What follows is an accurate timeline of the events leading up to, during and following the Vietnam War.

1945[edit | edit source]

March[edit | edit source]

  • The Japanese establish an independent Vietnam under the leadership Emperor Bao Dai between March 9 and 11.

August[edit | edit source]

  • On August 15, the Japanese surrender and thus ending World War II.

September[edit | edit source]

1946[edit | edit source]

March[edit | edit source]

  • France recognizes the Democratic Republic of Vietnam as an independent state within the Indochinese Union.

November[edit | edit source]

  • On November 23, Haiphong is shelled by French warships.

December[edit | edit source]

1949[edit | edit source]

March[edit | edit source]

October[edit | edit source]

1950[edit | edit source]

January[edit | edit source]

July[edit | edit source]

1953[edit | edit source]

October[edit | edit source]

November[edit | edit source]

  • Cambodia gains its independence from France on November 9.

1954[edit | edit source]

January[edit | edit source]

March[edit | edit source]

May[edit | edit source]

June[edit | edit source]

July[edit | edit source]

September[edit | edit source]

October[edit | edit source]

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