... 1967 (40 years ago today), at a press conference, Gen. William Westmoreland, the U.S. commander in Vietnam, assured the public regarding an intervention that had begun 2 years earlier:
I am absolutely certain that whereas in 1965 the enemy was winning, today he is certainly losing.
"[M]ost Americans" thus "were stunned when the communists launched a massive offensive," during which they "actually penetrated the ground floor of the U.S. Embassy," during the Tet holiday the following January. The United States eventually withdrew in April 1975.
... 1964, U.S. Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-N.Y.) was born in Brooklyn, New York.