Political Events Timeline

  • Truman Doctrine

    It was based on the policy of containment, which was to stop the spread of Communism. The U.S. defended countries like Greece and Turkey from threats of the Soviet Union. The policy also extended and formed the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).
  • Korean War

    North Korea invaded South Korea. The U.S. and United Nations extended containment and defended South Korea. They stabilized the Korean frontier with the 38th Parallel border, dividing the Korean peninsula into two countries, North Korea with Communism and South Korea with Democracy.
  • Space Race (Sputnik I)

    The Soviet Union launched the first man-made earth satellite. It caused the U.S. to increase funding for science and math education, establish the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), as well as inspire engineers and scientists to develop new technology.
  • U.S. Involvement In Cuba - Bay of Pigs

    President John F. Kennedy approved a secret operation to overthrow the government of Cuba, orchestrated by the CIA. The operation reached Castro, so when the CIA reached the Bay of Pigs, they confronted the Cuban military. Castro also asked the Soviet Union for assistance.
  • The Cuban Missile Crisis

    The Soviet Union assisted Cuba and placed missiles. President John F. Kennedy responded by blockading any ship from the Caribbean to Cuba; the U.S. would inspect the ships for weapons. The crisis was resolved with diplomacy where the U.S. and Soviet Union would work together to remove weapons in Eastern Europe as well as Cuba.
  • Gulf of Tonkin Resolution

    U.S. involvement increased as two naval vessels were attacked by North Vietnamese vessels in the Gulf of Tonkin. The Gulf of Tonkin Resolution allowed President Johnson to conduct military operations without formal declaration of war.
  • Television of Vietnam War

    The television allowed Americans to see the truths of the Vietnam War. Citizens were distrusting government military actions as news reporters revealed the truth of the Vietnam War.
  • Tet Offensive

    The U.S. government thought that the Vietnam War was about to be over; they thought Communist forces were about to collapse. However, it was not, as shown with the extreme force and Communist efforts from the Tet Offensive. The North Vietnamese army simultaneously attacked one hundred South Vietnamese cities during the Lunar New Year.
  • Moon Landing

    Millions of people worldwide were able to witness Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin becoming the first humans to land on the moon with television.