Category: This Day in History

November 23, 1981 — Ronald Reagan signs the top secret National Security Decision Directive 17 (NSDD-17), giving the Central Intelligence Agency the authority to recruit and support Contra rebels in Nicaragua.

November 22, 1963

  • John F. Kennedy, the 35th president of the United States, had been in office two years, 10 months and two days, when an assassin’s bullet ended his life in Dallas, Texas.
  • Dallas police officer J.D. Tippit was slain by Oswald 45 minutes after

November 21, 1973 — President Nixon’s attorney, J. Fred Buzhardt, revealed the existence of an 18½ minute gap in one of the White House tape recordings related to Watergate.

November 20, 1962 — In response to the Soviet Union agreeing to remove its missiles from Cuba, U.S. President John F. Kennedy ends the quarantine of the Caribbean nation.

November 19, 1976 — Patty Hearst was freed on $1.5 million bail. She returned to her family’s home at 1001 California St.

November 18, 1965 — As Friday, November 18, dawned on the LZ Albany battlefield in the Ia Drang Valley, U.S. soldiers began to gather up their dead comrades. This task took the better part of two days, as American and NVA dead were

November 17, 1965 — The battle in the Ia Drang Valley at Landing Zone Albany begins.

November 15, 1965 — The battle in the Ia Drang Valley continues. At 07:45, the NVA launched an assault on Crack Rock, near its connection with the beleaguered C/1/7. Enemy fire started to hit the 1st Battalion command post, which suffered one medic killed and several other troops wounded… Under heavy attack on three sides, the battalion fought off repeated

November 14, 1965 — Bruce Crandall flew through a gauntlet of enemy fire, taking ammunition in and wounded Americans out of the Battle at Ia Drang Valley, one of the fiercest battles of the Vietnam War. Crandall’s actions were

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