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Vietnam Timeline

  • War Powers Act

    War Powers Act
    The War Powers Act of 1941, also known as the First War Powers Act, was an American emergency law that increased Federal power during World War II. The act was signed by U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt and put into law on December 18, 1941, less than two weeks after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
  • Domino Theory coined - Eisenhower - inlight of Vietnam

    Domino Theory coined - Eisenhower - inlight of Vietnam
    the fall of French Indochina to the communists could create a “domino” effect in Southeast Asia. The so-called “domino theory” dominated U.S. thinking about Vietnam for the next decade.
  • Geneva Accords

    Geneva Accords
    intended to settle outstanding issues resulting from the Korean War and the First Indochina War, was a conference involving several nations that took place in Geneva, Switzerland
  • Assassination of Diem

    Assassination of Diem
    The tactics against the Viet Cong insurgency deepened his government's unpopularity, and his brutal treatment of the opposition to his regime alienated the South Vietnamese populace.
  • Gulf of Tonkin Resolution

    Gulf of Tonkin Resolution
    Congress passed the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, authorizing President Johnson to take any measures he believed were necessary to retaliate and to promote the maintenance of international peace and security in southeast Asia.
  • LBJ ordered 1st troops to Vietnam

    LBJ ordered 1st troops to Vietnam
    Under the authority of President Lyndon B. Johnson, the United States first deployed troops to Vietnam in 1965 in response to the Gulf of Tonkin Incident
  • Tet Offensive

    Tet Offensive
    a coordinated series of North Vietnamese attacks on more than 100 cities and outposts in South Vietnam. The offensive was an attempt to foment rebellion among the South Vietnamese population and encourage the United States to scale back its involvement in the Vietnam War.
  • My Lai Massacre

    My Lai Massacre
    The Mỹ Lai massacre was the mass murder of unarmed South Vietnamese civilians by U.S. troops in Sơn Tịnh District, South Vietnam, on 16 March 1968 during the Vietnam War.
  • Nixon's Vietnamization Policy

    Nixon's Vietnamization Policy
    a program to expand, equip, and train South Vietnamese forces and assign to them an ever-increasing combat role, at the same time steadily reducing the number of U.S. combat troops
  • Nixon sends troops into Cambodia

    Nixon sends troops into Cambodia
    his decision to launch American forces into Cambodia with the special objective of capturing COSVN, the headquarters of the entire communist military operation in South Vietnam.
  • Kent State shooting

    Kent State shooting
    were the killings of four and wounding of nine other unarmed Kent State University students by the Ohio National Guard
  • Hard Hat Riot

    Hard Hat Riot
    when around 400 construction workers and around 800 office workers attacked around 1,000 demonstrators affiliated with the student strike of 1970
  • Nixon's Christmas bombing (What was its effect?)

    Nixon's Christmas bombing (What was its effect?)
    President Richard Nixon ordered plans for retaliatory bombings of North Vietnam after talks to end the war in Vietnam broke down December
    Effect- forced the North Vietnamese to make concessions, accept an armistice, and release American POWs
  • Paris Peace Accords

    Paris Peace Accords
    officially titled the Agreement on Ending the War and Restoring Peace in Viet Nam, to establish peace in Vietnam and end the Vietnam War.
  • Saigon Falls

    Saigon Falls
    Saigon falls was the capture of Saigon, the capital of South Vietnam, by the People's Army of Vietnam and the Viet Cong on 30 April 1975.