Leads to WWI the united states stays neutral
World War I begins in Europe 1914
Nearly 1,200 people including 128 American citizens died when a German submarine sinks the Lusitania
Avoiding war helped President Wilson win reelection
The united states enters the warhttp://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcRfrlkmySvDOVIg4RwagmQC1VJdS15wkFdqI0AvbJPEGxQ1T72u
An armistice ends the war on November 11http://t0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcSO_3tmWExzSY-CDneQF7nWhxjwqO9NtqSQX8O4RKurXuAQyE-aDg
The senate rejected the Treaty of Versailleshttp://t0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcR-SK3Hig3rJjdaygZb8pyw0JPbcveTbqsoarN3fGEJr4ZknT0g
United states signs a peace treaty with Germany
The Philippines gains its independence from the United States
After WWII, the United States and the Soviet Union plunged into a new kind of war. They did not clash directly in battle. Instead, they competed for power around the world. It became known as the "Cold War" which nearly lasted for 50 years. It pitted in the West (U.S and its allies) against the East ( Soviet Union and its allies).
Other European nations needed aid too. The war had left Europe's homes, roads, and factories in ruins. When Secretary of State George Marshall toured Europe ., he saw millions of homeless refugees and Marshall feared that these conditions might encourage communist revolutions. So in June 1947, he proposed the Marshall Plan to help rebuild Europe. The President and Congress accepted. Between 1948 and 1952, the Marshall Plan provided more than $12 billion in aid to Western Europe Countries. Marshall reduced the threat of communist revolution.
President Truman asked congress for $400 million in military and economic aid for Greece and Turkey. Eventually, with American aids, both countries held off communist threats. This program to encourage nations to resist communist expansion was known ad the Truman Doctrine. The need for this policy was: " The free peoples of the world look to us for support in maintaining their freedoms. If we falter in our leadership, we may endanger the welfare of our own nation".
United States planes break a Soviet blockade by bringing desperately needed food, fuel, and supplies to the people of Berlin
the Korean War begins
Fidel Castro comes to power in Cuba
Friendship 7, with astronaut John Glenn aboard, blasts off for orbit around Earth
More than half million American troops are fighting in Vietnam until Communist win control all of South Vietnam, ending the Vietnam War
The United States removes the last of its combat troops from South Vietnam
The Berlin Wall is torn down by the people of Berlin
Statues of former communist leaders are toppled as communism falls and the Soviet Union breaks up