Political map of North America & the Caribbean on 26 May 1966 (American Superpower: Operation Power Pack), showing the following events: Kennedy assassinated; Riots over Panama Canal; Gulf of Tonkin incident; Gulf of Tonkin Resolution; Dominican Civil War; US invades Dominican Rep.; OAS occupation of Dominican Rep.; Guyana independent.

Operation Power Pack

American Superpower

North America 1966.0526

Operation Power Pack

America in World War II, the Cold War and today (26 May 1966)

Historical Map of North America & the Caribbean

Castro's success in Cuba helped inspire further revolts across Latin America. In April 1965, the Dominican Revolutionary Party overthrew the right-wing junta that controlled the Dominican Republic. Seeing this as part of a communist threat, the United States responded by sending in troops to prop up the old regime. By September, the revolution had been crushed and a peacekeeping force led by Brazil was in place, allowing the US to withdraw.

Main Events

Kennedy assassinated

United States President John F. Kennedy was fatally shot by a sniper while traveling through Dallas, Texas, in a presidential motorcade.

Riots over Panama Canal

Panamanian students and nationalists riot over sovereignty of Panama Canal Zone, overwhelming Canal Zone police and requiring US Army to step in

Gulf of Tonkin incident

The US Navy destroyer USS Maddox engaged three North Vietnamese torpedo boats in the Gulf of Tonkin, after they reportedly pursued the destroyer and it fired warning shots in return. US President Lyndon Johnson would use the incident, together with another alleged attack - which may not even have involved North Vietnamese ships - in the Gulf of Tonkin on 4 August, to justify increased US involvement in the Vietnam War.

Gulf of Tonkin Resolution

In response to the Gulf of Tonkin incident, United States President Lyndon Johnson pushed for greater powers to pursue the war in Vietnam. As a result, the US Congress passed the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution on 7 August 1964, with Johnson signing it into effect on 10 August. The resolution authorized the president to use conventional military force in Southeast Asia, allowing for the rapid escalation of US military involvement in the region.

Dominican Civil War

The Dominican Revolutionary Party rose against the civilian junta in Dominican Republic, but was defeated when the United States intervened.

US invades Dominican Rep.

In "Operation Power Pack", United States forces intervened in the Dominican Republic to restore order and prevent a communist takeover.

OAS occupation of Dominican Rep.

The Brazil-led Inter-American Peace Force, established by the Organization of American States, administered the Dominican Republic after the US invasion.

Guyana independent

British Guiana became independent as the Commonwealth Realm of Guyana.

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