Monday, August 15, 1966

  • President Johnson says after a meeting with Gen. William Westmoreland that a communist military takeover in South Viet Nam is now impossible. He does not predict an end to the fighting, however. He says the single most important factor now is the will of the American people to prosecute the war until the Communists recognize the futility of their ambitions. He confers with Westmoreland into the early morning hours after the American commander in Viet Nam arrives from Honolulu at the President’s ranch in Texas. The meeting is a secret until the President and the general and their wives appear at church together.
  • Lunar Orbiter 1, America’s flying photographic laboratory, goes into a near-perfect orbit around the moon, the first United States space vehicle to do so. If subsequent maneuvers are successful, the unmanned, 850-pound spacecraft should take its first pictures of the moon’s surface Wednesday from an altitude as low as 28 miles. It is to photograph nine moon sites to find a safe landing spot for astronauts in their Apollo space ships.
  • Holy Cross Church of God, a Negro congregation that recently opened in a predominantly white neighborhood in Providence, R. I., is bombarded with gasoline bombs. The church is unoccupied at the time. Three of the bombs crash thru the windows of the church and set it afire.
  • Unidentified aircraft attacks a South Vietnamese village in the demilitarized zone and kills five persons and wounds 33 more. The raid by two planes early Saturday also destroys 20 buildings in Xuan Hoa village in the zone separating North and South Viet Nam. An American spokesman says there is some doubt whether the casualties are South Vietnamese civilians or “unfriendlies.”
  • Four all-white neighborhoods in Chicago suffer racial disturbances as 1,200 civil rights demonstrators march for open bousing in three of the neighborhoods. White hecklers jeer and throw bottles, rocks, and firecrackers in the Gage Park, Bogan, Jefferson Park, and Chicago Lawn neighborhoods. Ten persons, including five policemen, are injured. Twenty-one hecklers are arrested in the various areas.

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