Vietnamese Civilians Killed by American Forces In a small village known as My Lai in South Vietnam, the US Military reports that several South Vietnamese civilians have been killed during a firefight with North Vietnamese forces. US commanders on the ground report taking enemy fire from the village.
Civil Rights Protest in South Carolina A protest against a “whites only” policy at a bowling alley on Orangeburg, SC turned violent today when counter protesters and police attempted to break up the protest. Early reports indicate that there are several people injured and maybe as many as three people killed.
Protests Against War in Vietnam Throughout the country, large crowds of people have been gathering to protest America’s continued involvement in Vietnam. The protesters, mostly students, continue to face off against police and in some cases, soldiers from the National Guard.
Black Power Takes Root The latest effort towards civil rights was brought to the national stage as athletes competing in the Summer Olympics being held in Mexico City, gave the “Black Power” salute while the National Anthem was being played during the medals ceremony.
Black Militants in Show of Force Around the country, Blacks involved in the “Black Power” and Black Panther movements took to the streets and capital today in a show of force. Many were armed and menaced passersby. Police are investigating and will likely disarm the militants.
Lyndon Johnson Announces Presidency Plans In a televised address tonight, sources in the White House say that President Johnson will announce that he will not seek re-election this year. Johnson, who has faced dropping approval ratings, has faced one of the most stressful years ever since taking over the presidency following the assassination of John F. Kennedy.
Johnson Signs Civil Rights Act In a White House ceremony and with Martin Luther King, Jr. looking on, President Johnson signed sweeping legislation today designed to usher in new reforms and bring our nation closer to equality and civil rights for all.
Robert Kennedy Assassinated Following a speech at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, presumptive Democratic Party nominee Robert Kennedy was assassinated while walking through the kitchen of the hotel. Mr. Kennedy, younger brother of John F. Kennedy, was reportedly shot multiple times and died at the scene. A suspect is in custody.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Assassinated In another brutal scene, Civil Rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated by a sniper’s bullet while standing on the balcony of his hotel in Memphis, TN. Mr. King was reportedly killed instantly by the bullet. Police are searching for the sniper and expect to have someone in custody soon.
Massacre in Mexico At a student demonstration in the Plaza de las Tres Culturas in the Tlatelolco section of Mexico City, police and military forces opened fire on protesters. Early estimates place the death toll in the hundreds with possibly thousands more injured or wounded.
Black Militants in Shootout with Police In the Glenville neighborhood of Cleveland, police exchanged gunfire with Black militants led by Fred Evans who were suspected of purchasing and stockpiling illegal weapons. As the firefight escalated, neighborhood residents began joining the fight, shooting at police. Local police commanders called in the National Guard to restore order.
Protests in Chicago In Chicago, host city to the 1968 Democratic National Convention, protests and riots broke out around the city. Mayor Daley has reportedly authorized police to “shoot to kill” in order to maintain calm. Police armed with clubs and mace as well as National Guardsmen have deployed throughout the city. Numerous clashes with protesters has been reported.