This was a turning point in post World War 2 Europe.
25 June 1950
The Korean War began when some 75,000 soldiers from the North Korean People’s Army poured across the 38th parallel, the boundary between the Soviet-backed Democratic People’s Republic of Korea to the north and the pro-Western Republic of Korea to the south. This is where things really got heated between the Soviets and the US.
October 4, 1957
This is where the US and Soviets had an intense rivalry about space and who can get the farthest first. Soviets started with the lead with Sputnik 1, however, when the kept competing it actually brought them together and made the International Space Station.
U-2 Reconnaissance Plane
May 1, 1960
This is where the US's CIA had a plane trying to spy on the Soviets and the Soviets shot it down. This lead to an embarrassing conference between US and Soviets. (Embarrassing for the US)
Bay of Pigs
April 17, 1961
This where the US tried to invade Cuba but failed miserably, this embarrassed the US.
Reagan visits the Wall
August 12, 1961
This when Reagan visited the Berlin Wall, this showed continued commitment to the people of West Berlin.
Cuban Missile Crisis
A 13-day confrontation between the United States and the Soviet Union initiated by the American discovery of Soviet ballistic missile deployment in Cuba. This was the closest to the US and the Soviets actually fighting. This includes nuclear warfare also.
Strategic Arms Limitation Talks
(SALT) were two rounds of bilateral conferences and corresponding international treaties involving the United States and the Soviet Union, the Cold War superpowers, on the issue of arms control
Soviets invade Afghanistan
Insurgent groups known collectively as the mujahideen, as well as smaller Maoist groups, fought a guerrilla war against the Soviet Army and the Democratic Republic of Afghanistan government, mostly in the countryside. The US and the Soviets each back a different side and this led to the US boycotting the 1980 Olympics.
November 9, 1989
This where East and west Germany reunited, East Germany was no longer Communist, and this was evidence that the War Saw Pact's days were numbered.