Cold War Timeline

  • Mao Zedong takes control of China

    Mao Zedong the leader of the communist national party emerges as leader under the peoples Republic of Cina. He believes in a theory of "The Great Leap Forward" that ultimately fails.
  • Korean War

    The war begins after North Korea invades South Korea. The Unitred Nations intervenes in favor of the South Koreans. After 3 years of fighting North Korea eventually agrees to a peace agreement.
  • Soviet Invasion of Hungary

    Hungary people rebelled against the soviets through rallies. Hungary dropped out of United nations to become neutral. The Soviets followed by invading hungary and a new government established.
  • Vietnam War

    Another battle between North and South. Communist forces supported Northern Vietnam While the United States supported Southern.the united States cuts is losses and Southern Vietnam is eventually defeated.
  • Cuban Missile Crisis

    the Soviet union decided to have Nuclear warheads in Cuba so they would be able to attack the US if they wanted. The US is angered and the world comes the closest it has ever been to nuclear war.
  • Fidel Castro takes over Cuba

    Fidel Castro came back with a rebel regime he had organized while being exiled in Mexico. After a few years of revolution the leader of Cuba at the time fled and Castros regime took over.
  • Bay of Pigs Invasion

    The United States attempterd to aid cuban exiles in overthrowing Castro. Idea was to get natives to follow exiles. The plan failed and the exiles all killed or taken prisoner.
  • Soviet Invasion of Czeckoslavakia

    When Czeckoslavakia rejected the warsaw pact and decided the west was not an enemy the other countries of the warsaw pact took action, The Soviets used a sort of blitzkrieg attack and tool the counry in a matter of days.
  • SALT Treaty Talks

    The US and Soviets agree to limit the production of warheads. The talks are called the Strategic Arms Limitation treaties or talks.
  • Nixon Visits China

    President Richard Nixon is the first president to visit China. He meets with Mao Zedong and they agree on more polite diplomatic terms between the two countries.
  • Civil War in Nicaragua

    People became increasingly angry with the dictatorship of Somoza. Somoza controls things through the National Guard. the National Guard publicly assasinates an ABC reporter on american TV. We cease aid to Somoza and the Sadinista grouo takes over.
  • Revolution in Iran

    The monarchy is unexpectedly overthrown. Emerging out of the conflict is the an Islamic Republic.
  • Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan

    The soviets decide to jam communications impersonate afghans and infiltrate the capital. From there the afghan ruler is executed by the other afghans for tyranny.
  • Iran/Iraq War

  • Mikhail Gorbachev takes control of USSR

    The USSR collapses during his leadership. He is a large reason for the end of the cold war and received a Nobel Peace Prize.
  • Fall of the Berlin Wall

    A wall representing part of the iron curtain. In 1989 visitors are allowed between each and people begin to destroy the wall.
  • Soviet Union Falls Apart

    Gorbachev attempts umerous economic changes that lead to the dissolution of communism and the fall of the Soviets.