"It passed without notice when it occurred in mid-March 1968, at a time when the war news was still dominated by the siege of Khe Sanh. Yet the brief action at My Lai, a hamlet in Viet Cong-infested territory 335 miles northeast of Saigon, may yet have an impact on the war," TIME noted when the story came to light in 1969. "According to accounts that suddenly appeared on TV and in the world press last week, a company of 60 or 70 U.S. infantrymen had entered My Lai early one morning and destroyed its houses, its livestock and all the inhabitants that they could find in a brutal operation that took less than 20 minutes. When it was over, the Vietnamese dead totaled at least 100 men, women and children, and perhaps many more. Only 25 or so escaped, because they lay hidden under the fallen bodies of their relatives and neighbors."Read More
These days Albert Einstein's March 14 birthday is also celebrated as Pi Day, but during his lifetime Einstein disdained any sort of birthday celebrations. "Still walking his daily mile across a Princeton meadow to the Institute for Advanced Study, Albert Einstein quietly approached his 72nd birthday," TIME reported in 1951. "Looking more than ever like a benign, wise old sea lion, he was too busy working on new problems to take much note of the churning outside world which he has helped to change so much."Read More
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