Mao Zedong was a Chinese communist and the founding father of the People's Republic of China.
He was the seventh and last undisputed leader of the Soviet Union.
Japan's Invasion of China
A military conflict fought primarily between the Republic of China and the Empire of Japan from 1937 to 1941.
Germany Invades Poland
Invasion of Poland by Germany and the Soviet Union which ended on October 6th with Germany and the Soviet Union dividing and annexing the whole of Poland.
Battle of Britain
Air campaign waged by the German Air Force against the United Kingdom in July of 1940.
A pact signed in Berlin, Germany which established the Axis Powers of World War II.
A program under which the United States supplied Allied nations with materials.
German Blitzkrieg on Soviet Union
At first, the German Blitzkrieg seemed to succeed, however, the Soviet Union launched a counteroffensive trapping and destroying an entire German army at Stalingrad.
Germany takes Leningrad
A prolonged military operation undertaken by the German Army against Leningrad.
The Bombing of Pearl Harbor
Surprise attack on Pearl Harbor conducted by the Japanese Navy.
Formation of the U.N.
Representatives of 26 nations at war with the Axis powers met in Washington to sign the Declaration of the United Nations.
A meeting of officials of Nazi Germany to ensure the cooperation of administrative leaders of various government departments in the implementation of the final solution to the Jewish question.
Battle of Midway
The Battle of Midway in the Pacific Theater of Operations was one of the most important naval battles of World War II.
The WW II invasion of Normandy, France.
The Yalta Conference
World War II meeting of the heads of government of the United States, the United Kingdom and the Soviet Union to discuss Europe's post-war reorganization.
Major battle in which the United States Armed Forces fought for and captured the island of Iwo Jima and Okinawa from the Japanese Empire.
Germany's military situation was on the verge of total collapse by 1945 and Adolf Hitler had no where to run to so he and his wife committed suicide in Berlin.
Victory in Europe Day (VE Day)
The day that marks the formal acceptance by the Allies of World War II of Nazi Germany's unconditional surrender of its armed forces.
Conference in Potsdam occupied Germany where leaders gathered to decide how to administer punishment to the defeated Nazi Germany.
Atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
Two atomic bombs were dropped by the US on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki towards the end of WW II.
Victory over Japan Day
The day Japan surrendered in World War II.
International relations policy set forth by Harry Truman which stated that the U.S. would support Greece and Turkey with economic and military aid to prevent them from falling into the Soviet sphere.
American initiative to aid Europe in rebuilding their economies after the end of World War II in order to prevent the spread of Soviet Communism.
North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)
A system of collective defence whereby its member states agree to mutual defense in response to an attack by any external party.
The result of the political division of Korea at the conclusion of the Pacific War at the end of World War II.
Stalin's Death; Khrushchev
Stalin was the leader of the Soviet Union from the mid-1920s until his death in 1953. Stalin's death triggered a power struggle but after several years Khrushchev took over as the leader of the Soviet Union.
A collective defense treaty among eight communist states of Central and Eastern Europe in existence during the Cold War.
Sputnik was the first successful artificial satellite launched by the Soviet Union.
Bay of Pigs
A failed military invasion of Cuba.
A barrier constructed by the German Democratic Republic that completely cut off West Berlin from surrounding East Germany and East Berlin.
Cuban Missile Crisis
A 13-day confrontation between the Soviet Union and Cuba against the United States in the middle of the Cold War.
This war was fought between North Vietnam—supported by the Soviet Union, China and other communist allies—and the government of South Vietnam—supported by the United States and other anti-communist allies.
Soviet Union falls
The Soviet Union formally ceased to exist on December 26th 1991.