Vietnam timeline

  • Jan 1, 1428

    1428 (imperial encounter)

    1400s China tried to gain control over Vietnam. A military leader from Vietnam, in 1428 the rebels drove the Chinese from the country and won independence for Vietnam.
  • 1883 (imperial encounter)

    Vietnam lost independence again to the French. In 1883, Vietnam was forced to give total control to France.
  • 1940 (imperial encounter)

    Japan’s army was in all of Indochina and was a threat to Southeast Asia.
  • 1946 (imperial encounter)

    The French and Vietnamese went to battle. President Truman ignored to ask for help from Vietnam and defended the French. He thought the French would be vital in stopping the spread of communism
  • 1950 (alliance)

    In 1950 the US was in a bloody ground war, trying to turn back communist North Korea's invasion of South Korea. Meanwhile, Communist-led nationalist revolts rocked Indonesia, the Philippines, and Malaya.
  • Battle of Dien Bien Phu

    Vo Nguyen Giap surrounded the base with 40,000 men and used heavy artillery to break the French lines. Despite heavy U.S. aid, the base was overrun on May 7, 1954.
  • The Geneva Conference

    Just one day after the French surrender at Dien Bien Phu, an international conference happened in attempt to settle the Indochina conflict began in Geneva, Switzerland.
  • July 1956 (event)

  • 1959 (alliance)

    In 1959 military assistance began flowing from the north to the Vietminh who were still in the south.
  • 1959 (alliance)

    In 1959 military assistance began flowing from the north to the Vietminh who were still in the south.
  • 1962 (Homefront)

    Kennedy authorized U.S. forces to engage in direct combat. As a result, the number of Americans killed or wounded climbed from 14 in 1961 to nearly 500 in 1963.
  • November 1963 (event)

    Both Diem and his brother were murdered.Diem's assassination upset U.S. advisers, who had been prepared to fly Diem out of the country.
  • February 1965 (tactic)

    President Johnson called for an escalation of U.S. military forces in Vietnam.
  • April 1965 (trend)

    In April 1965 the Selective Service notified 13,700 draftees. This was so that the United States had more people joining the military in order to win the war.
  • April 17, 1965 (homefront)

    Defense Secretary announces plans to step up U.S. air and sea activity against Communist North Vietnam and that aid toSouth Vietnam is expected to increase “aboveoriginally planned levels.”
  • January 30, 1968 (battle)

    The start of Tet (Vietnamese New Year). Most South Vietnamese and their U.S. allies slept, Vietcong guerrillas and North Vietnamese troops struck.
  • 1969(two tactics)

    Nixon ordered the widespread bombing of Cambodia. He wanted to show Hanoi that the United States was still willing to use force, and even expand the war, in pursuit of his goal of "peace with honor."
  • may 4th, 1970 (homefront)

    National Guard troops that had been sent to control demonstrators shot randomly into a large group of students. They killed four and injured nine others. Some of the students were merely walking across campus.
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  • 1971 (Homefront)

    In 1971 another incident boosted the antiwar movement. The New York Times began publishing a collection of secret government documents relating to the war.
  • march, 1972 (battle)

    North Vietnam planned a major invasion of South Vietnam
  • Jan, 27 1973 (diplomecy)

    Negotiators in Paris announced a cease-fire
  • january 1975 (event)

    South Vietnam's military government collapsed
  • april 30th, 1975 (event)

    South Vietnam surrendered