Overthrow of Ngo Dinh Diem

The November 1963 military coup deposing South Vietnamese President Ngo Dinh Diem was done with the approval of the Kennedy Administration, in the hope that a more popular government would be formed.

Part 1: The Streets of Saigon on the Morning of the Coup

A CBS newsreel shows the streets of Saigon on the morning of the military coup that overthrew South Vietnam's first president, Ngo Dinh Diem.

Part 2: South Vietnamese Marines Enter Gia Long Palace

On the morning of the coup overthrowing Ngo Dinh Diem, South Vietnamese marines stormed the presidential palace, while TV cameras were rolling, only to find that it was empty.

Part 3: JFK on the Loss of Confidence in Ngo Dinh Diem

In a special 1963 Labor Day interview with Walter Cronkite, President John F. Kennedy explained his administration's loss of confidence in South Vietnamese leader Ngo Dinh Diem.

Part 4: The Defiant Statement of Madame Nhu

Madame Nhu was South Vietnam's de facto first lady. On the day of the coup, she held a press conference in which she sharply criticized those who supported Diem's overthrow.