Vietnamese History

Vietnam: Hanoi - Ho Chi Minh City

Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 235

  • 1788-12-19 Chinese troops occupy capital Thang Long Vietnam
  • 1788-12-21 Hue Tay Son becomes emperor Quang Trung of Vietnam
  • 1789-02-01 Chinese troops driven out of Vietnam capital Thang Long
  • 1803-01-01 Emperor Gia Long orders all bronze wares of the Tây Sơn Dynasty to be collected and melted into nine cannons for the Royal Citadel in Huế, Vietnam.
  • 1882-09-03 French/Vietnamese/Chinese battle at Hanoi, 100s die
  • 1930-02-03 The Communist Party of Vietnam is established.
  • 1945-03-10 Japan grants occupied Vietnam independence

BattleCoup d'état

1945-08-22 Vietnam conflict begins as Ho Chi Minh leads a successful coup

Vietnamese Communist Revolutionary Ho Chi Minh
Vietnamese Communist Revolutionary
Ho Chi Minh
  • 1945-09-02 Ho Chi Minh declares Vietnam independennt from France (National Day)
  • 1946-01-06 Vietnam holds its first ever general election
  • 1946-03-02 Ho Chi Minh elected President of North Vietnam
  • 1946-03-06 France recognizes Vietnam statehood within Indo-Chinese federation
  • 1946-11-23 French Navy fire in Haiphong Vietnam, kills 6,000
  • 1949-06-14 State of Vietnam forms, Bao Dai installed as Emperor
  • 1949-07-01 Bao Dai's Republic of Vietnam gains independence from France
  • 1950-02-07 US & Great Britain recognize Bao Dai Vietnamese regime
  • 1950-05-21 Vietnamese troops of Ho Chi-Minh attack Cambodia
  • 1950-06-27 US sends 35 military advisers to South Vietnam
  • 1950-07-19 French/Vietnamese offensive against Viet Minh

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1950-08-13 US President Harry Truman gives military aid to Vietnamese regime of Bao-Dai

33rd US President Harry Truman
33rd US President
Harry Truman
  • 1950-09-16 Viet Minh offensive against French bases in Vietnam
  • 1950-12-30 Vietnam, Laos & Cambodia become Independent states within the French Union

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1954-02-10 Eisenhower warns against US intervention in Vietnam

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • 1954-04-21 USAF flies French battalion to Vietnam
  • 1954-06-04 France grants Vietnam independence inside French Union
  • 1954-06-16 Ngo Dinh Diem elected president of Vietnam
  • 1954-07-20 Armistice for Indo-China signed, Vietnam separates into North & South
  • 1954-07-21 At Geneva, France agrees to independence of North & South Vietnam
  • 1954-07-27 Armistice divides Vietnam into two countries
  • 1954-10-24 Dwight D. Eisenhower pledges United States' support to South Vietnam
  • 1954-10-27 President Eisenhower offers aid to South Vietnam pres Ngo Dinh Diem
  • 1955-02-12 President Eisenhower sends 1st US advisors to South Vietnam
  • 1955-10-26 Ngo Dinh Diem proclaims Vietnam a republic with himself as pres
  • 1956-04-28 Last French troop leave Vietnam
  • 1956-10-26 Vietnam promulgates its constitution
  • 1960-11-12 Coup against South Vietnam pres Ngo Dinh Diem fails
  • 1960-12-20 National Front for the Liberation of Vietnam is formed.
  • 1961-10-18 Emergency crisis proclaimed in South Vietnam due to communist attack

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1961-11-16 US President JFK decides to increase military aid to South Vietnam without committing US combat troops

