After the Viet Minh defeat of French forces at Dien Bien Phu in 1954, the 17th Parallel, a latitude line 17 degrees north of the equator, was proposed as the dividing line between North and South Vietnam with a demilitarized zone (DMZ) on either side. The proposal was made by officials of the People’s Republic of China during the 1954 Geneva Conference.
British tankers made a courageous, but ultimately futile, attempt to foil the German blitzkrieg in France on May 21, 1940.
With Richmond in flames behind them, Confederate President Jefferson Davis, his family, and high-ranking government officials began a desperate dash southward. Their ultimate destination was Mexico.