Cold War in History

Historical Events

  • 1946-03-28 Cold War: The United States State Department releases the Acheson-Lilienthal Report, outlining a plan for the international control of nuclear power.
  • 1948-10-24 Bernard M Baruch introduces term "Cold War"
  • 1954-09-03 Espionage & Sabotage Act of 1954 signed in the US, prompted by the cold war
  • 1957-11-07 Cold War: The Gaither Report calls for more American missiles and fallout shelters.

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1962-10-16 Cuban missile crisis begins as JFK becomes aware of missiles in Cuba

35th US President John F. Kennedy
35th US President
John F. Kennedy
  • 1962-10-24 Cuban missile crisis: US blockade of Cuba begins
  • 1962-10-25 US Ambassador to the UN Adlai Stevenson demands USSR UN rep Zorin answer regarding Cuban missile bases saying "I am prepared to wait for my answer until hell freezes over"

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1962-10-28 Cuban missile crisis: US President JFK receives letter from Soviet Leaderr Khrushchev suggesting agreement

Soviet First Secretary Nikita Khrushchev
Soviet First Secretary
Nikita Khrushchev
35th US President John F. Kennedy
35th US President
John F. Kennedy
  • 1981-11-30 Cold War: In Geneva, representatives from the United States and the Soviet Union begin to negotiate intermediate-range nuclear weapon reductions in Europe (the meetings ended inconclusively on December 17).

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1989-12-03 Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev and US President George H. W. Bush, declare the Cold War over

Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev
Soviet General Secretary
Mikhail Gorbachev
41st US President George H. W. Bush
41st US President
George H. W. Bush
  • 2014-11-08 Mikhail Gorbachev warns that tensions between America and Russia over Ukraine have put the world on the brink of a new Cold War

Famous Birthdays

  • 1870-08-19 Bernard Baruch, financier/presidential adviser (Cold War)
  • 1882-01-05 Herbert Bayard Swope, U.S. journalist who coined the term "Cold War" (d. 1958)
  • 1934-04-01 Vladimir Posner, Russian/French/American journalist who represented and explained the views of the Soviet Union during the Cold War, born in Paris

Famous Deaths

  • 1965-06-21 Bernard M Baruch, pres advisor (termed "Cold War"), dies at 94
  • 2005-03-17 George F. Kennan, American Cold War strategist and historian (b. 1904)