Cold War Timeline

By Alexander Carpenter

Development of the PRC

Mao Zedong High Chairman of the PRC Until His Death

June 19 1945 - Sept. 9 1976

V-J Day

Aug 14 1945

Mao Zedong Proclaims the People's Republic of China

October 1 1949

Great Leap Forward

1958 - 1960

Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution

1966 - 1976

Nixon's Visit to PRC

February 21 1972 - February 28 1972

Mao Zedong Dies

Sept. 9 1976

Hua Guofeng High Chairman of the PRC

7 October 1976 - 28 June 1981

Deng Xiaoping In Office and Reforms the PRC's Economy

13 December 1982 - 2 November 1987

Berlin

Yalta Conference

February 1945

VE Day

May 8 1945

Berlin Blockade

June 1948 - May 1949

Currency Reform in West Germany and Berlin

June 20 1948

Krushchev's Berlin Ultimatum

November 27 1958

Construction of Berlin Wall

August 13 1961 - August 31 1961

Four-Power Treaty on Berlin

3 September 1971

"Tear Down This Wall!"

12 June 1987

Fall of the Berlin Wall

9 November 1989

Germany Re-Unified

October 3 1990

The Vietnam War

Ho Chi Minh Proclaims North Vietnam in Hanoi

Sept. 2 1945

Ngô Đình Diệm President of the Republic of Vietnam

26 October 1955 - 2 November 1963

Official Beginning of Vietnam War

1 November 1955

Agent Orange Used

Jan. 9 1962 - 1971

Ngô Đình Diệm assassinated

2 November 1963

Fall of Saigon and Unification of North and South Vietnam

30 April 1975

The Korean War

Liberation Day

Aug 15 1945

Korea Officially Divided

Sept. 8 1945

Korean War Begins

25 June 1950

Korean War "Ends"

27 July 1953

NATO and the Warsaw Pact

Treaty of Brussels Signed

17 March 1948

North Atlantic Treaty Signed in Washington, D.C.

4 April 1949

Soviet Union Creates Warsaw Pact in Response of the North Atlantic Treaty

14 May 1955

Hungarian Revolution of 1956

23 October 1956 - 10 November 1956

Warsaw Pact Invasion of Czechoslovakia

20 August 1968

Detente Begins

1971

Warsaw Pact Officially Disbanded

25 February 1991

The Cuban Missile Crisis

Bay of Pigs Invasion

17 April 1961

Castro Gains Power

July 1961

Operation Anadyr Takes Effect

June 17 1962 - Oct. 24 1962

Missile Crisis Ends

Oct 27 1962