Vietnam War with Focus on the US Involvement

Timeline created by hkirchgasser
In History
  • Geneva Accords

    Geneva Accords
    The Geneva Accords temporarily divided North and South Vietnam along the 17th parallel.
  • Assassination of Diem

    Assassination of Diem
    The anti-communist but corrupt leader of South Vietnam, Ngo Dinh Diem, was assassinated by an US supported military group.
  • Democratic National Convention

    Democratic National Convention
    At the Democratic National Convention in Chicago there was a conflict between anti-war protesters and the police force. The protesters did not support the fact that Hubert Humphrey, a loyal Democrat and supporter of Johnson, was chosen to be the Democratic candidate.
  • Start of the Tet Offensive

    Start of the Tet Offensive
    The Tet Offensive was a surprise attack of the Vietcong on numerous South Vietnamese cities.
  • My Lai Massacre

    My Lai Massacre
    An US platoon under command of Lieutenant William Calley, Jr. killed more than 200 innocent people in the village of My Lai.
  • Assassination of MLK

    Assassination of MLK
    The assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. who was one of the most influential Civil Rights activists caused riots in many big cities in the US.
  • Assassination of RFK

    Assassination of RFK
    Robert F. Kennedy, brother of JFK, was assassinated by Sirhan Sirhan after winning the presidential primary in California.
  • Nixon elected president

    Nixon elected president
    Due to the events at the Democratic National Convention, the Democrats received an image of division and disorder. This helped the Republicans to win the presidency.
  • Lottery System established

    Lottery System established
    With the establishment of the lottery system (draft that chose people at random), the policy of college deferment (people who enrolled in an university were granted to put off military service in Vietnam) was ended.
  • End of US involvement in the Vietnam war

    End of US involvement in the Vietnam war
    With the signing of the Paris Peace Accords, the direct involvement of the US in the Vietnam War comes to an end.