Cold War

  • Yalta Conference

    The Yalta Conference was a meeting between Winston Churchill, Soviet premier Joseph Stalin, and President Franklin D. Roosevelt. It happened near the end of WW2.
  • WW2 Ends in Europe

    This is the Day WW2 ended in Europe. Its also called V-Day.
  • Atomic Bombs on Nagasaki and Hiroshima

    Little Boy was dropped on Hiroshima. The Hiroshima Bomb effects had inspired Godzilla.
  • First East European Communist government set up in Albania

    The British military Urged th ecitizens to not let it happen. Enver Hoxha and Mehmet Shehu emerged as the dominant figures in Albania.
  • Communists seize power in Poland.

    Stalin had promised to set up a joint Communist/non-Communist government at Yalta, but then he invited 16 non-Communist leaders to Moscow and arrested them. Thousands of non-Communists were arrested, and the Communists won the 1947 election.
  • Truman Doctrine Announced

    The Truman Doctrine was an American foreign policy to stop Soviet imperialism during the Cold War. It was announced to Congress by President Harry S. Truman on March 12, 1947 when he pledged to contain Soviet threats to Greece and Turkey.
  • Berlin Airlift begins

    At the end of the Second World War, U.S., British, and Soviet military forces divided and occupied Germany. Also divided into occupation zones, Berlin was located far inside Soviet-controlled eastern Germany.
  • North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) established

    The North Atlantic Treaty Organization was created in 1949. By the United States, Canada, and several Western European nations to provide collective security against the Soviet Union.
  • Soviet Union explodes its first atomic bom

    At a remote test site at Semipalatinsk in Kazakhstan, the USSR successfully detonates its first atomic bomb, code name “First Lightning.” The atomic Explosion equaled 20 kilatons.
  • Communists win Chinese Civil War.

    During the war, China had lost 2.2 million military men. It had also lost more than 20 million civilians.
  • U.S. and other U.N. members fight North Korean forces

    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. Truman also deployed the U.S. 7th Fleet to Formosa (Taiwan) to guard against invasion by communist China and ordered an acceleration of military aid to French forces fighting communist guerrillas in Vietnam.
  • U.S. sponsored coup overthrows Iranian government

    Mosaddeq came to prominence in Iran in 1951 when he was appointed premier. A fierce nationalist, Mosaddeq immediately began attacks on British oil companies operating in his country.
  • U.S. sponsored coup overthrows Guatemalan Government.

    a CIA-backed coup overthrew the elected government of Guatemala. President Eisenhower's Secretary of State, John Foster Dulles, accused the Guatemalan president of installing "a communist-type reign of terror" and plotting to spread Communism throughout the region.
  • Southeast Asia Treaty Organization (SEATO) formed

    The Southeast Asia Treaty Organization was an international organization for collective defense in Southeast Asia. signed in September 1954 in Manila, Philippines
  • Warsaw Pact formed

    The Warsaw Pact was a collective defense treaty among Soviet Union and seven Soviet satellite states in Central and Eastern Europe.Czechoslovak leaders had no intention of leaving the Warsaw Pact, but Moscow felt it could not be certain exactly what Prague's intentions were.
  • First Summit Meeting between President Dwight Eisenhower and Premier Nikita Khrushchev

    Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev and President Dwight D. Eisenhower offer their opinions as to the importance and meaning of their talks. Both men were optimistic that progress had been made in easing Cold War tensions.
  • Red Army crushes the Hungarian Revolution

    Following nearly two weeks of protest and political instability in Hungary, Soviet tanks and troops viciously crush the protests. Thousands were killed and wounded, and nearly a quarter-million Hungarians fled the country.
  • Soviets launch first man‑made satellite

    Soviet Union successfully launched Sputnik I. The world's first artificial satellite was about the size of a beach ball.
  • Fidel Castro becomes premier of Cuba, installs Communist government

    Cuban leader Fidel Castro established the first communist state in the Western Hemisphere after leading an overthrow of the military dictatorship of Fulgencio Batista in 1959. He ruled over Cuba for nearly five decades.
  • Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba

    1400 Cuban exiles launched what became a botched invasion at the Bay of Pigs on the south coast of Cuba. In 1959, Fidel Castro came to power in an armed revolt that overthrew Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista.
  • East Germany builds Berlin Wall

    Two days after sealing off free passage between East and West Berlin with barbed wire. East German authorities begin building a wall.
  • Sino‑Soviet Conflict begins

    The Sino-Soviet border conflict was a seven-month undeclared military conflict. Between the Soviet Union and China at the height of the Sino-Soviet split in 1969.
  • Cuban Missile Crisis.

    The Cuban Missile Crisis, also known as the October Crisis, the Caribbean Crisis, or the Missile Scare, was a 13-day confrontation between the United States and the Soviet Union concerning Soviet ballistic missiles deployment in Cuba