1948
November 1948
1949
January 1949

1949: Nguyễn Văn Tỵ’s Observations in North-Central Vietnam

The year of 1949 was pivotal in northern Vietnamese history… ..Read More

1950
June 1950

26th June 1950: North Korea invades South Korea

At the onset of the Korean War, President Harry Truman… ..Read More

September 1950

1950: Tô Ngọc Vân and The Border Campaign

In modern-day Vietnam, one artist’s legacy unites Hanoi and Ho… ..Read More

September 1950
November 1950
November 1950

Late-1950: Huỳnh Văn Thuận’s First Indochina War Series in Việt Bắc

The autonomous zones of Việt Bắc and Tây Bắc were crucial… ..Read More

December 1950

December 1950: Phan Kế An paints “Remembering the Northwest”

By the end of 1950, North Vietnam had politically and… ..Read More

1951
February 1951

February 1951: Hồ Chí Minh creates Đảng Lao Động (the Vietnam Worker’s Party)

The formation of the Vietnam Worker’s Party (Đảng Lao Động)… ..Read More

March 1951

1951-1953: The Campaigns for the Red River Delta and Hòa Bình

In the years leading up to 1953, both the French… ..Read More

November 1951

November 1951: General Jean de Lattre de Tassigny leaves Vietnam

In November 1951, General Jean de Lattre de Tassigny was… ..Read More

1952
January 1952

Early-1952: Training in China and the “Soldiers of Bronze Foot and Iron Skin”

At the beginning of 1952, the First Indochina War between… ..Read More

November 1952

1st November 1952: US explodes the world’s first hydrogen bomb in the Pacific

A weapon that would come to define world history, America’s… ..Read More

November 1952

23rd November-2nd December 1952: Battle of Nà Sản

A crucial battle that succeeded France’s failed Operation Lorraine. Although… ..Read More

1953
March 1953

5 March 1953: Joseph Stalin dies

An inspirational leader for the Communist world at the time,… ..Read More

November 1953

November-December 1953: Tô Ngọc Vân’s Re-educational Pilgrimage

Towards the end of 1953, Tô Ngọc Vân was sent… ..Read More

1954
January 1954

January-March 1954: Prelude to The Battle of Điện Biên Phủ

On 28 April 2018, Colonel Phạm Thanh Tâm, at eighty-six years… ..Read More

February 1954

22 February-11 March 1954: Phạm Thanh Tâm’s Journey to Điện Biên Phủ

In February 1954, together with an arts group consigned to… ..Read More

March 1954

13 March-7 May 1954: The Battle of Điện Biên Phủ

The Battle of Điện Biên Phủ was the climactic confrontation of… ..Read More

May 1954

8 May-21 July 1954: The Geneva Conference

A day after the French defeat at Điện Biên Phủ,… ..Read More

1955
January 1955

1955: Northwest Countryside in Newly Liberated Vietnam

In the years that followed liberation from French colonial rule,… ..Read More

1956
January 1956

1956-1959: Nguyễn Sỹ Ngọc’s Intimate Paintings of his Re-education Pilgrimage

The period between 1956 and 1959 was one of consolidation… ..Read More

1958
January 1958

1958: Lê Huy Toàn’s ‘SMOLEVSK’ Revelation

Colonel Lê Huy Toàn became one of Vietnam’s best-known wartime… ..Read More

1959
May 1959

6 May 1959: President Ngô Đình Diệm’s 10/59 Edict

In response to the increased insurgency efforts by National Liberation… ..Read More

May 1959

19 May 1959: North Vietnam forms Group 559 to Build the Ho Chi Minh Trail

On 19 May 1959, the Democratic Republic of Vietnam (DRV)… ..Read More

July 1959

8 July 1959: Major Dale Buis and Sergeant Chester Ovnand killed at Biên Hòa

In July 1960, under continued pressure by northern insurgents, President… ..Read More

1960
January 1960

April 1960: North Vietnam Imposes Military Conscription

In April 1960, North Vietnam imposed universal military conscription for… ..Read More

April 1960

April 1960: Release of the Caravelle Manifesto Calling for Ngô Đình Diệm’s Resignation

In April 1960, eighteen South Vietnamese intellectuals signed the Caravelle… ..Read More

