Maggie's Cold War Timeline

  • House Un-American Activities Committee formed

    House Un-American Activities Committee formed
    Created to investigate alleged disloyalty and subversive activities on the part of private citizens, public employees. Also to investigate the organizations of having Communist ties.
  • Yalta Conference

    Yalta Conference
    The Big Three agreed that Poland, Bulgaria, and Romania would hold free elections.
  • United Nations formation

    United Nations formation
    United States had that start in making the United Nations. This is an organization that many hoped would succeed where the League of Nations failed.
  • Potsdam Conference

    Potsdam Conference
    President Truman, Soviet Premier Stalin and British Prime Ministers Churchill and Atlee talked over post-war ideas without agreeing.
  • Truman Doctrine

    Truman Doctrine
    President Truman gave his speech to the congress about the issues with Greece.
  • Marshall Plan

    Marshall Plan
    In early 1948 the cpngress approved the Marshall Plan. For the next four years the U.S. gave 13 billion dollars in loans and grants to the western nations in Europe.
  • Berlin Airlift

    Berlin Airlift
    The Berlin airlift was preceded by nearly three years of constant tension the Russians against the Western Allies in an attempt to drive them out of West Berlin and Western Germany in a variety of ways.
  • NATO formation

    NATO formation
    Povided the military alliance to counter
    Soviet expansion. Twelve Western Eurpoean and North American nations agreed to fight together in the defense of Western Europe
  • Era of McCarthyism begins

    Era of McCarthyism begins
    Joseph R. McCarthy charged that the State Department was filled with agents that were communists. He was reelected in the 1952 campaign. And for the next four years McCarthy put forward
    his own brand of anticommunism.
  • North Korean Invasion of South Korea

    North Korean Invasion of South Korea
    On June 25, 1950, North Korean forces attacked across the 38th parallel. The
    90,000 North Korean troops were armed with powerful tanks and other Soviet weapons. In just a couple of days the North took over the South.
  • Rosenberg Execution

    Rosenberg Execution
    The Rosenbergs were executed for believing to persuade Ethel's brother, David Greenglass, to provide them with confidential U.S. military information gained from his involvement in the development of nuclear weapons.
  • Armistice Signed Ending Korean War

    Armistice Signed Ending Korean War
    Whether or not Eisenhower's threats of nuclear attacks helped, by July 1953 all sides involved in the conflict were ready to sign an agreement ending the bloodshed. The armistice signing established a committee of representatives from neutral countries to decide the fate of the thousands of prisoners of war on both sides.
  • Warsaw Pact formation

    Warsaw Pact formation
    The Soviet Union and its satellite states formed a rival military alliance.
  • Sputnik 1 Launched

    Sputnik 1 Launched
    The Soviet Union launched a 184-pound steel ball containing a small transmitter into an orbit of Earth. In November they launched a larger one.
  • First Man in Space

    First Man in Space
    Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first human in space, making a 108-minute orbital flight in his Vostok 1 spacecraft. Newspapers like The Huntsville Times trumpeted Gagarin's accomplishment.
  • First American in Space

    First American in Space
    Mercury Astronaut Alan B. Shepard, Jr. Blasted off in his Freedom 7 capsule atop a Mercury-Redstone rocket. His 15-minute sub-orbital flight made him the first American in space.
  • Creation of the Berlin Wall

    Creation of the Berlin Wall
    The wall became a visible symbol of the truth between East Germany and West Germany and the gulf between and the communist East and democratic West. Kennedy responded by sending 1,500 U.S. troops to West Berlin.
  • First Man on the Moon

    First Man on the Moon
    Neil Armstrong was the first man to go to the moon. He was the Apollo 11 Commander.