Year
1964

South Vietnamese conduct largest air assault to date

In the largest air assault of the war thus far, 116 U.S. and South Vietnamese aircraft fly 1,100 South Vietnamese troops into Binh Duong and Tay Ninh Provinces to attack what is believed to be a major communist stronghold. General Nguyen Khanh personally directed the operation, but the troops made only light contact with the Viet Cong.

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Haig ends Battle of Somme

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Sandy Koufax retires

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Lincoln travels to Gettysburg

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