Cold War Timeline

Key Periods

Origins

1945 - 1953

Brinkmanship

1953 - 1962

Détente

1962 - 1979

Cold War II

1979 - 1991

Specific Events

Yalta Conference

February 1945

Potsdam Conference

July 1945

Long Telegram

February 22, 1946

Iron Curtain Speech

March 5, 1946

Truman Doctrine

1947

Berlin Blockade + Airlift

1948 - 1949

Marshall Plan

1948

NATO

1949

Nuclear Diplomacy

1949

RDS-1 Detonation

1949

Stalin died, Truman replaced

1953

COMECON + Warsaw Pact

1955

Cuban Missile Crisis

October 14, 1962 - October 28, 1962

Soviet-Afghan War

1979

Collapse of the USSR

1991