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Sunday, 30 April, 2000, 00:51 GMT 01:51 UK
Chronology of American war in Vietnam

American military advisers had been in Vietnam since the late 1950s, but what became the American war began in 1964.

Following a series of naval clashes in the Gulf of Tonkin, the United States Congress gave President Johnson broad authority to conduct the war.

Seven months later, the first American combat troops landed.

By the end of 1965, American aircraft were bombing North Vietnam and the first anti-war demonstrations had taken place in the United States.

At the height of the war, half-a-million Americans were fighting in Vietnam.

In 1969, President Nixon announced plans to withdraw U.S. forces.

The last Americans were evacuated from their embassy in Saigon as the city fell to communist forces twenty five years ago today.

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