Today in Vietnam War History

Historical Events

  • 1962-01-12 Operation Chopper begins, America's first combat mission in the Vietnam War
  • 1964-12-05 Vietnam War: for his heroism in battle earlier in the year, Captain Roger Donlon is awarded the first Medal of Honor of the war.
  • 1965-03-30 Vietnam War: A car bomb explodes in front of the U.S. Embassy in Saigon, killing 22 and wounding 183 others.
  • 1965-06-10 Vietnam War: The Battle of Dong Xoai begins.
  • 1966-01-10 Julian Bond denied seat in Gorgia legislature for opposing Vietnam War
  • 1966-03-27 Anti Vietnam war demonstrations in US, Europe & Australia
  • 1966-06-29 In the Vietnam War, US planes bombed Hanoi & Haiphong for 1st time
  • 1967-02-23 US troops begin largest offensive of Vietnam War
  • 1967-04-14 In the Vietnam War, US planes bombed Haiphong for 1st time
  • 1967-04-20 US planes bomb Haiphong for 1st time during Vietnam War
  • 1967-04-24 Vietnam War: American General William Westmoreland says in a news conference that the enemy had "gained support in the United States that gives him hope that he can win politically that which he cannot win militarily."
  • 1967-10-21 Thousands opposing Vietnam War try to storm Pentagon
  • 1967-11-03 Vietnam War: The Battle of Dak To begins.
  • 1967-11-21 Vietnam War: American General William Westmoreland tells news reporters: "I am absolutely certain that whereas in 1965 the enemy was winning, today he is certainly losing."

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1967-11-30 Senenator Eugene McCarthy annouces he will run for the US presidency on anti Vietnam war platform

Politician and Presidential Candidate Eugene McCarthy
Politician and Presidential Candidate
Eugene McCarthy

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1967-12-05 Benjamin Spock & Allen Ginsberg arrested protesting against Vietnam war

Pediatrician Benjamin Spock
Pediatrician
Benjamin Spock
Beat Poet Allen Ginsberg
Beat Poet
Allen Ginsberg
  • 1968-01-21 Vietnam War: Battle of Khe Sanh - One of the most publicized and controversial battles of the war begins.
  • 1968-02-05 Vietnam War: Battle of Khe Sanh begins.
  • 1968-02-18 10,000 demonstrators against US in Vietnam War in West-Berlin
  • 1968-03-16 My Lai massacre occurs (Vietnam War); 450 die
  • 1969-03-20 US president Nixon proclaims he will end Vietnam war in 1970
  • 1969-04-03 Vietnam War: U.S. Secretary of Defense Melvin Laird announces that the United States will start to "Vietnamize" the war effort
  • 1969-04-05 Vietnam War: Massive antiwar demonstrations occur in many U.S. cities.
  • 1969-11-15 250,000 peacefully demonstrate in Washington D.C. against Vietnam War

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1969-11-25 John Lennon returns OBE to protest against UK's support for Vietnam War

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • 1970-05-09 100,000s demonstrate against Vietnam War
  • 1971-04-25 About 200,000 anti-Vietnam War protesters march on Washington, D.C.
  • 1973-01-23 US President Nixon announces an accord has been reached to end Vietnam War
  • 1973-02-05 Funeral for LC William Nolde, last US soldier killed in Vietnam War
  • 1974-02-05 John Murtha becomes the first Vietnam War veteran elected to the Congress of the United States.

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1974-09-16 US President Gerald Ford announces conditional amnesty for US Vietnam War deserters

38th US President Gerald Ford
38th US President
Gerald Ford
  • 1975-04-02 Vietnam War: Thousands of civilian refugees flee from the Quang Ngai Province in front of advancing North Vietnamese troops.

Victory in battleThe Fall of Saigon

1975-04-29 Vietnam War: Operation Frequent Wind: The U.S. begins to evacuate US citizens from Saigon prior to an expected North Vietnamese takeover. U.S. involvement in the war comes to an end.

  • 1976-07-20 Vietnam War: The US military completes its troop withdrawal from Thailand.

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1977-01-21 US President Jimmy Carter pardons almost all Vietnam War draft evaders

39th US President Jimmy Carter
39th US President
Jimmy Carter
  • 1981-06-06 Maya Yang Lin wins competition to design the Vietnam War Memorial
  • 1982-11-13 Vietnam War Memorial dedicated in Washington, D.C.

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2000-11-16 Bill Clinton becomes the first U.S. President to visit Vietnam since the end of the Vietnam War.

42nd US President Bill Clinton
42nd US President
Bill Clinton

Famous Birthdays

  • 1914-09-15 Creighton Abrams, US, army general (Vietnam War)
  • 1922-07-14 Robin Olds, American World War II and Vietnam War ace fighter pilot (d. 2007)

Famous Deaths

  • 1959-07-08 Dale Buisand & Chester Ovnand, 1st Americans killed in Vietnam War
  • 1995-02-09 J William Fulbright, (Sen-D-Ark)/anti-Vietnam War, dies at 89
  • 2006-01-06 Hugh Thompson, Jr., decorated Vietnam War helicopter pilot (b. 1943)