12th January
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1962 Operation Ranch Hand Begins

1962-1971: 19 million gallons of defoliating herbicides were dropped by U.S. personnel over 10-20% of Vietnam and parts of Laos.

Agent Orange was the most frequently used defoliating agent. The use of this chemical was controversial both because of fears for those handling it, as well as those being sprayed with it.

Reports of malformed babies began in the 1970's in the areas sprayed by the defoliant.

 

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1964 Jeff Bezos
1955 Kirstie Alley
1954 Howard Stern
1951 Rush Limbaugh
1944 Joe Frazier
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1932: Hattie W. Caraway becomes the first woman elected to United States Senate.
1971: All in the Family premieres on CBS.
1998: Carlos Santana is the first Hispanic inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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