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1 July 1970 - 30 June 1971
1 Jul 70
Out of Cambodia - Right on Schedule    
1 Jul 70
Senate Tables Peace Bill    
1 Jul 70
U.S. Planes, Thai Troops to Hit Sanctuaries: Rogers  
11 Aug 70
South Vietnamese troops take over the defense of border positions from U.S. troops.
24 Aug 70
Heavy B-52 bombing raids occur along the Demilitarized Zone.
1 Sep 70
Reds in Cambodia Checked - Agnew    
1 Sep 70
Orphans Slain in Attack By N.V.A.    
1 Sep 70
U.S. Violence Fatal to Two    
5 Sep 70
Operation Jefferson Glenn, the last U.S. offensive in Vietnam begins in Thua Thien Province.
7 Oct 70
During a TV speech, President Nixon proposes a "standstill" cease-fire in which all troops would stop shooting and remain in place pending a formal peace agreement. Hanoi does not respond.
24 Oct 70
South Vietnamese troops begin a new offensive into Cambodia.
12 Nov 70
The military trial of Lt. William Calley begins at Fort Benning, Georgia, concerning the massacre of Vietnamese civilians at My Lai.
20 Nov 70
American troop levels drop to 334,600.
23 Nov 70
U.S. Bombs North - Retaliation For Recon Attacks  
23 Nov 70
Raids Could Prolong War - Mansfield    
25 Nov 70
Raid on P.O.W. Camp - But G.I.íS Find Prison Near Hanoi Is Empty
10 Dec 70
President Nixon warns Hanoi that more bombing raids may occur if North Vietnamese attacks continue against the South.
13 Dec 70
Laird: G.I.ís to Stay Till P.O.W.'S Go Free    
13 Dec 70
Blast-Fire Rips Bar Near N.Y. City Hall    
14 Dec 70
Mission accomplished. 1st Battalion (Mechanized), 50th Infantry under command of LTC Richard Hooker departs Vietnam to return to Fort Hood, Texas.
22 Dec 70
The Cooper-Church amendment to the U.S. defense appropriations bill forbids the use of any U.S. ground forces in Laos or Cambodia.
26 Dec 70
Truce Stills War Action - A Silent Night in Vietnam  
26 Dec 70
Hope Wows Men at Danang    
26 Dec 70
50 Nations Draft Skyjack Treaty    
26 Dec 70
Big Gains Seen in U.S. Economy    
31 Dec 70
American troop levels drop to 280,000 by year's end. During the year, an estimated 60,000 soldiers experimented with drugs, according to the U.S. command. There were also over 200 incidents of "fragging" in which unpopular officers were attacked with fragmentation grenades by men under their command. In addition, many units are now plagued by racial unrest, reflecting the disharmony back home.
4 Jan 71
President Nixon announces "the end is in sight."
9 Jan 71
Major U.S. Combat Role in Vietnam to Cease May 1  
19 Jan 71
U.S. fighter-bombers launch heavy air strikes against NVA supply camps in Laos and Cambodia.
30 Jan 71
Operation Lam Son 719, an all-South Vietnamese ground offensive, occurs as 17,000 South Vietnamese soldiers attack 22,000 NVA inside Laos in an attempt to sever the Ho Chi Minh trail. Aided by heavy U.S. artillery and air strikes, along with American helicopter lifts, South Vietnamese troops advance to their first objective but then stall thus allowing the NVA time to bring in massive troop reinforcements. The operation lasts two months.
6 Feb 71
Giant Allied Push Near Laos Border    
10 Feb 71
Laos Thrust Limited, State Dept. Declares    
10 Feb 71
U.S. Will End 17-Year Vigil on Korean DMZ    
10 Feb 71
Viets Drive in Laos Along 4 Routes    
Mar 71

Opinion polls indicate Nixon's approval rating among Americans has dropped to 50 percent, while approval of his Vietnam strategy has slipped to just 34 percent.

1 Mar 71
The Capitol building in Washington is damaged by a bomb apparently planted in protest of the invasion of Laos.
10 Mar 71
China pledges complete support for North Vietnam's struggle against the U.S.
24 Mar 71
House Unit Approves $2.7 Billion G.I. Pay Hike  
24 Mar 71
Fighting Rages in Laos    
24 Mar 71
P.O.W. Mail Returned    
24 Mar 71
Antisub Warfare Expert Charges $1.3 Billion Mistake
24 Mar 71
Hearing Set on Capt. Medina    
24 Mar 71
Years Grow Longer - The Lonely Vigil of P.O.W. Wives
24 Mar 71
Calley Jury Plans For A Long Haul    
24 Mar 71
Oakland Leads The Antidraft    
24 Mar 71
Plus Big Guns, Copters - Russ Give Egypt 171 More Jets
24 Mar 71
6 Red Battalions Peril Capital; Laos King Won't Leave
24 Mar 71
Reds Down 5 Helos in Viet, Cambodia    
24 Mar 71
G.I. Strength at 312,900    
24 Mar 71
N.V.A. Fighting to Keep Open Cambodia Infiltration Route
24 Mar 71
Thieu Seeks Speedy Trials For Alleged Viet Smugglers
24 Mar 71
53 G.I.íS Balk at Order to Return to Viet Battle
24 Mar 71
Fighting Rages in Laos; 245 Reds Slain    
24 Mar 71
D.O.D.: Laos Drive A Successful Test    
29 Mar 71
Lt. William Calley is found guilty of the murder of the 22 My Lai civilians that he personally shot. He is sentenced to life imprisonment with hard labor, however, the sentence is later reduced to 20 years, then 10 years due to Nixon's political interference and populist misreading of the American public.
31 Mar 71
Calley Convicted    
31 Mar 71
Death in Gas Chamber Edict For Manson Family
1 Apr 71
President Nixon orders Calley released pending his appeal.
6 Apr 71

