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Historical Events

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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."
Pediatrician Benjamin SpockPediatrician Benjamin Spock 1967-12-05 - Benjamin Spock & Allen Ginsberg arrested protesting against Vietnam war
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 Wash DC against Vietnam War
Musician and Beatle John LennonMusician and Beatle John Lennon 1969-11-25 - John Lennon returns OBE to protest against UK's support for Vietnam War
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.
1974-09-16 - Pres Ford announces conditional amnesty for US Vietnam War deserters
1975-04-02 - Vietnam War: Thousands of civilian refugees flee from the Quang Ngai Province in front of advancing North Vietnamese troops.
South Vietnamese civilians scramble to board a CIA helicopter during the evacuation of the US embassy in SaigonSouth Vietnamese civilians scramble to board a CIA helicopter during the evacuation of the US embassy in 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.
39th US President Jimmy Carter39th US President Jimmy Carter 1977-01-21 - US President Jimmy Carter pardons almost all Vietnam War draft evaders
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.
2000-11-16 - Bill Clinton becomes the first U.S. President to visit Vietnam since the end of the Vietnam War.

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 2 of 2

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

Deaths 1 - 3 of 3

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)

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