Vietnam War Timeline

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Ho Chi Minh declares Vietnam’s independence from Japan and France

September 2, 1945

Geneva Accords Signed

July 21, 1954

First U.S. Soldier Dies in Vietnam

july 8, 1959

Gulf of Tonkin Resolution passed by Congress

August 7, 1964

Beginning of the TET Offensive

January 30, 1968

Mai Lai Massacre occurs

March 16, 1968

Richard Nixon Elected President

November 5, 1968

U.S. Troops reach a peak of 543,482

April 30, 1969

Kent State riots

April 30, 1970 - May 4, 1970

Voting Age Changed to 18

July 7, 1971

President Nixon visits China to open diplomatic relations

February 21, 1972

The last U.S. troops withdraw completely from Vietnam

March 29, 1973

The last US combat troops leave Vietnam, support troops remain

March 29, 1973

The North Vietnamese take over Saigon

April 30, 1975

President Clinton Pardons 10,000 Draft Dodgers

January 21, 1977