Gulf of Tonkin Resolution
Also known as the USS Maddox incident, on August 2nd, 1964, North Vietnamese torpedo boats attacked an American destroyer in the Gulf of Tonkin. Johnson responded by sending in another destroyer, however, on August 4th, both destroyer reported that they were under attack. As a result, Johnson then authorized retaliatory air attacks against North Vietnam. He also asked Congress to pass the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, although this did not occur until August 7th.