Cold war timeline

  • Potsdam Conference

    Potsdam Conference
    Conference at the end of the war in Europe between the U.S., Russia, and the UK. Discussion of post war Germany. Stalin promises free elections in Eastern Europe.
  • Atomic Bombs

    Atomic Bombs
    Two bombs were dropped on Japan. The first bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. The second bomb was dropped on Nagasaki.
  • Long Telegram

    Long Telegram
    George F. Kennan sent a 5,500 word telegram to James Byrnes talking about a new strategy of diplomatic relations with the Soviet Union.
  • Iron Curtain Speech

    Iron Curtain Speech
    The Iron curtain speech was delivered by former British Prime minister Winston Churchill. This speech stressed the necessity for Britain and the United States to act as the guardians of peace and stability against the menace of Soviet Communism.
  • Molotov Plan

    Molotov Plan
    The Molotov Plan was the system created by the Soviet Union in 1947 to provide aid to rebuild the countries in Eastern Europe that were politically and economically aligned with the Soviet Union.
  • Truman Doctrine

    Truman Doctrine
    The Truman Doctrine was informally extended to become the basis of American Cold War policy throughout Europe and around the world.
  • The Hollywood 10

    The Hollywood 10
    The Hollywood 10 were 10 motion-picture producers, directors, and screenwriters who appeared before the House Un-American Activities Committee in October 1947, refused to answer questions regarding their possible communist affiliations
  • Marshall Plan

    Marshall Plan
    The Marshall Plan, also known as the European Recovery Program was a U.S. program providing aid to Western Europe following the devastation of World War II.
  • Berlin Airlift

    Berlin Airlift
    After the Soviets created the blockade on all train tracks, roads, and waterways to prevent people from going to allied parts of Berlin, this also cut off all food supply for them. The U.S. and Britain responded by airlifting food, fuel, and other necessities from allied airbases in Western Germany.
  • Berlin Blockade

    Berlin Blockade
    The soviets sealed off West Berlin so the Germans would run out of food as well as resources they needed in order to survive. The Soviets turned off power, gas to heat their house, as well as any way to get food.
  • Chinese Communist Revolution

    Chinese Communist Revolution
    This was a conflict led by the Chinese communist party and Mao Zedong. The communists later gained control of mainland China and established the People's Republic of China, forcing the leadership of the republic of China to retreat to the island of Taiwan.
  • N.A.T.O

    N.A.T.O. was an intergovernmental treaty organization, it was a military alliance between 28 European countries and 2 North American countries.
  • First Soviet Bomb Test

    First Soviet Bomb Test
    The Soviet Union tested their first atomic bomb known as Joe-1. This surprised the United States as they didn't think Russia would have developed a nuclear weapon so soon.
  • Chinese Communist Revolution

    Chinese Communist Revolution
    The Chinese Communist Revolution known in mainland China as the War of Liberation was the conflict led by the Chinese Communist Party and Chairman Mao Zedong that resulted in the proclamation of the People's Republic of China on 1 October 1949.
  • Alger Hiss case

    Alger Hiss case
    Alger Hiss was accused of passing secret military information to the Soviet Union and he was sentenced to five years in prison. The Rosenberg's were accused of passing atomic secrets to the Soviets and were both convicted and executed.
  • Rosenberg Trial

    Rosenberg Trial
    The Rosenberg's were caught giving secret information to the U.S.S.R. about the atomic bomb the U.S. was creating in the Manhattan Project.
  • Korean War and Armistice

    Korean War and Armistice
    After 3 long years of war, the United States, the People's Republic of China, North Korea, and South Korea agree to an armistice, bringing the fighting of the Korean War to an end. The armistice ended America's first experiment with the Cold War concept of “limited war.”
  • Battle of Dien Bien Phu

    Battle of Dien Bien Phu
    It consisted of a struggle between French and Viet Minh (Vietnamese Communist and nationalist) forces for control of a small mountain outpost on the Vietnamese border near Laos.
  • Army-McCarthy hearings

    Army-McCarthy hearings
    The Army-McCarthy hearings were a series of hearings held by the U.S. senate to investigate conflicting accusations between the United States Army and U.S. Senator Joseph McCarthy. He is known for alleging that numerous communists and Soviet spies and sympathizers had infiltrated the United States federal government, universities, film industry, and elsewhere.
  • Warsaw Pact

