April 26

This Day in History

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Lead Story
Polio vaccine trials begin, 1954
American Revolution
David Hume is born, 1711
Chrysler and autoworkers' union agree to a deal, 2009
Civil War
Lincoln assassin John Wilkes Booth dies, 1865
Cold War
Geneva Conference begins, 1954
Girl murdered in pencil factory, 1913
Nuclear explosion at Chernobyl, 1986
General Interest
Nazis test Luftwaffe on Guernica, 1937
Nuclear disaster at Chernobyl, 1986
Maria Shriver marries Arnold Schwarzenegger, 1986
Anita Loos is born, 1888
Studio 54 opens, 1977
Country music star George Jones dies, 2013
Old West
James Beckwourth is born, 1798
Reagan visits China, 1984
Olympic track star Fanny Blankers-Koen is born, 1918
Vietnam War
U.S. troop strength in South Vietnam at five-year low, 1971
Nixon announces additional troop withdrawals, 1972
World War I
Allies sign Treaty of London, 1915
World War II
Rudolf Hess is born, 1894

Vietnam War

Apr 26, 1972:

Nixon announces additional troop withdrawals

President Nixon, despite the ongoing communist offensive, announces that another 20,000 U.S. troops will be withdrawn from Vietnam in May and June, reducing authorized troop strength to 49,000. Nixon emphasized that while U.S. ground troops were being withdrawn, sea and air support for the South Vietnamese would continue. In fact, the U.S. Navy doubled the number of its fighting ships off Vietnam.

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