35th US President John F. Kennedy
35th US President
John F. Kennedy
  • 1961-11-18 JFK sends 18,000 military advisors to South Vietnam
  • 1961-12-11 JFK provides US miltary helicopters & crews to South Vietnam
  • 1962-01-12 Operation Chopper begins, America's first combat mission in the Vietnam War
  • 1962-01-18 US begins spraying foliage in Vietnam to reveal Viet Cong guerrillas
  • 1962-02-27 South-Vietnam pres Ngo Dinh Diem's palace bombed, 1st US killed
  • 1962-03-09 US advisors in South-Vietnam join the fight
  • 1963-08-21 Martial law declared in South Vietnam, following raids on Buddhist pagodas
  • 1964-01-30 Military coup of Gen Nguyen Khanh in South Vietnam
  • 1964-06-23 Gen Maxwell Taylor appointed US ambassador in South Vietnam
  • 1964-07-30 US naval fire on Hon Ngu/Hon Mo, North Vietnam
  • 1964-08-02 North Vietnam fires on a US destroyer in Gulf of Tonkin
  • 1964-08-04 North Vietnam torpedos US ships Gulf of Tonkin
  • 1964-08-05 US begins bombing North Vietnam
  • 1964-10-30 Tran Van Huong appointed premier of South Vietnam
  • 1964-12-05 Vietnam War: for his heroism in battle earlier in the year, Captain Roger Donlon is awarded the first Medal of Honor of the war.
  • 1965-01-26 South Vietnam military coup under general Nguyen Khanh
  • 1965-02-07 US begins regular bombing & strafing of N Vietnam
  • 1965-03-08 1st US combat forces arrive in Vietnam (3,500 Marines)
  • 1965-03-30 Vietnam War: A car bomb explodes in front of the U.S. Embassy in Saigon, killing 22 and wounding 183 others.
  • 1965-03-31 US orders first combat troops to Vietnam
  • 1965-04-20 People's Republic China offers North Vietnam military aid
  • 1965-04-29 Australian government announces it would send troops to Vietnam
  • 1965-05-05 First large-scale US Army ground units arrive in South Vietnam
  • 1965-05-16 Bomb destroys USAF base Bien Hoa South Vietnam
  • 1965-06-08 US troops ordered to fight offensively in Vietnam
  • 1965-06-10 Vietnam War: The Battle of Dong Xoai begins.
  • 1965-06-12 South Vietnam Gen Nguyen Cao Ky succeeds Phan Huy Quat as premier

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1965-06-28 1st US ground combat forces in Vietnam authorized by President Lyndon B. Johnson

36th US President Lyndon B. Johnson
36th US President
Lyndon B. Johnson
  • 1965-07-28 LBJ sends 50,000 more soldiers to Vietnam (total of 125,000)
  • 1965-08-02 Morley Safer's sends 1st Vietnam report indicating the US is losing
  • 1965-09-11 The 1st Cavalry Division of the United States Army arrives in Vietnam.
  • 1965-11-14 US government sends 90,000 soldiers to Vietnam
  • 1965-11-19 ABC radio begins weekly "Vietnam Update" report
  • 1965-11-27 15-25,000 demonstrate against war in Vietnam in Washington, D.C.
  • 1966-01-10 Julian Bond denied seat in Gorgia legislature for opposing Vietnam War
  • 1966-01-12 LBJ says US should stay in South Vietnam until communist aggression ends
  • 1966-03-02 215,000 US soldiers in Vietnam
  • 1966-03-10 North Vietnamese capture US Green Beret Camp at Ashau Valley
  • 1966-03-27 Anti Vietnam war demonstrations in US, Europe & Australia
  • 1966-04-12 1st B-52 bombing on North Vietnam
  • 1966-05-15 South Vietnamese army battle Buddhists, about 80 die
  • 1966-05-26 Buddhist sets himself on fire at US consulate in Hué, South Vietnam
  • 1966-05-30 300 US airplanes bomb North Vietnam
  • 1966-06-29 In the Vietnam War, US planes bombed Hanoi & Haiphong for 1st time
  • 1966-06-29 US bombs fuel storage facilities near North Vietnamese cities
  • 1966-07-30 US airplanes bombs demilitarized zone in Vietnam
  • 1966-08-06 US citizens demonstrate against war in Vietnam
  • 1966-10-13 173 US aircraft bomb North Vietnam
  • 1966-10-14 175 US airplanes bomb North Vietnam
  • 1966-12-24 USAF C144 military charter aircraft crashes near Binh Thai, Vietnam, killing 129
  • 1967-02-22 25,000 US & South Vietnamese troops launch Operation Junction City against Viet Cong. Largest US airborne assult since WWII
  • 1967-02-23 US troops begin largest offensive of Vietnam War
  • 1967-03-24 University of Michigan holds 1st "Teach-in" after bombing of North Vietnam
  • 1967-03-28 UN Sect General U Thant makes public proposals for peace in Vietnam
  • 1967-04-14 In the Vietnam War, US planes bombed Haiphong for 1st time
  • 1967-04-20 US planes bomb Haiphong for 1st time during Vietnam War

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1967-04-24 Vietnam War: American General William Westmoreland says in a news conference that the enemy had "gained support in the United States that gives him hope that he can win politically that which he cannot win militarily."