    Warsaw Pact
    The Warsaw Pact was a collective defense treaty established by the Soviet Union and seven other Soviet satellite states in Central and Eastern Europe: Albania, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, East Germany, Hungary, Poland and Romania
  • Hungarian Revolution

    Hungarian Revolution
    The Hungarian Revolution of 1956 or Hungarian Uprising of 1956 was a spontaneous nationwide revolt against the Communist government of Hungary and its Soviet imposed policies lasting from October 23 until November 10, 1956.
  • U2 Incident

    U2 Incident
    confrontation between the United States and the Soviet Union that began with the shooting down of a U.S. U2 reconnaissance plane over the Soviet Union and that caused the collapse of a summit conference in Paris between the United States the Soviet Unionthe United Kingdom and France
  • Bay of Pigs Invasion

    Bay of Pigs Invasion
    The Bay of Pigs invasion begins when a CIA financed and trained group of Cuban refugees lands in Cuba and attempts to topple the communist government of Fidel Castro
  • Cuban Missile Crisis

    Cuban Missile Crisis
    During the Cuban Missile Crisis leaders of the U.S. and the Soviet Union engaged in a tense 13 day political and military standoff in October 1962 over the installation of nuclear armed Soviet missiles on Cuba just 90 miles from U.S. shores.
  • Assassination of JFK

    Assassination of JFK
    The events are clearly based on JFK's assassination In the Ultimate Marvel universe Kennedy's true assassin is Red Skull the son of Captain America Nick Fury muses that the assassination of Kennedy was the Skull's way of showing that he would no longer take orders from America.
  • Tonkin Gulf Resolution

    Tonkin Gulf Resolution
    authorizing President Johnson to take any measures he believed were necessary to retaliate and to promote the maintenance of international peace and security in southeast Asia.
  • Tet Offensive

    Tet Offensive
    A series of major attacks by communist forces in the Vietnam War. Early in 1968, Vietnamese communist troops seized and briefly held some major cities at the time of the lunar new year, or Tet. Tet.
  • 1968 riots at Democratic convention

    1968 riots at Democratic convention
    The primary goal of the Democratic National Convention is to officially nominate a candidate for president and vice president, adopt a comprehensive party platform and unify the party.
  • Kent State

    Kent State
    In May 1970, students protesting the bombing of Cambodia by United States military forces, clashed with Ohio National Guardsmen on the Kent State University campus. When the Guardsmen shot and killed four students on May 4, the Kent State Shootings became the focal point of a nation deeply divided by the Vietnam War.
  • Ceasefire in Vietnam

    Ceasefire in Vietnam
    The U.S. agreed to withdraw its remaining military personnel from South Vietnam within 60 days. North Vietnam agreed to a ceasefire and to return all American prisoners of war. North Vietnam was permitted to leave 150,000 soldiers and to retain the territory it controlled in South Vietnam.
  • Fall of Saigon

    Fall of Saigon
    The Vietnam War was a conflict between the communist government of North Vietnam, and South Vietnam and its principal ally the US. The phrase "the fall of Saigon" refers to the capture of Saigon, the South Vietnamese capital, on 30 April 1975 by communist forces of the People's Army of Vietnam and the Viet Cong.
  • Reagon Elected

    Reagon Elected
    The 1980 United States presidential election was the 49th quadrennial presidential election. It was held on Tuesday, November 4, 1980. Republican nominee Ronald Reagan defeated incumbent Democratic president Jimmy Carter in a landslide victory.
  • SDI Announced

    SDI Announced
    On March 23, 1983 in a televised address to the nation, U.S. President Ronald Reagan announced his intention to embark upon groundbreaking research into a national defense system that could make nuclear weapons obsolete.
  • ‘Tear down this wall’ speech

    ‘Tear down this wall’ speech
    Reagan called for the General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev, to open the Berlin Wall, which had separated West and East Berlin since 1961. The name is derived from a key line in the middle of the speech: "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!"
  • Berlin Wall

    Berlin Wall
    The Berlin Wall was built by the German Democratic Republic during the Cold War to prevent its population from escaping Soviet-controlled East Berlin to West Berlin which was controlled by the major Western Allies
  • Fall of the Berlin Wall

    Fall of the Berlin Wall
    the Cold War began to thaw across Eastern Europe, the spokesman for East Berlin's Communist Party announced a change in his city's relations with the West. Starting at midnight that day, he said, citizens of the GDR were free to cross the country's borders.