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This timeline only covers the history from the time of the failed Revolution of 1974 on.

Era of the "Estado Novo"

1974

April 4th - Marcelo Caetano receives an anonymous note, stating that a revolution against the government is planned to occur two days from now. Specifically, it singles out Vitor Alves, Otelo Sarvia de Carvalho, Vasco Lorenco, Salguerio Maia, and Costa Gomes. Caetano orders for their arrest through the PIDE.


April 5th - Marcelo Caetano gives a radio broadcast, proclaiming that a communist revolution had just been crushed before it had the chance to begin. Particularly, Costa Gomes is identified as the ring leader of the revolution. They are set to be put on trial on the 8th for treason against the state.


April 6th - Elements of the Portuguese Army try to break Gomes out of the PIDE barracks in Lisbon. The mission fails spectacularly, and most of the remaining MFA leadership is captured.


April 8th - Gomes and over 80 former officers are charged with treason, and executed by firing squad. There are some protests, but most believe that the government acted justly following the events of April 6th. The Soviet Union, however, strongly condemns the "fascist" regime of Lisbon, having murdered "freedom-fighters". Lisbon does find an increase in diplomatic support from the Nixon administration, however.


April 11th - Protests end after the government orders that this is the last day it will tolerate such action. A few men are arrested the next day for vandalizing a local police station in protest of the executions.


May 4 – The Expo '74 World's Fair opens in Spokane, Washington.


May 18th - India tests its first nuclear weapon. Plans to retake the Portuguese colony of Goa, having fallen in 1961, are permanently shelved.


May 19th - Valery Giscard d'Estaing wins the French Presidential Election. Though it was originally thought to be a close race, Mitterand would lose the election 52-48


June 14th - Following victories in Portuguese Guinea, Antonio de Spinola is made Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces by Marcelo Caetano. He forced by the Parliament despite his misgivings with the general, threatned with an end to the pleasure of his office.


July 27-30th - Watergate Scandal: The House of Representatives Judiciary Committee adopts 3 articles of impeachment, charging President Richard M. Nixon with obstruction of justice, failure to uphold laws, and refusal to produce material subpoenaed by the committee.


August 5th - The "smoking gun" tape of June 23, 1972, is revealed, in which U.S. President Richard M. Nixon and White House Chief of Staff H.R. Haldeman discuss using the Central Intelligence Agency to block a Federal Bureau of Investigation inquiry into Watergate. Nixon's support in Congress collapses.


August 9th - Richard M. Nixon becomes the first President of the United States to resign from office, an action taken to avoid being removed by impeachment in response to his role in the Watergate scandal. Vice President Gerald R. Ford becomes the 38th President, taking the oath of office in the East Room of the White House.


September 8 – Watergate Scandal: U.S. President Gerald Ford pardons former President Richard Nixon for any crimes Nixon may have committed while in office.


September 29th - Marcelo Caetano, in a meeting with President Gerald Ford, asks that US advisors from the Vietnam War be provided to the Portuguese Army, along with the ending of all aid to UNITA. Ford agrees to end the aid, but asks to allow time for the second option to be fully considered. In return, he requests that an American base could be established on the Azore Islands, to which Caetano obliges.


October 1st - Congress cuts all funding to UNITA, and instead diverts it to foreign aid for Portugal.


October 6th - President Ford asks Congress to allow the permanent deployment of 1,500 advisors to Portugal, to aid it in the Colonial War, along with an annual aid package of $20 Billion American Dollars. When comparisons to the ongoing Vietnam Conflict comes up, he promises Congress to leave the fighting to the Portuguese, and not request active intervention in the conflict while in office.


October 8th - Congress narrowly passes the Act, with many Vietnam Doves fearing an African Vietnam.


November 12th - Construction begins on "Fortress Atlantica", or more formally, Atlantic District Military Base. In time, it will be principal American Military Base in the Atlantic Ocean.

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