Nguyen Ngoc Tho was the first Prime Minister of South Vietnam, serving
from November 1963 to late January 1964. Tho was appointed to head a
civilian cabinet by General Duong Van Minh's military junta, which
came to power after overthrowing and assassinating Ngo Dinh Diem, the
nation's first president. Tho's rule was marked by a period of
confusion and weak government, as the Military Revolutionary Council
and the civilian cabinet vied for power. Tho oversaw South Vietnam's
failed land reform policy, and was accused of lacking vigour in
implementing the program because he was a large landowner. He was
noted for his faithful support of Diem during the Buddhist crisis that
ended the rule of the Ngo family. Despite being a Buddhist, Tho
staunchly defended the regime's pro-Catholic policies and its violent
actions against the Buddhist majority. Tho lost his job and retired
from politics when Minh's junta was deposed in a January 1964 coup by
General Nguyen Khanh.
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The Dow Jones Industrial Average, representing twelve stocks from
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The Democratic Republic of Georgia was proclaimed following the
breakup of the Transcaucasian Democratic Federative Republic.
U.S. President Richard Nixon and Soviet Leader Leonid Brezhnev
signed the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty in Moscow, concluding the
first round of the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks.
The European Community adopted the Flag of Europe, a flag previously
adopted by the Council of Europe in 1955.
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