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Wednesday May 20, 1970
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This Day In 1970's History: Wednesday May 20, 1970
  • House Speaker John McCormack announced that he won't run for his seat again after 42 years in Congress. The Speaker denied that age and criticism are reasons for his retirement. McCormack favors Carl Albert as his successor. Hale Boggs, Dan Rostenkowski, Morris Udall and James O'Hara will vie for the soon-to-be-vacant House Majority Leader seat. [CBS]
  • A peaceful mass demonstration supported President Nixon in New York City. Construction and trade unions sponsored a pro-administration rally in which 150,000 took part. The "Silent Majority" is becoming noisy. [CBS]
  • 1,000 attorneys arrived in Washington and met with Congressmen, urging them to end the Vietnam war. Former U.N. Ambassador Francis Plimpton said that war is too important to be left to the President. An important segment of the establishment is now voicing its dissent against the war. [CBS]
  • The cost of living rose at a 6% annual rate; an AFL-CIO spokesman said that the Nixon administration's anti-inflation moves are clearly failing. [CBS]
  • 3,000 South Vietnamese troops entered Cambodia to hit the last known Communist border sanctuary. U.S. advisers and air support were used to aid the invasion. The troops moved 10 miles into the country with no resistance. [CBS]
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