||Chinese conquer what is now northern Vietnam
||China ends its rule over the Vietnamese; an independent
state is established.
||Nguyen Anh unites the country and calls it Vietnam.
||France controls Vietnam.
||Japan control Vietnam during World War II.
||Viet Minh,a broad front of Vietnamese patriots and
by Communist Party,seize power. Ho Chi Minh announces
||French forces attack Viet Minh in Haiphong, sparking
war of resistance
||Democratic Republic of Vietnam is recognized by China
and the USSR.
||At Geneva Conference Vietnam is split into the North
and South at the17th
Parallel. The Vietminh defeat the French.
||Ngo Dinh Diem (President of South Vietnam) begins
||Beginning of Communist insurgency in the South.
||Weapons and men from North Vietnam begin infiltrating
||American aid to Diem decreases.
||Number of US military advisors in South Vietnam rises
|November 1, 1963
||Ngo Dinh Diem killed, Vietnamese military took over.
|August 7, 1964
||Congress adopts Gulf of Tonkin Resolution giving
president broad military
|February 5, 1965
||US begins strategic bombing of the North.
|March 8, 1965
||First US marines go ashore in direct combat role at
|January 30, 1968
||North Vietnam and the Viet Cong begin new phase of the
war known as
the Tet Offensive.
|March 15, 1968
||Captain Medina gathers troops for a pep talk.
|March 16, 1968
||Assault on Son My Village
|March 29, 1969
||Rob Ridenhour's writes letter descibing the My Lai
incident and its
|April 23, 1969
||Inspector General makes full inquiry.
|June 13, 1969
||Hugh Thompson identifies William Calley as the officer
present at My
|August 4, 1969
||General Westmoreland orders the I.G. to turn over the
to the Criminal Investigation Division.
|September 4, 1969
||Charges brought against Calley.
|November 3, 1969
||Nixon announces "Vietnamization" program.
|November 13, 1969
||First Story of My Lai published.
|November 14, 1969
||Second story published, with eyewitness accounts.
|December 13, 1969
||Secretary of defense reports that anyone involved in
the killings will
|March 10, 1970
||Captain Ernest Medina charged with murder.
|March 14, 1970
||Peers Report delivered to Westmoreland.
|March 17, 1970
||Fourteen officers charged with offenses related to My
|February 26, 1971
||Charges against the officers not at My Lai dropped.
|March 29, 1971
||Charges against several officers at My Lai dropped.
|March 29, 1971
|| Calley convicted.
|March 31, 1971
||Calley sentenced to life.
|April 3, 1971
||President Nixon promises to personally review Calley's
|August 17, 1971
||Trial against Medina commences.
|August 20, 1971
||Calley's sentence reduced to twenty years.
|September 23, 1971
||Medina acquitted of all charges after jury deliberates
for 60 minutes.
|January 27, 1973
||The United States, North and South Vietnam, and the
Viet Cong sign
a cease fire agreement.
|March 29, 1973
||The last U.S. ground troops leave Vietnam.
|July 31, 1973
||Congress votes to end all bombing in Indochina and to
ban any future
military moves in area without prior congressional approval.
|December 21, 1973
||Military Court of Appeals upholds Calley's conviction.
|April 16, 1974
||Calley's sentence reduced to ten years.
|September 24, 1974
||Calley's conviction reviewed by District Court.
|November 9, 1974
||Calley released on bond.
|November 13, 1974
||Peers Report released in part.
|April 30, 1975
||Saigon falls, the South is defeated and the war
|September 10, 1975
||Calley paroled, after serving only three and a half
||Hugh Thompson honored in 30th anniversary commemoration
for his heroism
at My Lai.
|May 10, 1998
||Ron Ridenhour died of an apparent heart attack while
||Calley manages a jewelry store in Georgia. (He
married the owner's
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