  • 1967-05-10 Stockholm Vietnam Tribunal declares US aggression in Vietnam/Cambodia
  • 1967-05-19 US bombs Hanoi (Vietnam War)
  • 1967-05-20 10,000 demonstrate against war in Vietnam
  • 1967-08-03 45,000 US soldiers sent to Vietnam

Famous Birthdays

  • 1829-09-22 Tự Đức, Emperor of Vietnam (d. 1883)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1890-05-19 Ho Chi Minh [Nguyễn Sinh Cung], Vetnamese communist revolutionary and President of North Vietnam (1946-69), born in Nghệ An Province, French Indochina (d. 1969)

Vietnamese Communist Revolutionary Ho Chi Minh
Vietnamese Communist Revolutionary
Ho Chi Minh
  • 1901-01-03 Ngo Dinh Diem, pres/dictator of South Vietnam (1955-63)
  • 1908-04-07 Le Duan, Vietnamese politician
  • 1908-05-26 Nguyen Ngoc Tho, Prime Minister of South Vietnam
  • 1911-08-25 Vo Nguyen Giap (Võ Nguyên Giáp), Vietnamese general and statesman, (d. 2013)
  • 1911-10-14 Lê Ðức Thọ, Vietnamese revolutionary general, politician and negotiator in Paris (1975)
  • 1913-10-20 Bao Dai, emperor of Annam/Indochina/head of South Vietnam (1949-55)
  • 1913-10-22 Bo Dai, Huế, last Emperor of Vietnam (1926-45) and Chief of State of South Vietnam (1949-55)

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1914-03-26 William Westmoreland, US general during the Vietnam War, born in Saxon, South Carolina (d. 2005)

  • 1914-09-15 Creighton Abrams, US, army general (Vietnam War)
  • 1916-02-02 Xuân Diệu, Vietnamese poet (d. 1985)
  • 1921-05-09 Daniel Berrigan, American Jesuit priest and peace activist (Vietnam War), born in Virginia, Minnesota (d. 2016)
  • 1922-07-14 Robin Olds, American World War II and Vietnam War ace fighter pilot (d. 2007)

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1923-04-05 Nguyen Van Thieu, South Vietnamese President (1965-75), born in Phan Rang, Vietnam (d. 2001)

Vietnamese Politican Nguyen Van Thieu
Vietnamese Politican
Nguyen Van Thieu
  • 1923-12-23 James Stockdale, admiral (Vietnam)/Ross Perot's 1992 running mate
  • 1926-10-11 Nhất Hạnh, Vietnamese Zen Buddhist monk
  • 1930-09-08 Nguyen Cao Ky, Premier of South Vietnam
  • 1944-05-10 Marie-France Pisier, Daclat, Vietnam, French actress and writer (Love on the Run, Cousin cousine)
  • 1946-07-04 Ron Kovic, disabled vietnam vet (Born on 4th of July)
  • 1946-09-15 Oliver Stone, American director (Wall St, Good Morning Vietnam, Platoon), born in NYC, New York
  • 1947-02-14 Pham Tuan, Vietnam, cosmonaut (Soyuz 37/36)
  • 1949-06-30 Bùi Thanh Liêm, Hanoi. Vietnamese cosmonaut (d. 1981)
  • 1951-09-14 Eugene H Trinh, Saigon Vietnam, PhD/astronaut (STS 50)
  • 1951-10-09 Robert Wuhl, Union NJ, actor (Bull Durham, Good Morning Vietnam)
  • 1952-10-18 Bảo Ninh, Vietnamese novelist
  • 1962-09-17 Dustin Nguyen, Saigon Vietnam, actor (Harry-21 Jump Street)
  • 1963-03-16 Phung Vuong, Saigon Vietnam, murderer (FBI Most Wanted List)
  • 1964-05-30 Nhi Lan Le, Vietnam, US fencer-foil (Olympics-96)
  • 1964-06-18 Thanh Nguyen, Saigon Vietnam, 141 lbs US weightlifter (Olympics-1996)
  • 1969-03-20 Thang Thanh Nguyen, Soc Trang Vietnam, murderer (FBI Most Wanted)
  • 1969-07-25 Angela Melini, Saigon, Vietnam, playmate (Jun, 1992)
  • 1971-08-20 Ke Huy Quan, Saigon Vietnam, actor (Sam-Together We Stand)
  • 1971-09-05 Kim Maher, Saigon Vietnam, US softball infielder (Olympics-gold-96)
  • 1972-04-20 Le Huynh Đuc, Vietnamese footballer
  • 1973-09-14 Tony Bui, Vietnamese film director
  • 1975-01-25 Dat Phan, Vietnamese stand-up comedian
  • 1984-04-29 Phạm Văn Quyến, Vietnamese footballer