Operation Lam Son 719 ends with disappointing results, with 215 American KIA (mostly helicopter crew) and 7,682 ARVN KIA against some 20,000 NVA killed. After achieving initial objectives, the South Vietnamese stalled allowing the NVA to bring in massive troop reinforcements. By battle's end, 40,000 NVA pursue 8,000 ARVN survivors back across the border. Over 100 helicopters were destroyed and over 600 damaged.

9 Apr 71
Nixon to Pull Out 100,000 More G.I.ís    
9 Apr 71
U.S. Table Tennis Team Will Play in Red China  
9 Apr 71
Laird Orders Tighter Army C.I.D. Control    
19 Apr 71
'Vietnam Veterans Against the War' begin a week of nationwide protests.
24 Apr 71
Another mass demonstration is held in Washington attracting nearly 200,000.
29 Apr 71
Total American deaths in Vietnam surpass 45,000.
30 Apr 71
The last U.S. Marine combat units depart Vietnam.
3-5 May 71
A mass arrest of 12,000 protesters occurs in Washington.
3 May 71
50,000 Mass in Capital. Jail For Law Breakers - Nixon Cautions Protesters
3 May 71
Senator Says End of Draft May Be Near    
3 May 71
A Shau Sweep Reports 1 U.S. Losses: 5 Dead
3 May 71
Terrorist Raids Kill 26 in Viet    
3 May 71
4,000 G.I.ís Prepare Pull Out    
3 May 71
Cambodia Army Back in Pich Nil    
3 May 71
6 More Sniffer Dogs to Vietnam    
3 May 71
U.S. Aide: G.I. Defectors May Be in Ranks of VC
3 May 71
Bucks Crowned N.B.A. Champions    
3 May 71
Calley Battle Hymn Banned By A.F.V.N.    
4 May 71
D.C. Protesters Scattered - Police Close Militants' Camp
4 May 71
Police, Military Need Backing of Public: Westy    
4 May 71
Job Market Hits Depression Low    
4 May 71
Cambodians Kill 38 in Route 4 Fighting    
4 May 71
Reds Down 2 Helos; Crew Safe    
4 May 71
Two Arty Units Stand Down    
4 May 71
4/60 Sees Action Near Pleiku    
4 May 71
D.C. Police Close, Clear Militants' Camp    
7 May 71
Protests Across U.S. - 1,000 Arrested on Capitol Steps
7 May 71
372,000 Are Out of Work    
7 May 71
W. Pakistan Using U.S. Tanks, Jets    
7 May 71
Gunships Kill 13 Reds; Ground Action Still Light
10 May 71
15,000 at D.C. Win-War Rally    
10 May 71
Mars Shot Fails    
12 May 71
French Advisers Aid Reds in S. Vietnam, Defector Says
12 May 71
3rd Bank of America Blasted in Alameda    
12 May 71
Massacre Reported in Pakistan    
12 May 71
General Turner Given 3 Years in Prison    
12 May 71
3,135 G.I., Marine Spaces Cut    
12 May 71
Army Eases Haircut, Sideburn Rules    
12 May 71
Thais Arrest 100 For Arming Reds    
12 May 71
P.F.C. Faces Trial in Murder of His C.O.    
13 May 71
M.I.G.21 Attacks O2 Over Laos    
13 May 71
Fire Bombs Damage Jeeps in Maryland    
13 May 71
3 G.I.íS Given Asylum - Panama Charges C.I.D. With Kidnap Try
13 May 71
Some P.O.W.'S May Never Be Released - Defector
13 May 71
Laotians Stone Car of N. Viet Envoys    
13 May 71
Saigon Protests Cease-Fire Violations    
13 May 71
Viet Action Increases After Truce    
13 May 71
Hanoi All But Admits It Is Hurting    
13 May 71
Quotas Coming Harder For Recruiters    
14 May 71
$12 Mil. in Dope Seized    
14 May 71
Medina's Hearing Put Off to June 1    
14 May 71
Red Camp Raided - G.I.íS Seize 'U.S. Food' Packs
14 May 71
At C.B.S. Request - Halt Showing of 'Selling of Pentagon' to G.I.ís
14 May 71
North Viet Gun Sites Blasted    
15 May 71
Acquit Panthers of Bombing Plot    
15 May 71
Sex Barriers Ended in Federal Hiring    
15 May 71
D.O.D. Cites Equal Opportunity - Army Names 3 Negro Generals
15 May 71
F111's Cleared For Take-Off    
15 May 71
Yippie Hoffman Indicted    
15 May 71
Action Heats Up in A Shau Valley    
15 May 71
Viet Marines Kill 200 Reds    
15 May 71
Reds Expanding Vital Fuel Lines    
