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Five Important Events of the 1960s Assassinations During the 1960s the world was hit with four different assassinations of some of the leaders in the world who were out to change the way things were Although some disagreed to the changes that they were trying to do and even threatened them they still continued to pursue their idea of change Ngo Dinh Diem became the first president of South Vietnam in 1956 he was a catholic who opposed Communism and sought for an independent Vietnam while it was under French power Although he was viewed as brutal corrupt and prejudice against non-Catholics and Buddhists he did however help make Vietnam an independent country from France and help prevent Communist rule over all of Vietnam In 1933 Ngo Dinh Diem was appointed Minister of the Interior by Emperor Bao Dai at the same time during the 1930s Ngo Dinh Diem began to disapprove of the French rule over Vietnam He decided to leave the government and follow the many Vietnamese nationalists who were also against French rule In 1950 he left Vietnam and headed for the US after Vietnam had fallen under rule of Viet Minh in August of 1945 seeing Communism as a threat to his values as a Catholic and to an independent Vietnam President Dwight D Eisenhowers administration fearing Communist takeovers in Southeast Asia saw Ngo Dinh Diem as a Vietnamese nationalist capable of overturning Communist Viet Minh In 1954 Viet Minh defeated the French and he won control of Northern Vietnam thus splitting the country in half Southern Vietnam remained under the control of Emperor Bao Dai who was supported by the US greatly The US appointed Ngo Dinh Diem as Prime Minister under Bao Dai In 1956 elections were held in South Vietnam and Ngo Dinh Diem was elected the first president of the newly established Republic of Vietnam South Vietnam The US military was sent into
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