The Date: January 12
The Movie: Apocalypse Now (1979)
What Is It?: Francis Ford Coppola adapts Heart of Darkness as a Vietnam War movie and a demented and immersive metaphor for the insanity of the war, itself. He gives himself and his film crew a taste of that insanity too.
Why Today?: On this day in 1962, Operation Chopper, the first American combat mission in Vietnam, takes place.