Ho Chi Minh City in History

Vietnam: Hanoi

Historical Events

VietnamVietnamese 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
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Thích Quảng Đức moments after setting fire to himself in Saigon as an act of protest
Thích Quảng Đức moments after setting fire to himself in Saigon as an act of protest
  • 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

VietnamExecution 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.
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General Nguyễn Ngọc Loan summarily executes Viet Cong prisoner Nguyễn Văn Lém
General Nguyễn Ngọc Loan summarily executes Viet Cong prisoner Nguyễn Văn Lém

Victory in BattleThe 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
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South Vietnamese civilians scramble to board a CIA helicopter during the evacuation of the US embassy in Saigon
South Vietnamese civilians scramble to board a CIA helicopter during the evacuation of the US embassy in Saigon
  • 1975-04-30 North Vietnamese troops capture Saigon, ending the Vietnam War
  • 1989-09-20 Musical "Miss Saigon," premieres in London
  • 1991-04-11 "Miss Saigon" 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, Saigon Vietnam, actor (Harry-21 Jump Street)
  • 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