The Vietnam War

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Ho Chi Minh Creates Provisional Government

1945

Ho Declares Independence of Vietnam

September 2, 1945

The French defeated at the Battle of Dien Bien Phu.

May 7, 1954

Eisenhower cites "Domino Theory" regarding in southeast Asia

May 14, 1954

South Vietnam elects Ngo Dinh Diem as president

October 26, 1955

South Vietnam declares itself the Republic of Vietnam

October 26, 1955

The first U.S. combat troops arrive in Vietnam.

March 8, 1965

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

July, 1969

Communist leader Ho Chi Minh dies at age 79.

September 3, 1969

South Vietnam surrenders to the communists.

April 30, 1975

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

July 2, 1976