Cold War Timeline.docx

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After the United States, Britain, and France introduce the Deutsche Mark to serve as a single currency for their three zones of occupation in Western Germany, the Soviets impose the Berlin blockade, cutting off rail and road access to the capital city, which is located in the middle of the Soviet zone of Eastern Germany. This angered many counties including the US, and further escalated tensions between the two nations. Jun 24, 1948 - May 11, 1949 The Berlin Airlift Under General Lucius Clay, the United States begins Operation Vittles—the 11-month Berlin Airlift— which brings necessary supplies into the city by plane. The airlift represents an immense feat of coordination, with planes landing and being unloaded around the clock for nearly a year. Apr 4, 1949 NATO Formed Ten Western European nations join the United States and Canada to form the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), an anti-Soviet military alliance that extends the deterrent threat of America's nuclear weapons to cover Western Europe. Aug 29, 1949 Soviet Atomic Bomb The Soviet Union detonates its first atomic bomb, causing shock and fear in the United States. The US was now matched, if not outmatched by the Soviets nuclear arsenal, and this caused further tension between the two nations, ad they now both possessed the power to completely total each other in the case of a war. Oct 1, 1949 Communist Win in China Chinese communist leader Mao Zedong declares the People's Republic of China as the communists win their civil war against Chiang Kai-Shek's Nationalists, who flee to Taiwan. This escalated the events of the Cold War because it was a huge thing for the Communist movement, which was mainly driven by Russia.
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