• A cease-fire was called, and the first American prisoners began to come home from North Viet Nam.
• The Supreme Court would hand down Roe vs. Wade
• A ribbon cutting signaled the grand opening of the tallest building on the planet: The World Trade Center. (The Sears Tower would take the title later in the year)
• Secretariat won the Triple Crown.
• Sky Lab; the United States' first space station, and the second space station visited by a human crew. It was also the only space station NASA launched alone.
• Arab Oil Embargo shot Gasoline prices up by 80%.
• Patty Hearst was kidnapped by the SLA.
FADS and ENTERTAINMENT
• MOVIES: “The Sting” “American Graffiti” and “The Exorcist”
• T.V.: “All In The Family” “Sanford and Son” & “M*A*S*H”.
• “Charlie” was the new perfume.
• Elvis Presley's concert in Hawaii. The first worldwide telecast by an entertainer watched by more people than watched the Apollo moon landings.
• Raquel Welch and Pam Grier were the hotties.
• George Foreman defeats Joe Frazier for the heavyweight world boxing championship.
• Pablo Picasso: October 25, 1881 – April 8, 1973
• Bruce Lee: November 27, 1940 – July 20, 1973
• Jim Croce: January 10, 1943 – September 20, 1973
• J.R.R. Tolkien: January 3 1892 – September 2 1973
• This was the first #1 single by Elton John in the US.
• It’s from the album: Don't Shoot Me I'm Only the Piano Player
• Elton has described this song as "disposable pop." Bernie Taupin gave his thoughts in an interview he said: "I don't want people to remember me for 'Crocodile Rock'. I'd much rather they remember me for songs like 'Candle In The Wind' and 'Empty Garden,' songs that convey a message.
• There's a '50s music theme in this song, and Elton said that this it contains flavors of a lot of his favorite early Rock songs.
• Here’s Elton John with Crocodile Rock…Your #1 @ 1 from February 1973.