The Top 10 Events of the Cold War




The first ever atomic bomb was used.

Berlin Airlift

1948 - 1949

Soviet Russia established a land blockade around Western Berlin. This forced America and its allies to have to airlift in supplies for the citizens.


4 april 1949

NATO is formed.

Korean War

1950 - 1953

One of the first of many proxy wars begins between the US and USSR.

Warsaw Pact

May 1955

The USSR and its allies formed its own defensive alliance.

Berlin Wall


The Berlin wall is erected isolating Western Berlin.

Cuban Missile Crisis

October 14, 1962 - October 28, 1962

Russia and America nearly escalated into all out war over the storing of Russian missiles and Americas embargo of Cuba.

Mikhail Gorbachev ascends to power in Soviet Union


Gorbachev would end up being the leader of Russia during the end of the cold war. It is thanks to him and his efforts that it could end.

Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces Treaty signed in Washington

December 9 1987

This treaty was an agreement of both Russia and America to remove all intermediate ranged nuclear missiles.

Destruction of the Berlin Wall

November 9, 1989

The Berlin wall falls and Germany becomes one nation again