Vietnam War Timeline

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France invades Vietnam and makes Vietnam a colony

1858 - 1884

Vietnam became part of the French Empire

1862

Ho Chi Minh Was Born

1890

Ho Chi Minh helped to form the Indo-Chinese Communist Party

1930

Japan invades Vietnam

September 1940

Vietminh formed to counter Japanese invasion of Vietnam

1941

Japan handed Vietnam to the Vietminh

1945

Ho Chi Minh Creates Provisional Government

1945

Following the surrender of Japan to Allied forces, Ho Chi Minh and his People's Congress create the National Liberation Committee of Vietnam to form a provisional government. Japan transfers all power to Ho's Vietminh.
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War broke out between the French and the Vietminh

1946

War Broke Out Between The French And The Vietminh

1949

The Battle of Dien Bien Phu

1954

Giap defeated the French force based there; a ceasefire was agreed at Geneva that split Vietnam at the 17th Parallel; France withdrew her military from Vietnam; US promises aid worth $100 million to the anti-communist Diem

Diem started to arrest anyone suspected of being in the Vietminh

1956

The Vietnam War

12/01/1956 - 04/30/1975

The Vietnam War began in December, 1956, as a result of many contributing factors.

The Vietminh started a campaign of guerrilla warfare in South Vietnam

1957

US President Kennedy pledged extra aid to South Vietnam

1961

Beginning of Australia's Involvement in the Vietnam War

1962

Australia began their involvement in the Vietnam War in 1962.

President Diem was killed

1963

400,000 US troops were in Vietnam

1966

Tet Offensive

1968

Demonstrations against the war started in America; My Lai massacre; peace talks began in Paris; 540,000 US troops in Vietnam; anti-Vietnam War riots in Chicago (August)

Ho Chi Minh Died

September 2 1969



Vietnam Veterans Memorial unveiled in Washington DC

1982