Today In History July 28


In today in history We have a unit of measurement for almost everything, both tangible and intangible. Likewise, if we think of measuring history, what is that one thing which will help us keep a count of how far we have come? It is none but the events that have occurred in the past that have given us a proper measure of how much we have grown ever since, as a civilization, and what we have gained or lost in the process. Today’s tech-savvy era, for instance, has its roots in the past, and only when we know about the bygones, we get to know what inspired such inventions. The historical events which were instrumental in the making of history are like a well-knit story, and when we get into the details, we know how interesting it is. The occurrences of July 28 hold a treasure of such stories that tell us of upheavals and the settling of major socio-political eruptions. On the one hand, it talks about the beginning of a new regime, while on the other, it tells us the end of the age-old crusades. Thus, without any further delay, let’s take a plunge into the major happenings of 28th July and enrich our grey matter.

1965: The United States orders 50,000 troops to Vietnam

President Johnson has committed a further 50,000 US troops to the conflict in Vietnam. Monthly draft calls will increase from 17,000 to 35,000- the highest level since the Korean War, when between 50,000 and 80,000 men were called up every month.

It will take the United States forces in Vietnam up to 125,000, but officials say at this stage demands should be met by conscription, without calling upon the reserves.

By the end of the year, 180,000 US troops had been sent to Vietnam. In the year 1966. the figure doubled.80,000 Americans had been killed or wounded in the Vietnam War by the summer of 1967. The pressure to withdraw mounted, not least because money for domestic reforms was diverted to the military. There was Rioting in United States cities and demonstrations on university campuses in the summer of 1967.

President Johnson and the Democratic Party were already losing the election. In the year 1966 congressional elections, the Republicans gained 47 seats in the House of Representatives and three in the Senate.

1988: Ashdown to lead Britain’s third party

The MP for Yeovil, Paddy Ashdown, has been elected the first leader of the new party i.e., Social and Liberal Democrat Party. Ashdown, age 47, won a decisive victory with 41,401 votes – 71.9% – against former deputy leader of the opponent party i.e., Liberal Party Alan Beith, who polled 16,906 votes – 28.1%.

Following an eight-week campaign, Mr. Ashdown was widely expected to win the election, but the size of the margin was beyond expectations.

With such a strong mandate, his team is confident they can build a strong third political party for the United Kingdom that can provide “a decent, effective and responsible” alternative to Thatcherism in 3 years.

Mr. Ashdown gave an optimistic press conference after receiving the results outside the SLD headquarters in Westminster, with his wife Jane and former joint leader David Steel standing beside him.” Our priority must be to look beyond the internal politics of our party to the concerns of our nation,” he said.