OOIDA at 25 years: Looking back at 1973

The Vietnam cease-fire was Jan. 27, 1973.

The Vietnam peace pacts were signed in Paris on Jan. 27. The last U.S. troops left Southeast Asia on March 29. By April, North Vietnam had released some 590 prisoners. It was the end of the military draft.

Secretariat, three-year-old thoroughbred super horse, won the Triple Crown of horse racing.

King Faisal led the development of Saudi Arabia's crude oil reserves. The nation took control of the Arabian American Oil Co. between 1973 and 1976. Saudi Arabia gave financial aid to Egypt and other Arab countries in their conflict with Israel. Faisal imposed a total ban on oil exports to the U.S. and other nations in 1973-74 to protest American military aid to Israel after the outbreak of an Arab-Israeli war. The ban wasn't lifted until March 18, 1974. (Faisal was assassinated in March of 1975.)

Trucking was crippled by the embargo. Amidst the economic hardships and the political turmoil, the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association was founded in Grain Valley, MO.

Five of the seven defendants in the Watergate break-in trial pleaded guilty and the other two were convicted. Impeachment talk spread across the nation.

Don Shula coached the Miami Dolphins to victory over the Washington Redskins in Superbowl VII.

In Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court ruled that states cannot prohibit abortions during the first three months of pregnancy and may regulate but not prohibit abortions during the second trimester.

Joe Frazier was boxing's heavyweight champion of the world.

Nixon's vice-president, Spiro T. Agnew, resigned Oct. 10 and pleaded no contest to a charge of tax evasion. Two days later, Gerald R. Ford became the first appointed vice president.

School integration continued.

Six nights a week, Charlie Douglas sounded two beeps on a truck horn and for the next seven and a half hours over WWL out of New Orleans, The Road Gang broadcasted messages and song requests for truckers.

"The Morning After" by Maureen McGovern fromĀ The Poseidon Adventure, was a number one pop hit.

"I was raised on country sunshine," sang Dottie West, and it pushed Coca-Cola sales up to new highs.

Alabama was formed, first calling themselves "Young Country."

Best Picture: The Sting

The little guys, Snap, Crackle and Pop hopped across the TV screen for Rice Krispies.

Sparked by the growth of the independent trucking industry and C.W. McCall's Top-40 single, "Convoy," citizens band radios turned boring highway travel into a rolling party line.