(Re)Collecting the Vietnam War

Recollecing Vietnam Timelines

Dublin Core


Recollecing Vietnam Timelines


Items used for Neatline Time exhibits for the (Re)Collecting Vietnam War Teaching Program

Items in the Recollecing Vietnam Timelines Collection

French Jesuits open the first mission near the city of Đà Nẵng (in central Việt Nam), and begins the long history of Catholic influence in Việt Nam.

Nguyễn Ánh ends thirty years of civil war and unites the three regions of Việt Nam (south, central, and north) and declares himself Emperor Gia Long on 1 June 1802. The Nguyễn Dynasty, the last Vietnamese monarchy, begins. He revives the…

On 9 October 2003, Việt Nam and the U.S. agree to allow passenger and cargo flights between the two countries for the first time since the end of the Việt Nam War. The American market accounts for 10% of Việt Nam's aviation business, and the…

Alexandre de Rhodes, a French missionary and scholar, invents the quốc ngữ, a method of writing the Vietnamese language in Roman script, instead of the traditional Chinese characters. The quốc ngữ continues to be used today.

France first attacks and occupies Đà Nẵng under the guise that Catholics are facing religious persecution under the Vietnamese. After three years of fighting, Emperor Tự Đức is forced to cede Sài Gòn and adjacent areas to France.

On 20 August 1883, Việt Nam loses its independence to the French, which extends its colonial control into northern Việt Nam by forcing the Vietnamese government to sign the Treaty of Huế.

In October 1887, the new French colony, called the Indochinese Union or Indochina, is founded, covering Việt Nam, Cambodia, and Laos. Vietnamese resistance to French rule starts immediately thereafter.

On 25 December 1927, the Vietnamese Nationalist Party, or Việt Nam Quốc Dân Đảng, is founded, becoming the most prominent non-Marxist organization of the 1920s and holding far greater appeal among the Vietnamese masses than do the Communists…

French authorities suspect the Vietnamese Nationalist Party of assassinating a high-ranking French official in 1929 (possibly at Communist instigation). The French imprison party supporters and launch a thorough but clandestine investigation of the…

On 6 September 1932, Bảo Đại, theoretically emperor since 1925, returns to Việt Nam from school in France to ascend the throne of a puppet monarchy. He is Việt Nam’s last emperor.