Post- War Timeline

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    Indian Independence

    The revolution for Indian independence started with Ghandi's nonviolent campaigns. So through these civil disobediance protests and rebellion the British Parliment finally decided that it would be easier and cheaper if they just let India get its independence. But there were several problems, the biggest being that India was to be split into two countries, Pakistan and India. And they had to figure out where the boundaries would be, then where all the citizens would go.
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    Berlin Airlift

    In 1948 the USSR cut off all trafic and water going to West Berlin, they hoped that this end the Allies plans and hopes of reunifying Germany. So the U.S. and the rest of the Allies started flying in water and food to West Berlin, and it got to the point where they were landing planes every 3 minutes. So eventually the Soviets had to lift the blockade
  • Warsaw Pact

    In 1949, 12 nations, including the U.S., Canada, and West Germany, formed an alliance, called NATO, due to the fear of a Soviet attack, so in response to this the USSR and Eastern European nations formed the Warsaw Pact. This scared the U.S. because it was both a military threat, and it showed the threat of communism growing.
  • Arab-Israeli Conflict of 1956

    Israel and the Arabs had agreed on a cease-fire, but Israel heard that Egypt and the Arabs were building up their armies for war, so on Oct. 29, 1956 Israel launched a huge attack on Egypt, they would eventually come to another cease-fire brought forth by the UN, but not before achieving several goals, like gaining the Gaza Strip and Sharm El Sheikh.
  • Launch of Sputnik

    The Sputnik was launched by the USSR and was the first unmanned satellite ever. This was significant because it meant that the Soviets had the ability to have and be able to launch misssiles from space, and this was the begining of what became called the "Space Race". This was a time where U.S. poured a lot of money into science education and to science. We eventually got a satellite into space the next year
  • Bay of Pigs Invasion

    This was when the CIA trained Cuban-Exiles to be able to invade Cuba and overthrow there dictator Fidel Castro. So after the CIA trained them, they were sent to Cuba, but the U.S. got "cold feet" and did not give them the neccesary support for the invasion to be succesful, so the invaders are easily defeated. And this has an impact on the U.S. because it made the Soviets feel as if we wouldnt resist their expansion into Latin America. And it hurts our relation with Cuba.
  • Cuban Missile Crisis

    This was the closest we have ever been to nuclear war. It Started when secret Soviet missile sites were spotted in Cuba by a spy plane. The U.S. was very threatened by this as Cuba is 50 miles from Florida. So we demand their removal and we end up blockading Cuba. This is when threat of nuclear war appears. But the Soviets agree to remove missiles if U.S. doesnt invade Cuba. So after all this, it leaves Cuba dependent on USSR, and once they fall apart it leaves their economy devastated.
  • Arab-Israeli Conflict of 1967

    After a short time of peace in the Middle East, tensions were building, with Palestinian guerillas attacking along the borders of several Middle Eastern countries, and after many threats, Israeli mobilized its military. And they would eventually launch an airstrike to try and destroy Arab air forces. Israel quickly took over a lot of territory, including the Sinia Peninsula and Old Jerusalem.This war lasted a total of only 6 days.
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    Arab-Israeli Conflict of 1973

    The Arabs felt that their complaints against Israel were going unheard, so they secretly got their army ready for war. And on the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur, they Israel off guard, although affective temporarly, Israel regained all its land. But this came at the loss of tons of men and supplies. And with the help of other countries a seize fire was signed, Egypt and Israel stopped in Nov. but Israel and Syria fought until 1974. This led to the signing of the Camp David Accords.
  • Tiananmen Square Protests

    This occured in China, where college students and some other citizens all gathered in Tiananmen Square to protested to try and get rid of communism, and to get a political reform. After a while of this protest, the Chinese government sent in troops to force these protesters to stop. When they wouldnt these troops opened fire on the unarmed crowd they killed anywhere from hundreds to thousands of people. This shutdown all political reforms and attempts to get democracy in China.