Introduction to the Vietnam War

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  • Ho Chi Minh is born.

    Ho Chi Minh is born.
    He was a Vietnamese Communist leader. Nationalist revolutionary Ho Chi-Minh was president of North Vietnam from 1954 to 1969. He ranks among the most famous and influential politicians of the 20th century.
  • Vietnam declares independence from France, but neither France nor the United States recognize Vietnam as separate nation.

    Vietnam declares independence from France, but neither France nor the United States recognize Vietnam as separate nation.
    North Vietnam successfully opposed a series of South Vietnam's regimes and in the beginning in 1964 they withstood a decade-long military intervention with the United States.
  • The Geneva Accords cause Vietnam to be split into North and South.

    The Geneva Accords cause Vietnam to be split into North and South.
    The nation was divided that the 17th parallel.
  • Ngo Dinh DIem cancels elections in Vietnam

    Ngo Dinh DIem cancels elections in Vietnam
    He opposed reunifying the two Vietnam states. The Geneva Accords were what was being voted on.
  • President Eisenhower delcares "Domino Theory"

    President Eisenhower delcares "Domino Theory"
    In Eisenhower’s view, the loss of Vietnam to communist control would lead to similar communist victories in neighboring countries in Southeast Asia.
  • The Viet Minh and Ho Chi Minh defeat the French at Dien Bien Phu.

    The Viet Minh and Ho Chi Minh defeat the French at Dien Bien Phu.
    The United States soon stepped up to fill the vacuum, increasing military aid to South Vietnam and sending the first U.S. military advisers to the country in 1959.
  • The National Liberation Front is formed

    The National Liberation Front is formed
    They were also known as the Viet Cong. They occupied South Vietnam.
  • The first combat troops arrive in Vietnam

    The first combat troops arrive in Vietnam
    The U.S. military advisory effort in Vietnam had a modest beginning in September 1950, when the United States Military Assistance Advisory Group (MAAG), Vietnam, was established in Saigon.Apr
  • A South Vietnamese monk sets himself on fire

    A South Vietnamese monk sets himself on fire
    The religion that the man belonged to was Buddhism. He did this because he wanted to show to fight all forms of oppression on equal terms
  • President Kennedy is assassinated, leading to the presidency of Lyndon B. Johnson

    President Kennedy is assassinated, leading to the presidency of Lyndon B. Johnson
    If Kennedy had lived, the debate over the Civil Right Act would have occurred during an election year. The combination of Kennedy and Johnson would have tackled the bill, which would have been a protracted battle.
  • President Johnson claims a U.S. ship had been fired upon by the North Vietnamese

    President Johnson claims a U.S. ship had  been fired upon by the North Vietnamese
    The name of the ship is U.S.S. Maddox. It was reported that it had been fired upon by North Vietnamese patrol boats.
  • The United States withdraws support of Ngo Dinh Diem, leader of the South Vietname

    The United States withdraws support of Ngo Dinh Diem, leader of the South Vietname
    On November 1, those evaluations became moot as a group of Vietnamese army officers, led by General Duong Van Minh, assassinated Diem and Nhu.