Cold War Timeline

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    Nuclear Arms Race

    The nuclear arms race was a competition for supremacy in nuclear warfare between the United States, the Soviet Union, and their respective allies during the Cold War. During the Cold War, in addition to the American and Soviet nuclear stockpiles, other countries developed nuclear weapons, though none engaged in warhead production on nearly the same scale as the two superpowers.
  • Yalta Conference

    Yalta Conference
    the wartime meeting of the heads of government of the United States, the United Kingdom, and the Soviet Union, represented by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Prime Minister Winston Churchill, and General Secretary Joseph Stalin, respectively, for the purpose of discussing Europe's post-war reorganization.
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    Leaders of the Cold War

    John F. Kennedy- the 35nd President of the United States and was active during the Cold War.

    Joseph Stalin- a leader of the USSR who was big around the end of WW2.

    Mikhail Gorbachev- a leader of the USSR at around the end of the Cold War.

    Harry S. Truman- the US President that issued the order to drop the bomb on Hiroshima.
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    Potsdam Conference

    It was a conference held in Potsdam in the summer of 1945 where Roosevelt, Stalin, and Churchill drew up plans for the administration of Germany and Poland after World War II ended.
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    UN created
    The United Nations officially came into existence on 24 October 1945, when the Charter had been ratified by China, France, the Soviet Union, the United Kingdom, the United States and by a majority of other signatories
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    The Second Red Scare

    The second Red Scare occurred after World War II, and was popularly known as "McCarthyism" after its most famous supporter and namesake, Senator Joseph McCarthy. McCarthyism coincided with increased popular fear of communist espionage consequent to a Soviet Eastern Europe, the Berlin Blockade, the Chinese Civil War, the confessions of spying for the Soviet Union given by several high-ranking U.S. government officials, and the Korean War.
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    Joseph McCarthy

    He was a senator in office that caused McCarthyism which was the practice of making unsubstantiated accusations of disloyalty or Communist leanings
  • Truman Doctrine

    Truman Doctrine
    a speech by U.S. President Harry S Truman stating that the U.S. would support Greece and Turkey with economic and military aid to prevent their falling into the Soviet sphere.[
  • Hollywood 10

    Hollywood 10
    people who refused to cooperate ad were sentenced to short prison terms
  • Marshall Plan

    Marshall Plan
    On April 3, 1948, President Truman signed the Economic Recovery Act of 1948. It became known as the Marshall Plan, named for Secretary of State George Marshall, who in 1947 proposed that the United States provide economic assistance to restore the economic infrastructure of postwar Europe.
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    Berlin Blockade/ Berlin Airlift

    A military operation in the late 1940s that brought food and other needed goods into West Berlin by air after the government of East Germany, which at that time surrounded West Berlin, had cut off its supply routes
  • China falls to communism

    China falls to communism
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    Korean War

    the war, begun on June 25, 1950, between North Korea, aided by Communist China, and South Korea, aided by the United States and other United Nations members forming a United Nations armed force: truce signed July 27, 1953
  • Warsaw Pact

    Warsaw Pact
    an organization formed in Warsaw, Poland, comprising Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, East Germany, Hungary, Poland, Romania, and the U.S.S.R., for collective defense under a joint military command.
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    Vietnam War

    a conflict, starting in 1954 and ending in 1975, between South Vietnam (later aided by the U.S., South Korea, Australia, the Philippines, Thailand, and New Zealand) and the Vietcong and North Vietnam.
  • Sputnik

    Sputnik
    the first artificial satellite; launched by the soviets
  • Space Race

    Space Race
    The Space Race grew out of the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union, the most powerful nations after World War II. For a half-century, the two superpowers competed for primacy in a global struggle pitting a democratic society against totalitarian communism.
  • NASA

    NASA
    the federal agency that institutes and administers the civilian programs of the U.S. government that deal with aeronautical research and the development of launch vehicles and spacecraft.
  • HUAC

    HUAC
    The House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) was an investigative committee in the United States House of Representatives which was meant to look into suspected cases of subversion and disloyalty to the United States government.
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    Bay of Pigs

  • Berlin Wall

    Berlin Wall
    A wall that separated West Berlin, Germany, from East Germany, which surrounded it until 1989. At the end of World War II, the victorious Allies divided Berlin, the German capital, into four sectors.
  • CIA

    CIA
    On Oct. 14, 1962, American intelligence discovered from photos taken during high-altitude spy flights that Soviet missile sites, which would soon be ready to fire nuclear weapons, were under construction in Cuba. From the beginning the Kennedy Administration determined that the missile sites would have to be removed. Not only were the sites extremely close to the U.S., but their presence in Cuba might cause other nations to question the U.S. resolve to defend the "Free World" against the Soviet
  • Cuban Missile Crisis

    Cuban Missile Crisis
    A confrontation between the United States and the Soviet Union in 1962 over the presence of missile sites in Cuba
  • Tet offensive

    Tet offensive
    The Tet Offensive was a series of surprise attacks by the Vietcong (rebel forces sponsored by North Vietnam) and North Vietnamese forces, on scores of cities, towns, and hamlets throughout South Vietnam. It was considered to be a turning point in the Vietnam War.
  • Man on he Moon

    Man on he Moon
    American Neil Armstrong has become the first man to walk on the Moon.
  • Vietnamization

    Vietnamization
    a US government policy of transferring the tasks of fighting and directing the war to the government and forces of South Vietnam
  • Kent State shootings

    Kent State shootings
    The Kent State massacre angered many and incited additional protests at schools across the country.
  • Vietnam (communism)

    Vietnam (communism)