December 1960

20 December 1960: The National Liberation Front is Formed

The National Liberation Front (NLF) was founded in South Vietnam… ..Read More

1961
January 1961

20 January 1961: John F. Kennedy Inaugurated as President of the United States

On 20 January 1961, John Fitzgerald Kennedy became the 35th… ..Read More

May 1961

May 1961: Formation of the Central Executive Committee of the People’s Revolutionary Party

The Central Office for South Vietnam (COSVN), loosely translated from… ..Read More

May 1961
June 1961

June 1961: Lê Quốc Lộc’s Peaceful Hanoi

In April 1961, America’s failed attempt to overthrow Fidel Castro… ..Read More

October 1961

October-November 1961: More American aid sent to South Vietnam

In October 1961, top Kennedy aides General Maxwell Taylor and… ..Read More

1962
February 1962

27 February 1962: Ngô Đình Diệm’s Palace Bombed

On 6 February 1962, the Military Assistance Command in Vietnam… ..Read More

March 1962

March 1962: Operation Sunrise

In March 1962, Operation Sunrise started what was known as the… ..Read More

September 1962
October 1962

End of 1962: Nguyễn Thanh Minh’s Propaganda Art from the Tây Bắc

As well as documenting life in the Tây Bắc, Minh… ..Read More

1963
January 1963

2 January 1963: The Battle of Ấp Bắc

On 28 December 1962, US intelligence services detected a Việt… ..Read More

March 1963
June 1963

11 June 1963: Buddhist Monk Commits Suicide by Self-immolation

Under Ngô Đình Diệm’s Roman-Catholic orientated regime, a ban had been… ..Read More

September 1963
November 1963

November 1963: A Bloody Month

Through the course of November 1963, both South Vietnam and… ..Read More

1964
January 1964

30 January 1964: General Nguyễn Khánh seizes power in Saigon

Before dawn on 30 January 1964, General Nguyễn Khánh ousted… ..Read More

February 1964

February 1964: Wilfred Burchett Questions the Strategic Hamlet Programme

In November 1963, veteran Australian journalist Wilfred Burchett embarked on… ..Read More

April 1964

April 1964: Trịnh Kim Vinh and the Female Guerrilla

In 1964, Trịnh Kim Vinh began her diploma course at the… ..Read More

May 1964

May 1964: Trần Viet Sơn in Hà Tĩnh Province

Between 1964 and 1966, Trần Viet Sơn returned to Hanoi and… ..Read More

May 1964

May 1964: Thái Hà’s First Liberty Class in Bến Tre Province

In Bến Tre Province, South Vietnam, Thái Hà captured the… ..Read More

August 1964

2 August 1964: The Gulf of Tonkin Incident

On 2 August 1964, the USS Maddox was attacked by… ..Read More

August 1964

10 August 1964: The Gulf of Tonkin Resolution Enacted

The Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, or the Southeast Asia Resolution, was… ..Read More

September 1964
October 1964
November 1964

1 November 1964: Attack on Biên Hòa Air Force Base

At 2:00 am, on the morning of 1 November 1964,… ..Read More

1965
February 1965

7 February 1965: Operation Flaming Dart

After being authorised by President Lyndon Johnson, Operation Flaming Dart… ..Read More

