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- Bay of Pigs Invasion: Topic Page
1961, an unsuccessful invasion of Cuba by Cuban exiles, supported by the U.S. government.
- Cuban Missile Crisis: Topic Page
Confrontation in international relations in October 1962 when Soviet rockets were installed in Cuba and US president John F Kennedy compelled Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev, by military threats and negotiation, to remove them.
- My Lai Incident: Topic Page
In the Vietnam War, a massacre of Vietnamese civilians by U.S. soldiers. On Mar. 16, 1968, a unit of the U.S. army Americal division, led by Lt. William L. Calley, invaded the South Vietnamese hamlet of My Lai (more correctly, Son My), an alleged Viet Cong stronghold.
- Red Scare: Topic Page
Campaign against communists (called ‘reds’) in the USA during the 20th century, and associated atmosphere of suspicion and fear.
- Vietnam War: Topic Page
War from 1954 to 1975 between communist North Vietnam and US-backed South Vietnam, in which North Vietnam aimed to conquer South Vietnam and unite the country as a communist state; North Vietnam was supported by communist rebels from South Vietnam, the Vietcong.
- September 11 Terrorist Attacks, 2001
On Tuesday, September 11, 2001, four teams of terrorists, a total of nineteen men, hijacked four U.S. airliners. They crashed two of the planes into the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City and one into the Pentagon just across the Potomac River outside Washington, D.C. In the fourth aircraft, passengers struggled to regain control of the plane, which crashed in Pennsylvania, killing everyone on board. The number of casualties, estimated at 2,795 on November 1, 2002, was significantly larger than any produced in the approximately 10,000 incidents of terrorism that had been recorded since 1968 and exceeded those at Pearl Harbor
- Iraq: Topic Page
Country in southwest Asia, bounded north by Turkey, east by Iran, southeast by the Gulf and Kuwait, south by Saudi Arabia, and west by Jordan and Syria.
- Terrorism: Topic Page
Systematic violence in the furtherance of political aims, often by small guerrilla groups.
- Transportation Security Administration (TSA):Topic Page
One of the first facts to come out of the investigations into September 11 was that the FAA had failed to provide the necessary airport security to prevent the September 11 attacks. Rather than reform the old system, a new agency, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), was proposed to handle a revamped federal government security program.
- USA PATRIOT Act: Topic Page
Quickly enacted with little opposition in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, the USA PATRIOT Act primarily enlarged the powers of federal law-enforcement and intelligence-gathering agencies when dealing with terror crimes, but sections of the extensive bill also apply to criminal acts generally.
- World Trade Center: Topic Page
Former building complex in lower Manhattan, New York City, consisting of seven buildings and a shopping concourse on a 16-acre (6.5-hectare) site; it was destroyed by a terrorist attack on Sept. 11, 2001.