French colonial rule begins.
Ho Chi Minh’s guerrilla force seizes power and announces Vietnam’s independence.
At the Geneva Conference Vietnam is divided into North and South.
The Communist insurgency begins in South Vietnam.
The Gulf of Tonkin incident, pushing the United States Congress to approve the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, authorizes military action in the Vietnam region.
American combat troops arrive in South Vietnam with numbers nearing 200,000. The number of troops increase in 1966 to 400,000 and then to 500,000 in 1967.
A ceasefire agreement is signed in Paris, with US troops to be completely pulled out by March.
The North Vietnamese troops invade and take over South Vietnam.
A new constitution is adopted in Vietnam allowing for new economic freedoms to citizens.
The trade embargo between Vietnam and the US is lifted and full diplomatic relations are restored the following year.
Vietnam becomes a full active member of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
The first commercial flight from the United States since the end of the Vietnam War lands in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
Vietnam becomes the 150th member of the World Trade Organization (WTO) after over a decade of talks and discussions.
The first communications satellite from Vietnam is launched.
There is a growing clampdown on freedom of expression within the country; many citizens are sentenced to jail time for allegedly spreading propaganda and voicing a pro-democracy view point.
Vietnam surpasses Brazil to become the world’s largest coffee exporter.