Fifty years later, the aftermath of the tumultuous events of 1968 is still being felt throughout American politics and culture. From the Vietnam War to Nixon’s presidential win, here is a brief timeline of the events of 1968:

  • January 30—The Tet Offensive

The surprise Tet Offensive is launched by the North Vietnamese against the United States and its allies. As one of the largest military campaigns in the Vietnam War, it stuns the American public and support for the war declines.

  • March 16—My Lai Massacre

U.S. troops kill hundreds of Vietnamese civilians. The incident incurs outrage one year later when the journalist Seymour Hersh breaks the story of the episode.

  • March 31—LBJ Announces He Won’t Seek Reelection

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