Cold War timeline

  • Yalta Conference

    Yalta Conference
    A conference between Great Britain, the USA, and the USSR over what to do with post war Europe. Many things were talked about including the formation of the UN. They disagreed on what should happen regarding the control of Poland.
  • USA drops Atomic Bombs

    USA drops Atomic Bombs
    The US drops the first of two atomic bombs on Japan.
  • Japan Surrenders, end of WWII

    Japan Surrenders following the 2nd atomic bomb.
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  • US announces Marshall Plan

    The US releases their plan to give aid to European economies after WWII.
  • Soviets detonate first nuclear bomb

    Soviets detonate first nuclear bomb
    Soviets detonate their first atomic bomb nicknamed "First Lightning" in Semey, Kazakhstan.
  • Korean War starts

    Korean War starts
    With the Soviet Union in power in North Korea, installing a communist government, they invaded South Korea. The US came to South Koreas aid, and a war financed by the US and the USSR was fought in Korea.
  • Korean War ends

  • Cuba taken over by Fidel Castro

    Fidel Castro takes over Cuba and turns it into the only Communist country in the western hemisphere.
  • Bay of Pigs Invasion

    Bay of Pigs Invasion
    In a secret attempt to overthrow Fidel Castro run Cuba, the US sent a force of trained Cuban exiles to the "Bay of Pigs". They had a plan to arouse the Cuban population in rebellion against Castro. Unfortunately, it completely failed.
  • The Cuban Missile Crisis

    The Cuban Missile Crisis
    As tension between the US and the Soviet Union escalated, US intelligence noticed the construction of missile silos in Cuba. The White House, fearing the Soviets may be planning an offensive began to stress out. Both sides were very close to nuclear war, but thankfully they withdrew.
  • President Kennedy assinated

    President Kennedy was shot in Texas.
  • Gulf of Tonkin Incident

    A US ship called "The Maddox" was attacked by 3 Vietnamese torpedo boats. A small conflict ensued, involving the deaths of a couple Vietnamese but no Americans.