Cold War Timeline

Main

United States Presidents

Franklin D. Roosevelt

1933 - 1945

Harry S. Truman

1945 - 1953

Dwight D. Eisenhower

1953 - 1961

John F. Kennedy

1961 - 1963

Lyndon B. Johnson

1963 - 1969

Richard Nixon

1969 - 1974

Gerald R. Ford

1974 - 1977

Jimmy Carter

1977 - 1981

Ronald Reagan

1981 - 1989

George H.W. Bush

1989 - 1993

Russia/USSR Leaders

Joseph Stalin

1926 - 1953

Georgy Malenkov

1953 - 1955

Nikita Khrushchev

1955 - 1964

Leonid Brezhnev

1964 - 1982

Yuri Andropov

1982 - 1984

Konstantin Chernenko

1984 - 1985

Mikhail Gorbachev

1985 - 1991

Chinese Presidents

Lin Sen

1931 - 1943

Chiang Kai-shek

1943 - 1948

Chiang Kai-shek

1948 - 1949

Li Zongren

1949 - 1950

Chiang Kai-shek

1950 - 1975

Yen Chia-kan

1975 - 1978

Chiang Ching-kuo

1978 - 1988

Lee Teng-hui

1988 - 1996

Cold War in the Middle East and Europe

Communism

1920 - 1991

WWII in Europe

1939 - 1945

D-Day

June 6 1944

Iron Curtain

1945 - 1991

Containment

1945 - 1953

Most associated with policies of US President Truman.

Yalta Conference

February 4 1945 - February 11 1945

V-E Day

May 8 1945

United Nations

June 26 1945 - Present

Postdam Conference

July 17 1945 - August 2 1945

Nuremburg Trials

November 20 1945 - October 1 1946

Truman Doctrine

March 12, 1947

Marshal Plan

April 1948 - 1952

Berlin Airlift

June 1948 - May 1949


Warsaw Pact

1955 - 1991

Berlin Wall

1961 - 1989

SALT I

November 17 1969 - May 1972

Dedente

1971 - 1979

SALT II

1972 - 1979

Munich Massacre

September 6 1972 - September 7 1972

1972 Summer Olympic Attacks in Munich, West Germany

Camp David Accords

September 17 1978

Shah of Iran Overthrown

1979

Mohammad Reza Pahlavi

Iranian Hostage Crisis

November 4, 1979 - January 20, 1981

Glasnost

1985 - 1989

Iran-Contra Affair

August 20, 1985 - March 4 1987

Perestroika

1986 - 1989

Geneva Accords

April 14 1988 - February 15 1989

North Atlantic Treaty Organization

April 4 1989 - Present

Persian Gulf War

August 2 1990 - February 28 1991

War in Afghanistan

2001 - Present

Patriot Act

October 26, 2001 - Present

War in Iraq

March 20 2003 - December 18 2011

Cold War in East Asia

Attack of Pearl Harbor

December 7, 1941

38 Parallel

1945

Pentagon Papers

1945 - 1967

Officially titled: United States – Vietnam Relations, 1945–1967: A Study Prepared by the Department of Defense

Battle of Iwo Jima

February 19 1945 - March 26 1945

Battle of Okinawa

April 1 1945 - June 22 1945

Postdam Conference

July 17 1945 - August 2 1945

Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

August 6 1945 - August 9 1945

Chinese Civil War

March 31 1946 - May 1 1950

Korean War

June 25 1950 - July 27 1953

General Douglas MacArthur Relieved

April 11 1951

Viet Cong

1954 - 1976

Domino Effect

1954 - 1980

Vietnam War

November 1 1955 - April 30 1975

Gulf of Tonkin Resolution

August 7 1964

Launch of the Tet Offensive

January 30, 1968

My Lai Massacre

March 16 1968

Military Selective Service Act, Revised

September 28 1971

Cold War in the Western Hemisphere

House Un-American Activities Committee

1938 - 1975

Julius and Ethel Rosenberg

1950

Alger Hiss Found Guilty

January 1950

Duck and Cover Produced

1951

Bay of Pigs Invasion

April 17 1961 - April 19 1961

Cuban Missile Crisis

October 14 1962 - October 28 1962

Cold War Competition

Central Intelligence Agency Formed

September 18, 1947

H-Bomb Tests in US and USSR

1952

Committee for State Security (KGB) Formed

March 13, 1954

Space Race

1957 - 1975

First Intercontinental Ballistic Missile

1957

By USSR

Sputnik 1 Launched

October 4 1957

First Satellite in Space, USSR

National Aeronautics and Space Administration Formed

July 29, 1958

John Glenn

February 20 1962

First man to orbit Earth, Friendship 7.

Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI)

1984