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Welcome to Retroville! It's 1973!


  • Richard M. Nixon begins his second term as 37th President
  • Vice President Spiro Agnew resigns
  • Viet Nam War ends
  • President Nixon accepts responsibility for Watergate and accepts the resignations of H.R. Haldeman and John D. Erlichman
  • President Nixon fires John W. Dean III as counsel
  • U.S. bombing of Cambodia ends
  • President Nixon fires special Watergate prosecutor Archibald Cox and Deputy Attorney General William D. Ruckelshaus
  • Attorney General Elliot L. Richardson resigns
  • Supreme Court rules in Roe v Wade that abortions may be legally performed throughout the United States
  • Former Vice President Spiro Agnew pleads guilty to tax evasion charges in a Baltimore Federal Court and receives three years probation and a $10,000 fine
  • The first ETHERNET (local computer network) begins operation
  • Gene splicing becomes a reality
  • Watergate hearings are televised
  • SKYLAB, an orbiting space laboratory, is launched into orbit
  • Oakland A's defeat the NY Mets to win the World Series
  • George Forman defeats Joe Frazier for the heavyweight championship


  • CBS Radio Mystery Theater
  • Future Tense
  • Hollywood Radio Theater
  • Same Time, Same Station
  • Superman
  • Zero Hour


  • The Six Million Dollar Man
  • Griff
  • Barnaby Jones
  • Columbo
  • McMillan and Wife
  • McCloud
  • Police Story
  • The Magician
  • Kojak
  • Love Story
  • Adam's Rib
  • Brian Keith Show
  • Bob Newhart Show
  • Emergency!


  • BIC pens
  • Evel Knevel stunt cycles
  • Perfection (the game)
  • Dungeons & Dragons
  • Streaking
  • Rocky Horror Picture Show


  • Car: $4,052
  • Gasoline: 39 cents per gallon
  • House: $35,500
  • Bread: 27 cents per loaf
  • Milk: $1.36 per gallon
  • Postage Stamp: 8 cents
  • Average Annual Salary: $13,622
  • Minimum Wage: $1.60 per hour


  • The Sting - a dramatic film by George Roy Hill starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford


  • 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 Viet Nam, 1910-1990, joint negotiator of the Viet Nam Peace Accord in 1973 (he declined the prize)


  • Let's Get it On by Marvin Gaye
  • Midnight Train to Georgia by Gladys Knight & The Pips
  • Photograph by Ringo Starr
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