Cold War Timeline

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  • The Red Scare

    The Red Scare refers to the fear of communism in the USA during the 1920’s. It is said that there were over 150,000 anarchists or communists in USA in 1920 alone and this represented only 0.1% of the overall population of the USA.
  • un created

    The name "United Nations", coined by United States President Franklin D. Roosevelt was first used in the Declaration by United Nations of 1 January 1942, during the Second World War, when representatives of 26 nations pledged their Governments to continue fighting together against the Axis Powers.
  • HUAC

    In January 1945 the special committee was transformed into a permanent standing committee of the House.
  • the yalta confrence

    The Yalta Conference was held in a resort town called Yalta on February 4th-11th in 1945. The "Big Three" met there to decide the fate of post-war Europe. The United States was represented by Franklin D. Roosevelt, Great Britain was represented by Winston Churchill, and Josef Stalin was there on the Soviet Union’s behalf. The goal of this conference was to discuss many aspects of the time
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  • Postdam Conference

    Potsdam Conference, a meeting in July 17–Aug. 2, 1945 of the principal Allies in World War II (the United States, the USSR, and Great Britain) to clarify and implement agreements previously reached at the Yalta Conference.
  • The Nuclear Arms Race

    The United States became the first country in the world to use nuclear weapons when they bombed Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945. These bombs had been dropped by planes but it soon became clear that it would be far more effective to use rockets as a means of delivering the weapon to its target.
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    The Cold War was the protracted ideological, geopolitical, and economic struggle that emerged after World War II between the global superpowers of the Soviet Union and the United States, supported by their military alliance partners. It lasted from the end of World War II until the period preceding the demise of the Soviet Union on December 25, 1991.
  • Truman Doctrine

    On March 12, 1947, Harry S. Truman, announced details to Congress of what eventually became known as the Truman Doctrine. His speech also included a request that Congress agree to give military and economic aid to Greece in its fight against communism
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    Begining 1947-1953: Joseph Stalin
  • The Marshall Plan

    On June 5, 1947, in a commencement address at Harvard University, George C. Marshall first called for American assistance in restoring the economic infrastructure of Europe.
  • holywood 10

    Roy M. Brewer was interviewed by the HUCA in October, 1947. He claimed that he knew 13 writers, actors and directors he said were involved in communist activities.
  • CIA

    President Truman recognized the need for a postwar, centralized intelligence organization. To make a fully functional intelligence office, Truman signed the National Security Act of 1947 establishing the CIA.
  • joseph mccarthy

    Joseph McCarthy was a United States Senator representing the state of Wisconsin. When World War II broke out, McCarthy enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corp. After the war, “Tail Gunner Joe” McCarthy successfully ran for the U.S. Senate seat representing Wisconsin.
  • Korean War

    On 25 June 1950, the young Cold War. Within a few days, North Korea's invasion of South Korea brought about a United Nations' "police action" against the aggressors.
  • u2 crisis

    In 1954 Frank Wisner of the CIA placed Richard Bissell in charge of developing and operating the U-2 spy plane. The U-2 was designed by Kelly Johnson
  • NASA

    It is 1957 and the U.S. and the Soviet Union are locked into the Cold War. The Soviet Union has just launched the world's first satellite, Sputnik.
  • Sputnik

    During 1957 to 1958, the Soviet Union and the United States held a meeting to promote the study and understanding of the Earth. The Soviets responded by launching the Sputnik 1 satellite on October 4, 1957. This was the first artificial satellite ever launched.
  • Vietnam War

    1959 -- April 30, 1975. The Vietnam War was the struggle between nationalist forces attempting to unify Vietnam under a communist government and the United States attempting to prevent the spread of communism.
  • vietnamization

    On July 25, during a press conference while visiting Guam, the President announced that the U.S. had plans to increase the training of South Vietnamese troops and bring the American soldiers home.
  • The Bay Of Pigs

    The Bay of Pigs Invasion was an unsuccessful attempt by United States-backed Cuban exiles to overthrow the government of the Cuban dictator Fidel Castro January 1961
  • Berlin wall

    August 13, 1961 -- November 9, 1989
    The Berlin Wall was built in the dead of night and for 28 years that kept East Germans from fleeing to the West. Its destruction, which was nearly as instantaneous as its creation, was celebrated around the world.
  • Cuban Missile Crisis

    In October 1962, an American U-2 spy plane secretly photographed nuclear missile sites being built by the Soviet Union on the island of Cuba.
  • tet offensive

    the rooftop of his rented house to witness a dazzling display of rockets and flares lighting the Saigon night sky. All around, the sound of battle during the early hours of 31 January 1968 heralded the arrival of the 1968 Tet Offensive. Armed with automatic weapons and hand grenades, the Admiral and his housemates waited for a ground assault which fortunately never came.
  • man on the moon

    December 1968 saw the launch of Apollo 8, the first manned space mission to orbit the moon, from NASA's massive launch facility on Merritt Island, On July 16, 1969, U.S. astronauts Neil Armstrong, Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin and Michael Collins set off on the Apollo 11 space mission, the first lunar landing attempt. After landing successfully on July 20, Armstrong became the first man to walk on the moon's surface; he famously called the moment "one small step for man, one
  • leaders of us

    Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush Senior was at the end of the Cold War in 1980
  • Warsaw pact

    In April 1985, the general secretaries of the communist and workers' parties of the Soviet Union, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, the German republic, Hungary, Poland, and Romania gathered in Warsaw to sign a protocol extending the effective term of the 1955 Treaty on Friendship
  • Berlin Blockade

    The Berlin blockade lasted 320 days as Great Britain and the United States supplied up to 13,000 tons of food, fuel, and other items daily in an airlift codenamed "Operation Vittles" to the West Berlin. A total of 200,000 flights were made and a total of 1.5 million tons in supplies were delivered. Finally, the blockade ended on May 12, 1949 and the Soviet Union gave in to Western plans.