Today in History

This Day in History: February 24

1968 - The Tet Offensive slows to a halt as more than three weeks of hard pressing assaults by the Communist forces are stymied by stiff and successful resistance from the United States and South Vietnamese.

1968 - South Vietnamese recapture the ancient city of Hué from Communist forces.

1969 – Airman 1st Class John L. Levitow threw himself on a smoking flare and threw it out the window of the gunship, saving the lives of his crewmembers while he bled heavily. In 1970 President Nixon awarded him the Medal of Honor.

1980 – the United States captures the gold medal from Finland during their Miracle run of that year’s Winter Olympics.



Today in History: May 31


1790: The United States enacts its first federal copy right statute, the Copyright Act of 1790. The stated object of the act was the "encouragement of learning," and it achieved this by securing authors the "sole right and liberty of printing, reprinting, publishing and vending" the copies of their "maps, charts, and books" for a term of 14 years, with the right to renew for one additional 14 year term should the copyright holder still be alive.



1889: Over 2,200 people die after a dam break sends a 60-foot wall of water over the town of Johnstown, Pennsylvania.


1956: The first RB-57D Canberra reconnaissance bomber is delivered to the 4080th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing, Turner Air Force Base, Georgia. The RB-57 is used for intelligence flights during the Vietnam War.


1965: Operation Rolling Thunder continues as U.S. planes bomb an ammunition depot at Hoi Jan, west of Hanoi. From March 1965 to October 1968, about 643,000 tons of bombs were dropped on North Vietnam. President Lyndon B. Johnson ordered the sustained bombing of North Vietnam to interdict North Vietnamese transportation routes in the southern part of North Vietnam and slow infiltration of personnel and supplies into South Vietnam. In July 1966, the operation was expanded to include North Vietnamese ammunition dumps and oil storage facilities as targets. In the spring of 1967, it was further expanded to include power plants, factories, and airfields in the Hanoi-Haiphong area.

1973: The United States Senate votes to cut off funding for the bombing of Khmer Rouge targets within Cambodia, hastening the end of the Cambodian Civil War.
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