SINGAPORE - There are events in every nation's life that will remain etched in history.
In the second half of the 20th century, among those indelible moments for the United States would count the Kennedy assassination of 1963, astronaut Neil Armstrong's moon landing in 1969, President Richard Nixon's historic handshake with Chairman Mao Zedong in 1972 and, three years later, the dramatic evacuation by helicopter from the roof of the American Embassy in Saigon that marked the humiliating end of the Vietnam War.
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