France obtains control over northern Vietnam after its victory over China in the Sino-French War.
The Viet Minh seizes power and Ho Chi Minh announces Vietnam's independence.
At the Geneva conference Vietnam gets split into two parts.
French forces overran the town of Dien Bien Phu in an attempt to cut supply lines, but the Vietnamese quickly cut off all access the town and shot down supply crafts until the French surrendered.
The first American soldier killed in the Vietnam War was Air Force T-Sgt. Richard B. Fitzgibbon Jr.
A battle between the Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN), and the Main Force Battalion of the National Liberation Front (NLF).
The monk Thich Quang Duc sat crossing his legs then some other monks poured petrol over him and then he set himself on fire. He burned to death while sitting in that position.
The murder of Ngo Dinh Diem, the president of South Vietnam, was a major turning point in the Vietnam war.