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France invaded Vietnam and made it 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

1940

Vietminh formed to counter Japanese invasion of Vietnam

1941

Ho Chi Mihn creates provincial government

1945

war between the French and Vietminh began

1946

Vietnam soldiers training

1949

Now the Vietnam soldiers can train and not be attacked by the French

The Battle of Dien Bien Phu began

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

Beginning of Vietnam War

1956

The Vietnam War began in December 1956.

US President Kennedy pledged extra aid to South Vietnam

1961

The beginning of Australia's involvement in the Vietnam War

1962

Operation "Rolling Thunder" Deployed

1965

Sustained American bombing raids of North Vietnam, dubbed Operation Rolling Thunder, begin in February. The nearly continuous air raids would go on for three years.

The end of the Vietnam War

1975