Vietnam War Timeline

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1950 July 26, 1950- President Harry Truman authorizes $15 million in military aid to the French. This event is important because it begins the United States military involvement in Vietnam. 1953 January 20, 1953- Former five-star Army general, Dwight D. Eisenhower, becomes the 34th U.S President. This event is important because he becomes America’s new President and because he does a lot with the Vietnam War. 1954 April 7, 1954- President Eisenhower introduced the Domino Theory in response to a news conference. This event is important because it was a reason for war in the 1950’s. It speculated that if one state in a region became under the influence of communism, then the surrounding countries would follow in a “domino effect.” May 7, 1954- 10,000 French soldiers surrender at Dien Bien Phu. This event is important because after this, the French proceed to withdraw completely from Vietnam, ending their eight year struggle. May 8, 1954- The Geneva Conference on Indochina begins. It is attended by the U.S., Britain, China, the Soviet Union, France, Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. This event is important because it decides on a solution for Southeast Asia. July 21, 1954- The Geneva Accord divides Vietnam in half at the 17th parallel, with the communist in the North end and the others at the South end. This event is important because it splits Vietnam in half. October 1954- Ho Chi Minh returns and takes control of North Vietnam. This event is important because he was the principal force behind the Vietnamese struggle against the French. 1955 October 26, 1955- Ngo Dinh Diem proclaims himself President of the Republic of South Vietnam. This event is important because he becomes South Vietnams first President. 1956 January 1956- Diem launches a brutal crackdown against Vietminh suspects in the countryside. April 28, 1956- The last French solider departs from Vietnam. This event is important because the struggle between Vietnam and the French is now over. 1957 April...
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