President Gerald Ford met with Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev in Vladivostok, Siberia, to discuss a long-term strategic arms limitation agreement; a previous agreement set in 1972 was only temporary and set to expire in 1977.
A riot broke out as a result of a police raid on a the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York City's Greenwich Village. Members of the gay community clashed with police over the next few days. The protests over mistreatment and oppression sparked a wider movement for gay rights.
In the presidential election of 1968, Republican Richard Nixon faced off against Democrat Hubert Humphrey and American Independent Party candidate George Wallace. Humphrey had won the Democratic nomination after the assassination of Robert Kennedy, but Nixon took the national election.
The President’s Commission on the Status of Women issued its report about women’s status under the law and opportunities in education and the workplace. The Commission, which was organized by President John F. Kennedy and chaired by Eleanor Roosevelt until her death in 1962, reported widespread inequality and discrimination.
The President Nixon announced his Nixon Doctrine, a foreign policy plan that emphasized the United States’ commitment to its treaty obligations, promised allies protection from other nuclear powers, and called on other countries to take responsibility for their own defense.
In the South Vietnam village of My Lai, American infantrymen murdered more than five hundred men, women, and children. The atrocities at My Lai came to light in the American media in early 1969, stunning the public and helping to turn national opinion against the war.