Our class was special and the years we spent at school was a unique time in history.
This page is dedicated to popular culture of the time. Go back in time with;
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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 & 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" The 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" The Isley Brothers
22 "Pillow Talk" Sylvia Robinson
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" The O'Jays
33 "I'm Gonna Love You Just a Little More Baby" Barry White
34 "Say, Has Anybody Seen My Sweet Gypsy Rose" Tony Orlando and Dawn
35 "Keep on Truckin'" Eddie Kendricks
36 "Danny's Song" Anne Murray
37 "Dancing in the Moonlight" King Harvest
38 "Monster Mash" Bobby 'Boris' Pickett
39 "Natural High" Bloodstone
40 "Diamond Girl" Seals and Crofts
41 "Long Train Runnin'" The Doobie Brothers
42 "Give Me Love (Give Me Peace on Earth)" George Harrison
43 "If You Want Me to Stay" Sly & the Family Stone
44 "Daddy's Home" Jermaine Jackson
45 "Neither One of Us (Wants to Be the First to Say Goodbye)" Gladys Knight & the Pips
46 "I'm Doin' Fine Now" New York City
47 "Could It Be I'm Falling in Love" The Spinners
48 "Daniel" Elton John
49 "Midnight Train to Georgia" Gladys Knight & the Pips
50 "Smoke on the Water" Deep Purple
Best Picture Best Director
Best Actor Best Actress
Best Supporting Actor Best Supporting Actress
Best Screenplay Based on Factual Material or Material Not Previously Produced or Published Best Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium
Best Foreign Language Film Best Documentary Feature
Best Documentary Short Subject Best Live Action Short Subject
Best Animated Short Subject Best Original Dramatic Score
Best Scoring: Adaptation and Original Song Score Best Song Original for the Picture
Cost of goods
Cost of a new home:  $26,600.00 
Cost of a new car: 
Median Household Income:  $8,734.00 
Cost of a first-class stamp:  $0.06 
Cost of a gallon of regular gas:  $0.36 
Cost of a dozen eggs:  $0.62 
Cost of a gallon of Milk:  1.15 
TV programs
1. All in the Family



2. The Waltons CBS 18,602,200
3. Sanford and Son NBC 18,205,000
4. M*A*S*H CBS 17,013,400
5. Hawaii Five-O CBS 15,888,000


Maude CBS 15,557,000


Kojak CBS 15,424,600


The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour CBS 15,424,600


The Mary Tyler Moore Show CBS 15,292,200


Cannon CBS 15,292,200


The Six Million Dollar Man ABC 15,027,400


The Bob Newhart Show CBS 14,762,600
13. The Wonderful World of Disney NBC 14,762,600
14. The NBC Saturday Mystery Movie NBC 14,696,400
15. Gunsmoke CBS 14,630,200
16. Happy Days ABC 14,233,000
17. Good Times CBS 14,166,800
18. Barnaby Jones CBS 14,166,800
19. Monday Night Football ABC 14,034,400


CBS Friday Night Movie CBS 14,034,400


Tuesday Movie of the Week ABC 13,902,000


The Streets of San Francisco ABC 13,769,600


Adam 12 NBC 13,703,400


ABC Sunday Night Movie ABC 13,703,400


The Rookies ABC 13,438,600


ABC Monday Movie ABC 13,372,400


The Carol Burnett Show CBS 13,306,200


Kung Fu ABC 13,306,200


Here's Lucy CBS 13,240,000


CBS Thursday Movie CBS 13,173,800


NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship –

UCLA wins 87–66 over Memphis State. Bill Walton of UCLA scored 44 points in the Championship game.

NBA Finals –

New York Knicks won 4 games to 1 over the Los Angeles Lakers

ABA Finals –

Indiana Pacers defeat Kentucky Colonels, 4 games to 3

Ames High School defeats Wahlert to win the Iowa state basketball title


22 January – George Foreman beats Joe Frazier by a knockout in two rounds to lift the world's Heavyweight championship from Frazier. It is HBO Boxing's first telecast.

Men's Golf

Masters Tournament – Tommy Aaron

U.S. Open – Johnny Miller – Miller's final round of 63 was a new major championship record which has been equaled several times since, it wasn't until 2017 when that record was broken by Branden Grace at The Open Championship when he shot a 62.

British Open – Tom Weiskopf

PGA Championship – Jack Nicklaus

PGA Tour money leader – Jack Nicklaus – $308,362

Ryder Cup – United States won 19–13 over Great Britain & Ireland in team golf

Triple Crown Races

Kentucky Derby – Secretariat

Preakness Stakes – Secretariat

Belmont Stakes – Secretariat


Grand Slam in tennis men's results:

Australian Open – John Newcombe

French Open – Ilie Năstase

Wimbledon – Jan Kodeš

US Open – John Newcombe

Grand Slam in tennis women's results:

Australian Open – Margaret Court

French Open – Margaret Court

Wimbledon – Billie Jean King

US Open – Margaret Court


January 14 − Super Bowl VII: the Miami Dolphins (AFC) won 14–7 over the Washington Redskins (NFC) to complete the only perfect (unbeaten and untied) season in the history of the NFL

Location: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum

Attendance: 90,182

MVP: Jake Scott, FS (Miami)

Rose Bowl (1972 season):

The Southern California Trojans won 42–17 over the Ohio State Buckeyes to win college football national championship

O. J. Simpson becomes the first player in NFL history to rush for more than 2,000 yards in a single season.


18 January – Orlando Cepeda signs with the Boston Red Sox, making him the first player signed by a team specifically to be a designated hitter.

The American League uses the designated hitter rule for the first time. Ron Blomberg is the first player to bat as a DH.

World Series – Oakland Athletics won 4 games to 3 over the New York Mets

World News
  1. The United States ends its involvement in the Vietnam War after the signing of the Paris Peace Accords
  2. OPEC oil to increase by 200%
  3. Secretariat becomes the first horse since Citation in 1948 to win the Triple Crown
  4. Alaska Oil Pipeline bill is passed to allow construction of a pipeline to access oil from the North Slope of Alaska
  5. Supreme Court of the United States rules on Roe v. Wade.
  6. Cod War UK and Iceland,
  7. Three-Day Week put in place in the UK,
  8. Sydney Opera House is opened
  9. Yom Kippur War and Oil Embargo
  10. UK inflation rate running at 8.4% and the US running at 6.16%
Politics and the Economy
President:  Richard M. Nixon 
Vice President:  Spiro T. Agnew 

Life expectancy:  70.8 years 

High:  842 
Low:  669 

Federal spending: 
$195.65 billion 
Federal debt:  $380.9 billion 
Inflation:  6.5% 
Consumer Price Index:  38.8 
Unemployment:  3.5%