At a formal ceremony inaugurating the formation of a new multiparty pro-government political group, the People’s Alliance for Social Revolution, South Vietnamese President Nguyen Van Thieu praises the organization as a “major step toward grassroots political activity.” An Alliance manifesto asserted that the group was “determined to wipe out corruption, do away with social inequalities, and rout out the entrenched forces of militarists and reactionaries who have always blocked progress.” Thieu’s government had long been accused of corruption and, in order to garner political support from the People’s Alliance, he vowed to take steps to eradicate the corruption. Unfortunately, neither Thieu nor the People’s Alliance could do much about the entrenched corruption in the South Vietnamese government.
Pathfinder lands on Mars
After traveling 120 million miles in seven months, NASA’s Mars Pathfinder becomes the first U.S. spacecraft to land on Mars in more than two decades. In an ingenious, cost-saving landing procedure, Pathfinder used parachutes to slow its approach to the Martian surface and then ...read more