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US History Final Q4


Kent State members of the Ohio National Guard fired into a crowd of Kent State University demonstrators, killing four and wounding nine Kent State students, this event triggered many more protests at other colleges
My Lai 1968, in which American troops had brutally massacred innocent women and children in the village of My Lai, also led to more opposition to the war
Christmas bombings To re-convince North Vietnam when they called off talking, Nixon launched a 3 week bombing on Vietnam in late December.
Tet Offensive Liberation Front and North Vietnamese forces launched attack Vietnamese New Year (Tet), defeated after month of fighting, thousands of casualties; major defeat for communism, but Americans reacted sharply, declining approval LBJ more anti-war sentiment
Saturday Night Massacre dismissal of independent special prosecutor Archibald Cox, and resignations of Attorney General Elliot Richardson and Deputy Attorney General William Ruckelshaus during the Watergate scandal 1973
Watergate break-in of the Watergate hotel, in the Democratic National Headquarters in Washington DC where 5 men were caught bugging and stealing political documents in 1972. President Richard Nixon was accused of ordering his men to do it
Nixon resignation Nixon resigned from office on August 8, 1974, after the release of the Watergate tapes; becoming the first president in American History ever to do so.
Iranian Hostage Crisis Shah is allowed into the US for cancer treatment after much debate. Angers the Ayatollah into attacking the US embassy in Tehran November 1979. US Embassy was seized Iranian militants and college students who claimed to be Khomeini's disciples
Iran-Contra Scandal Reagan administration, arms secretly sold to Iran. The sales made Reagan's words about never dealing with terrorists seem hollow.Investigation, the profits generated by the sales directed to Contra rebels Nicaragua after Congress had voted against aid
Operation Desert Storm After invasion of Kuwait by Sadaam Houssein (Iraq) the U.S. and its allies defeated Iraq in a ground war that lasted 100 hours. Actual attack on Iraq
2000 election most fiercely drawn out election. Democrats wanted hand recounts, fought bu republicans. Decided by 5-4 Supreme Court. Hand recounts must stop discounting thousands ballots which had been legally cast. Bush won electoral college, Gore won popular vote
9/11 4 planes used as missiles; Targets symbol of US financial power, the World Trade Center Towers; the deadliest attack on US soil; it leads to far reaching changes in American life. Planes also hit the pentagon and one other crashed in a field
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