Comparative Timeline: Elvis and Vietnam

Neil Freeman, 2005
timeline with hyperlinks

 
1945
Ho Chi Minh declares the Independence of Vietnam, creates provisional government. First American dies in Vietnam.
Elvis gets his first guitar.
1947
 
1950
US sends $15 million in military to aid France in Indochina Wars.
Elvis makes first recordings at Sun Studio, Memphis, Tennessee.
1953
Elvis' first singles are released by Sun. He begins to shake his hips during concerts.
1954
Elvis' TV debut on "Louisiana Hayride," signed to RCA late in the year.
1955
Ngo Dinh Diem declares the Republic of Vietnam (South Vietnam) independent.
Elvis tops charts with "Heartbreak Hotel." Stars in Love Me Tender.
1956
French leave Vietnam.
Elvis buys Graceland Mansion in Memphis, Tennessee.
1957
Communist insurgency into South Vietnam begins.
Elvis drafted into US Army.
1958
Elvis is discharged from the Army and appears in GI Blues.
1960
Vietcong formed.
Elvis performs at Pearl Harbor to raise money for the USS Arizona memorial.
1961
Kennedy sends Green Berets into Vietnam.
Priscilla Beaulieu moves to Graceland
1963
President Diem of South Vietnam overthown and assassinated.
Viva Las Vegas released.
1964
Congress passes the Gulf of Tonkin resolution.
Elvis meets Beatles.
1965
Operation Rolling Thunder begins. US troop level: 62,500 and rising.
Elvis marries Priscilla Beaulieu.
1967
Troop level: 463,000.
Lisa Marie Presley born. Elvis stars in Las Vegas Comeback TV special.
1968
Tet Offensive, My Lai massacre, Paris peace talks begin. Troop level: 495,000.
Elvis appears in his last film, Change of Habit. His four-week engagement at the International Hotel in Las Vegas is wildly successful.
1969
Nixon begins bombing Cambodia, Vietnamization announced. Troop level peaks at 543,400.
1970
The US invades Cambodia. Troop level: 280,000
Elvis named "One of the Ten Outstanding Young Men of the Nation" by the United States Junior Chamber of Commerce (Jaycees).
1971
South Vietnam and the US invade Laos to disrupt the Ho Chi Minh trail.
Elvis & Priscilla divorce.
1972
Christmas bombing of North Vietnam. Troop level down to 69,000.
Elvis hospitalized in Memphis for pnuemonia, pleurisy, an enlarged colon and hepetitis.
1973
Cease-fire signed in Paris, American troops exit Vietnam, Henry Kissinger & Le Duc Tho awarded Nobel peace prize. Last US troops withdraw.
Elvis takes his first flight on his jet Lisa Marie.
1975
Saigon falls to North Vietnam.
Elvis dies on August 16.
1977