March 1965
June 1965
July 1965

July 1965: Phan Kế An in the Northern Central Provinces

An early member of the Việt Minh, Phan Kế An… ..Read More

August 1965
September 1965

September 1965: Văn Đa on Cát Bà Island

In 1965, during its prominence as a sanctuary for People’s… ..Read More

November 1965

November 1965: Thái Hà’s Second Liberty Classes in the Mekong Delta

In 1962, Thái Hà went to study at Central Nguyễn… ..Read More

1966
January 1966

1-8 January 1966: Operation Marauder

The Plain of Reeds (Đồng Tháp Mười) had long been… ..Read More

March 1966
March 1966

9-10 March 1966: The Battle of A Sầu

In the decisive one-day Battle of A Sầu, US Amry… ..Read More

April 1966

April 1966: Phạm Thanh Tâm in Quảng Trị Province

In 1963, Phạm Thanh Tâm began his art education at… ..Read More

August 1966

18-21 August 1966: The Battle of Lòng Tận

After constructing a base at Núi Đất in Phước Tuy… ..Read More

October 1966
1967
January 1967

Early 1967: Artists Capture Resistance Life in North Vietnam

By the beginning of 1967, America had increased its troop… ..Read More

March 1967

31 March 1967: The Battle of Áp Gư

On the 31 March 1967, American military forces were sent… ..Read More

June 1967

Early-Mid 1967: Artists Capture Resistance Life in South Vietnam

Together with artists on assignment in the North, artists based… ..Read More

August 1967
November 1967
1968
January 1968

January 1968: Nguyễn Thanh Châu Depicts the Tết Offensive in Saigon

At the end of January 1968, Nguyễn Thanh Châu witnessed the… ..Read More

January 1968

21 January 1968: The Battle of Khe Sanh

On 21 January 1968, two to three divisions of the… ..Read More

January 1968

30 January 1968: The Battle of Huế

By the end of January 1968, spelling the start of… ..Read More

January 1968

31 January 1968: The Tết Offensive Begins

On 31 January 1968, General Võ Nguyên Giáp launched a series… ..Read More

January 1968

31 January 1968: Battle of Quảng Trị City

The Tết Offensive, launched on 31 January 1968, aimed at… ..Read More

March 1968

March-May 1968: Nguyễn Thanh Minh Based at Dragon’s Jaw Bridge

During their studies at the Vietnam Fine Arts College, students… ..Read More

March 1968

March-June 1968: Trần Hữu Chất Documents the Bà Nà Ethnic Minority

In 1964, Trần Hữu Chất enlisted in the army once… ..Read More

March 1968

16 March 1968: The Mỹ Lai Massacre

On 16 March 1968, Charlie Company of the US 1st… ..Read More

March 1968

31 March 1968: President Lyndon B. Johnson Announces Bombing Halt in Vietnam

On 31 March 1968, US President Lyndon B. Johnson announced… ..Read More

July 1968

Mid-1968: Trenches and Guerrillas in South Vietnam

By mid-1968, the Second Indochina War had escalated into a… ..Read More

August 1968

August-December 1968: Bùi Quang Ánh Reveals Life on the Hồ Chí Minh Trail

In 1968, the Hanoi Fine Arts College was transformed into… ..Read More

November 1968

5 November 1968: Richard Nixon Elected 37th President of the United States

On 5 November 1968, Richard Milhous Nixon beat Hubert Humphrey… ..Read More

December 1968

December 1968: US Troop Numbers in Vietnam Reach Approximately 540,000

Approximately 540,000 American troops were recorded in Vietnam by December… ..Read More

1969
January 1969

January 1969: Lê Minh Trường on the Hồ Chí Minh Trail in the Trường Sơn Mountains

PhotographerLê Minh Trường was one of the most venerated photographers… ..Read More

March 1969

8 March 1969: Lê Lam in Long An Province

Between 1965 and 1974, Lê Lam took the advice of… ..Read More

March 1969

18 March 1969: Operation Menu and Secret Carpet Bombing in Cambodia

More than a year since the start of the Tết… ..Read More

April 1969

3 April 1969: Policy of “Vietnamisation” Announced by Melvin Laird

Secretary of Defense Melvin Laird announced the US government’s new… ..Read More

May 1969

10-20 May 1969: The Battle of Hamburger Hill

In May 1969, US involvement in Vietnam was at an… ..Read More

June 1969

21 June 1969: PAVN Soldiers Storm the US Tây Ninh Combat Base

After shelling for two days, approximately 600 People’s Army of… ..Read More

July 1969

25 July 1969: Nixon Doctrine Announced in Guam

On a stopover at the American air force base in… ..Read More

September 1969

2 September 1969: Hồ Chí Minh Dies in Hanoi

On 2 September 1969, Democratic Republic of Vietnam (DRV) President… ..Read More

October 1969

15 October 1969: Moratorium to End the War in Vietnam Demonstrations Around the World

With anti-war sentiment reaching fever-pitch in America and around the… ..Read More

November 1969

3 November 1969: President Nixon’s “Silent Majority” Speech

On 3 November 1969, President Nixon addressed the American nation… ..Read More

December 1969

1 December 1969: US Government Institutes Draft Lottery

Contrary to the new Nixon Doctrine, in which the Nixon… ..Read More

1970
January 1970
February 1970

20 February 1970: Kissinger begins secret talks with Lê Đức Thọ and Xuân Thùy

On 20 February 1970, Kissinger began secret talks with Lê… ..Read More

March 1970

18 March 1970: Cambodian Coup

On 18 March 1970, Cambodian Head of State Prince Norodom… ..Read More

April 1970
April 1970

30 April 1970: The Cambodian Campaign

On 30 April 1970, US President Richard Nixon publicly announced… ..Read More

May 1970

May-June 1970: Phan Kế An Sketches in the Tây Bắc

During the months of May and June, veteran artist Phan… ..Read More

May 1970

May 1970: Kent State University Shootings

On 4 May 1970, in direct opposition the US incursion… ..Read More

October 1970

October-December 1970: Phạm Đỗ Đồng’s Portraits of Guerrilla Commandos in South Vietnam

