Vietnam War (1955-1975)

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In History
  • Wright Brother's Airplane

    Wright Brother's Airplane
    In 1903 the Wright brothers(Wilbur and Orville) achieved the first powered, sustained and controlled airplane flight; they surpassed their own milestone two years later when they built and flew the first fully practical airplane.
  • Ho Chi Mihn Established Communist Rule in Vietnam

    Ho Chi Mihn Established Communist Rule in Vietnam
    In 1954, Vietnam gained independence from the French. Ho Chi Mihn a nationalist and a Communist from Vietnam led guerrilla forces against the French, becoming the leader of North Vietnam.
  • Gulf of Tonkin Resolution

    Gulf of Tonkin Resolution
    On August 7, 1964, Congress passed the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, authorizing President Johnson to take any measures he believed were necessary to retaliate and to promote the maintenance of international peace and security in southeast Asia.
  • Tet Offensive

    Tet Offensive
    One of the largest military campaigns of the Vietnam War in which the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese army led a surprise attack against South Vietnam during the Tet holiday, the Vietnamese New Year.
  • My Lai Massacre

    My Lai Massacre
    Mass murder of between 347 to 504 unarmed Vietnamese civilians (men, women, children, and infants) in South Vietnam by U.S. Army soldiers, some bodies were raped and mutilated.
  • Vietnamization

    Policy of President Richard Nixon to end U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War by equipping/training South Vietnamese forces while steadily reducing the number of U.S. combat troops
  • Woodstock Music Festival

    Woodstock Music Festival
    The Woodstock Music Festival began on August 15, 1969, as half a million people waited on a dairy farm in Bethel, New York, for the three-day music festival to start.
  • Draft Lottery

    Draft Lottery
    On December 1, 1969 the Selective Service System of the United States conducted two lotteries to determine the order of call to military service in the Vietnam War for men born from January 1, 1944 to December 31, 1950.
  • Manson Family Murders

    Manson Family Murders
    The Manson Family was a desert commune and cult active in California which was led by Charles Manson. The group consisted of approximately 100 of his followers who lived an unconventional lifestyle with habitual use of hallucinogenic drugs such as LSD.
  • Apollo 11

    Apollo 11
    Apollo 11 was the first manned mission to land on the Moon. The first steps by humans on another planetary body were taken by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on July 20, 1969.
  • Invasion of Cambodia

    Invasion of Cambodia
    The Cambodian campaign was a brief series of military operations conducted in eastern Cambodia in 1970 by the Republic of Vietnam and the United States as an extension of the Vietnam War and the Cambodian Civil War
  • Kent State Shootings

    Kent State Shootings
    Four Kent State University students were killed and nine were injured on May 4, 1970, when members of the Ohio National Guard opened fire on a crowd gathered to protest the Vietnam War. The tragedy was a watershed moment for a nation divided by the conflict in Southeast Asia
  • Pentagon Papers

    Pentagon Papers
    The Pentagon Papers was the name given to a top-secret Department of Defense study of U.S. political and military involvement in Vietnam from 1945 to 1967.
  • 26th Amendment

    26th Amendment
    The 26 Amendment lowered the legal voting age in the United States from 21 to 18.
  • War Powers Resolution

    War Powers Resolution
    A federal law intended to check the President’s power to commit the U.S. to an armed conflict without the consent of Congress; requires the President to notify Congress 48 hours of committing armed forces to military action and forbids armed forces from remaining for more than 60 days.
  • Fall of Saigon

    Fall of Saigon
    Capture of the capital of South Vietnam in 1975 by Viet Cong and North Vietnamese forces; ended the Vietnam War and started reunification of Vietnam under a communist regime.
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    Richard Nixon

    He focused on détente with the People's Republic of China and the Soviet Union, easing Cold War tensions with both countries. As part of this policy, Nixon signed the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty and SALT I, two landmark arms control treaties with the Soviet Union.