Cold War timeline

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USSR invades Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia and Finland

1940 - 1941

Poland was divided between Germany and the USSR during the Nazi-Soviet pact

The Cold War

World War II

1939 - 1945

Formation of the United Nations

1945

Nuclear arms race

1945 - 1962

Marshall Plan

1947

The Truman Doctrine

1947

Truman believed Americans had to Contain Communism to the countries it was already in. He sought aid for Greece and Turkey to stop Communist rebels.

Berlin Airlift

1948

Stalin blockaded West Berlin from W. Germany. Soviets wanted a divided Germany.

Soviets explode first A-Bomb

1949

Soviets had spies working on the Manhattan project and had leading German scientists.

NATO

1949

Western allies formed a military alliance because of their fear of the USSR.

Communists under Mao control China

1949

The Red Scare in the USA

1949 - 1954

Joe McCarthy led the HUAC subcommittee to look for communists, he didn't find any, but caused paranoia throughout the USA.

The Korean War

1950 - 1953

Americans and Allies attempt to stop the spread of communism in Korea. End up in a war with China.

USA has H-bomb

1952

USSR has H-Bomb

1953

Soviets and E. Block nations form the Warsaw Pact

1955

This was a military alliance of Eastern European nations and the USSR as a military alliance.

Soviet Invasion of Hungary

1956

Soviets clamped down on liberal movement in Hungary wtih the army.

US U-2 Spy plane was shot down in the USSR

1960

This was a terrible shot to American creadability because Eisenhower had made a commitment not to fly these over USSR.

Cuban Missile Crisis

1962

The world was on the brink of nuclear annialation.