The Cold War

  • Iron Curtain Speech

    Iron Curtain Speech
    A speech by Winston Churchill, which some mark as the beginning of the cold war
  • Truman Doctrine

    Truman Doctrine
    Harry Truman declared that the US would provide military and economic aid to any country resisting communism in the world. This later grew into part of the US foreign policy of containment.
  • Molotov Plan

    Molotov Plan
    Established by the USSR government- provided aid to any country under the USSR sphere of influence
  • Hollywood-10 Hearings

    Hollywood-10 Hearings
    A group of actors, directors, and screenwriters were convicted for not cooperating with HUAC and believed to have communist affiliations
  • Marshall Plan

    Marshall Plan
    US provided economic aid to European countries resisting communism.
  • Berlin Airlift

    Berlin Airlift
    The Berlin Airlift was important because it prevented west Berlin from falling under communist control after WWII.
  • Berlin Blockade

    Berlin Blockade
    The Berlin Airlift was important because it prevented west Berlin from falling under communist control after WWII.
  • NATO

    Created by superpower countries, and alliance of those resisting and preventing the further spread of communism.
  • Soviet Atomic Bomb Test

    Soviet Atomic Bomb Test
    First development of Soviet Nuclear technology
  • Alger Hiss Conviction

    Alger Hiss Conviction
    Hiss was convicted of perjury in a case about his involvement in a Soviet Spy ring before WWII, thus leading people to believe him to be a communist.
  • Korean War

    Korean War
    Began when North Korea invaded South Korea. The UK and US came to aid South Korea against communist N. Korea who was aided by China.
  • Rosenberg Trial

    Rosenberg Trial
    Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were convicted and executed on the belief that they were partaking in soviet espionage. Held accountable of giving away the atomic bomb secret.
  • The Battle of Dien Bien Phu

    The Battle of Dien Bien Phu
    The French underestimated the power of the N Vietnamese army leading them to defeat
  • Geneva Conference

    Geneva Conference
    Purpose was to attempt to find a way to settle the issues in the Korea Peninsula and possibility of restoring peace to Indochina.
  • Warsaw Pact

    Warsaw Pact
    Alliance of communist countries, created as a response to NATO
  • Invasion of Hungary

    Invasion of Hungary
    Uprising in Hungary as a response to being under communist control.
  • U2 incident

    U2 incident
    US spy plane shot down while in Russian airspace
  • Bay of Pigs

    Bay of Pigs
    The CIA launched a full-scale invasion of Cuba trying to bring Fidel Castro down. They trained Cuban refugees. It did not work.
  • Berlin Wall

    Berlin Wall
    Built through Berlin in the cold war- separated free and communist Berlin
  • Cuban Missile Crisis

    Cuban Missile Crisis
    Between US and USSR. Basically USSR doesn't move out of Cuba we blow them up. Ended up not blowing them up
  • Assassination of Diem

    Assassination of Diem
    Murder of South Korean President Diem
  • Assassination of JFK

    Assassination of JFK
    US President JFK was assassinated causing LBJ to be sworn in
  • Army-McCarthy Hearings

    Army-McCarthy Hearings
    Held for the purpose of addressing conflicts between the US Military and Joseph McCarthy and his recent aggressive communist hunt tactics.
  • Tonkin Gulf Resolution

    Tonkin Gulf Resolution
    Authorized President Johnson to undertake any necessary measure regarding the restoration of peace in SE Asia. Essentially a "blank check".
  • China's First Nuclear Bomb Explosion

    China's First Nuclear Bomb Explosion
    After the People's Republic of China was established, in 1964 they successfully exploded their first atomic bomb
  • Operation Rolling Thunder

    Operation Rolling Thunder
    Sustained bombings of N Vietnam as a response to the attacks to various US installations in S Vietnam. LBJ- meant to last 8 weeks, actually lasted 3 1/2 years. 800,000+ bombs
  • TET Offensive

    TET Offensive
    One of the largest military campaigns of the war. N Vietnam and Vietcong's attack
  • Assassination of MLK

    Assassination of MLK
    Assassination of Major Civil rights activist Martin Luther King
  • Assassination of RFK

    Assassination of RFK
    JFK's brother, politician
  • Invasion of Czechoslovakia

    Invasion of Czechoslovakia
    USSR crackdown on reformist trend in Prague
  • Riots at the Democratic Convention in Chicago

    Riots at the Democratic Convention in Chicago
    Thousands of anti-war supporters showed up trying to sway public opinion. Violence broke out all over Chicago because of this. Large divisions in the Democratic party became clear.
  • Election of Richard Nixon

    Election of Richard Nixon
    You can't lick our Dick
  • Kent State Shootings

    Kent State Shootings
    4 students killed by police in a peaceful protest
  • Nixon Visits China

    Nixon Visits China
    President Nixon visits China. This is very controversial because he was the first US president to visit the People's republic of China, which the US didn't have the bet relationship with.
  • Vietnam Ceasefire

    Vietnam Ceasefire
    US withdraws from S Vietnam and N Vietnam agrees to stop attacking
  • The Fall of Saigon

    The Fall of Saigon
    The N Vietnam capture of Saigon the capital of S Vietnam
  • Election of Ronald Reagan

    Election of Ronald Reagan
    Ronald Reagan was elected President of the United States in a very interesting time in the war
  • Announcement of SDI (Star Wars)

    Announcement of SDI (Star Wars)
    Ronald Reagan announced that the US had achieved essentially space lasers that shoot down missiles, even though we didn't. Scared the Soviet Union.
  • The First Geneva Conference

    The First Geneva Conference
    This conference discussed restrictions of arms and civilian protection
  • "Tear down this wall!" Speech

    "Tear down this wall!" Speech
    A speech made by Ronald Reagan in Berlin calling the Soviet Union Leader to tear down the Berlin Wall.
  • Fall of the Berlin Wall

    Fall of the Berlin Wall
    The destruction of the wall separating East and West Berlin and freeing East Berlin