The Step-Down – Today In Southern History

29 March 1973  

On this date in 1973…

The last United States combat troops left South Vietnam, ending America’s direct military involvement in the Vietnam War.

Other Years:

  • 1865 – There was heavy fighting in Petersburg, Virginia at the Boydton and Quaker Roads.
  • 1906 – Across the South, coal miners walked off the job seeking higher wages. 
  • 1918 – Wal-Mart founder and CEO Sam Walton was born in Kingfisher, Oklahoma.
  • 1943 – U.S. rationing of meat, butter and cheese began during World War II. 
  • 1971 – U.S. Army Lt. William Calley Jr., of Miami, Florida was found guilty of the premeditated murder of at least 22 Vietnamese civilians at the My Lai massacre in Vietnam on March 16, 1968 and was sentenced to life imprisonment.
  • 1979 – The Committee on Assassinations Report issued by U.S. House of Representatives stated the assassination of President John F. Kennedy was the result of a conspiracy.
  • 1992 – Arkansas Governor and Democrat presidential front-runner Bill Clinton said “I didn’t inhale and I didn’t try it again” in reference to when he had experimented with marijuana. 
  • 1998 – Tennessee won the woman’s college basketball championship over Louisiana after setting a NCAA record with regular season record or 39-0.

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