Former president Lyndon B. Johnson died of a heart attack.
The U.S., North Viet Nam, South Viet Nam and the Viet Cong signed a peace agreement in Paris. 142 POWs were released and sent home to the U.S. 14 days later. The last U.S. troops departed South Viet Nam March 29th.
Henry Kissinger was nominated and confirmed as Secretary of State.
The American Indian Movement — AIM — occupied Wounded Knee, South Dakota for eight days. They surrendered after U.S. officials promised to investigate corruption in the Bureau Of Indian Affairs.
G. Gordon Liddy and James McCord were convicted in the Watergate break-in. Aides H.R. Haldeman, John Dean and John Erlichman were asked to resign. Attorney General Richard Kleindeinst resigned over the scandal. Aide Alexander Butterfield disclosed that there was a White House taping system. President Nixon's new Attorney General, Elliot Richardson, appointed Archibald Cox as special Watergate prosecutor. But when testimony in the Senate Watergate Hearings seemed to point the blame toward the Oval Office, President Nixon fired Cox, Richardson and Deputy Attorney General William Ruckelshaus. Upon appointing William Saxbe as his fourth Attorney General and Leon Jaworski as special Watergate prosecutor, Nixon declared his innocence in the scandal. Days later, the White House disclosed that 18½ minutes of a taped White House conversation between Nixon and H.R. Haldeman had been mysteriously erased.
Vice President Spiro T. Agnew resigned in disgrace, just days before pleading no contest to charges of racketeering and tax evasion while he was governor of Maryland.
Gerald Ford, the only surviving member of the Warren Commission, was sworn in as the new Vice President.
The U.S. Supreme Court struck down state laws banning abortions.
88 died when a jetliner crashed while landing at Boston's Logan Airport.
Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee founder H. Rap Brown was sentenced to 5 to 15 years for armed robbery and assault with a deadly weapon.
The Exorcist was number one at the box office. Other popular films included The Sting, Serpico, The Way We Were and American Graffiti.
Hit songs included Roberta Flack's Grammy-winning Killing Me Softly, Frankenstein by the Edgar Winter Group, Give Me Love by George Harrison, Half Breed by Cher and You're So Vain by Carly Simon.