On this day in history, September 2, 1945... Vietnamese revolutionary leader Hồ Chí Minh declared independence from France and announced the creation of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam from Hanoi’s Ba Dinh square. In his speech, Hồ Chí Minh quoted verbatim from America’s 1776 Declaration of Independence: "All men are created equal. They are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, among them are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness." By the 1960s, America was supporting Nguyễn Cao Kỳ, who had fought with the French against his own people. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. began to speak out about Vietnam and explained the history of Vietnam and the war, which made him incredibly unpopular among establishment political circles in America.