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Thursday March 20, 1975
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This Day In 1970's History: Thursday March 20, 1975
  • The evacuation of Hue and many other areas in the northern part of South Vietnam is being rushed to completion despite a public pledge by President Nguyen Van Thieu to hold the line against further large Communist advances. The evacuation of civilians from Hue south to Da Nang was reported to be nearly complete. [New York Times]
  • Hundreds of refugees, bloody and terrified -- some of the many thousands fleeing the Central Highlands of South Vietnam -- arrived in Tuy Hoa, a coastal city, and told of North Vietnamese rocket and artillery attacks against the civilian and army flight. Estimates of the number of refugees range up to 500,000. [New York Times]
  • United States military experts regard the Saigon areas as the critical battlefield. The military situation there, as they view it, is becoming a race between South Vietnam's ability to deploy four regular divisions and increasing pressures from Communist attacks to the northwest, northeast and east. The speed and force of the North Vietnamese advances, the Americans say, may prevent the establishment of a coherent defense for the Saigon enclave. [New York Times]
  • The major oil-consuming countries agreed at a meeting in Paris on an American-inspired concept of keeping oil prices high enough to encourage the development of alternative sources of energy. The agreement, by the 18-nation International Energy Agency, apparently opens the way for participation by the United States in a preliminary meeting of oil producers and consumers scheduled in Paris on April 7. [New York Times]
  • The Labor Department reported that consumer price inflation continued in February at the somewhat reduced rate that prevailed in January, even though food prices were nearly stable. The Consumer Price Index rose six-tenths of 1 percent last month, after adjustment for normal seasonal changes in some prices, and reflected higher charges for services and goods, principally medical care and utility bills, rather than food. [New York Times]
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