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Mao Zedong

December 26, 1893 - September 9, 1976

He was a Chinese communist revolutionary, politician and socio-political theorist.

Convicted of passing atomic secrets to the Soviet Union.

September 25, 1915 - June 19, 1953

Convicted of passing atomic secrets to the Soviet Union.

The House Un-American Activities Committee

1938

It opens hearings investigating Communist activity in Hollywood.

Yalta Conference

February 11, 1945

was the World War II meeting of the heads of government of the United States, the United Kingdom, and the Soviet Union, represented by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Prime Minister Winston Churchill, and General Secretary Joseph Stalin, respectively, for the purpose of discussing Europe's post-war reorganization.

VE Day

Mar. 7, 1945

he Western Allies—whose chief commanders in the field were Omar N. Bradley and Bernard Law Montgomery—crossed the Rhine after having smashed through the strongly fortified Siegfried Line and overran West Germany.

Potsdamn Conference

July 17, 1945 - August 2, 1945

(In some older documents it is also referred to as the Berlin Conference of the Three Heads of Government of the USSR, USA and UK [2][3]) Participants were the Soviet Union, the United Kingdom and the United States. The three powers were represented by Communist Party General Secretary Joseph Stalin, Prime Ministers Winston Churchill,[4] and, later, Clement Attlee,[5] and President Harry S. Truman.

End of World War II

August, 1945

The end of world war 2 with Asia.

VJ

August 14, 1945

it was announced that Japan had surrendered unconditionally to the Allies, effectively ending World War II. Since then, both August 14 and August 15 have been known as "Victory over Japan Day," or simply "V-J Day." The term has also been used for September 2, 1945, when Japan's formal surrender took place aboard the U.S.S. Missouri, anchored in Tokyo Bay. Coming several months after the surrender of Nazi Germany, Japan's capitulation in the Pacific brought six years of hostilities to a final and highly anticipated close.

Hollywood Blacklisting

1947

he Hollywood Blacklist came into being in 1947 when the House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC) began to summon certain Hollywood entertainment professionals on the suspicion that their work was communist-inspired. As the media began extensive coverage of the proceedings, some writers, producers, and directors became known as the "Hollywood Ten."

Marshall Plan is Announced

June 5, 1947

Secretary of State George C. Marshall announced a plan to provide economic assistance to the devastated nations of Europe after World War II. He presented what became known as the Marshall Plan during a commencement speech at Harvard University.

Berlin Blockade Begin and Ends

June 24, 1948 - May 12, 1949

The Berlin Blockade in 1948 was one of the first leading international predicaments of the Cold War. After WWII, Germany was divided into four zones for each of the Allied Powers. Berlin was divided within the Russian zone into East Berlin, which was Soviet Union, and West Berlin, which was American.

Soviets explode first atomic bomb

August 29, 1949

explode first atomic bomb

Joseph McCarthy begins Communist witch hunt

February, 1950

Senator Joseph McCarthy’s first term was criticized as unimpressive. McCarthy searched for ways to keep his political success alive,

Korean War

June 25, 1950 - July 27, 1953

Although the war ended there was no winner

John F. Kennedy elected President

Nov. 8, 1960

Berlin Wall falls

1961 - 1989

The Berlin Wall was both the physical division between West Berlin and East Germany from 1961 to 1989 and the symbolic boundary between democracy and Communism during the Cold War.

Rise of Berlin Wall

August 13, 1961

The Berlin Wall was both the physical division between West Berlin and East Germany from 1961 to 1989 and the symbolic boundary between democracy and Communism during the Cold War.

Cuban Missile Crisis

October, 1962

the world waited—seemingly on the brink of nuclear war—and hoped for a peaceful resolution to the Cuban Missile Crisis.

The Vietnam War

1969 - 1975

Apollo 11 lands on the moon

July 20, 1969

Fall of Soviet Union - End of Cold War

December, 1991