Cold War

  • Yalta Conference

    The Yalta Conference took place in a Russian resort town in the Crimea from Feb.4-11.
  • Potsdam Conference

    The "Big Three" leaders met at Potsdam, Germany, near Berlin. Clement Atlee, President Harry S. Truman, Joseph Stalin
  • Formation of the United Nations

    The United Nations officially came into existence when the Charter had been ratified by China, France, the Soviet Union, the United Kingdom, the United States and by a majority of other signatories. United Nations Day is celebrated on 24 October each year.
  • United States develop and utilize the Marshall Plan

    The Marshall Plan was the American program to aid Europe, in which the United States gave money support to help rebuild European economies after the end of World War II in order to prevent the spread of Communism.
  • Berlin Blockade

    One of the first major international crises of the Cold War and the first resulting in casualties
  • Formation of NATO

    NATO is a security alliance of 28 countries from North America and Europe.
  • Soviets develop atomic bomb

    President Harry S. Truman shocked the world when he announced that the Soviet Union had conducted a successful test of an atomic weapon the month before.
  • Mao Zedong gains control in China

    He founded the People's Republic of China in 1949, he also been one of the founders of the Chinese Communist party in 1921.
  • North Korean troops invade South Korea

    A war between the Republic of Korea (South Korea), and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea).
  • United States sends troops to Korea

    President Harry S. Truman announces that he is ordering U.S. air and naval forces to South Korea to aid the democratic nation in repulsing an invasion by communist North Korea.
  • Armistice of Korean War

    Neither sides could claim victory.
  • Soviets launch Sputnik

    The first man-made satellite was launched by the U.S.S.R.
  • Cuban missile crisis

    The United States armed forces were at their highest state of readiness ever and Soviet field commanders in Cuba were prepared to use battlefield nuclear weapons to defend the island if it was going to be invaded.