Katie Gales Chapter 26 Timeline

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  • The Yalta Conference

    This is when Roosevelt met with Stalin and Churchhill to figure out the future of Germany and Poland. Germany turned into American, British, French, and the Soviet. Stalin promised to enter the war against Japan soon after Germany surrendered, in exchange for Soviet control over two Japanese islands.
  • The Establishment of the United Nations in San Francisco

    50 nations met in San Francisco to adopt a charter, or statement of principles, for the UN. The charter stated that members would try to settle their differences peacefully and would promote justice and cooperation in solving international problems. In addition, they would try to stop wars from starting and “take effective collective measures” to end those that did break out.
  • The Postdam Conference

    Truman's first meeting with Stalin. Churchill was replaced by Clement Attlee. Truman got word that the atom bomb had been tested in New Mexico. Stalin, who already knew of the bomb from Soviet spies, simply nodded and said that he hoped it would be put to good use. Stalin's casual manner hid his concern over America's new strategic advantage.
  • The Army-McCarthy Hearings

    The Army-McCarthy hearings began in late April 1954. Democrats asked that the hearings be televised, hoping that the public would see McCarthy for what he was. Ever eager for publicity, the senator agreed. For weeks, Americans were riveted to their television sets. Most were horrified by McCarthy's bullying tactics and baseless allegations.
  • The Launch of Sputnik

    The Soviets used one of their rockets to launch Sputnik, the first artificial satellite to orbit Earth. The realization that the rocket used to launch Sputnik could carry a hydrogen bomb to American shores added to American shock and fear.
  • The U-2 Incident

    This is when the Soviet military used a guided missle to shoot down an American U-2 plane on the Soviet territory. These spy planes flew more than 15 miles high, American officials had assumed that they were invulnerable to attack. This was not a happy time for the American people.