The Top 10 Events of the Cold War


Berlin Blockade and Airlift

June 24 1948 - 12 May 1949

The Berlin Blockade and Airlift was the Soviet's attempt to force the allies abandon there plans for West Berlin by making a blockade between East Germany and West Germany. This event is significant because this was a turning point in post World War 2.

NATO Created

April 4 1949

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization was created to counter weight the the Soviet Armies. This event is significant because it was all the western allies coming together as one.

Korean War

June 25 1950 - July 27 1953

The Korean war was the socialist revolutionaries and the revolutionaries that valued democracy and capatalism. This event is important because after the war, the Soviets started to dislike the U.S.

Space Race

1957 - 1975

The United States and the USSR were trying to accomplish various tasks in space before the other person. This is significant because the space race actually brought them together to create the ISS after it was over.

U-2 Reconnaissance Plane

May 1 1960

A US spy plane was sent to spy on the Soviet Union and it was shot down. This event was significant because the Soviets and the US were close to a nuclear war after the summit collapsed.

Bay of Pigs

April 17 1961 - April 19 1961

The U.S. try to invade Cuba, but they are not successful at all. This event is significant because it strengthened the position of Castro's administration.

Regan Visits the Berlin Wall

August 12 1961

President Reagan visits the Berlin Wall. This event is significant because it shows continued commitment to the people of West Berlin.

Cuban Missile Crises

October 16 1962 - October 28 1962

This was the closest moment to a nuclear war between the USSR and the US were close to fighting. This event is significant because it showed that the Soviets were not afraid of a nuclear exchange.

SALT 1 and 2

November 17 1969 - May 26 1972

The first agreements were signed by the US and the Soviet Union in order to stop the arms race. This event was significant because it showed the countries commitment to slow the arms race.

Soviets Invade Afghanistan

December 25 1979 - February 15 1989

The Soviets sent thousands of troops to Afghanistan and was able to conquer Kabul, and the Soviets were trying to aid the communist party and the US tried to help the capitalist party. This event is significant because the U.S. and the Soviets were both helping opposite sides which led to the U.S. boycotting the 1980 olympics.