Vietnam war

Vietnam War

  • Geneva Conference

    Geneva Conference
    A conference in Geneva, Switzerland to attempt to unify Vietnam and bring peace to Indochina.
  • US begins using Agent Orange

    US begins using Agent Orange
    Using a defoliating herbicide named "Agent Orange", over 10% of the vegetation in Vietnam is destroyed during the course of the war.
  • Buddhist monk sets himself on fire

    Buddhist monk sets himself on fire
    Buddhist monk, Quang Duc, sets himself on fire in protest against the Diem government's policies. Buddhist protests intensify daily.
  • Buddhist temples attacked

    Buddhist temples attacked
    Troops loyal to Diem dress up as regular troops and attack Buddhist temples and sanctuaries throughout the country.
  • Diem overthrown

    Diem overthrown
    South Vietnam's President Diem is overthrown in a military coup. The coup takes place with the tacit approval of the United States. Diem was killed during the coup, despite assurances that he would not be. The United States had hoped that by overthrowing the unpopular Diem, it could strengthen the opposition to the communist Viet Cong.
  • 5000 troops sent to Vietnam

    5000 troops sent to Vietnam
    The US government announces that 5,000 additional troops are being sent to Vietnam.
  • Tonkin Resolution

    Tonkin Resolution
    authorizing the president to take all necessary measures to repel any armed attack against the forces of the United States to prevent further aggression
  • US bases attacked

    US bases attacked
    Viet Cong troops attack a helicopter base at Camp Halloway. The troops blow up the barracks of US military advisors at Pleiku, killing 8 Americans and wounding 126.
  • Operation Rolling Thunder

    Operation Rolling Thunder
    President Johnson changed his policy to a sustained bombing attack against North Vietnam
  • Tet Offensive

    Tet Offensive
    the guerrilla fighters attacked virtually all American air bases in South Vietnam and most of the South’s major cities and provincial capitals
  • Vietnamization

    gradual withdrawal of troops out of Vietnam while South Vietnam took up more of the fighting.
  • Kent State

    Kent State
    The cambodian invasion provoked protests. One of these protests were at Kent State and National Guard soldiers were ordered to fire upon them with tear gas. 4 students were killed and 9 were wounded.
  • The 26th Amendment

    The 26th Amendment
    Bars the States and the federal government from setting a voting age higher than 18.
  • US withdrawal of Troops

    US withdrawal of Troops
    US withdraws it's troops from Vietnam
  • War Powers Act

    War Powers Act
    The act required the president to inform Congress of any commitment of troops abroad within 48 hours and to withdraw them in 60 to 90 days unless Congress explicitly approved the troop commitment.
  • South Vietnam surrender

    South Vietnam surrender
    The North Vietnamese captured Saigon and united the country under Communist rule.