January 12

1962 – U.S. Army piloted helicopters transport a battalion of South Vietnam Army troops on an assault against a Vietcong stronghold during Operation Chopper, the first major U.S. combat mission in the war

1966 – President Johnson states that the United States should stay in South Vietnam until Communist aggression there is ended.

1967 – Dr. James Bedford becomes the first person to be cryonically preserved with intent of future resuscitation.

1991 – The U.S. Congress authorizes the use of American military force to drive Iraq out of Kuwait.

Births
1729 – Edmund Burke
1876 – Jack London
1892 – Mikhail Gurevich
1905 – Tex Ritter
1923 – Ira Hayes
1942 – Bernardine Dohrn
1944 – Joe Frazier
1951 – Kirstie Alley, Rush Limbaugh
1964 – Jeff Bezos

Deaths
1960 – Nevil Shute
2002 – Cyrus Vance
2017 – William Peter Blatty