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Cold War Timeline

  • Truman Doctrine

    Truman Doctrine
    President Truman promised that any country supporting communism would be an enemy of the U.S. and he would help the country the communist country is trying to influence.
  • Marshall Plan

    Marshall Plan
    Economic aid provided by the U.S. to help out any European country in need. Stalin was against this support from the U.S.
  • Cominform

    A group of people who were communist members in different European countries. They organized actions of the communist party under Russia.
  • Czechoslovakia

    Prime minister is found dead. He was most likely murdered.
  • Berlin Airlift

    Berlin Airlift
    The Berlin Blockade was one of the first major international crises of the Cold War. During the multinational occupation of post–World War II Germany, the Soviet Union blocked the Western Allies' railway, road, and canal access to the sectors of Berlin under Western control.
  • Blockades

    Soviet Union Blockades all road and railroad traffic between Berlin and the west.
  • NATO

    The North Atlantic Treaty Organization, also called the North Atlantic Alliance, is an intergovernmental military alliance between 29 North American and European countries.
  • Nanjing

    Communists forces invading China capture Nanjing. Gave more control to communist party.
  • Berlin Airlift

    Berlin Airlift
    An early crisis of the Cold War comes to an end when the Soviet Union lifts its 11-month blockade against West Berlin. The blockade had been broken by a massive U.S.-British airlift of vital supplies to West Berlin's two million citizens.
  • January 30

    January 30
    Truman approved H-bomb development, the H bomb is a hydrogen atomic bomb that would decimate a large piece of land.
  • Klaus Fuchs

    Klaus Fuchs
    A German theoretical physicist and atomic spy who, in 1950, was convicted of supplying information from the American, British, and Canadian Manhattan Project to the Soviet Union during and shortly after the Second World War.
  • Korean War

    Korean War
    Korean War begins. Stalin supports North Korea who invade South Korea equipped with Soviet weapons
  • Civil Defense Admin...

    Civil Defense Admin...
    Federal Civil Defense Administration established
  • Truman fires MacArthur

    Truman fires MacArthur
    U.S. President Harry S. Truman relieved General of the Army Douglas MacArthur of his commands after MacArthur made public statements which contradicted the administration's policies.
  • Sino-Japanese Peace Treaty

    Sino-Japanese Peace Treaty
    The Treaty of Peace between the allied powers and Japan,was officially signed by 49 nations on September 8, 1951 in San Francisco, California.
  • Britains Military Strength Increases

    Britains Military Strength Increases
    Winston Churchill announces that Britain has an atom bomb.
  • Cuban Government

    Cuban Government
    Fulgencio Batista overthrows the Cuban government of President Prio Socarras.
  • Rudolf Slansky

    Rudolf Slansky
    Executed in Czechoslovakia for Titoism.
  • Soviet Union Vs Israel

    Soviet Union Vs Israel
    Soviet Union severs diplomatic relations with Israel after bombing of embassy in Tel Aviv.
  • Stalin "Man of Steel"

    Stalin "Man of Steel"
    Joseph Stalin dies, Soviet Union needs a new strong leader.
  • East Germany Workers

    East Germany Workers
    Soviet troops crush workers rebellion in East Germany.
  • Political Changes in Soviet Union

    Political Changes in Soviet Union
    Gregory Malenkov is replaced by Nikolai Bulganin as prime minister of the Soviet Union.
  • U.S. H-Bomb

    U.S. H-Bomb
    The United States tests a hydrogen bomb in the Marshall Islands.
  • Political Scene of China Changes

    Political Scene of China Changes
    Mao Zedong becomes chairman and Zhou Enlai becomes prime minister of China.
  • China Supports North Vietnam

    China Supports North Vietnam
    China agrees to provide North Vietnam with economic aid. This helped aid the spread of Communism.
  • Foreign Relations

    Foreign Relations
    Diplomatic relations restored between West Germany and the Soviet Union.
  • Political Changes in South Vietnam

    Political Changes in South Vietnam
    Ngo Dinh Diem replaces Bo Dai as leader of South Vietnam.
  • Allies invade Egypt

    Allies invade Egypt
    President Dwight Eisenhower suspends aid to Israel in protest at its invasion of Egypt.
  • Soviet Pressure in battle for Suez Canal

    Soviet Pressure in battle for Suez Canal
    The Soviet Union threatens to intervene in the war over the Suez Canal.
  • Allied Power is pulled out of Egypt

    Allied Power is pulled out of Egypt
    The last of the British and French forces leave Egypt.
  • Soviet Union Political Changes

    Soviet Union Political Changes
    Andrei Gromyko becomes foreign minister of the Soviet Union.
  • Israel Aid from Allies

    Israel Aid from Allies
    President Dwight Eisenhower resumes aid to Israel.
  • Soviet Union Vs Allies

    Soviet Union Vs Allies
    The Soviet Union appeals to the United States and Britain to cease nuclear testing.
  • Political Changes in Russia

    Political Changes in Russia
    Nikita Khrushchev replaces Nikolai Bulganin as prime minister of the Soviet Union.
  • Nuclear Testing

    Nuclear Testing
    Nikita Khrushchev meets Mao Zedong in China and call for an end of all nuclear testing.
  • Soviet Demands

    Soviet Demands
    The Soviet Union demands that all foreign troops should be withdrawn from Berlin.
  • Cuba

    Fidel Castro and his victorious troops enter Havana.
  • United Nations

    United Nations
    Member states vote again against the admission of China to the United Nations.
  • United Nations Decisions on Algeria

    United Nations Decisions on Algeria
    The United Nations decide not to intervene in the independence struggle in Algeria.
  • American Spy Plane Shot Down

    American Spy Plane Shot Down
    American U-2 spy plane shot over the Soviet Union. This shows how much recon the U.S. was doing to ensure safety from Soviet
  • Nikita Khrushchev

    Nikita Khrushchev
    Nikita Khrushchev walks out of summit meeting in Paris because of the U-2 incident.
  • U.S. Ends Cuban Aid

    U.S. Ends Cuban Aid
    United States ends all aid to Cuba. This causes Fidel Castro to become an enemy of the U.S. especially in later times with events such as the bay of pigs invasion.
  • JFK Tries to Invade Cuba

    JFK Tries to Invade Cuba
    Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba.The Bay of Pigs invasion was an attempt by the United States government to overthrow the communist regime of Fidel Castro, the dictator of Cuba.
  • South Vietnam

    South Vietnam
    United States promises to support South Vietnam against communist aggression.
  • United Nations

    United Nations
    The United Nations rejects a proposal by the Soviet Union to admit China.