On this day in 1965, Viet Cong commandos damage and destroy a number of allied aircraft in two separate raids on U.S. air bases, including Chu Lai, on the coast of the South China Sea in Quang Tin Province, I Corps.
On this day in 1956, Israeli armed forces push into Egypt toward the Suez Canal, initiating the Suez Crisis. They would soon be joined by French and British forces, creating a serious Cold War problem in the Middle East.
On this day in 1965, Just miles from Da Nang, U.S. Marines repel an intense attack by successive waves of Viet Cong troops and kill 56 guerrillas.
On this day in 1861, Citing failing health, General Winfield Scott, commander of the Union forces, retires from service on this day in 1861.
The United States detonates the world’s first thermonuclear weapon, the hydrogen bomb, on Eniwetok atoll in the Pacific.
On this day in 1861, On this day in 1861, controversial Union General John C. Fremont is relieved of command in the Western Department and replaced by David Hunter.
On this day in 1941, the Combine Japanese Fleet receive Top-Secret Order No. 1: In 34 days time, Pearl Harbor is to be bombed, along with Malaya, the Dutch East Indies, and the Philippines.