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The Cold War

By EvanB
  • Yalta Conference

    Yalta Conference
    The Big Three (Winston Churchill, Franklin Roosevelt, and Joseph Stalin) meet in Yalta, Crimea to discuss the re-establishment of European governments after WWII. The Cold War officially starts.
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  • VE Day

    VE Day
    World War II ended in the European theater.
  • VJ Day

    VJ Day
    World War II comes to an end after Japan's surrender after the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, which brought about Soviet interest in nuclear weapons.
  • Stalin's Speech

    Stalin's Speech
    Joseph Stalin gives a hostile speech, suggesting that Communism and Capitolism are incompatible.
  • Iron Cutrain Speech

    Iron Cutrain Speech
    Winston Churchill delivers a speech in Fulton, Missouri saying that an "iron curtain has descended upon [Europe]" which is an analogy for the divison between Communist and Democratic countries.
  • Communist Albania

    Communist Albania
    Albania becomes the first Communist country in Europe.
  • Communist Poland

    Communist Poland
    Communist forces seize power in Poland.
  • Truman Doctrine

    Truman Doctrine
    The Truman Doctrine was enacted, which allowed the United States to provide militaryand economic aid to any country believed to be under the threat of Communist expansion.
  • The Marshall Plan

    The Marshall Plan
    The Marshall Plan, created by Secretary of State George C. Marshall, was the plan to provide economic assistance to democratic countries in Europe.
  • Rio Pact

    Rio Pact
    The U.S. enters a pact with nineteen Latin America countries, in which if one is attacked, it is considered an attack on all countries.
  • Berlin Airlift Begins

    Berlin Airlift Begins
    American and British airplanes move supplies into Berlin to help the starving Berliners during the Soviet blockade.
  • NATO Established

    NATO Established
    The North Atlantic Treaty Organization, composed of USA, Canada, France, Britain, Benelux, Denmark, Iceland, Italy, Norway, Portugal, Greece and Italy, if founded.
  • Berlin Airlift ends

    Berlin Airlift ends
  • The USSR detonates its first atomic bomb.

    The USSR detonates its first atomic bomb.
  • Communist China

    Communist China
    Communist forces in China triumph in the Chinese Civil War, allowing Mao Zedung to come to power.
  • Hydrogen Bomb

    Hydrogen Bomb
    President Truman announces that the US will begin to create the hydrogen bomb, which turned out to be one thousand times as powerful as the atomic bomb.
  • McCarthyism

    Senator Joseph McCarthy begins to accuse others of being communists, which leads to blacklisting of individuals.
  • Korean War

    Korean War
    The Korean War starts as communist North Korea invades democratic South Korea. The UN sends forces to help South Korea.
  • Korean War ends

    Korean War ends
    The Korean War ends, leaving Korea divided at almost the same spot that is was before the war started.
  • Warsaw Pact

    Warsaw Pact
    The Warsaw Pact, the Soviet Union's retaliation to the formation of NATO, is formed between the countries of the Soviet Union, Albania, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, East Germany, Hungary, Poland, and Romania.
  • The Vietnam War begins

    The Vietnam War begins
    The Vietnam War begins when communist North Vietnam invades democratic South Korea. The US sends troops to help defend South Vietnam.
  • Sputnik

    The Soviet satellite Sputnik is launched into space, making the USSR the first nation to be able to enter space.
  • Communist Cuba

    Communist Cuba
    Forces led by Fidel Castro overthrow the Cuban president and establish a communist government.
  • U2 Incident

    U2 Incident
    A US spy plane is shot down over the Soviet Union.
  • Bay of Pigs invasion

    Bay of Pigs invasion
    US-trained Cuban exiles invade Cuba with US support in an attempt to overthrow Fidel Castro. The attempt failed.
  • Cuban Missile Crisis

    Cuban Missile Crisis
    Nuclear missiles found in Cuba lead to increased tensions between the Soviet Union and the US. After two weeks, the USSr and US reach an agreement that the USSR will dismantle and ship the missiles in Cuba back to the Soviet Union, and the US will dismantle missiles in Turkey and Italy.
  • Apollo 11

    Apollo 11
    The Apollo 11 lands on the moon, making the United States the winner of the Space Race.
  • SALT I

    SALT I
    The Strategic Arms Limitations Talks between the United States and Soviet Union freeze the number of ballistic missile launchers and only allow the construction of submarine-launched ballistic missiles if the same number of ICBM's were dismantled.
  • The Vietnam War ends

    The Vietnam War ends
    The Vietnam War ends as US forces withdrfaw from Vietnam, allowing communist forces to take over the remainder of Vietnam.

    SALT II reduced the amount of missile delivery vehicles the Soviet Union and United States could have to 2,250 and banned any new missile programs.
  • USSR Invades Afghanistan

    USSR Invades Afghanistan
    The Soviet Union invades Afghanistan to support the pro-communist government in the Afghan civil war. The United States unnofficially aided the Mujahideen guerilla forces.
  • Soviet troops withdraw from Afghanistan

    Soviet troops withdraw from Afghanistan
  • Hungary becomes democratic

    Hungary becomes democratic
  • Chile becomes democratic

    Chile becomes democratic
  • McDonald's in Moscow

    McDonald's in Moscow
    The first McDonald's in Moscow, Russia opens, signifying the Soviet Union's shift to capitalism.
  • The Berlin Wall falls

    The Berlin Wall falls
    The Berlin Wall is demolished, which signifies the end of the Cold War.
  • The Warsaw Pact is dissolved

    The Warsaw Pact is dissolved
    After several other countries declared their independence from the Warsaw Pact, the Soviet Union officially dissolves the Warsaw Pact alliance.
  • The Soviet Union dissolves

    The Soviet Union dissolves
    The Soviet Union dissolves into the fifteen seperate nations of Armenia, Azerbajian, Belarus, Estonia, Georgia, Kazahkstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Russia, Tajikstan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan.