Even as the U.S. was drawing down its forces in Vietnam, President Nixon ordered secret invasions of Cambodia and Laos
. At home, 250,000 anti-war protestors descended on Washington in the largest demonstration yet, and National Guardsmen killed four students at Kent State University in Ohio. The U.S. death toll in the war passed 45,000.
Sept. 16, 1969- Pres. Nixon orders withdrawal of 35,000 U.S. troops
Nov. 15, 1969- Huge demonstration, 250,000 protestors march in Washington D.C.
Dec. 1, 1969- Draft lottery reinstated, first since World War II
Dec. 15, 1969- Nixon brings home 50,000 more U.S. troops from Vietnam
March 10-29, 1970- My Lai Courts-Martial; Lt. Calley convicted of murder
April 30, 1970- U.S. and S. Vietnamese troops invade Cambodia
May 6, 1970- 100+ U.S. colleges closed by riots 2 days after Kent State deaths
June 24, 1970- U.S. Senate repeals the 1964 Gulf of Tonkin Resolution
Feb. 1971- U.S. and S. Vietnamese troops invade Laos
April 29, 1971- U.S. deaths in Vietnam top 45,000