Cold War Timeline

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Winston Churchill's "Iron Curtain" speech

March 5, 1946

Truman Doctrine

March 12, 1947

Marshall Plan

April 3, 1948

Berlin Blockade

June 24, 1948

Berlin Airlift

June 26, 1948

Creation of Nato

April 4, 1949

Mao Zedong's takeover of China

October 1, 1949

NSC-68

April 14, 1950

Korean War

June 25, 1950

Vietnam War

1954

Creation of Warsaw Pact

May 1955

Sputnik Launched

October 4, 1957

Nikita Kruschchev becomes leader of the USSR

March 1958

Fidel Castro becomes leader of Cuba

1959

U-2 Spy Incident

May 1, 1960

JFK becomes president of the U.S.

January 1961

Construction of the Berlin Wall

August 12, 1961

Cuban Missile Crisis

1962

Prague Spring

1968

SALT 1

November 1969

Soviet invasion of Afghanistan

April 1979

Ronald Reagan becomes president of the U.S.

January 20, 1981

Mikhail Gorbachev becomes leader of the USSR

1985

Fall of the Berlin Wall

1989

Collapse of the Soviet Union

December 1991