History Timeline

  • Ho Chi Minh

    Ho Chi Minh
    Ho was president in vietnam, led his people against the French and later on against U.S-backed South Vietnamese government. Discovered communism.
  • Stalin

    He was a dictator of the Soviet Union. He tried to "help" them but caused them more problems.
  • United Nations

    United Nations
    Founded after WWII. Was supposed to replace the League of Nations. Made to promote international law and secutiry, human and civil rights, freedom, and lasting world peace, and stop war.
  • Vietnam

    A conflict between North and South Korea. It established diplomatic relations with a lot of nations.
  • Berlin Airlift

    Berlin Airlift
    The Berlin wall made it to where Berlin could not get goods from other countries. This later resulted in US planes airlifting goods into Berlin; The Berlin Airlift. There was some trouble in the begginning with not having enough olanes to transport, but in the end they worked it out and it helped the people of Berlin tremendously..
  • Iron Curtain

    Iron Curtain
    An Ideological barrier brought up by the Soviet Union after WWII to seal them off from the West and noncommunist areas. Stopped existing when the communist abandonment happened in 1990
  • Truman Doctrine

    Truman Doctrine
    Stated that the U.S. would support Greece and Turkey with economic and military aid to prevent them from falling to the SU. Harry Truman started it and it is considered to be the start of the Cold War.
  • European Economic Cooperation

    European Economic Cooperation
    Emerged from the Marshall Plan. Its objective was to prepare the European Recovery Program, and it was also involved in the Marshall Aid dollars.
  • The Marshall Plan

    The Marshall Plan
    George Marshall supplied Europe with nearly $13 billion in aid. It helped Europe's economy greatly and it helped form the North Atlantic trade alliance. The aiding ended in 1952.
  • North Atlantic Treaty Organization

    North Atlantic Treaty Organization
    It's an alliance of countries from North America and Europe. It is still intact today.
  • Peoples Republic of China

    Peoples Republic of China
    A sovereign state located in East Asia. Has a poulation of 1.35 billion people which is the most in the world. Mao started it as a dictatorship. He said "the people of China have stood up!"
  • Korean War

    Korean War
    Happened when North Korea invaded South Korea. the Soviets got involved to back up South Korea. In 1953, the war ended, 5 million soldiers and civilians died.
  • Explosion of the first hydrogen bomb

    Explosion of the first hydrogen bomb
    The U.S set off its first thermonuclear weapon, on Eniwetok atoll in the Pacific. Was 1,000 times more powerful than regular nuclear devices. speeded up the arms race with the Soviets.
  • Khrushchev

    Was a Soviet leader. Was remembered for being dramatic and a good leader.
  • KGB (Committee for State Security)

    KGB (Committee for State Security)
    (The Komitet Gosudarstvennoi Bezopanosti) Was initially supposed to be a state security committee in Moscow, Grew to be an angency of spies.
  • Warsaw Pact

    Warsaw Pact
    8 communist states were involved and it was a defense treaty. The USSR dominated it.
  • Geneva Accords

    Geneva Accords
    Ended the war between France and Vietnam. They were becoming independent countries.
  • Suez Canal/ Nasser

    Suez Canal/ Nasser
    Nasser was the leader of Egypt and came up with the Suez Canal. It took the world by suprise, especially British and French stockholders, who planned to get Nasser back for taking money for the canal. Nasser gave the money back and Egypt kept the canal.
  • Helsinki Accords

    Helsinki Accords
    It was a declaration for respecting human rights. It included the Soviet Union and the Warsaw Pact countries. It was a turning point in the Cold War,
  • Sputnik

    The first Earth satellite that the Soviet Union launched. Marked the space age and changed everything. It pushed the U.S. to invent something like it, so we launched Explorer I.
  • Berlin Wall is Erected

    Berlin Wall is Erected
    Germans that were being paid low wages and were unhappy started fleeing to Berlin. To stop this they built the Berlin Wall. It was a huge concrete wall with barbed wire and was patrolled by guards.It worked and helped but was later tore down.
  • Cuban Missile Crisis

    Cuban Missile Crisis
    The Soviet Union was sending missiles to Cuba and the president of the U.S demanded they be removed. The U.S had a naval blockade, a week later Khrushchev agreed to remove the missiles.
  • Brezhnev

    Was in the Soviet politics. Many said he was a strong supporter of Khruschev.He was the first secretary of the Soviet Communist Party.
  • Tet Offensive

    Tet Offensive
    Communists and North Vietnam attacked South Vietnam. The U.S. was the victor in the Tet Offensive, and the communists lost a lot of people.
  • Iranian hostage crisis

    Iranian hostage crisis
    Islamic revolutionaries over took the U.S. Embassy in Tehran and took more than 60 Americans hostage. The Iranians let go of the hostages after 3 years, just minutes after Ronald Regan was inagurated as president of the U.S., former president Carter didn't know what to do or how to get the hostages home. It was one of the most dramatic and scary things that happened to the U.S.
  • Russian Invasion of Afghanistan

    Russian Invasion of Afghanistan
    Hazifullah Amin, the prime minister of Afghanistan wanted to get rid of the the Muslim traditions in Afghan and replace them with more western traditions. This didn't work because the people got angry and revolted. The Russians tried to help Amin, but later it all failed.
  • Moscow Olympics

    Moscow Olympics
    65 countries boycotted because of the Soviet war in Afghanistan. It was first to be staged in Eastern Europe. Prompted the boycott oplympics in 1984.
  • Lech Walesa and the Solidarity Movement in Poland

    Lech Walesa and the Solidarity Movement in Poland
    Lech was a Polish politician, president, trade-union organizer, and human-rights activist, he also co-founded the Solidarity Movement. Was arrested multiple times for doing strikes and such. He started out as an unepmloyed electrician and ended up changing history for Poland.
  • Los Angeles Olympics

    Los Angeles Olympics
    Because of the American-led boycott in Moscow for the 1980 olympics, 14 eastern countries boycotted the games. The boycotting countries organized the friendship games, but feel through.
  • Perestroika and Glasnost

    Perestroika and Glasnost
    Mikhail Gorbachev set it up, The words had different meanings, and they kept changing.
  • Gorbachev

    Mikhail Gorbachev was General Secretary and the first president of the Soviet Union. He later won a Nobel Piece Prize. He still reamins active in politics and such.
  • Chernobyl

    A nuclear accident that occured in Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine. 500,000 people died and costed about 18 billion dollars to fix everything, It's considered the worst nuclear accident.
  • Tiananmen Square

    Tiananmen Square
    It is in the center Bejing, China and the site of several important events in Chinese history. It is the focal point of the Tiananment Square protests of 1989.
  • Berlin Wall is Torn Down

    Berlin Wall is Torn Down
    The Berlin Wall was torn down 3 decades after it was built. After awhile it became useless, and it just kept tourists away, and It had alot of graffiti on it, so it gave Berlin a bad reflection.
  • Yeltsin

    First president of the Russian Federation. Wasn't very good; his era was corruption, inflation, economic collapse, and political and social problems.
  • End of the USSR

    End of the USSR
    The Soviet president, Mikhail Gorbachev had resigned & handed over the nuclear missile launching codes to the Russian president. This marked an end to the Cold War
  • Putin

    Vladimir Putin is the president of Russia and was prime minister at one point. He was president once before from 2000 to 2008. He raised the economy and took Russia out of their poverty state!