Events of Vietnam

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Vietnam declares independence from Japan and France

Sep 2, 1945

Hours after Japan's surrender in World War II, Vietnamese communist Ho Chi Minh declares the independence of Vietnam from France.

First Soldier Dies in Vietnam

Sept. 26, 1945

Peter Dewey

Geneva Accords was Signed

July 21, 1954

A collection of documents relating to Indochina and issuing from the Geneva Conference

Gulf of Tonkin Resolution Passed by Congress

Aug. 7, 1964

TET Offensive

Jan. 30, 1968

On January 30, 1968, the real Tet Offensive began. Early in the morning, North Vietnamese troops and Viet Cong forces attacked both towns and cities in South Vietnam, breaking the ceasefire that had been called for the Vietnamese holiday of Tet (the lunar new year).

Mai Lai Massacre

March 16, 1968

Nixon Begins Office

Jan. 20, 1969

He was elected as the 37th President of the United States.

US troop strength reaches peak of 543,400

April 30, 1969

Kent State Riots

May 4, 1970

Voting Age Lowered to 18

July 1, 1971

The 26th amendment.

Nixon Visits China to Open Diplomatic Relations

Feb. 21, 1972

Last Combat Troops Leave Vietnam

March 29, 1973

North Vietnamese Take Over Saigon

April 30, 1975

US Troops Withdraw Completely From Vietnam

April 30, 1975

At 8:35 a.m., the last Americans, ten Marines from the embassy, depart Saigon, concluding the United States presence in Vietnam. North Vietnamese troops pour into Saigon and encounter little resistance. By 11 a.m., the red and blue Viet Cong flag flies from the presidential palace. President Minh broadcasts a message of unconditional surrender. The war is over.

Carter Pardons 10,000 Draft Dogers

Jan. 21, 1977

On this day in 1977, President Jimmy Carter, in his first day in office, fulfilled a campaign promise by granting unconditional pardons to hundreds of thousands of men who had evaded the draft during the Vietnam War by fleeing the country or by failing to register.