Tuesday, December 18, 2012

December 18: Nixon Christmas Bombs Vietnam

On this date in History .... 1972:

Nixon announces the starts of “Christmas Bombing” of Vietnam. 

The peace talks had broken down just a few days earlier and Nixon began the bombing to stop the stalemate in the talks process.  North Vietnam was bombed for two weeks, dropping 20,000 tons of bombs on Hanoi and Haiphong. 

The bombing stopped on December 29 when the Vietnamese agreed to come back to the table.  A few weeks later, a peace agreement was signed.


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