• Vietnam Independence

    Ho Chi Minh declares Vietnam independence
  • Dien Bien Phu

    Siege of Dien Bien Phu begins
  • Geneva Conference

    Geneva Conference between France and Viet Minh begins
  • Siege of Dien Bien Phu

    Siege of Dien Bien Phu ends in French defeat
  • Ngo Dinh Diem

    Ngo Dinh Diem appointed prime minister of Vietnam
  • Geneva Conference ends

    Geneva Conference ends; Vietnam split into North and South Vietnam
  • Diem elected president

    Diem elected president of South Vietnam and officially proclaims it Republic of Vietnam
  • Military Assistance Command

    Military Assistance Command, Vietnam (MACV) created
  • Ngo Dinh Diem assassinated

    Ngo Dinh Diem assassinated
  • First Tonkin Gulf Incident

    3 North Vietnamese Torpedo boats attacked the USS Maddox
  • Second Gulf Tonkin Incident

    A "ghost" attack on the American destroyers
  • Gulf of Tonkin Resolution

    Congress passes Gulf of Tonkin Resolution