Nguyễn Khánh

Nguyễn Khánh
Nguyễn Khánh 1964.jpg
2nd Chairman of the Military Revolutionary Council
In office
30 January 1964 – 8 February 1964
Preceded byDương Văn Minh
Succeeded byDương Văn Minh
In office
16 August 1964 – 27 August 1964
Preceded byDương Văn Minh
Succeeded byDương Văn Minh
8th Prime Minister of South Vietnam
In office
8 February 1964 – 29 August 1964
Preceded byNguyễn Ngọc Thơ
Succeeded byNguyễn Xuân Oánh
In office
3 September 1964 – 4 November 1964
Preceded byNguyễn Xuân Oánh
Succeeded byTrần Văn Hương
2nd President of the Government of Free Vietnam
In office
2005–2013
Preceded byNguyễn Hữu Chánh
Succeeded byPosition abolished
Personal details
Born(1927-11-08)November 8, 1927
Trà Vinh, French Indochina
(now Trà Vinh, Vietnam)
DiedJanuary 11, 2013(2013-01-11) (aged 85)
San Jose, California, U.S.
NationalitySouth Vietnamese
Spouse(s)Madame Khánh
Children6 children, 1 stepdaughter
Alma materFrench School
Military service
Allegiance State of Vietnam
Republic of Vietnam
Years of service1950–1965
RankĐại Tướng-Army 2.png General (Đại tướng)
Commands
  • 11th Mobile Group (1953–1954)
  • Vietnam Air Force (1955)
  • 1st Infantry Division (1956–1957)
  • II Corps (1962–1963)
  • I Corps (1963–1964)
Battles/wars

Nguyễn Khánh ([ŋwiəŋ˨˩˦ kʰan˦˥]; November 8, 1927 – January 11, 2013) was a South Vietnamese military officer and Army of the Republic of Vietnam general who served in various capacities as head of state and prime minister of South Vietnam while at the head of a military junta from January 1964 until February 1965. He was involved in or against many coup attempts, failed and successful, from 1960 until his defeat and exile from South Vietnam in 1965. Khánh lived out his later years with his family, in exile in the United States, and died of pneumonia and end-stage renal failure at a hospital in San Jose, California, on January 11, 2013.[1][2]

Early life and education

Khánh was born in Trà Vinh in the Mekong Delta region in the far south of Vietnam. His mother was a property manager in the Central Highlands resort town of Đà Lạt, and lived away from the family home in the deep south. Khánh's father was a wealthy landlord who lived in the Mekong Delta with a mistress, the popular cải lương performer Phùng Há.[3] Khánh was brought up by his de facto stepmother. Trà Vinh is a border town near Cambodia and the family moved between both countries. Khánh began his education in Cambodia and when he grew up, he moved to Saigon to study at an elite French school, boarding with wealthy relatives.[3]

Other Languages
Bân-lâm-gú: Nguyễn Khánh
español: Nguyễn Khánh
français: Nguyên Khanh
한국어: 응우옌카인
Bahasa Indonesia: Nguyen Khanh
italiano: Nguyễn Khánh
português: Nguyễn Khánh
русский: Нгуен Кхань
slovenščina: Nguyen Khanh
Tiếng Việt: Nguyễn Khánh
中文: 阮慶