Cold War Events

  • House Un-American Committee formed

    House Un-American Committee formed
    Although HUAC investigated disloyalty among fascists as well as communists, it concentrated almost exclusively on the latter.
  • Yalta Conference

    Yalta Conference
    The "Big Three" agreed to meet to discuss war strategy and issues that would affect the postwar world.
  • Potsdam Conference

    Potsdam Conference
    The "Big Three" meet again and discussed post-war arrangements in Europe with few agreements.
  • United Nations Formation

    United Nations Formation
    A coalition of 26 nations that signed a joint declaration pledging their full resources to defeating the Axis powers
  • Truman Doctrine

    Truman Doctrine
    It was a promise to Greece saying America would help fight against the Soviets to stop the spread of Communism.
  • Marshall Plan

    Marshall Plan
    The US donated $13 million to Europe to help stand againt the Soviet Union for communism.
  • Berlin Airlift

    Berlin Airlift
    The Berlin Airlift was the response of the Western Allies to the Soviet Union shutting down access to Berlin in June 1948. America dropped tons and tons of food from airplaines each day to help Berlin.
  • Korean War

    Korean War
    North Korea invaded South Korea to try and spread communism. That immediately produced heavy military and naval involvement by the United States.
  • Armistice Signed ending Korean War

    Armistice Signed ending Korean War
    On July 27, 1953, the Korean War ended when the United States, China, and North Korea signed an armistice. The President of South Korea did not sign but agreed to abide by the agreement.
  • Warsaw Pact

    Warsaw Pact
    Treaty between Albania, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, East Germany, Hungary, Poland, Romania, and the Soviet Union about giving aid to anyone going against foreign countries.
  • Sputnik 1 Launched

    Sputnik 1 Launched
    The first Earth-orbiting artificial satilite.
  • First Man in Space

    First Man in Space
    Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first human in space, making a 108-minute orbital flight in his Vostok 1 spacecraft.
  • First American in Space

    First American in Space
    On May 5, 1961, Mercury Astronaut Alan B. Shepard, Jr. (blasted off in his Freedom 7 capsule atop a Mercury-Redstone rocket. His 15-minute sub-orbital flight made him the first American in space
  • First man on the Moon

    First man on the Moon
    Neil Armstrong became the first human to step on the moon. He and Aldrin walked around for three hours leaving an American Flag on the moon.