I READ THE NEWS TODAY, OH BOY- NEWS HEADLINES FROM SUNDAY FEBRUARY 23, 1969

 

I read the news today, oh boy- News Headlines from Sunday January 23, 1969-

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  • This wasn’t a headline that day on the news because it wasn’t reported at the time but reacting to the latest Tet Offensive that began the day before by the North Vietnamese and Viet Cong against South Vietnam- President Richard Milhous Mother Truckin’ Nixon decided to expand the Vietnam War into Cambodia.  {His secret plan to end the war- involved expanding it?} Nixon was on his way to Europe for his first tour after becoming POTUS- on Air Force One heading to Brussels when he suddenly ordered the bombing of the Cambodian sanctuaries of the Viet Cong guerrillas. The Tricky One would cancel his orders two days later after aides talked him down- but “The Madman Across The Water”- {as Elton John later called him:} changed his mind again and would order the first attack on March 18th.

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  • Born on this day in 1969 in New Zealand was golfer Michael Campbell- who would be a surprising winner in 2005 of the U.S. Open. That U.S. Open would be Campbell’s only PGA Tour win- he would retire in 2015.

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  • Saud bin Adbulaziz Al Saud- who served as the second King of Saudi Arabia from 1953-1964 died at the age of 67 in Athens, Greece. He lost a power struggle with his brother Faisal and was forced into exile in  Geneva, Switzerland and other European cities. I don’t think he had time to rule anyway- he had 108 children and multiple wives.

 

 

 

 

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4 responses to “I READ THE NEWS TODAY, OH BOY- NEWS HEADLINES FROM SUNDAY FEBRUARY 23, 1969

  1. I was gonna say the same thing: 108 children?! OMG. LOL !!!
    As for Nixon: how do you keep a war going that could have been ended, let all those people die–Vietnamese and Americans–and look in the mirror and like what you see?

    • It was all about saving face. They knew at that point that the war was unwinnable- but I am not going to be the president who loses the war! I think that was his thinking. Another thought LBJ’s sons in laws served in Vietnam–Nixon’s stayed at home.

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