Jan. 12, 1962: U.S. Conducts First Its Combat Operation of the Vietnam War
After supplying covert aid to South Vietnamese forces for years, American armed forces participated in combat in the Vietnam War for the first time in 1962. Operation Chopper was a helicopter raid on a suspected Viet Cong stronghold located west of Saigon.
Chronicle the Vietnam War with a timeline, photos, and more information on the Battlefield Vietnam site.
Two U.S. paratroopers crouching in elephant grass, their heads turned toward sniper fire, in the background several helicopters are leaving the area just north of Saigon, 1965 (Associated Press/Library of Congress).
David Karp, 27, Tumblr, founder and CEO
Dropped out of: Bronx Science high school
Instead: Started a software consulting company. Karp started work on a microblogging platform, and launched Tumblr in 2007.
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London celebrates the birth of Royal Baby
We just the released the statement from President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama congratulating Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge:
Michelle and I are so pleased to congratulate The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the joyous occasion of the birth of their first child. We wish them all the happiness and blessings parenthood brings. The child enters the world at a time of promise and opportunity for our two nations. Given the special relationship between us, the American people are pleased to join with the people of the United Kingdom as they celebrate the birth of the young prince.
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The U.S. postmaster general has renewed his plea for lawmakers to allow the financially troubled Postal Service to switch to a five-day delivery schedule for first-class mail and to implement other overhauls needed to modify its outdated business model.