Happy New Year everyone!!! I hope 2013 finds you well and all of your hopes and dreams are fulfilled. At the very least, I hope you have a year free of parking tickets and “fiscal cliffs.”
Many 40th anniversaries are approaching in this chilly month of January. Let’s look at some of the significant events of four decades ago and see what we need to prepare ourselves for.
Events of 40-Years-Ago – January, 1973
(Jan. 01) United Kingdom, Ireland and Denmark become members of the European Economic Community (which later evolves into the European Union). Britain’s Prime Minister at the time is Edward Heath.
(Jan. 01) CBS sells the New York Yankees to a group led by George Steinbrenner. The price: 10 million dollars.
(Jan. 13) Eric Clapton performs at the Rainbow Theatre in London, England and the show is later released as an L.P.
(Jan. 14) Super Bowl VII is played. The Miami Dolphins defeat the Washington Redskins (14–7). The Dolphins achieve the NFL’s first “Perfect Season.”
(Jan. 14) Elvis Presley performs in Hawaii and the worldwide satellite broadcast ratings are record breaking.
(Jan. 15) President Nixon announces the end of offensive action in Vietnam.
(Jan. 20) President Nixon is inaugurated for a second term.
(Jan. 22) The landmark Roe v. Wade case is decided.
(Jan. 22) George Foreman defeats Joe Frazier in Kingston, Jamaica and grabs the Heavyweight World Championship title.
(Jan. 22) Former U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson dies at his Texas ranch at the age of 64.
(Jan. 26) Actor Edward G Robinson dies, aged 79.
(Jan. 27) President Nixon signs The Paris Peace Accords ending US involvement in the Vietnam War.