Cold War Timeline

Camille Horne and Sarah McMillan

U.S.

Containment

1945 - 1989

The U.S. wanted to keep these vile communists from spreading their practices through the rest of Europe. It had to be contained so this disease wouldn't spread! Hence the Vietnam and Korean Wars.

Iron Curtain

1945 A.D. - 1989 A.D.

This was the imaginary line that divided the evil Russian communists (and communist conquered countries) from the innocent Western countries.

Brinkmanship

1945 - 1989

We would go as far as it took to keep communism in check... but we don't want to actually lose our men over it!

Domino Theory

1945 - 1989

Well we feel like if one country falls to communism, all of the countries around it will too!

Yalta Conference

February 1945

The U.S., Britain, and U.S.S.R. were all there. We divided up Germany, made Germany pay (pretty well deserved) reparations, gave Eastern Europe free elections (YAY! FINALLY!), and the U.S.S.R. joined the war against Japan. ('Bout time..)

Potsdam Conference

July 1945

Truman, Churchill, and Stalin were all there. The U.S. wanted the U.S.S.R. to give Eastern Europe free elections, but they stubbornly refused... jerks...

Marshall Plan

1948 - 1951

This was our brilliant idea to give money to the Western European countries to keep them from becoming poor. That way they won't be tempted by the communists evil ways!

Formation of NATO

1949

Ten Western European Nations, the U.S., and Canada this "North Atlantic Treaty Organization. It'll help us defend ourselves! We must stand united!

Explosion of Joe 1

1949

The Soviets exploded their test bomb and prompted the arms race. We'd better get started working on the Hydrogen bomb!

Korean War

1950 - 1953

The poor South Koreans finally caught a break when the the 38th parallel was drawn to divide the country between them and the evil Commies. And finally, FINALLY the UN was able to agree on something, and we decided to support S Korea in its fight (mostly because of those dumb Russians who thought they were boycotting the meeting; you snooze, you lose).

Vietnam War

1950 - 1973

The French fought the Vietnamese for rights to their colonies, but when the French pulled out, we knew that Communism would spread to the rest of Asia if we didn't do something. Unfortunately everyone back at home kept complaining about our decisions, so we were finally forced to pull out, too (and yet another win for Communism). :(

Formation of the Warsaw Pact

1955

This was formed by the U.S.S.R., Eastern Germany, Czechoslovakia, Poland, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, and Albania in response to NATO. Uh-Oh.

Suez Canal Crisis

1956

Egypt took the British-owned canal in retaliation for the "lack" of financial support from the U.S. and Britain over the Aswan Dam. Britain, Israel, and France retook the canal, but the U.S. and U.S.S.R. made them give it back to Egypt. They deserved it. TEAMWORK!

Sputnik Launched

August 1957

The U.S.S.R. used an ICBM to push Sputnik into orbit. Sputnik was the first unmanned satellite. We might be slipping behind a little.. so let's improve high school science education! Yeah!

Cuban Missile Crisis

July, 1962

Those Soviets thought they could pull one over us, but our spy place saw their missiles in Cuba (and then Cuba complained about "sovereignty of other nations", but we all know that Cuba is in the USSR's pocket). So of course we took action, and made the USSR leave Cuba and take the missiles with them. Score one for freedom and democracy!

SALT Talks

1972

President Nixon finally sat down with the Russians and signed an agreement between our two nations. We both limited the number of intercontinental ballistic and sub-launched missiles we could have (we, of course, will honor our agreement, but I highly doubt those Commies will).

Detente

1972

Our President Nixon reached out to the Soviets to try and ease some of that Cold War tension. That's what's so great about democracy: even if we don't like it, we do it anyway for the good of the free world.

Invasion of Afghanistan

1979

The Soviets supported the Communist Revolution (and we all know they wanted complete control of the oil there), so we went in and supported the mujahideen. And THEN, wonder of all wonders, a Soviet president was elected with a head on his shoulders, and pulled out of the war (unfortunately, we don't think he'll last very long).

Reagan's Strategic Defense Initiative

1983

Good ol' President Reagan recognized that the Russians wouldn't hold up their end of the bargain, and so he set up the SDI, which is a missile defense system. We never had to put it into place, but America ALWAYS has a back-up plan or two.

