It was fifty years ago today-
- On this day the United States Strategic Air Command began a bombing campaign of eastern Cambodia which would last until May 26, 1970. The goal was to attack the sanctuaries and Base Areas of the People’s Army of Vietnam and forces of the Viet Cong. The Operation was called Operation Breakfast. It’s success/ failure is still debated. The bombing wasn’t known by the public until it was exposed on May 9, 1969 by New York Times military reporter William Beecher.
- Actress and singer Barbara Bates committed suicide at the age of 43. She was best known for the role of Phoebe in 1950’s- All About Eve. Bates had made her final film in 1958 and her last television appearance in 1962.