Ho Chi Minh announces Vietnam's independence at the end of WWII
Vietnam is recognized by China and USSR
Recognizes communist Republic of Vietnam as an independent state.
Vietnam is split into North and South at Geneva conference.
Weapons and men from North Vietnam begin infiltrating the South.
The start of the aggression begins in South Vietnam.
USA incresses their aid to president Diem.
President Diem is overthrown and then killed in a US-backed military coup.
200,000 American combat troops arrive in South Vietnam.
Viet Cong and North Vietnamese army combines assault on US army
Tet Offensive - a combined assault by Viet Cong and the North Vietnamese army on US positions - begins. More than 500 civilians die in the US massacre at My Lai. Thousands are killed by communist forces during their occupation of the city of Hue.