in New York becomes the tallest building in the world
  • Supreme Court of the United States rules on Roe v. Wade.
  • IRA bombs explode in the Whitehall and the Old Bailey.
  • Watergate Hearings begin in the United States Senate and President Richard Nixon tells the nation, “I am not a crook.”
  • Yom Kippur War - Fourth and largest Arab-Israeli conflict begins as Egyptian and Syrian forces attack Israel
  • Sydney Opera House is opened
  • Armed members of the American Indian Movement and their supporters seize the old town of Wounded Knee in South Dakota
  • Basque Terrorists Kill Spanish Prime Minister
  • Israel Shoots Down Libyan Passenger Plane
  • Ms. Billie Jean King defeats Bobby Riggs in a Tennis Match billed as the battle of the sexes 
  • Newly created Bangladesh Elects First Prime Minister Sheikh Mujib Rahman
  • TUC brings 1.5 Million on Strike in UK as Day Of Protest at pay restraint policy
  • Belize Gains Independence From Great Britain
  • A referendum in Northern Ireland results in a vote to stay as part of the United Kingdom
  • Secretariat Wins Triple Crown first winner for 25 years
  • The Bahamas Gains Independence From Great Britain
  • Royal Navy Protect Trawlers in Cod War In Icelandic Waters
  • The Mississippi River reaches its peak level in St. Louis during a record 77-day flood.
  • Richard M Nixon begins his second term as 37th President
  • Vice President Spiro Agnew resigns
  • President Nixon accepts responsibility for Watergate and fires H.R. Haldeman and John Ehrlichman
  • President Nixon fires John Dean as White House Counsel
  • President Nixon fires Watergate special; prosecutor Archibald Cox and his Deputy William Ruckelshaus
  • Former Vice President Spiro Agnew pleads guilty to tax evasion
  • The first ETHERNET begins operation
  • Oakland A's defeat NY Mets to win World Series
  • Miami defeats Washington 14 - 7 in Super Bowl
  • NY Knicks defeat LA Lakers 4-1 to win NBA Championship
  • Montreal d. Chicago in Stanley Cup Finals
  • George Foreman defeats Joe Frazier for Heavyweight Championship

    A Little Night Music - based on the book by Hugh Wheeler, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, choreographed by Harold Prince


    The Optimists Daughter by Eudora Welty (fiction)

    That Championship Season by Jason Miller (drama)

    People of Paradox: An Inquiry Concerning the Origins of American Civilization by Michael Kammen (history)

    Luce and His Empire by W.A. Swanberg (biography)

    Up Country by Maxine Kumin (poetry)

    Fire in the Lake: The Vietnamese and the Americans in Vietnam by Frances Fitzgerald (non-fiction)

    Children of Crisis by Robert Coles (non-fiction)


    Henry A. Kissinger, U.S., former United States Secretary of State; and

    Le Duc Tho, North Vietnam, 1910-1990, joint negotiator of the Vietnam Peace Accord in 1973 (he declined the prize)




1973 Cost of Living Data


Yearly inflation rate USA 6.16%
 Year end close Dow Jones Industrial Average 850
 Average cost of new house $32,500.00
 Average income per year $12,900.00
 Average monthly ment $175.00
 Cost of a gallon of gas 40 cents
 AMC Javelin (car) $2,900.00
 A dozen eggs 45 cents



Popular 1973 TV Shows


  • The Odd Couple
  • The Partridge Family
  • Columbo
  • Masterpiece Theatre
  • McMillan and Wife
  • M*A*S*H
  • Sanford and Son
  • The Bob Newhart Show
  • The Price Is Right
  • The Waltons
  • The Six Million Dollar Man
  • Barnaby Jones
  • Columbo
  • Kojak
  • McCloud
  • Police Story



Strides in Technology in 1973

  • Skylab, the United States' first space station, is launched
  • The Sears Tower opens in Chicago

    Inventions by Country and Inventors ( or attributed to First Use )

    Genetic Engineering USA by S Cohen and H Boyer
    Barcode USA
    Optical Fiber USA
    Space Station USA Skylab

    Jetski or Personal Watercraft USA Clayton Jacobson II ( Original was only stand up and difficult to stay on ) manufactured by Kawasaki




On Our Graduation Day...

14th June 1973 : Dr. Benjamin Spock ( famous author of The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care ) and three others, including Yale University Chaplain William Sloane Coffin, Jr., are convicted of conspiring to aid, abet, and counsel draft registrants to violate the Selective Service Act.




Who the heck was Ina L. Ashton and why is her name on our auditorium??


The principal for the Haddon Township Junior High School was Ina L. Ashton (1897-1979) who served until her retirement in 1962, the year the high school was completed. Ina L. Ashton was born in Chester, Vermont on May 16, 1897, the daughter of Laura B. and Joseph M. Ashton. In 1899, the Ashtons moved to Collingswood, New Jersey when Ina's father was made pastor of the First Baptist church. Ina was a graduate of the Trenton Normal School (today The College of New Jersey) and she received her Master's degree from Columbia University. The first class she taught in the Haddon Township School System was grade 6 in the Haddon Avenue School (Westmont School) at Haddon and Reeve Avenues for the school year 1917-1918. She taught and later served as a school principal in the Haddon Township school system for 46 years. When the Haddon Township High School was built the auditorium was named in her honor. She later lived in Wisconsin and her last few years of life were spent in St. Petersburg, Florida. She died in May 1979. A local memorial service was held at the Oaklyn Baptist Church on May 20, 1979.


Source: Haddon Township Historical Society: www.haddontwphistoricalsociety.org  (interesting web site)