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1969: American Commit My Lai Massacre in Vietnam

1969: American Commit My Lai Massacre in Vietnam
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  • historical event: The U.S. military launched an investigation, but convicted only one soldier – Lieutenant William Calley. He was sentenced to life in prison, but served only three-and-a-half years under house arrest. Photographs of the massacre were taken by American soldiers themselves.

On this day the American newspaper The Plain Dealer published pictures of the massacre in Vietnam committed by the U.S. military. The massacre took place in the village of My Lai, where between 347 and 504 civilians were killed. The victims were unarmed, mostly women and children, even babies. The U.S. military launched an investigation, but convicted only one soldier – Lieutenant William Calley. He was sentenced to life in prison, but served only three-and-a-half years under house arrest. Photographs of the massacre were taken by American soldiers themselves. When the photos came out in the papers, there was a great turmoil in the public, which strengthened the movement against U.S. involvement in Vietnam.

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