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1954 – President Eisenhower gives his “domino theory” speech

7 April

The domino theory was a theory prominent from the 1950s to the 1980s, that speculated that if one country in a region came under the influence of communism, then the surrounding countries would follow in a domino effect. Continue reading “1954 – President Eisenhower gives his “domino theory” speech”

1782 – King Buddha Yodfa Chulaloke founds the Chakri dynasty

6 April

Phra Phutthayotfa Chulalok also known as Rama I (20 March 1737 – 7 September 1809), was the founder and the first monarch of the reigning House of Chakri of Siam (now Thailand). Continue reading “1782 – King Buddha Yodfa Chulaloke founds the Chakri dynasty”

1967 – Martin Luther King Jr. delivers his “Beyond Vietnam …” speech

4 April

Martin Luther King Jr. long opposed American involvement in the Vietnam War, but at first avoided the topic in public speeches in order to avoid the interference with civil rights goals that criticism of President Johnson’s policies might have created. However, at the urging of James Bevel, King eventually agreed to publicly oppose the war as opposition was growing among the American public. On this day in 1967, appearing at the New York City Riverside Church—exactly one year before his death—King delivered a speech titled “Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence”. Continue reading “1967 – Martin Luther King Jr. delivers his “Beyond Vietnam …” speech”

1973 – Operation Barrel Roll ends

29 March

Operation Barrel Roll was a covert U.S. Air Force 2nd Air Division (later the Seventh Air Force) and U.S. Navy Task Force 77, interdiction and close air support campaign conducted in the Kingdom of Laos between 14 December 1964 and 29 March 1973 concurrent with the Vietnam War. Continue reading “1973 – Operation Barrel Roll ends”

1988 – Johnson South Reef Skirmish

14 March

The Johnson South Reef Skirmish of 1988 was a naval battle that took place between Chinese and Vietnamese forces over Johnson South Reef in the Spratly Islands on this day. Continue reading “1988 – Johnson South Reef Skirmish”

1930 – Yên Bái mutiny in French Indochina

10 February

The Yên Bái mutiny was an uprising of Vietnamese soldiers in the French colonial army on this day in 1930 in collaboration with civilian supporters who were members of the Việt Nam Quốc Dân Đảng (VNQDĐ, the Vietnamese Nationalist Party). Continue reading “1930 – Yên Bái mutiny in French Indochina”

1968 – Vietnam War: Battle of Khe Sanh begins

21 January

The Battle of Khe Sanh was conducted in Khe Sanh of northwestern Quảng Trị Province, Republic of Vietnam (South Vietnam), between 21 January and 9 July 1968 during the Vietnam War. Continue reading “1968 – Vietnam War: Battle of Khe Sanh begins”

1940/41 – Franco-Thai War

17 January

The Franco-Thai War (October, 1940– 9 May, 1941) was fought between Thailand (Siam) and France over certain areas of French Indochina. Continue reading “1940/41 – Franco-Thai War”

1963 – Vietnam War: The Viet Cong wins its first major victory in the Battle of Ap Bac

2 January

The Battle of Ấp Bắc was a major battle fought on this day in 1963, during the Vietnam War. It was fought in Định Tường Province (now part of Tiền Giang Province), South Vietnam. Continue reading “1963 – Vietnam War: The Viet Cong wins its first major victory in the Battle of Ap Bac”

1946 – Start of the First Indochina War

19 December

The First Indochina War began in French Indochina on this day in 1946 and lasted until 1 August 1954. Fighting between French forces and their Viet Minh opponents in the South dated from September 1945. Continue reading “1946 – Start of the First Indochina War”

WWII – The 75th Anniversary – Indochina

22 September

The Japanese enter Indochina after concluding a long period of negotiation with the Vichy government. Continue reading “WWII – The 75th Anniversary – Indochina”

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