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January 13, 2013

50 years of pop culture

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Chef Julia Child had her first show in 1963, the drug Valium was developed that year, and poet Robert Frost died.

1973

A decision handed up in the case of “Roe v. Wade” made abortion a constitutional right for women in 1973, an issue that continues to be debated even today.

But the most-far-reaching events of the year came out of Washington, D.C., where the Watergate hearings took place before the U.S. Senate, prompting President Richard Nixon to declare: “I’m not a crook.”

Armed American Indian protesters took over the South Dakota town of Wounded Knee, and U.S. troops were officially withdrawn from Vietnam, ending the nation’s involvement there.

Gasoline was 40 cents a gallon, eggs were 45 cents a dozen, and the average home sold for $25,000. The average rent was $175, and the average household income was $12,900 a year.

The Concorde jet reduced the time it took to fly from the United States to England in half, traveling at 854 mph across the Atlantic Ocean. Additionally, Skylab was launched into space, and Secretariat became the first horse in 25 years to win the Triple Crown.

Marlon Brando won the Academy Award for Best Actor for “The Godfather,” but he refused the statue in protest of the treatment of American Indians.

Other films gaining wide attention at the time were “The Exorcist,” “Jesus Christ Superstar,” “The Sting,” “American Graffiti” and “Paper Moon.”

One of the most successful albums of all time was released in 1973 and continues to sell well to this day: Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon.”

TV shows also dominated that year, including “The Odd Couple,” “The Partridge Family,” “Columbo,” “MASH” and “The Waltons.”

But it was the King, Elvis Presley, who grabbed the largest television audience with his “Aloha from Hawaii” concert special seen by more than 1 billion viewers worldwide.

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