Cold War and Beyond

Events

Yalta Conference

1945

Founding of UN

1945

Churchill's Iron Curtain Speech

1946

Truman Doctrine regarding Greece and Turkey

March 1947

Announcement of Marshall Plan

June 1947

Communist takeover in Hungary

1948

Berlin blockade

1948 - 1949

Communist takeover in Czechoslovakia

1948

NATO founded

1949

East and West Germany emerge as separate states

1949

Korean conflict

1950 - 1953

Warsaw Pact founded

1955

Khrushchev Era

Death of Stalin

1953

Geneva summit

1955

Austria established as neutral state

1955

Khrushchev's secret speech denouncing Stalin

February 1956

Polish crisis

September 1956

Hungarian uprising

October 1956

Suez crisis

October 1956

Sputnik launched

1957

Brezhnev Era

Solzhenitsyn expelled

1974

Helsinki Accords

1975

Soviet invasion of Afghanistan

1979

US Olympic Games boycott

1980

Martial law declared in Poland in response to Solidarity

1981

Death of Brezhnev

1982