Famous Deaths

  • 1925-11-06 Khải Định, Emperor of Vietnam
  • 1959-07-08 Dale Buisand & Chester Ovnand, 1st Americans killed in Vietnam War
  • 1962-09-06 Hanns Eisler, composer (N Vietnam/E German National Anthem), dies at 64
  • 1963-11-01 Ngo Dinh Diem, South Vietnamese PM, assassinated in a coup at 62
  • 1963-11-02 Ngo Dinh Diem, president of South Vietnam (1955-63), murdered at 62
  • 1967-03-20 A J F Moody, 1st US Army General to die in Vietnam

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1969-09-03 Ho Chi Minh [Nguyễn Sinh Cung], Vietnamese communist revolutionary and President of North Vietnam (1946-69), dies at 79 of heart failure

Vietnamese Communist Revolutionary Ho Chi Minh
Vietnamese Communist Revolutionary
Ho Chi Minh
  • 1973-02-05 L C William Nolde, last US soldier killed in Vietnam, funeral
  • 1974-09-04 Creighton W Abrams, US general/army staff chief (Vietnam), dies at 59
  • 1975-04-29 Darwin Judge, USMC-corporal, 1 of last US soldiers killed in Vietnam
  • 1975-04-29 Michael John Shea, USMC-lt/pilot, 1 of last soldiers killed in Vietnam
  • 1975-04-29 William Craig Nystul, USMC capt, 1 of last US soldiers killed in Vietnam
  • 1980-11-23 Thien-an Thich, Zen teacher/Vietnamese Rinzai line, dies in LA at 54
  • 1981-09-01 Bùi Thanh Liêm, Vietnamese cosmonaut, dies in a MiG-21 crash at 32
  • 1984-09-30 Ellsworth Bunker, US ambassador (South-Vietnam, dies at 90)
  • 1985-12-18 Xuân Diệu, Vietnamese poet (b. 1916)
  • 1986-07-09 Le Duan, Vietnamese politician, dies at 78
  • 1988-03-11 Pham Hung, premier of Vietnam, dies at about 74
  • 1990-10-13 Lê Ðức Thọ, Vietnamese revolutionary general, politician and negotiator in Paris (1975), dies at 78
  • 1990-11-23 Nguyen Van Tam, PM of Vietnam (1952-53), dies
  • 1995-02-09 J William Fulbright, (Sen-D-Ark)/anti-Vietnam War, dies at 89
  • 1996-12-24 Nguyen Huu Tho, President of Vietnam (1980-81), dies
  • 1997-07-30 Bảo Đại, last Emperor of Vietnam (1926-45) and Chief of State of South Vietnam (1949-55), dies at 85
  • 1998-02-26 J T Walsh, actor (Good Morning Vietnam), dies at 54
  • 2001-04-01 Trinh Cong Son, Vietnamese composer (b. 1939)

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2001-09-29 Nguyễn Văn Thiệu, President of South Vietnam (1965-75), dies of a stroke at 78

Vietnamese Politican Nguyen Van Thieu
Vietnamese Politican
Nguyen Van Thieu
  • 2006-01-06 Hugh Thompson, Jr., decorated Vietnam War helicopter pilot (b. 1943)
  • 2007-01-22 Ngô Quang Trưởng, South Vietnamese general (b. 1929)
  • 2008-06-11 Võ Văn Kiệt, former prime minister of Vietnam (b. 1922)
  • 2013-10-04 Vo Nguyen Giap, Vietnamese general and politician, dies at 102
  • 2016-04-30 Daniel Berrigan, American Jesuit priest and peace activist (Vietnam War), dies at 94