September 2, 1945
-Vietnamese Declaration of Independence
-End of war between France and Vietnam
-Conference in Geneva, Switzerland. Drew temporary diving line across Vietnam at the 17th parallel
-Entire Vietnam held elections to choose new government that would rule the united Vietnam
-Ngo Dinh Diem refused election because he thinks Ho Chi Minh (communist leader) would win and take power with his communist party
-Peace accord broken
-Dwight D. Eisenhower sent 900 U.S. military advisers to Vietnam
-John F. Kennedy increased numbers to 11,000
November 1, 1963
-Ngo Dinh Diem is assassinated by a plot that was known by U.S. advisers who did not stop it because of Diem's corruption
August 1964
-Lyndon B. Johnson announced that U.S. military ship, USS Maddox has been attacked by North Vietnamese forces in the Gulf of Tonkin
-Johnson ordered bombing of North Vietnam
-Tens of thousands of troops headed for Vietnam. Protest movement begins to grow
October 1967
-Martin Luther King Jr. spoke out against war
-Senator Eugene McCarthy announced he would seek Democratic nomination for president against incumbent Lyndon B. Johnson
-Robert F. Kennedy also announced candidacy and opposition to war policies
-Johnson decided not to run for re-election
-Democratic National Convention opened in Chicago, and protesters poured into the city. Chicago police violently attacked protesters
-Johnson ordered total bombing halt
-Nixon won election, and continues war
November 3, 1969
-Nixon announced program "Vietnamization". U.S. soldiers gradually transferred fighting to South Vietnamese Army
April 1970
-Nixon announced that U.S. would go into Cambodia
May 4, 1970
-Ohio National Guard open fired killing four student protesters at Kent State University
-Nixon ordered massive bombing of North Vietnam
-U.S., South Vietnam, and North Vietnam met in Paris for peace talk; an agreement was made but South Vietnam refused
-Paris Peace Accord was signed. It recognized the existence of Viet Cong and allowed North Vietnam to stay in the South
July 3, 1973
-Congress banned all bombing. Financial aid continued
April 30, 1975
South Vietnamese capital of Saigon fell. War was over


This is a picture of President Eisenhour and the leader of south Vietnam Ngô Dình Diêm.
This is a picture of part of Saigon after the war. As you can see the devastating aftereffects.

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