• Yalta Conference

    Yalta Conference
    Meeting between Churchill, Roosvelt and Stalin
  • V E Day

    V E Day
    Germany surrenders to the Russian army
  • Potsdam Conference

    Potsdam Conference
    The Potsdam Conference formally divided Germany
  • Hiroshima

    United States dropped first atomic bomb
  • Nagasaki

    United States dropped second atomic bomb
  • V J Day

    V J Day
    WWII ended because the Japanese surrendered
  • Vietnam Independence

    Vietnam Independence
    Ho Chi Minh proclamed Vietnam an independent republic
  • Churchill's Iron Curtain Speech

    Churchill's Iron Curtain Speech
    Churchill delivers his "Sinews of Peace" speech, containing the famous phrase: "An Iron curtain has descended in Europe"
  • Formation of West Germany

    The French, USA and UK partitions of Germany were merged to form West Germany
  • Truman Doctrine

    President Truman promised to help countries facing a Communist takeover
  • Marshall Plan

    Marshall Plan
    This was a programme of economic aid by the US to any European country. The plan was rejected outright by Stalin and any Eastern Bloc country. So was only given to Western European Countries.
  • Berlin Blockade

    Berlin Blockade
    Russia’s response merger of French, USA and UK partitions of Berlin to cut all road and rail links. So those living in Western Berlin faced starvation. Food brought to Western Berliners by US and UK airplanes, an exercise known as the Berlin Airlift.
  • Berlin Blockade

    Russia ended the blockade of Berlin
  • NATO formed

    NATO formed
    The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation formed with member states Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Iceland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, the UK, and the US.
  • Korean War

    Korean War
    North Korea invaded South Korea.
  • Death of Stalin

    Death of Stalin
    Joseph Stalin died at the age of 74. He was succeeded by Nikita Khrushchev.
  • Korean War

    Korean War
    war ended. North Korea affiliated with Russia while South Korea was affiliated with the USA.
  • Geneva Accords

    Geneva Accords
    This set of documents divided Vietnam into North, led by communists, and South, led by the US, states.
  • Warsaw Pact

    Warsaw Pact
    The Warsaw Pact was formed with member states East Germany, Czechoslovakia, Poland, Hungary, Romania, Albania, Bulgaria, and the Soviet Union.
  • Suez Crisis

    Suez Crisis
    British and French forces invaded Egypt to regain control of the Suez Canal
  • Space Race

    Space Race
    USSR Sputnik II carried Laika the dog, the first living creature to go into space.
  • Space Race

    Space Race
    Russian cosmonaut Yuri Alekseyvich Gagarin became the first human being in space.
  • Bay of Pigs Invasion

    Bay of Pigs Invasion
    A force of Cuban exiles, trained by the CIA, aided by the US government attempted to invade Cuba, they failed.
  • Berlin Wall

    Berlin Wall
    Berlin wall was built and borders sealed between East and West Germany.
  • Cuban Missile Crisis

    Cuban Missile Crisis
    A US spy plane reported sighting the construction of a Soviet nuclear missile base in Cuba. a naval blockade was set up. The Russians agreed to remove the weapons.
  • JFK Assassination

    JF Kennedy was assassinated. Lee Harvey was arrested for the murder but there has always been speculation that there may have been communist or CIA complicity.
  • USSR

    Nikita Krushchev removed from office. He was replaced by Leonid Brezhnev.
  • Vietnam War

    Vietnam War
    150,000 US troops sent to Vietnam.
  • Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia

    Warsaw Pact forces entered Czechoslovakia in a bid to stop the reforms known as ‘Prague Spring’.
  • Space Race

    Space Race
    US launched Apollo 8 – first manned orbit of the Moon.
  • Space Race

    Space Race
    US Apollo 11 landed on the Moon and Neil Armstrong became the first man on the Moon.
  • Vietnam

    The Paris Peace Accords ended American involvement in Vietnam.
  • Cambodia Killing fields

    The Khmer Rouge took control of Cambodia. Any supporters of the former regime were executed in a genocide.
  • Vietnam

    North Vietnam invaded South Vietnam.
  • Apollo-Soyuz Test Project

    Apollo-Soyuz Test Project
    Joint space venture between USA and USSR heralded as an end to the ‘Space Race’.
  • Carter President

    Carter President
    Jimmy Carter became the President of the United States.
  • Afghanistan

    Soviet troops invaded Afghanistan
  • Olympic Boycott by USA

    Olympic Boycott by USA
    A number of countries including the USA boycotted the summer Olympics in protest at the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.
  • Olympic boycott by Russia

    Olympic boycott by Russia
    Russia and 13 allied countries boycotted the summer Olympics in retaliation for the US boycott of 1980.
  • Gorbachov leader of USSR

    Gorbachov leader of USSR
    Mikhail Gorbachov became leader of the Soviet Union
  • Chernobyl Disaster

    Chernobyl Disaster
    An explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. The worst nuclear disaster in history.
  • Glasnost and Perestroika

    Mikhail Gorbachev announced his intention to follow a policy of glasnost restructuring of government and economy. He also advocated free elections and ending the arms race.
  • Malta Summit

    Meeting between Mikhail Gorbachov and George H W Bush, beginning of the cold war
  • Afghanistan

    The last Soviet troops left Afghanistan.
  • Tiananmen Square

    Anti Communist protests were crushed by the government. The death count is unknown.
  • Fall of the Berlin wall

    Fall of the Berlin wall
    The Berlin wall was torn down
  • Velvet Revolution

    Velvet Revolution
    The Velvet Revolution was a series of peaceful protests that led to the overthrow of the Communist government.
    It finished in 12/29/1989
  • German reunification

    East and West Germany reunited as one country
  • End of Warsaw Pact

    The Warsaw Pact wich allied Communist countries was ended

    The Strategic Arms Reduction treaty was signed between Russia and the US
  • Gorbachev resigned

    Mikhail Gorbachev resigned.
  • End of Soviet Union

    End of Soviet Union
    Russia formally recognised the end of the Soviet Union