Today In History- August 2

Today In History- August 2 - Stories


N. Vietnamese fire on U.S. destroyers in Gulf of Tonkin

  • Hanoi, Vietnam

Leading to extreme misjudgement by President Lyndon Johnson, on Aug. 2, 1964, North Vietnamese gunboats fire on American destroyers in the Gulf of Tonkin, Vietnam.  The event was marked as the beginning of significant U.S. involvement in Vietnam, leading to the passage of the Tonkin Gulf Resolution, passed later in the month by Congress.  The resolution granted President Johnson the authority to escalate the military presence of U.S. troops in Vietnam, as a means to assist Vietnam in defending itself against Communist aggression.  Later reports by congressional committees reveal that the incident may not have occurred, or that warning shots preceded the attack.