Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) holds its first anti-Vietnam War protest rally in Washington, D.C. It was the largest peace protest up to that point in American history, drawing between 15,000 and 25,000 college students and others to the nation's capital.
100,000 anti-Vietnam War protesters gather for a rally at the Lincoln Memorial. After speeches and a folk music performance, about half the crowd marches over the Memorial Bridge to the Pentagon where they attempt to "levitate" the building and "exorcise" the American war machine.Learn more on Boundary Stones →
Jeannette Rankin, a renowned pacifist, made history as the first woman elected to Congress in 1916. At age 87, Rankin makes one final push for peace by leading an anti-Vietnam War march: the Jeannette Rankin Brigade — a demonstration of thousands of women in Washington, D.C.Learn more on Boundary Stones →
500,000 protestors flood into Washington for the largest anti-war demonstration in U.S. history. The rally features antiwar politicians and musicians such as Pete Seeger, who led the crowd in singing John Lennon's "Give Peace a Chance." President Nixon reportedly spent the day watching sports on TV.
The "March for Victory" marks the era’s largest pro-war demonstration, attracting about 50,000 protesters — simultaneously objecting to President Nixon's reduction of U.S. troop levels and "hippies and yippies everywhere."Learn more on Boundary Stones →
The University of Maryland's campus is rocked by raucous protests from May 1-11, 1970. Protesters continuously skirmished with police armed with batons, tear gas and dogs. Maryland Gov. Marvin Mandel finally sent in National Guard troops to quash the uprising.Learn more on Boundary Stones →
Just days after the Kent State tragedy, President Nixon made a bizarre pre-dawn visit to the Lincoln Memorial to talk with anti-war protesters.Learn more on Boundary Stones →
The Weather Underground bombed the Capitol building in protest of U.S. involvement in Laos. The bomb exploded in a Capitol restroom 30 minutes after a telephone warning. Some $200,000 in damage was caused with no injuries.Learn more on Boundary Stones →
Anti-war protesters calling themselves the Mayday Tribe begin four days of demonstrations in Washington aimed at shutting down the nation's capital. 13,000 protesters were arrested in 3 days.Learn more on Boundary Stones →
After the fall of Saigon in April 1975, Arlington, Virginia became a destination for Vietnamese immigrants fleeing communist rule. Attracted by proximity to the nation's capital and the Pentagon, thousands of Vietnamese settled in the area and many opened shops and restaurants.
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial is officially dedicated after a march by thousands of Vietnam vets. Despite early controversy over its design, "The Wall" is now hallowed ground visited by millions each year. Inscribed on the black granite walls are the names of more than 58,000 men and women who gave their lives or remain missing.
The Plaza Seven Shopping Center in Falls Church, Virginia begins its transformation into Eden Center — the largest Vietnamese commercial center on the East Coast, as the growing local Vietnamese-American community begins to open businesses at the site. Today it is home to over 120 shops, restaurants and businesses.
In 1987 Ray Manzo, a Marine corporal, and Artie Muller, a Vietnam veteran, began planning a group motorcycle ride to the Vietnam Veretrans Memorial to raise awareness for veterans' issues. About 2,500 riders participated in the first "Run to the Wall" on Memorial Day 1988. The annual event now attracts over 900,000 bikers and spectators.Learn more on Boundary Stones →