Immediately after leaving the Vietnam Fine Arts College, Phạm Đỗ… ..Read More

October 1970

October 1970: Proposed Ceasefire and Start of the Khmer Republic

On 7 October 1970, US President Richard Nixon proposed a ceasefire… ..Read More

October 1970

19 October-13 November 1970: The Tchepone Operation

By 1970, it was determined that the Royal Laos Armed… ..Read More

November 1970

12 November 1970: Calley Goes to Trial for Mỹ Lai Massacre

On 12 November 1970, 1st Lieutenant William “Rusty” Calley Junior… ..Read More

December 1970

Late 1970: Bùi Quang Ánh on the Hồ Chí Minh Trail in Savannakhet, Laos

In April 1970, Bùi Quang Ánh travelled south with poet… ..Read More

1971
February 1971

Early 1971: Bùi Quang Ánh Travels from Savannakhet, Laos, to Yên Bái Province

After spending over two months in Savannakhet, Laos, artist Bùi Quang… ..Read More

February 1971

8 February-25 March 1971: Operation Lam Sơn 719

On 8 February 1970, Operation Lam Sơn 719 (Chiến dịch Lam… ..Read More

March 1971

March 1971: Nguyễn Ðức Thọ and Operation Lam Sơn 719

In March 1971, Nguyễn Ðức Thọ – much like artist Bùi Quang… ..Read More

April 1971
June 1971

13 June 1971: The Pentagon Papers are Released

On 13 June 1971, The New York Times published leaked documents… ..Read More

July 1971

July 1971: Phạm Đỗ Đồng Sketches in An Giang Province

Like other artists such as Nguyễn Thanh Châu, Phạm Đỗ Đồng… ..Read More

August 1971

August 1971: Nguyễn Thanh Châu in the Sác Forest

After a nine-month journey down the Ho Chi Minh Trail… ..Read More

August 1971
September 1971

September 1971: The Opening of Vì Dân Hospital in Saigon

Bệnh Viện Vì Dân (often known in English at the… ..Read More

October 1971

3 October 1971: Nguyễn Văn Thiệu Re-elected as President of South Vietnam

On 3 October 1971, Nguyễn Văn Thiệu ran for re-election… ..Read More

November 1971

29 November 1971: North Vietnam Signs Agreement with the Soviet Union for Continued Support

The relationship triangle between the Soviet Union, China and North… ..Read More

1972
January 1972

Early 1972: Artists Capture Increased Military Mobilisation in South Vietnam

At the beginning of 1972, two months before the Easter… ..Read More

March 1972

Spring 1972: PAVN and NLF Soldiers Begin the Easter Offensive

In the spring of 1972, North Vietnamese forces launched the… ..Read More

May 1972

May-June 1972: Nguyễn Thanh Châu and Resistance Life in Tiền Giang Province

From May to June 1972, Nguyễn Thanh Châu continued his assignment… ..Read More

July 1972

July-October 1972: Trưóng Hiếu Documents Fighting and Destruction in Mỹ Tho Province

During the end stages of the Easter Offensive, Trưóng Hiếu was… ..Read More

October 1972

October-December 1972: Nguyễn Thế Vinh Continues his Assignment in the Central Highlands

During October through to December 1972, artist Nguyễn Thế Vinh continued… ..Read More

