Cold War Timeline

  • Red Scar

    Red Scar
    The First Red Scare was a period during the early 20th-century history of the United States marked by a widespread fear of far-left movements, including Bolshevism and anarchism, due to real and imagined events
    Start: 1917
    End: 1920
  • Marshall Plan

    Marshall Plan
    President Truman signed the Economic Recovery Act. 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 Start: April 03 1948
    End: December 1951
  • Berlin Blockade/Airlift

    Berlin Blockade/Airlift
    The Berlin Blockade was one of the first major international crises of the Cold War. Without firing a shot, the Americans foiled the Soviet plan to hold West Berlin hostage. Also, the Berlin Blockade was an attempt in 1948 by the Soviet Union to limit the ability of the United States, Great Britain and France to travel to their respective sectors
    Start: 06/24/1948
    End: 05-12-1949
  • Space Race

    Space Race
    The Space Race was a competition between two Cold War rivals, the United States and the Soviet Union, to achieve superior spaceflight capability. It had its origins in the ballistic missile-based nuclear arms race between the two nations following World War II.
    Start: 08/02/1955
    End: 07/17/1975
  • U-2 Incident

    U-2 Incident
    The original consensus about the cause of the U-2 incident was that the spy plane had been shot down by one of a salvo of 14 Soviet SA-2 missiles. This story was originated by Oleg Penkovsky, a GRU agent who spied for MI6. End: same day, I think. End: ?
  • Bay of Pigs Invasion

    Bay of Pigs Invasion
    1,400 Cuban exiles launched what became a botched invasion at the Bay of Pigs on the south coast of Cuba. In 1959, Fidel Castro came to power in an armed revolt that overthrew Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista.
    Start: 04/17/1961
    End: 04/20/1961
  • Berlin Wall

    Berlin Wall
    The Berlin Wall was a guarded concrete barrier that was divided. It encircled West Berlin, separating it from East German territory. Construction of the wall was commenced by the German Democratic Republic.
    Start: 08/13/1961
    End: 11/09/1989
  • Cuban Missile Crisis

    Cuban Missile Crisis
    The Cuban Missile Crisis is like Crisis in Russia, or the Missile Scare, was a 35-day confrontation between the United States and the Soviet Union close to war over the presence of Soviet nuclear armed ballistic missiles in Cuba.
    Start: 10/16/1962
    End: 10-29-1962
  • Non-Proliferation Treaty

    Non-Proliferation Treaty
    The Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, commonly known as the Non-Proliferation Treaty is an international treaty whose objective is to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons and weapons technology, to promote cooperation in the peaceful uses of nuclear energy and to further the goal of achieving nuclear disarmament and general and complete disarmament.
    Start: 07/01/1968
    End: 05/11/1995
  • Perestroika and Glasnost

    Perestroika and Glasnost
    One of the long-term consequences of glasnost was the dissolution of the Soviet Union. Glasnost lead to dissent, and leaders such as Boris Yeltsin took advantage of this dissent to crush the Soviet system from within.
    Start: 1985
    End: 1991
  • Truman Doctrine

    Truman Doctrine
    With the Truman Doctrine, President Harry S. Truman established that the United States would provide political, military and economic assistance to all democratic nations under threat from external or internal authoritarian forces. The doctrine originated with the primary goal of containing Soviet geopolitical expansion during the Cold War. Start: 03/12/1947
    End: 06/30/1948