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1 July 1966 - 31 May 1967
6 Jul 66
Hanoi Radio reports that captured American pilots have been paraded though the streets of Hanoi through jeering crowds.
11 Jul 66
The U.S. intensifies bombing raids against portions of the Ho Chi Minh trail winding through Laos.
15 Jul 66
Operation Hastings is launched by U.S. Marines and South Vietnamese troops against 10,000 NVA in Quang Tri Province. This is the largest combined military operation to date in the war.
15 Jul 66
G.I. Pay Hike Signed By L.B.J.
15 Jul 66
Sinatra, 50, Engaged to Mia Farrow, 21    
15 Jul 66
U.S. Jets Down M.I.G. Over North    
28 Jul 66
Seeks No Wider War - U.S. Rejects Ky Call to Invade
30 Jul 66
For the first time, the U.S. bombs NVA troops in the Demilitarized Zone, the buffer area separating North and South Vietnam.
9 Aug 66
U.S. jets attack two South Vietnamese villages by mistake, killing 63 civilians and wounding over 100.
30 Aug 66
Hanoi announces China will provide economic and technical assistance.
1 Sep 66
While visiting Cambodia, French President Charles de Gaulle calls for U.S. withdrawal from Vietnam.
12 Sep 66
500 U.S. jets attack NVA supply lines and coastal targets in the heaviest air raid of the war to date.
14 Sep-24 Nov 66
During Operation Attleboro, 20,000 U.S. and ARVN soldiers conduct a successful search-and-destroy mission 50 miles north of Saigon near the Cambodian border. 155 Americans are killed and 494 wounded while 1,106 VC/NVA are killed.
15 Sep 66
Cry From Space: Ride It, Cowboy    
15 Sep 66
Pilot Tells of Prison Camp Ordeal    
15 Sep 66
Seabee Wins Posthumous Medal of Honor    
23 Sep 66
The U.S. reveals jungles near the Demilitarized Zone are being defoliated by sprayed chemicals.
24 Sep 66
Would Halt Raids, U.N. Told - U.S. Bids For Peace
24 Sep 66
U.S. to Buy 280 Extra Warplanes    
2-24 Oct 66
The U.S. 1st Air Cavalry Division conducts Operation Irving to clear NVA from mountainous areas near Qui Nhon.
3 Oct 66
The Soviet Union announces it will provide military and economic assistance to North Vietnam.
25 Oct 66
President Johnson conducts a conference in Manila with America's Vietnam Allies; Australia, Philippines, Thailand, New Zealand, South Korea and South Vietnam. The Allies pledge to withdraw from Vietnam within six months if North Vietnam will withdraw completely from the South.
26 Oct 66
President Johnson visits Cam Ranh Bay.
27 Oct 66
Allies Offer Hanoi 6-Point Peace Plan    
27 Oct 66
Special Reserve to Be on Call Till Mid-'67    
28 Oct 66
L.B.J. Flies to Viet, Dines With Troops    
28 Oct 66
N.A.T.O. Votes to Quit Paris    
7 Nov 66
Defense Secretary McNamara is confronted by student protesters during a visit to Harvard University.
12 Nov 66
The New York Times reports that 40 percent of U.S. economic aid sent to Saigon is stolen or winds up on the black market.
8-9 Dec 66
North Vietnam rejects a proposal by President Johnson for discussions concerning treatment of POWs and a possible exchange.
26 Dec 66
Under pressurefrom journalists over mounting civilian causalities in North Vietnam, the U.S. Defense Department now admits civilians may have been bombed accidentally.
27 Dec 66
The U.S. mounts a large-scale air assault against suspected Viet Cong positions in the Mekong Delta using Napalm and hundreds of tons of bombs.
31 Dec 66
U.S. troop levels reach 389,000 with 5,008 combat deaths and 30,093 wounded. American Allies fighting in Vietnam include 45,000 soldiers from South Korea and 7000 Australians. An estimated 89,000 soldiers from North Vietnam infiltrated the South via the Ho Chi Minh trail in 1966.
2 Jan 67
Operation Bolo occurs as 28 U.S. Air Force F-4 Phantom jets lure North Vietnamese MiG-21 interceptors into a dogfight over Hanoi and shoot down seven of them. This leaves only nine MiG-21s operational for the North Vietnamese. American pilots, however, are prohibited by Washington from attacking MiG air bases in North Vietnam.
5 Jan 67
12-14 Minute Dogfight - Ace Describes Epic M.I.G. Battle
5 Jan 67
U.S. Nabs 70 in Haiti Plot    
5 Jan 67
Royal Divorce Shakes British Society    
5 Jan 67
Cancer-Ridden Ruby Dies of Blood Clot    
8-26 Jan 67
Operation Cedar Falls involves 16,000 American and 14,000 South Vietnamese soldiers clearing out Viet Cong from the 'Iron Triangle' area 25 miles northwest of Saigon. The Viet Cong avoided the fight and retreated into the jungle, leaving Allied troops to uncover and destroy an extensive network of tunnels. After the American and South Vietnamese troops leave the area, Viet Cong return and rebuild their sanctuary. This pattern is repeated throughout the war as Americans utilize 'in-and-out' tactics in which troops arrive by helicopters, secure an area, then depart by helicopters.
