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I954- French defeated at

dien bien phu


1955- Ngo dihn
diem ‘elected’ as
president of south
Vietnam
1957 Vietminh start guerrilla war
in south Vietnam
1961- Kennedy pledges extra aid
1962- 12,000 advisers
strategic hamlet begins
1963- Buddhist
monk burn, diem
and JFK killed
1964 – gulf of
Tonkin
resolution
1965-
operation
rolling thunder,
200,000 us
combat troops
1967- 500,000 US
troops
1968- Tet offensive, huge antiwar
demos, Nixon elected
1969- Cambodia bombed
vietnamization
1970- Kent state uni
1971- my lai court case, 140 000
troops
1973- cease fire, US leaves
1975- NLF capture Saigon

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