Cold War

  • Potsdam Conference

    Potsdam Conference
    The UK, US, and USSR discuss the fate of Germany. Stalin lies about giving free elections.
  • Nuking of Hiroshima

    Nuking of Hiroshima
    When the Manhattan Project was complete, Harry S. Truman authorized the bombing of Hiroshima in order to force the Japanese to surrender.
  • Nuking of Nagasaki

    Nuking of Nagasaki
    Shortly after, a second bomb was dropped, killing many.
  • Long Telegram

    Long Telegram
    Telegram to the US government detailing what the culture of the USSR is and why they are doing this.
  • Iron Curtain Speech

    Iron Curtain Speech
    Winston Churchill gave a speech in the US about the 'Iron Curtain,' the territory of the USSR
  • Truman Doctrine

    Truman Doctrine
    The Truman Doctrine stated that the US would give aid to countries devastated by WWII.
  • Marshall Plan

    Marshall Plan
    To prevent the development of communism in countries devastated by WWII, Congress approved the Marshall plan to give aid to those countries.
  • Berlin Blockade

    Berlin Blockade
    6/14/1948 - 5/12/1949 The soviets tried to kill the Allies' part of Berlin by blockading supplies from getting in to West Berlin.
  • Alger Hiss Case

    Alger Hiss Case
    A victim of McCarthyism, Alger Hiss was convicted of Soviet espionage in 1948.
  • NATO Agreement

    NATO Agreement
    Many countries banded together to fight soviet rule.
  • The Berlin Airlift

    The Berlin Airlift
    6/14/1948 - 5/12/1949 The U.S. decided to help civilians of East Berlin survive after the USSR blockaded the city.
  • First Soviet Bomb Test

    First Soviet Bomb Test
    The Soviets had developed a nuclear bomb much faster than expected, leading to McCarthyism in the US
  • Chinese Communist Revolution

    Chinese Communist Revolution
    The Chinese revolted and instituted Communism
  • The Hollywood 10

    The Hollywood 10
    The Hollywood 10 is a short film where 10 blacklisted screenwriters, directors, actors, etc. (they were accused of being communists) denounced McCarthyism.
  • Korean War & Korean Armistice

    Korean War & Korean Armistice
    The Korean Armistice is the resolution to the Korean War, where South and North Korea split into different countries and ceased to fight.
  • Rosenberg Trial

    Rosenberg Trial
    7/17/1950-6/19/1953. In 1950, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were accused of spying for the Soviet Union. They were convicted and executed, which was a surprise to many. Many defenders claimed the trial was a case of communism paranoia.
  • Battle of Dien Bien Phu

    Battle of Dien Bien Phu
    Mar 13, 1954 – May 7, 1954. The battle of Dien Bien Phu marked the end of France's rule of Indochina and led to Vietnam being divided along the 17th parallel.
  • Army-McCarthy Hearings

    Army-McCarthy Hearings
    April-June 1954, The US Army claimed they were being blackmailed by US senator Joseph McCarthy into supporting his aides. McCarthy claimed they were communists.
  • Hungarian Revolution

    Hungarian Revolution
    The Hungarian Revolution saw Hungary (under soviet control) start to rebel. They were eventually silenced by the USSR.
  • U-2 Incident

    U-2 Incident
    A US recon plane gathering intel from inside the Soviet Union was shot down on May 1st, 1960. The relations between the US and USSR were growing softer until then.
  • Bay of Pigs Invasion

    Bay of Pigs Invasion
    4/17/1961-4/20/1961. Another instance of natives resisting communism, Cuban exiles started an invasion to prevent Fidel Castro's rule. It failed.
  • Berlin Wall

    Berlin Wall
    8/13/1961 - 11/9/1989. The Soviets constructed a wall surrounding Allied West Berlin to 'prevent fascism from spreading' and wasn't destroyed until 1989
  • Cuban Missile Crisis

    Cuban Missile Crisis
    10/16/1962 - 11/20/1962. The closest the world came to nuclear war. Since the US had placed nukes in Turkey, (close enough to strike the USSR) Fidel Castro implored the Soviets to place nukes in Cuba, (close enough to strike the US) which they did. Eventually, the conflict was resolved with both parties removing their nuclear missiles from both countries.
  • Assassination of John F. Kennedy

    Assassination of John F. Kennedy
    President John F. Kennedy was fatally shot by former US Marine Harvey Lee Oswald on November 22nd, 1963.
  • Tonkin Gulf Resolution

    Tonkin Gulf Resolution
    President Lyndon B. Johnson's 'blank check.' He can use everything in his power to prevent the spread of communism in Vietnam.
  • Tet Offensive

    Tet Offensive
    Jan 31, 1968 – Sep 23, 1968 Vietcong got the drop on US forces. Even though they were eventually driven back, this was seen as a failure of US intel and demoralized the country.
  • Democratic Convention Riots 1968

    Democratic Convention Riots 1968
    Aug 26, 1968 – Aug 29, 1968. 10,000 protesters came to show their condemnation of the Vietnam war. Dozens of thousands of police and the national guard came to beat and arrest them.
  • Kent State Shootings

    Kent State Shootings
    In Kent state, police and national guard shot and killed 4 people along with injuring 9 others, which sparked outrage among the student public.
  • Ceasefire in Vietnam

    Ceasefire in Vietnam
    Finally, parties in the Vietnam War signed an agreement to cease fire. It didn't mark the end of the war, however.
  • Fall of Saigon

    Fall of Saigon
    In 1975 the North Vietnamese captured the city of Saigon, marking the end of the Vietnam War.
  • Ronald Reagan elected

    Ronald Reagan elected
    In the election of 1980, Ronald Reagan was elected president.
  • Strategic Defense Initiative announced

    Strategic Defense Initiative announced
    Ronald Reagan claimed the US had a missile defense system that could prevent nukes from reaching the United States. (We didn't.) He was trying to scare the Soviet Union
  • 'Tear Down This Wall' Speech

    'Tear Down This Wall' Speech
    In an unusual move after peaceful negotiations with Gorbachev, Ronald Reagan called for Gorbachev to tear down the Berlin Wall.
  • Fall of the Berlin Wall

    Fall of the Berlin Wall
    After years of solitude, the Berlin Wall was finally taken down and separated families could return. This marked the beginning of the dissolution of the Soviet Union.