Cold War Comparative

US Leaders

Harry S. Truman (^)

February 1945 - January 1953

Dwight D. Eisenhower (v)

February 1953 - January 1961

JFK (^)

Feb 1961 - nov 1963

Lyndon Johnson (^)

nov 1963 - Jan 1969

Richard Nixon (v-)

Feb 1969 - Aug 1974

Gerald Ford (-)

Aug 1974 - Jan 1977

Jimmy Carter (-)

Jan 1977 - Jan 1981

Ronald Reagan (^)

Jan 1981 - Jan 1989

Soviet Leaders

Joseph Stalin

jan 1945 - march 1953

Georgy Malenkov

March 1953 - Feb 1955

Nikita Khrushchev

Feb 1955 - Oct 1964

Leonid Brezhnev

Oct 1964 - Nov 1982

Yuri Andropov

Nov 1982 - Feb 1984

Konstantin Chernenko

Feb 1984 - March 1985

Mikhail Gorbachev

March 1985 - Dec 1991

Events

Cold War Begins

02/04/1945

Berlin Blockade

June 1948 - May 1949

NATO Ratified

July 1949

Mao Zedong Takes Over China

sept 1949

McCarthy Witch Hunt

Feb 1950

Batista Takes Control

1952

Batista regains control through a military coup.

Moncada Barracks

July 26 1953

Castro and others attempted to revolt and take over the Moncada Barracks on what would be Marti’s 100th birthday

Castro is Jailed

dec 1953

Castro represented himself at this trial but is sent to jail where he gains national regard.

Vietnam Splits at 17th Parallel

july 1954

Warsaw Pact Established

may 1955

Communist Hungary Rebellions, Egypt takes Suez Canal

october 1956 - november 1956

Granma Landing

December 2 1956

Castro is released from jail and returns from Mexico, but as his ship lands he and his revolutionaries are attacked.

Sputnik Launched

october 1957

Great Leap Forward

1958 - 1961

General Strike

April 9 1958

Revolution plan that the rural peasants would all join Castro’s movement and attack Batista’s government

Three-pronged Attack

Jan. 1, 1959

Castros and Che lead an attack on Batista that forces him out of the country

Castro becomes Prime Minister

Feb. 13, 1959

Castro asserts himself as PM after having a dual government for a bit.

Bay of Pigs invasion

April 19, 1961

Berlin Wall Erected

aug 1961

Cuban Missile Crisis

Oct. 1962

JFK Assassination

November 22, 1963

Gulf of Tonkin

aug 1964

Cultural Revolution

1966 - 1976

Chinese Explode First A-Bomb

1966

Six Day War

06/1967

Ten Million Tons Sugar Harvest

1969 - 1970

Nixon Leaves to Beijing

1972

SALT I

july 1972

October War

oct 1973

Nixon Resigns

aug 1974

North Vietnam Defeats South Vietnam

April 17 1975

Death of Mao

1978

USA Recognizes Soverinity of People's Republic of China

jan 1979

SALT II

July 1979

Reagan's SDI (Star Wars) Proposed

1983

Gorbachev Ascends to Power

1985

INF Treaty (US-USSR)

December 8, 1987

Tiananmen Square Protests

April 1989 - june 1989

Berlin Wall Falls

nov 1989

Lots of satellite states fall: Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, Rumania

Germany is Reunited

oct 1990

Warsaw Pact Ends

April 1991

Cold War Ends

August 1991

Soviet Union dissolves.