15 May 71
R.O.K.'s Kill 15 Reds    
15 May 71
Toughest Kind of War' - Chapman - Vietnam: It's All Over For The Marines
20 May 71
Brothers' Vietnam Swap Foiled    
20 May 71
House Unit Opens Probe of 'Red-Led' War Protests  
20 May 71
Church Post Won By Woman    
20 May 71
An Anti-Press Conspiracy - Cronkite    
20 May 71
Laos Situation Worsens As Reds Capture Town  
20 May 71
Terrorists Kill 9 Kidnap 25. 4,000 Villagers Protest Terrorism
20 May 71
12 Reds Killed on Edge of DMZ    
20 May 71
Enemy Reported Profiting From G.I. Drug Purchases
20 May 71
War Protests in U.S. Are Nothing New    
21 May 71
Koster Loses Star in Mai Lai Probe    
21 May 71
Spiro Slams Demonstrators, Says Media Catered to Mob
21 May 71
Protest Was Riot, Top D.C. Cop Says    
21 May 71
Soviet Blastoff For Mars    
21 May 71
Lockheed Sees 63,000 Jobless If Loan Rejected
21 May 71
Antiwar Rally in Ohio    
21 May 71
P.O.W.'S Reveal Red Tanks Hidden on Laos Border
22 May 71
House Unit Okays $21 Billion in Arms    
22 May 71
Friends, Foes Agree - The S.S.T. Is Dead    
22 May 71
Census Shows Blacks Moving North    
22 May 71
Negro Sheriff Acquitted of Alabama Prisoner Beating
  38 Reds Slain - A.R.V.N. Attack A Shau Ridge, Fierce Battle Rages For Hours
26 May 71
More Violence Feared - Guard Marches Into Chattanooga
26 May 71
White House Denies Credibility Gap    
26 May 71
Black Lawmakers See Minority Party    
26 May 71
Drug Songs Squelched By British Network    
  Fuel Dump Raided - Sappers Set Off Cam Ranh Inferno
27 May 71
135 Arrested in 3rd Outbreak - 600 in Racial Brawl at Travis A.F.B.
27 May 71
Antiwar Lieutenants Discharged    
27 May 71
Vet Jobless; Can't Pass Physical    
27 May 71
Henderson Seen Too Busy to Probe Mai Lai    
27 May 71
Army Wasting Its Manpower, Former J.C.S. Aide Testifies
27 May 71
S. Viets Kill 37 Reds in A Shau Battle    
27 May 71
Javits Sees Aid Pouring in After Most G.I.íS Leave Viet
27 May 71
Copter Mechanic Reups For $10,000    
27 May 71
Must Increase Respect For Services'    
30 May 71
Death Orchard Yields 20th Body    
30 May 71
2-Day Red Toll Put at 400 - Heavy Fighting Rages For Cambodian Town
30 May 71
Key Navy Support Base Turned Over to S. Viets
30 May 71
Urgent Problem - Combat Drugs Now, D.O.D. Is Ordered
30 May 71
Mariner 9 Poised For Mars Race    
10 Jun 71
Senate Okays $2.6 Billion Military Pay Increase
10 Jun 71
Price Falls, Seizures Soar - G.I.íS Get Viet Heroin For $2 A 'Fix'
13 Jun 71
The New York Times begins publication of the 'Pentagon Papers,' a secret Defense Department archive of the paperwork involved in decisions made by previous White House administrations concerning Vietnam. Publication of the classified documents infuriates President Nixon.
15 Jun 71
Nixon attempts to stop further publication of the Pentagon Papers through legal action against the Times in the U.S. District Court.
15 Jun 71
Nixon: Aid Jobless Viet Vets    
15 Jun 71
President, 6 Envoys Talk Drugs    
15 Jun 71
Laird Sees Bigger Role For Viets    
18 Jun 71
The Washington Post begins its publication of the Pentagon Papers. The Times and Post now become involved in legal wrangling with the Nixon administration which soon winds up before the U.S. Supreme Court.
22 Jun 71
A non-binding resolution passed in the U.S. Senate urges the removal of all American troops from Vietnam by year's end.
28 Jun 71
The source of the Pentagon Papers leak, Daniel Ellsberg, surrenders to police.
30 Jun 71
The U.S. Supreme Court rules 6-3 in favor of the New York Times and Washington Post publication of the Pentagon Papers.
       
 
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