NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization)'s objective was to form an alliance against communism. In skirmishes such as the Korean war, this evened the odds for the non- Communists, prolonging the cold war, but preventing disaster.
3: H-Bomb First Tested
November 1, 1952
The new type of atomic bomb was potentially thousands of times more powerful than its predecessor used in WWII. This class is the most advanced created and incited nuclear fear during the cold war.
7: Polio Vaccine
Virologist Jonas Salk invented the Polio vaccine, and released it to the public with no demands. Thanks to this treatment, Polio and its horrible effects on young, innocent children has for the most part disappeared.
9: Warsaw Pact
May 14, 1955 - July 1, 1991
The Warsaw pact was a reaction to the inclusion of West Germany in NATO. It was important because it heightened the stalemate of the cold war.
6: Cuban Missile Crisis
October 16, 1962 - October 27, 1962
The Cuban Missile Crisis was a political interaction between the United States and Soviet occupied Cuba. After a spy plane was shot down, events escalated because we had discovered nuclear weapons stationed there, threatening nuclear war on an unprecedented scale.
5: SALT I Signed
May 26, 1972
The Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty entailed limiting the amount of anti- ballistic missile systems available to the sides of the Cold War, as well as freezing production of ICBM's until 1977. This treaty prevented the escalation of a new type of warfare for the century.
4: First Personal Computers Released for Sale
1975 - 1984
The MITS Altair 8800 was able to be mass produced when its processors became producible on the same scale. Though a distant ancestor to modern classical computers, they would evolve in a short amount of time into what is arguably the turning point of the 20th century.
2: Birth of the Internet
British scientist Tim Berners -Lee creates the www project. Its function was to automate information sharing.
10: Tiananmen Square Massacre
April 15, 1989 - June 4, 1989
Unrest in China led to protests for reform, met with brutal, military level intervention by the Chinese government. This event was significant in efforts against communism, as the government's actions were exploited as a result.
1: Fall of Berlin Wall
November 9, 1989 - November 1991
The Berlin Wall was a physical and symbolic division between East and West Germany. Even the guards eventually let people through.