The Korean War Major Events

  • 38th Parellel is established

    38th Parellel is established
    August 1945
    38th Parallel was established
    The 38th Parallel is the border that divides North Korea, from South Korea. It was established in August 1945 after Japan surrendered. Dean Rusk and Charles Bonesteel, United States Department workers, were the people who helped establish the border. This line is where the Korean Peninsula is divided almost in half. The year of 1948 is when the border became officially, the dividing point of North and South Korea.
  • Collapse of the Japenese Empire

    The United States wanted revenge for the actions taken by Japan by bombing Pearl Harbor. On August 6, 1945 the United States dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima. On August 8, 1945 the Soviet Union declared war on Japan. This was a violation of the Soviet-Japanese Neutrality Pact. After all of this, Japan surrendered on September 2, 1945. This was the end to World War II, but the beginning of the collapse of the Japanese Empire.
  • Marshall Plan Announced

    Marshall Plan Announced
    The Marshall Plan, or officially the European Recovery Program, aided Europe and other European economies after their economies were destroyed from World War II. This was used to help prevent the wide spread of Soviet Communism. The plan came to an end after the United States became involved in Korean conflicts.
  • United Nations calls for free elections in Korea

    On November 14, 1947, the United Nations passed a resolution stating that all elections would be free to vote in Korea, foreign troops would be taken out, and a United Nations commission would be available for Korea. The United Nations Temporary Commissions would be created for Korea. This would have been in effect if the Soviet Union wouldn't have vetoed it. They were against this and opposed to this idea. In April 1948, the North and South me in Pyongyang to have a conference over this debut.
  • Berlin Blockade

    Berlin Blockade
     The Berlin Blockade was one of the first major predicaments of the Cold War. The Soviet Union blocked the Western Allies access into their parts of Berlin. Their goal was to force Western Powers to allow the Soviets to provide supplies to all of Berlin so they could have control over the entire city.
  • North Korea invades South Korea

    North Korea invades South Korea
    On June 25, 1950 North Korean troops invaded South Korea. North Korea had the Soviet Union’s help to launch a large attack in strive to get the nations to reunite. They swiftly overran South Korea.
  • Truman sends US Naval and Air support to South Korea

    Truman sends US Naval and Air support to South Korea
    On June 27th of 1950 Truman ordered the US Air and Naval forces to South Korea to assist them. He said that the US was undertaking the major military operation to enforce a United Nations resolution calling for an end to conflicts, and to stop the spread of communism in Asia.
  • First arrival of U.S. troopsTwo groups of the United States Army First Battalion, the 21st Infantry Regiment and the 24th

    Two groups of the United States Army First Battalion, the 21st Infantry Regiment and the 24th Infantry Division started to move from the U.S. Army base in Kyushu, Japan to Korea. They left at 3:00 am and arrived near Pusan at 11:00 am. This made them the first group of American troops to set foot in Korea during the Korean War.
  • U.S. troops invade at Inchon

    U.S. troops invade at Inchon
    On September 15, 1950 the United States and allied forces get U.S. Marines and Army to Inchon, Korea. This process was called Operation CHROMITE. The operation involved over 75,000 troops and 261 naval vessels. This begins the start of Inchon Operation and Liberation of Seoul. After a week of fighting, Seoul, South Korea’s capital, was captured on September 27.
  • Wake Island

    Wake Island
    On this day, Harry Truman met with General MacArthur on Wake island to discuss the evolvement of the war. Truman also wanted to tell him that he would meet with him between Wake Island and Korea so that he would not have to be away from the troops in the field for long.
  • Peace Talks

    After months of fighting in the Korean war, it is easy to see that the war is become a bloody stalemate. The United Nations took action and passes a resolution calling for an end to this war. The first of these "peace talks" were by America, China, North Korea, and South Korea. They began on August 1951, but dragged on for nearly two years. Although these peace talks were made, still around 36,000 American soldiers died in the Korea War before there was a chance for an end to the war.
  • Washington authorizes for bombing on Korean power plants near Yalu river

    Washington authorizes for bombing on Korean power plants near Yalu river
    Washington authorized for bombings on the Korean power plants near Yalu river hoping to slow down Korea and there resources.
  • US air attack on Pyongyang

    US air attack on Pyongyang
    US attacks Pyongyang using aircraft trying to make Korea surrender.
  • Eisenhower goes on secret fact-finding mission to Korea

    President Eisenhower sends spies to find facts about Korea secretly.
  • The end to the Korean War

    The end to the Korean War
    Korea finally surrenders on July 27th 1953 and the war comes to an end.