Cold War

Events

Ho Chi Minh helped to form the Indo-Chinese Communist Party

1930

Vietminh formed to counter Japanese invasion of Vietnam

1941

Truman administration

1945 - 1953

Ho Chi Minh create Democratic Republic of Vietnam

1945

Yalta Conference

February 4, 1945 - February 11, 1945

World War II ends in Europe.

8 May 1945

Potsdam Conference

July 17, 1945 - August 2, 1945

Hiroshima bombed

August 6, 1945

French troops in Vietnam

September 1945

First East European Communist government set up in Albania

January 1946

Stalin's Speech

1946

war broke out between the French and the Vietminh

1946

Long Telegram

February 22, 1946

Communists seize power in Poland

January 1947

National Security Act

1947

Truman Doctrine

March 1947

Marshall Plan

1948

Coup in Czechoslovakia

25 february 1948

Berlin airlift

June 1948 - May 19 1949

Communist China allowed the Vietminh to train in China

1949

NATO

April 1949

Soviet Union explodes its first atomic bomb

August 1949

Communists win Chinese Civil War

October 1949

NSC-68

1950

Truman refused to recognise the Democratic Republic of Vietnam but Communist China + USSR did

1950

Korean War

June 1950 - July 27 1953

Eisenhower administration

1953 - 1961

Khrushchev

1953 - 1964

Stalin's death

1953

U.S. sponsored coup overthrows Iranian government

August 1953

U.S. sponsored coup overthrows Guatemalan government

June 1954

SEATO

September 8, 1954

Warsaw Pact

May 14, 1955

Geneva Summit

July 18, 1955

Ngo Dinh Diem President of South Vietnam

October 1955

Hungarian Uprising of 1956

October 23, 1956 - November 10, 1956

Vietminh campaign of guerrilla warfare in South Vietnam

1957

Soviets launch first man made satellite

October 1957

first US casualties in Vietnam

1959

Fidel Castro becomes premier of Cuba

February 1959

Vietcong formed in Hanoi

1960

U2 shut down

May 1, 1960

Kennedy Administration

1961 - 1963

Kennedy pledged extra aid to South Vietnam

1961

US terminates diplomatic relations with Cuba

January 3, 1961

Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba

April 1961

Khrushchev and Kennedy summit regarding the Cuban Missile Crisis

June 3, 1961

Berlin Wall

August 1961

number of US military advisors from 700 to 12,000

1962

Sino Soviet Conflict begins

June 1962

Evidence of Soviet missile in Cuba

October 14, 1962

Khrushchev agrees to remove the missiles from Cuba

October 28, 1962

Johnson administration

1963 - 1969

President Diem was killed in a military coup

1963

the Gulf of Tonkin incident leading to ‘Gulf of Tonkin Resolution’

1964

Brezhnev

1964 - 1982

First US combat troops sent to Vietnam

March 1965

Tet Offensive

1968

anti-Vietnam War riots in Chicago

August 1968

Nixon announced the start of US troop withdrawals

1969

Nixon ordered the secret bombing of Cambodia

1969

Nixon administration

1969 - 1974

Ceasefire signed in Paris; last US troops left Vietnam

1973

Khmer Rouge took control of Cambodia; NFL takes Saigon

1975