25 Facts About Ho Chi Minh

1. Ho Chi Minh became the face of the revolution to the people of Vietnam.

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2. Ho Chi Minh was born Nguyen Sinh Cung on May 19, 1890, in a village in central Vietnam.

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3. Ho Chi Minh was both a Communist and a nationalist.

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4. Ho Chi Minh was born in on May 19, 1890, in central Vietnam.

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5. Ho Chi Minh was born Nguyen Sinh Cung on May 19, 1890, in Nghe An province in central Vietnam.

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6. Ho Chi Minh was the founder and first leader of the Vietnamese Communist Party.

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7. Ho Chi Minh was the most famous Vietnamese revolutionary and statesman of his time.

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8. Ho Chi Minh is very well known because of his rebellion against the rule of the French in Vietnam.

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9. Ho Chi Minh is very well known for his guerilla attacks against the French and American forces that were in the area and tried to intervene in the war.

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10. Ho Chi Minh had more than one name that he was called throughout his life.

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11. Ho Chi Minh is one of the best known Vietnamese of all time because of his leading role in the conflict between North and South Vietnam, known as the Vietnam War, which happened from 1954 to 1975.

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12. Ho Chi Minh was not initially replaced as President; instead a "collective leadership" composed of several ministers and military leaders took over, known as the Politburo.

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13. Ho Chi Minh ordered the building of a stilt house at the back of the palace, which is today known as the Presidential Palace Historical Site.

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14. In 1959, Ho Chi Minh began urging the Politburo to send aid to the Viet Cong in South Vietnam and a "people's war" on the South was approved at a session in January 1959 and this decision was confirmed by the Politburo in March.

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15. Ho Chi Minh replied that the Japanese officers were allies and friends whom he could not betray, therefore he walked out to seven more years of war.

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16. Ho Chi Minh repeatedly petitioned President Harry S Truman for support for Vietnamese independence, citing the Atlantic Charter, but Truman never responded.

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17. Ho Chi Minh was the senior Comintern agent in charge of Asian affairs.

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18. Ho Chi Minh moved to the Soviet Union and in Moscow studied and taught at the Lenin Institute.

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19. Ho Chi Minh chose to leave school in order to find a chance to go abroad.

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20. Ho Chi Minh had three siblings: his sister Bach Lien, a clerk in the French Army; his brother Nguyen Sinh Khiem (or Nguyen Tat Đat), a geomancer and traditional herbalist; and another brother (Nguyen Sinh Nhuan) who died in his infancy.

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21. Ho Chi Minh was born and given the name of Nguyen Sinh Cung in 1890 in the village of Hoang Tru (the name of the local temple near Lang Sen), his mother's village.

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22. Ho Chi Minh is known to have used at least 50 and perhaps as many as 200 pseudonyms.

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23. Ho Chi Minh officially stepped down from power in 1965 due to health problems.

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24. Ho Chi Minh led the Viet Minh independence movement from 1941 onward, establishing the Communist-ruled Democratic Republic of Vietnam in 1945 and defeating the French Union in 1954 at the battle of Đien Bien Phu.

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25. Ho Chi Minh was a key figure in the foundation of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam in 1945 as well as the People's Army of Vietnam and the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War.

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