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 effective; 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 is 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

Destroyer USS Madox engages three North Vietnamese torpedo boats in the Gulf of Tonkin

Gulf of Tonkin Resolution effective

Gulf of Tonkin Resolution comes into effect, authorizing US President Lyndon Johnson to use conventional military force in Southeast Asia

Dominican Civil War

Dominican Revolutionary Party rises against civilian junta in Dominican Republic, but defeated when United States intervenes

US invades Dominican Rep.

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

OAS occupation of Dominican Rep.

Brazil-led Inter-American Peace Force, established by the Organization of American States, administers Dominican Republic

Guyana independent

British Guiana becomes independent as the Commonwealth Realm of Guyana

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