U.S.S.R.

Iron Curtain

1945 - 1989

We consider the Iron Curtain the protective line between us and those stubborn Western Europeans.

Containment

1945 - 1989

The U.S. attacked our communist buddies for NO REASON! What did we ever do to them?!

Brinkmanship

1945 - 1989

The U.S. was being all cowardly. They'd pick fights with people and then chicken out! Such wimps...

Domino Theory

1945 - 1989

The idea was that as soon as one country became communist, the places around would catch on that it was an amazing fix.Then they would become communist too! Cool!

Yalta Conference

February 1945

The U.S., Britain, and the U.S.S.R. (That's us!) divided up Germany and made them pay reparations. Well hey.. They were being jerks! Then we gave Eastern Europe free elections and The U.S.S.R. joined the war against Japan. More jerks.

Potsdam Conference

July 1945

Truman, Churchill, and Stalin (our AMAZING ruler) were all present. Then the U.S. wanted to make us give Eastern Europe free elections. Ummm.. NO?! Don't tell us what to do!

Marshall Plan

1948 - 1951

This was the American plan to give money and supplies to those wimpy European (non-communist) nations. They offered it to the Eastern Europeans too but why would our countries need help from those lowlifes?

Explosion of Joe 1

1949

We tested our bomb (That we named after our AWESOME leader, Joseph Stalin!) and began the arms race.

Formation of NATO

1949

Ten Western European Nations, the U.S., and Canada formed this "North Atlantic Treaty Organization." It was a defensive move, so we had to come up with a response. (See our "Warsaw Pact.")

Korean War

1950 - 1953

The 38th parallel was a line that separated the Communist North Korea from that stupid democratic South Korea. We gave N Korea tanks, weapons, and money, and the the UN goes and votes to help S Korea, leaving us out of the voting and ignoring our opinions completely. Way to be "democratic".

Vietnam War

1950 - 1973

The weak French tried to fight the Communists, but of course they were defeated. Communism is obviously a better system than a democracy. But THEN the US got in the fight, and I heard people back home were not happy about it. Serves them right. They finally pulled out all of their troops in 1973, and then Vietnam finally united under glorious communism.

Formation of the Warsaw Pact

1955

We reacted to the formation of NATO with our own defensive group made up of the U.S.S.R., Eastern Germany, Czechoslovakia, Poland, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, and Albania.

Suez Canal Crisis

1956

Egypt took this British-owned canal because they were mad that they did not get financial support from the U.S. and Britain over the Aswan Dam. Britain, Israel, and France retook the canal, but the U.S. and U.S.S.R. made them give it back because we are just good people like that!

Sputnik Launched

August 1957

We used an ICBM to push the first unmanned satellite EVER, Sputnik, into orbit. This made the U.S. realize that they were inferior and they started improving their high school science education.

Cuban Missile Crisis

July, 1962

We secretly built missiles and put them in Cuba, pointing them at the US, but then one of their spy planes saw them! So, what was that about letting other nations be sovereign, hmm, US? And so they blocked off the ports around Cuba and ordered us to leave. We did, but Cuba was still under our thumb and they helped Communist revolutions in Latin America, so who was the real winner here? Us!

Detente

1972

After our new president was elected (once we kicked out that idiot who wanted reforms and more freedom for the people), the new US president wanted to lessen the tensions between out two nations. Well, if the US wasn't so hostile all the time, there wouldn't be tensions, would there?

SALT Talks

1972

The US and us signed an agreement to limit the number of intercontinental ballistic and sub-launched missiles that we could each have. And they think we're unreasonable (well, unless we have to be).

Invasion of Afghanistan

1979

We supported the great Communist Afghans, and the US supported the "holy warriors", whoever THOSE ridiculous people are. And then our president backed out of the war, because it was hurting out economy too much. :(

Reagan's Strategic Defense Initiative

1983

So just when we thought the US was finally starting to trust innocent lil' USSR, they go behind our backs and set up a missile defense system!! This is why we can't negotiate with them; they're lying backstabbers!