Cold War Timeline

Event Dates

CIA was created

March 1947

Communist Mao Zedong takes control of China

September 1949

Joe McCarthy begins Communist witch hunt

February 1950

Rosenberg executions

June 19, 1953

KGB (Komitet Gosudarstvennoy Bezopasnosti) established

March 1954

Sputnik satellite launched into space

October 4, 1957

Fidel Castro takes control of Cuba

January 1959

Bay of Pigs invasion

April 1961

Berlin Wall construction begins

August 17 1961

Cuban Missile Crisis

October 1962

United States lands Apollo 11 on the moon

July 20 1969

SALT I signed

July 1972

SALT II signed

July 1979

Soviet forces invade Afghanistan

December 1979

Reagan and Gorbachev sign treaty removing medium and short-range missiles

October 1987

Soviet troops withdraw from Afghanistan

January 1989

Berlin Wall destroyed

November 1989

Soviet Union ends (ending Cold War)

August 1991