Ngô Đình Diệm

President of South Vietnam Ngô Đình Diệm

Profession: President of South Vietnam


Biography: A key figure in the Vietnam War, Diem ruled over South Vietnam from 1955 until 1963.

Originally a key ally of the United States, Diem's increasing corruption and persecution of South Vietnam's majority Buddhist population led to his overthrow and assassination in a CIA-backed coup in 1963.

Born: January 3, 1901
Birthplace: Quang Binh, French Indochina

Generation: Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Rat
Star Sign: Capricorn

Died: November 2, 1963 (aged 62)
Cause of Death: Assassination

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Historical Events

  • 1954-06-16 Ngô Đình Diệm elected Prime Minister of the State of Vietnam (South Vietnam)
  • 1954-10-27 President Eisenhower offers aid to South Vietnam Prime Minister Ngô Đình Diệm
  • 1955-10-26 Ngô Đình Diệm proclaims Vietnam a republic with himself as President
  • 1957-05-08 South Vietnamese President, Ngô Đình Diệm, arrives in the United States on a state visit
  • 1960-11-12 Coup against South Vietnamese President Ngô Đình Diệm fails
  • 1962-02-27 South Vietnam President Ngô Đình Diệm's palace bombed by dissident air pilots in a failed assassination attempt
  • 1963-11-02 Ngô Đình Diệm, the President of South Vietnam, is overthrown and assassinated in a coup by the South Vietnamese Army

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