Vietnamese History (Part 2)

Vietnam: Hanoi - Ho Chi Minh City

Historical Events

Events 101 - 200 of 247

Historic Event

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 and Cambodia
  • 1967-05-20 10,000 demonstrate against war in Vietnam
  • 1967-08-03 45,000 US soldiers sent to Vietnam
  • 1967-08-26 Dutch 2nd Chamber demands US stop bombing North Vietnam

Election of Interest

1967-09-03 Nguyen Van Thieu elected President of South Vietnam under a new constitution

  • 1967-10-21 Tens of thousands of anti-Vietnam War protesters march on the Pentagon, besieging the military headquarters for two days
  • 1967-10-31 Nguyen Van Thieu takes oath of office to become the 1st President of the Second Republic of South Vietnam
  • 1967-11-03 Vietnam War: The Battle of Dak To begins, becoming one of the bloodiest battles of the war
  • 1967-11-05 US troops conquer Loc Ninh South Vietnam
  • 1967-11-21 Vietnam War: American General William Westmoreland tells news reporters: "I am absolutely certain that whereas in 1965 the enemy was winning, today he is certainly losing."

Historic Event

1967-11-30 Senator Eugene McCarthy announces he will run for the US presidency on an anti-Vietnam war platform

Historic Event

1967-12-05 Pediatrician Benjamin Spock and poet Allen Ginsberg arrested in New York while protesting against the Vietnam War

  • 1967-12-20 474,300 US soldiers in Vietnam
  • 1968-01-21 The Battle of Khe Sanh - one of the most publicized and controversial battles of the Vietnam War - begins at the Khe Sanh Air Base
  • 1968-01-24 Operation Coburg, an Australian and New Zealand military action during the Vietnam War, begins
  • 1968-01-30 Viet Cong and the North Vietnamese launch the Tet offensive against South Vietnames and US forces
  • 1968-02-06 Dutch 2nd Chamber condemns US bombing of North Vietnam
  • 1968-02-13 US sends 10,500 additional soldiers to Vietnam
  • 1968-02-18 Thousands of people in West Berlin demonstrate against US involvement in the Vietnam War
  • 1968-02-24 US troops reconquer Hue Vietnam

Film & TV History

1968-02-27 CBS news anchor Walter Cronkite delivers a scathing editorial on America's chances of winning the Vietnam War

  • 1968-03-10 North Vietnamese and communist Laotion troops overrun a secret US radar facility, Lima Site 85, on a Laos mountaintop
  • 1968-03-16 My Lai massacre occurs when American soldiers kill ~400 unarmed Vietnamese civilians, in one of the most controversial incidents of the Vietnam War

Historic Event

1968-03-31 US President Lyndon B. Johnson authorizes a troop surge in Vietnam, bringing the total number of US soldiers to a peak of 549,500

  • 1968-04-03 N Vietnam agrees to meet US reps to set up preliminary peace talks
  • 1968-05-10 Vietnam peace talks began in Paris between the US and North Vietnam
  • 1968-10-31 US President Lyndon B. Johnson orders a halt to all bombing of North Vietnam
  • 1969-01-02 Operation Barrier Reef begins in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam
  • 1969-01-10 Sweden is the 1st Western country to recognize North Vietnam
  • 1969-01-18 Expanded 4 party Vietnam peace talks began in Paris
  • 1969-01-25 US-North Vietnamese peace talks begin in Paris
  • 1969-04-03 Vietnam War: U.S. Secretary of Defense Melvin Laird announces that the United States will start a policy of "Vietnamization", reducing American involvement
  • 1969-04-05 Massive anti-Vietnam War demonstrations occur in many U.S. cities
  • 1969-05-10 US troops begin attack on Hill 937 ("Hamburger Hill"), Vietnam
  • 1969-05-20 US troop capture Hill 937/Hamburger Hill in Vietnam
  • 1969-06-02 Australian aircraft carrier HMAS Melbourne slices US destroyer USS Frank E Evans in half, killing 74 (South Vietnam)
  • 1969-06-08 Nixon says 25,000 US troops would leave Vietnam by end of August
  • 1969-07-08 US troop withdrawal begins in Vietnam
  • 1969-09-24 Ton Duc Thang elected president of North Vietnam
  • 1969-10-15 Vietnam Moratorium Day; millions nationwide protest the war
  • 1969-11-12 US army announces investigating William Calley for alleged massacre of civilians at Vietnamese village of My Lai in March, 19
  • 1969-11-14 2nd Vietnam Moratorium Day in US

Vietnam War Moratorium Demonstration

1969-11-15 An estimated 2 million people take part in the Vietnam War Moratorium demonstration across the United States

  • 1969-11-16 1968 Mỹ Lai massacre of between 347 and 504 unarmed South Vietnamese civilians by US soldiers is first reported
  • 1969-11-24 Lt William L Calley charged with massacre of over 100 civilians in My Lai Vietnam in March 1968, ordered to stand trial by court martial

Music History

1969-11-25 John Lennon returns OBE to protest against UK's support for Vietnam War

