Meeting between Churchill, Roosevelt and Stalin to decide what would happen at the end of the war.
Victory in Europe as Germany surrenders to the Russian army.
The Potsdam Conference formally divided Germany and Austria into four zones. It was also agreed that the German capital Berlin would be divided into four zones. The Russian Polish border was determined and Korea was to be divided into Soviet and American zones.
The United States dropped the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima.
The United States dropped the second atomic bomb on Nagasaki.
The Japanese surrendered bringing World War Two to an end.
Churchill delivers his ‘Sinews of Peace’ speech which contain the famous phrase “..an iron curtain has descended on Europe”.
President Truman promised to help any country facing a Communist takeover.
Russia’s response to the merger of the French, USA and UK partitions of Berlin was to cut all road and rail links to that sector. This meant that those living in Western Berlin had no access to food supplies and faced starvation. Food was brought to Western Berliners by US and UK airplanes, an exercise known as the Berlin Airlift.
Joseph Stalin died at the age of 74. He was succeeded by Nikita Khrushchev.