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World Events

World Statistics

Population: 4.378 billion
population by decade
Nobel Peace Prize: Eisaku Sato (Japan); Sean MacBride (Ireland)
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U.S. Events

U.S. Statistics

President: Richard M. Nixon
Vice President: Gerald R. Ford
Population: 213,853,928
Life expectancy: 72.0 years
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000): 48.5
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 43.9
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US GDP (1998 dollars): $1,496.90 billion
Federal spending: $269.36 billion
Federal debt $483.9 billion
Median Household Income(current dollars): $11,197 billion
Consumer Price Index: $49.3
Unemployment: 5.6%
Cost of a first-class stamp: $0.08 ($0.10 as of 3/2/74)


Super Bowl
Miami d. Minnesota
World Series
Oakland A's d. LA Dodgers (4-1)
NBA Championship
Boston d. Milwaukee
Stanley Cup
Philadelphia d. Boston
Women: Chris Evert d. O. Morozova (6-0 6-4)
Men: Jimmy Connors d. K. Rosewall (6-1 6-1 6-4)
Kentucky Derby Champion
NCAA Basketball Championship
N.C. State d. Marquette
NCAA Football Champions
Oklahoma (AP) (11-0-0) & USC (UPI, FW, NFF) (10-1-1)
World Cup
W. Germany d. Holland


Entertainment Awards

Pulitzer Prizes
Music: Notturno, Donald Martino
Academy Award, Best Picture: The Sting, Tony Bill, Michael Phillips and Julia Phillips, producers (Universal)
Nobel Prize for Literature: Eyvind Johnson and Harry Martinson (both Sweden)
Record of the Year: "Killing Me Softly With His Song," Roberta Flack
Album of the Year: Innervisions, Stevie Wonder (Tamla/Motown)
Song of the Year: "Killing Me Softly With His Song," Norman Gimbel and Charles Fox, songwriters
Miss America: Rebecca Ann King (CO)
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  • Chinatown, The Godfather Part II, Day for Night, Blazing Saddles, The Towering Inferno


  • Patti Smith, "Hey Joe"



Nobel Prizes in Science

Chemistry: Paul J. Flory (US), for developing analytic methods to study properties and molecular structure of long-chain molecules
Physics: Antony Hewish (UK), for discovery of pulsars; Martin Ryle (UK), for using radiotelescopes to probe outer space with high degree of precision
Physiology or Medicine: George E. Palade, Christian de Duve (both US), and Albert Claude (Belgium), for contributions to understanding inner workings of living cells
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