December 1972
1973
January 1973

27 January 1973: Paris Peace Accords Signed

After five years of tense negotiations, the Paris Peace Accords… ..Read More

February 1973

February 1973: Nguyễn Thanh Châu Captures a Scene of Hope int he Mekong Delta

After the Paris Peace Accords were signed on 27 January… ..Read More

April 1973

April 1973: Trưóng Hiếu Documents Guerrilla Life

After volunteering to join the People’s Army of Vietnam (PAVN)… ..Read More

May 1973

May 1973: Lê Lam Sketches a Female Guerrilla

Between 1965 and 1974, Lê Lam took the advice of… ..Read More

July 1973

July 1973: Lê Minh Trường on Active Patrol in Cà Mau Province

Photographer and war correspondent Lê Minh Trường was one of… ..Read More

September 1973

September 1973: Trịnh Kim Vinh Renders a Scene using Lithography

After her return to Vietnam after graduating from the Dresden… ..Read More

October 1973

October 1973: Nguyễn Thanh Châu Captures the PLAF at War

In the remaining years of the Second Indochina War, Nguyễn… ..Read More

1974
February 1974

February 1974: Phạm Đỗ Đồng and the Model Soldier of the Logistics Department

Artist Phạm Đỗ Đồng lived in the south of Vietnam… ..Read More

May 1974

May 1974: Phạm Đỗ Đồng and the “Soldiers of Emulation” in Tây Ninh Province

From 1969 until 1975, war artist Phạm Đỗ Đồng lived… ..Read More

July 1974

July 1974: Ngô Viễn Chí Battles “Fierce” Water to Deliver Supplies

In July 1974, artist Ngô Viễn Chí was stationed with… ..Read More

July 1974

July 1974: Nguyễn Ðức Thọ Attends a Party Cell Meeting

In the period between 1970 and 1975, Nguyễn Ðức Thọ… ..Read More

July 1974

Mid-July 1974: Phạm Đỗ Đồng at a Medical Camp in Tây Ninh Province

After his assignment to the southeastern provinces of South Vietnam,… ..Read More

September 1974

September 1974: Ngô Viễn Chí and the Daily Chores of Unit Đ814

In September 1974, Ngô Viễn Chí was still encamped within… ..Read More

October 1974
1975
January 1975

January 1975: Nguyễn Ðức Thọ Documents Defences in Hai Phong and Hạ Long

After years of aerial and naval bombardment by US aircraft… ..Read More

March 1975

15 March 1975: Bùi Quang Ánh Records Liberation Soldiers in The East Forest

At the beginning of March 1975, the People’s Army of… ..Read More

April 1975

17 April 1975: The Fall of Phnom Penh

By April 1975, the Khmer Republic was in chaos and… ..Read More

April 1975

End of April 1975: Nguyễn Thanh Châu Joins the March into Saigon

Towards the end of April 1975, forces from the People’s… ..Read More

April 1975

April-May 1975: Phạm Thanh Tâm Documents Liberated Saigon

The liberation of Saigon in April 1975 was the second… ..Read More

May 1975

Mid-May 1975: Phạm Thanh Tâm Continues to Document Liberated Saigon

After documenting the liberation of Saigon at the end of April… ..Read More

September 1975
1976
July 1976

2 July 1976: Socialist Republic of Vietnam Proclaimed

On 2 July 1976, Vietnam was united under one government… ..Read More

November 1976

2 November 1976: Jimmy Carter Elected President

On 2 November 1976, Jimmy Carter was elected the 39th… ..Read More

1977
January 1977

21 January 1977: President Carter Pardons 10,000 Vietnam War Draft Dodgers

Two days after being elected President of the United States,… ..Read More

May 1977
1978
April 1978

April 1978: Chinese-Hoa Minority Flee Vietnam

In April 1978, the Socialist Republic of Vietnam took increasingly… ..Read More

June 1978

June 1978: Sino-Vietnamese Relations Deteriorate After Vietnam Joins COMECON

In June 1978, Vietnam became the 10th member of COMECON,… ..Read More

November 1978

3 November 1978: Vietnam and the Soviet Union Sign a Treaty of Friendship

Amid reports of increased clashes between Vietnamese and Chinese forces… ..Read More

November 1978

End of November 1978: Chinese Exodus from Vietnam at an All-time High

With Sino-Vietnamese relations at their lowest in November 1978, the… ..Read More

December 1978

25 December 1978: Vietnam Invades Cambodia

On 25 September 1978, the People’s Army of Vietnam (PAVN)… ..Read More

1979
January 1979

7 January 1979: PAVN Forces Enter Phnom Penh

On 7 January 1979, the People’s Army of Vietnam (PAVN)… ..Read More

January 1979

8 January 1979: People’s Republic of Kampuchea Established

On 8 January 1979, the day after the People’s Army… ..Read More

February 1979

17 February 1979: China Invades Vietnam

On 17 February 1979, China invaded Vietnam, aiming to capture… ..Read More

April 1979
June 1979

June 1979: Artists Capture the Destruction at Đồng Đăng

In June 1979, three months after the end of the… ..Read More