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ContextWar In VietnamWar At HomeCatonsville Nine1968
Assassinations, riots, protests, and a seemingly endless war: anything and everything did happen in 1968, fulfilling Time magazine's New Year's prediction that 1968 was the year "anything could happen." Following are some of the events in this remarkable year.

January: North Vietnamese began the Tet Offensive, a broad action targeting cities, towns, hamlets, ultimately a loss for North but a public relations disaster in the US.

February: Respected news anchor Walter Cronkite reported on his recent trip to Vietnam, criticized the US and contradicted government statements on the war.

March: Eugene McCarthy almost won the New Hampshire primary; Senator Robert Kennedy announced that he would enter Presidential race; US troops from Charlie Company killed Vietnamese civilians in the hamlet of My Lai; President Lyndon Johnson announced he would not seek reelection.

April: Martin Luther King was shot on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis; the King assassination sparked riots in cities across the country; Columbia University was shut down by student strikes - other campuses erupted; Robert Kennedy was shot by Sirhan Sirhan.

August: The Democratic National Convention in Chicago saw riots and violence between protestors and Chicago police.

November: Richard Nixon was elected President.

Year's End: The number of US troops in Vietnam peaked at 549,000. This year, Vietnam becames the longest war in U.S. history.

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