  • 1970-04-29 US and South Vietnamese forces launch an incursion into Cambodia, expanding the Vietnam War
  • 1970-05-08 Thousands of students protest against the Vietnam War following the Kent State shootings in Ohio
  • 1970-05-20 100,000 march in NY supporting US policies in Vietnam

Historic Event

1970-11-03 US President Richard Nixon promises gradual troop removal of Vietnam

  • 1970-11-16 South Vietnamese Vice President Nguyen Cao Ky defends operations in Cambodia because communist forces could overrun South Vietnam "within 24 hours" if troops operating there were withdrawn
  • 1971-02-08 Operation Lam Son 719 begins, a limited South Vietnamese incursion into Laos
  • 1971-02-13 12,000 South Vietnamese troops cross into Laos
  • 1971-03-14 South Vietnamese troops flee Laos
  • 1971-03-29 1st Lt William L Calley Jr found guilty in My Lai (Vietnam) massacre
  • 1971-04-05 US Lt William Calley sentenced to life imprisonment for murdering 22 unarmed South Vietnamese civilians in the My Lai Massacre
  • 1971-04-25 About 200,000 anti-Vietnam War protesters march on Washington, D.C.
  • 1971-06-08 North Vietnam demands US end aid to South Vietnam
  • 1971-06-13 "The New York Times" begins publishing excerpts from the Pentagon Papers, classified documents on the long history of the U.S. in Vietnam

Historic Event

1971-08-18 New Zealand Prime Minister Keith Holyoake announces in Parliament that New Zealand’s combat force would be withdrawn from Vietnam before the end of the year, coinciding with a similar announcement by the Australian government

  • 1971-10-11 Switzerland recognizes North Vietnam
  • 1972-03-30 North Vietnam launches a major conventional offensive against South Vietnam
  • 1972-05-01 North Vietnamese troops occupy Quang Tri Activities Committee
  • 1972-05-04 Vietcong forms revolutionary government in Quang Tri, South Vietnam
  • 1972-06-06 US bombs Haiphong, North-Vietnam; 1000s killed
  • 1972-08-12 Last American combat ground troops leave Vietnam
  • 1972-08-27 US bombs Haiphong, North Vietnam
  • 1972-09-29 Robert McNamara, former US Secretary of Defense, is almost thrown overboard on a ferry by an artist wanting to confront him on his role in escalating US involvement in the Vietnam war (no charges pressed)
  • 1972-11-11 US Army turns over Long Bihn base to South Vietnamese army
  • 1972-12-18 US launches Operation Linebacker II, its heaviest bombing of North Vietnam, as negotiations to end the Vietnam War collapse
  • 1972-12-30 US President Richard Nixon halts bombing of North Vietnam & announces peace talks
  • 1973-01-08 Secret peace talks between US & North Vietnam resumed near Paris
  • 1973-01-15 US President Richard Nixon suspends all US offensive action in North Vietnam
  • 1973-01-22 US, North & South Vietnam & Vietcong sign boundary accord
  • 1973-01-23 US President Richard Nixon announces an accord has been reached to end Vietnam War
  • 1973-01-27 US & North Vietnam's William Rogers & Nguyen Duy Trinh sign cease-fire, ending longest US war and military draft
  • 1973-02-04 An International inspection team is sent to Vietnam to observe progress on the Paris truce agreement
  • 1973-02-05 Funeral for LC William Nolde, last US soldier killed in Vietnam War
  • 1973-02-12 1st US POWs in North Vietnam released; 116 of 456 flown to Philippines

Historic Event

1973-03-14 Future US senator John McCain is released after spending over five years in a North Vietnamese prisoner of war camp

  • 1973-03-29 US troops leave Vietnam, 9 yrs after Tonkin Resolution
  • 1973-03-30 Ellsworth Bunker resigns as US ambassador to South Vietnam
  • 1973-04-09 Netherlands recognizes North Vietnam
  • 1973-04-12 France recognizes North Vietnam
  • 1974-01-19 China and South Vietnam clash over the Paracel Islands, resulting in a Chinese victory
  • 1974-02-05 John Murtha becomes the first Vietnam War veteran elected to the United States Congress
  • 1974-09-15 Air Vietnam flight 727 is hijacked, then crashes while attempting to land with 75 on board.

Historic Event

1974-09-16 US President Gerald Ford announces conditional amnesty for US Vietnam War deserters

  • 1975-03-12 Vietcong conquer Ban me Thuot, South Vietnam
  • 1975-04-02 Vietnam War: Thousands of civilian refugees flee from the Quang Ngai Province in front of advancing North Vietnamese troops.
  • 1975-04-04 138 killed as a USAF plane evacuating Vietnamese orphans crashes on approach during an emergency landing at Tân Sơn Nhứt Air Base in South Vietnam
  • 1975-04-21 Last South Vietnam President Nguyen Van Thieu resigns after 10 years
  • 1975-04-28 South-Vietnam Gen Duong Van Minh sworn in as president till April 30
  • 1975-04-29 Charles McMahon and Darwin Judge are the last two United States servicemen killed in Vietnam during the Vietnam War

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
  • 1975-05-07 US President Gerald Ford declares an end to "Vietnam Era"
  • 1975-06-06 Provisional Revolutionary Government of South Vietnam established

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