10 Jan 67
U.N. Secretary-General U Thant expresses doubts that Vietnam is essential to the security of the West.
10 Jan 67
In his State of the Union address before Congress, President Johnson declares "We will stand firm in Vietnam."
23 Jan 67
Antiwar Senator J. William Fulbright publishes a book critical of American Vietnam policy. "The Arrogance of Power" advocates direct peace talks between the South Vietnamese government and the Viet Cong.
2 Feb 67
President Johnson states there are no "serious indications that the other side is ready to stop the war."
8-10 Feb 67
American religious groups stage a nationwide "Fast for Peace."
8-12 Feb 67
A truce occurs during Tet, the lunar New Year, a traditional Vietnamese holiday
12 Feb 67
North Viet Buildup - Supplies Spotted Flowing South From Hanoi
12 Feb 67
Kosygin Hails Struggle Against 'Dictator Mao'    
13 Feb 67
Following the failure of diplomatic peace efforts, President Johnson announces the U.S. will resume full-scale bombing of North Vietnam.
22 Feb 67
22 U.S. and four South Vietnamese battalions conduct the war's largest operation, Junction City, to destroy the NVA's Central Office headquarters in South Vietnam. The offensive includes a parachute assault by the 173d Airborne Brigade. It lasts until 14 May 67.
8 Mar 67
Congress authorizes $4.5 billion for the war.
19-21 Mar 67
President Johnson meets in Guam with South Vietnam's Prime Minister Ky and pressures Ky to hold national elections.
23 Mar 67
U.S. Peace Bid Rejected - L.B.J., Ho Exchange Notes on Viet War
23 Mar 67
$280 Mil. Air Shield For N.A.T.O.    
23 Mar 67
Point-Blank Artillery Kills 423 Reds    
23 Mar 67
B-52's Flee Gale of Guam    
3 Apr 67
Outnumbered G.I.íS Cut Down 581 VC    
6 Apr 67
2,500 Viet Cong and NVA attack Quang Tri City.
14 Apr 67
Richard M. Nixon visits Saigon and states that anti-war protests back in the U.S. are "prolonging the war."
15 Apr 67
Anti-war demonstrations occur in New York and San Francisco involving nearly 200,000. Rev. Martin Luther King declares that the war is undermining President Johnson's Great Society social reform programs, "...the pursuit of this widened war has narrowed the promised dimensions of the domestic welfare programs, making the poor white and Negro bear the heaviest burdens both at the front and at home."
20 Apr 67
U.S. bombers target Haiphong harbor in North Vietnam for the first time.
22 Apr 67
Raid at Haiphong - S.E.A.T.O. Council Backs Bombing  
24 Apr 67
General Westmoreland condemns anti-war demonstrators saying they give the North Vietnamese soldier "hope that he can win politically that which he cannot accomplish militarily." Privately, he has already warned President Johnson "the war could go on indefinitely."
24 Apr-11 May 67
Hill fights rage at Khe Sanh between U.S. 3rd Marines and the North Vietnamese Army resulting in 940 NVA killed. American losses are 155 killed and 425 wounded. The isolated air base is located in mountainous terrain less than 10 miles from North Vietnam near the border of Laos.
30Apr 67
Westy Charts Path to Victory in Viet    
30Apr 67
Cassius Clay (Mohammed Ali) Spurns Induction  
1 May 67
Ellsworth Bunker is appointed U.S ambassador to South Vietnam.
2 May 67
British antiwar activist and philosopher Bertrand Russell organizes a mock war crimes tribunal in Stockholm to condemn the USA.
4 May 67
N. Viet Hopes Die on Hill 881    
4 May 67
Plan N.A.T.O. Cut - U.S. to Pull Out 35,000 Troops  
4 May 67
$1.6 Mil. Heist From Jet Fail    
4 May 67
Senate Republicans Back L.B.J. on Viet    
9 May 67
Robert W. Komer, a former CIA analyst, is appointed by President Johnson as deputy commander of MACV to form a new agency called Civil Operations and Revolutionary Development Support (CORDS) to pacify the population of South Vietnam.
13 May 67
A New York City fire captain leads a 70,000-person march in support of the war.
13 May 67
Viet Cong Shell 2 U.S. Airfields    
13 May 67
Westy's Duties Expanded    
13 May 67
Couple Sees Son Wounded on TV Film    
13 May 67
L.B.J. Wins on Draft    
14 May 67
Operation Junction City which commenced 22 Feb 67 ends with 2,728 Viet Cong killed and 34 captured. American losses are 282 killed and 1,576 wounded. NVA were forced to relocate their Central Office headquarters inside Cambodia to avoid capture.
18-26 May 67
U.S. and South Vietnamese troops enter the Demilitarized Zone for the first time and engage in a series of fire fights with NVA. Both sides suffer heavy losses.
21 May 67
Allies Sweep DMZ    
21 May 67
U.N. Withdraws From Gaza Strip    
22 May 67
President Johnson publicly urges North Vietnam to accept a peace compromise.
 
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