Untitled timeline

Main

Yalta Conference/ Cold War begins

2/4/1945

United States first used atomic bomb in war

8/6/1945

Russia enters war against Japan

8/8/1945

Japanese surrender/end of WWII

8/14/1945

Winston Churchill delivers "Iron Curtain" speech

3/1/1946

Marshall Plan is announced

6/1/1947

Berlin Blockade begins

6/24/1948

Berlin Blockade ends

5/12/1949

NATO ratified

7/1/1949

Mao Zedong takes control of China

9/1/1949

Soviets explode first atomic bomb

9/1/1949

Joe McCarthy begins communist witch hunt

2/1/1950

Korean War begins

6/1/1950

Korean War ends

7/1/1953

KGB established

3/1/1954

Warsaw Pact formed

5/1/1955

Launch of Sputnik

8/4/1957

Khrushchev demands withdrawal of troops from berlin

11/1/1958

Cuba taken over by Fidel Castro

1/1/1959

U2 spy plane incident

5/1/1960

John F. Kennedy elected president

11/1/1960

Bay of Pigs invasion

4/1/1961

Kennedy requests 25% spending increase for military

7/1/1961

Berlin Border closed

8/13/1961

Construction of Berlin Wall begins

8/17/1961

U.S. involvement in Vietnam increases

1962

Cuban missile crisis

8/1962

Nuclear test ban treaty ratified

7/1963

President Kennedy assassinated

11/1963

Gulf of Tonkin incident

8/1964

Apollo 11 lands on the moon

7/20/1969

President Nixon extends Vietnam War to Cambodia

4/1970

SALT I signed

7/1972

Cease fire between North Vietnam and U.S.

1/1973

U.S. helps overthrow Chilean government

9/1973

President Nixon resigns

8/1974

North Vietnam defeats South Vietnam

4/17/1975

SALT II signed

7/1979

President Reagan proposes Strategic Defense Initiative

1983

U.S. troops overthrow regime in Grenada

8/1983

Mikhail Gorbachev ascends to power in Soviet Union

1985

Gorbachev ends economic aid to Soviet satellites

1986

Reagan and Gorbachev remove intermediate nuclear missiles from Europe

8/1986

Reagan/Gorbachev sign treaty to remove medium and short range nuclear missiles

8/1987

Soviet troops withdraw from Afghanistan

1/1989

China puts down protests for democracy

6/1989

Poland becomes independent

6/1989

Hungary becomes independent

9/1989

Berlin Wall falls

11/1989

Soviet empire ends

12/1989