Today in History for January 23rd

Highlights of Today in History: Accord reached in Vietnam; North Korea seizes the U.S.S. Pueblo; Roots airs; Bob Keeshan dies; Johnny Carson dies.

Video Transcript

SANDY KOZEL: January 23, 1973. President Richard Nixon announces an accord has been reached to end America's military role in the Vietnam War.

RICHARD NIXON: We today have concluded an agreement to end the war and bring peace with honor in Vietnam and in Southeast Asia.

SANDY KOZEL: More than two years later, South Vietnam falls to North Vietnam, and the country is reunified under Communist rule.

1968. North Korea seizes the USS Pueblo, charging the crew of the Navy intelligence ship with being on a spy mission in its waters. Pyongyang releases the crew 11 months later.

1977. The TV miniseries "Roots," based on Alex Haley's novel, begins airing on ABC. The saga about an African slave and his descendants in America becomes a ratings and cultural sensation.


- (SINGING) Here comes Captain Kangaroo!

SANDY KOZEL: Bob Keeshan, who entertained children for decades as TV's Captain Kangaroo, dies in Vermont at age 76.

And 2005. Johnny Carson, host of the Tonight Show from the '60s into the early '90s, dies in Malibu, California, at age 79. Today in history, January 23. Sandy Kozel, the Associated Press.