Cold War Timeline
February 8, 1945 World War II allies attend the Yalta Conference.
Following World War II, the United States and the Soviet Union meet at Yalta to decide what to do with Germany. The country has been split, and East Germany has been taken over by the Soviet Union and turned into a communist state.
June 8, 1949 Celebrities are accused of being a member of the Communist Party.
Many celebrities in the United States are falsely accused of being communists. Senator Joseph McCarthy is the guy behind the allegations, and he is responsible for many innocent individuals losing their jobs as a result of being implicated.
August 29, 1949 The Russians test an atomic bomb.
The Soviet Union successfully tests its first atomic weapon, codenamed Joe 1 by the United States. There are now two nuclear-armed nations in the globe, in addition to the United States.
June 25, 1950 The Korean War begins.
The Korean War begins when Korea invades South Korea. The United States joins the battle to attempt to halt the rise of communism.
March 29, 1951 Julius and Ethel Rosenberg are executed.
Russian agents are suspected of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg. They were killed for divulging nuclear secrets to the Soviet Union.
July 27, 1953 The Korean War ends.
The conflict between North and South Korea has come to an end. However, the nation is still split, and North Korea is still communist.
September 7, 1953 Nikita Khrushchev becomes the leader of the Soviet Union.
Following Joseph Stalin's death on March 5, 1953, there was a battle to determine who would be Russia's next leader. Nikita Khrushchev is elected Communist Party leader, and his opponent, Lavrentiy Beria, is put to death three months later.
December 1956 North Vietnam invades South Vietnam.
North Korea is a communist country. South Vietnam, which is not communist, is invaded by Vietnam. To combat the rise of communism, the United States would ultimately enter the conflict in Vietnam.
January 1, 1959 Cuba has a revolution.
Following the fall of Fulgencio Batista, Fidel Castro is elected President of Cuba. Castro does not declare Cuba to be communist, but it does become a Soviet ally.
April 17, 1961 The U.S. fails in its attempt to invade Cuba.
At the Bay of Pigs, the United States attempts to invade Cuba in order to put an end to communism. The invasion is a failure, and Castro continues to rule the nation.
August 13, 1961 The Berlin Wall is built.
The Soviet Union, which controls East Germany, constructs a massive wall that separates Berlin. Residents of East Germany are not permitted to go to West Germany.
October 16, 1962 The Cuban Missile Crisis begins.
The United States learns that the Soviet Union has placed nuclear missiles in Cuba, 90 miles away. President John F. Kennedy insists that the missiles be withdrawn, and Khrushchev complies after 13 days of heated talks.
August 4, 1964 The Gulf of Tonkin Resolution leads to U.S. involvement in Vietnam.
President Lyndon B. Johnson informs Congress that US ships in Vietnam were shot at. Despite the fact that it may not have occurred exactly as the president said, Congress decides to authorize the United States to participate in the Vietnam War.
April 30, 1975 North Vietnam wins the Vietnam War.
North Vietnam wins the Vietnam War after capturing Saigon, the capital of South Vietnam. As a communist country, the country is unified.
March 11, 1985 Mikhail Gorbachev becomes president of the Soviet Union.
Mikhail Gorbachev is elected President of the Soviet Union and strives to usher in a new age of peace in the Soviet Union. He signs accords and measures that help bring the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union to a conclusion over time.