Ho Chi Minh City in History

Vietnam: Hanoi

Historical Events

Vietnamese Monk Burns Himself Alive

1963-06-11 Buddhist monk Thích Quảng Đức immolates himself at a Saigon intersection, creating one of the Vietnam War's most iconic images

  • 1964-11-01 Vietcong-assault on airport Bien Hoa at Saigon
  • 1965-03-30 Vietnam War: A car bomb explodes in front of the U.S. Embassy in Saigon, killing 22 and wounding 183 others
  • 1965-06-17 1st bombing by B-52 (50 km north of Saigon)
  • 1968-01-30 Viet Cong and the North Vietnamese launch the Tet offensive against South Vietnames and US forces

Execution of a Viet Cong Prisoner

1968-02-01 Saigon police chief Nguyễn Ngọc Loan executes Viet Cong officer Nguyễn Văn Lém with a pistol shot to head. The execution is captured by photographer Eddie Adams and becomes an anti-war icon.

The Fall of Saigon

1975-04-29 Vietnam War: US begins to evacuate its citizens from Saigon in Operation Frequent Wind in response to advancing North Vietnamese forces, bringing an end to US involvement in the war

  • 1975-04-30 North Vietnamese troops capture Saigon, ending the Vietnam War

Music Premiere

1989-09-20 Musical "Miss Saigon," premieres in London, created by Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil

  • 1991-04-11 Musical "Miss Saigon" created by Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil opens at Broadway Theater NYC
  • 1997-05-09 1st US ambassador since Saigon fell arrives in Vietnam
  • 2002-10-29 Ho Chi Minh City ITC Inferno, a fire destroys a luxurious department store with 1,500 people shopping. Over 60 people died and over 100 are missing. It is the deadliest disaster in Vietnam during peacetime.

Famous Birthdays

  • 1914-04-04 Marguerite Duras, French novelist and playwright (Sea Wall), born in Saigon, French IndoChina (d. 1996)
  • 1918-08-15 Raymond Gallois-Montbrun, French violinist and composer, born in Saigon, Vietnam (d. 1994)
  • 1951-09-14 Eugene H. Trinh, Vietnamese-American astronaut (STS 50), born in Saigon, Vietnam
  • 1962-09-17 Dustin Nguyen, Vietnamese-American actor (Harry-21 Jump Street), born in Saigon, Vietnam
  • 1963-03-16 Phung Vuong, murderer (FBI Most Wanted List), born in Saigon, Vietnam
  • 1964-06-18 Thanh Nguyen, American 141 lbs US weightlifter (Olympics 1996), born in Saigon, Vietnam
  • 1971-08-20 Jonathan Ke Quan, Vietnamese-American actor (Sam-Together We Stand), born in Saigon, South Vietnam
  • 1971-09-05 Kim Maher, American softball infielder (Olympic gold 1996), born in Saigon, Vietnam
  • 1972-04-20 Lê Huỳnh Đức, Vietnamese footballer, born in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  • 1973-09-14 Tony Bui, Vietnamese-American film director (Three Seasons), born in Saigon, Vietnam
  • 1973-12-14 Thuy Trang, Vietnamese-American actress (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers), born in Saigon, Vietnam (d. 2001)
  • 1975-01-25 Dat Phan, Vietnamese-born American stand-up comedian, born in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Famous Deaths

  • 1963-06-11 Thích Quảng Đức, Buddhist monk, immolates himself on a street in Saigon at the age of 65-66