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France invades Vietnam and makes Vietnam a colony

1858 - 1884

Japan invades Vietnam

September 1940

Ho Chi Minh establishes the Viet Minh (League for the independence of Vietnam)

May 1941

Ho Chi Minh declares an independent Vietnam

09/02/1945

The Viet Minh receive military advisors and weapons from China

January 1950

The U.S pledge $15 million worth of military aid to France to fight in Vietnam

July 1950

South Vietnam declares itself the Republic of Vietnam

10/26/1955

South Vietnamese President Ngo Dinh Diem is executed during a coup

11/02/1963

The first U.S. combat troops arrive in Vietnam

03/08/1965

U.S. troops in Vietnam reaches 540,000

December 1968

President Nixon orders the first of many U.S. troop withdrawals from Vietnam

July 1969

Communist revolutionary leader Ho Chi Minh dies at age 79

09/03/1969

The last U.S. troops are withdrawn from Vietnam

03/29/1973

North Vietnam launches a massive assault on South Vietnam

March 1975

South Vietnam surrenders to the communists

04/30/1975

Vietnam is unified as a communist country, the Socialist Republic of Vietnam

07/02/1976

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C. is dedicated

11/13/1982