President Lyndon B. Johnson signs Gulf of Tonkin resolution on August 10, 1964

President Lyndon B. Johnson signs Gulf of Tonkin resolution on August 10, 1964

After Lyndon Johnson claims that two U.S. ships were attacked in the Gulf of Tonkin, Congress passes the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution. It is not clear if Johnson's story was true, but the resolution gives Johnson authority to use force against North Vietnam to protect the U.S.

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