Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) Fifty years ago today, July 28, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson announced that he was ordering an additional 50,000 American military troops to South Vietnam.
The number of United States troops in Southeast Asia before the order was 75,000. The increase brought the total number to 125,000. Most members of Congress supported LBJ's decision to send more troops which has been described as a "major turning point in U.S. involvement in Southeast Asia."
HAPPY BIRTHDAY JACQUELINE
Southampton, New York (JFK+50) Eighty-six years ago today, July 28, 1929, Mr. and Mrs. John Vernou Bouvier III announced the birth of a baby girl named Jacqueline Bouvier.
Mr. Bouvier, who was known as "Black Jack", was a Wall Street stockbroker and of both French and English descent. Mrs. Janet Norton Lee Bouvier was of Irish descent.*
The Bouviers divorced in 1940 and Jackie's mother remarried 2 years later. Her second husband was Hugh D. Auchincloss, Jr., the heir to the Standard Oil Company fortune.
Jackie attended Vassar, the Sorbonne in France and graduated from George Washington University in 1951 with a BA in French literature.
AUSTRIA-HUNGARY DECLARES WAR ON SERBIA
Vienna (JFK+50) On July 28, 1914, 101 years ago today, the government of Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia one month after the Archduke Francis Ferdinand and his wife were gunned down in an open car on the streets of Sarajevo.
After receiving the backing of Germany, Austria-Hungary presented Serbia with an ultimatum to permit the investigation of the murder of the Archduke and his wife. Austria-Hungary broke diplomatic relations with Serbia on July 25.