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United States Relations with Russia Timeline: The Cold War

1945-1949
1950-1959
1960-1969
1970-1979
1980-1985
1986-1989

1945-1949

  • 1945-1946: Creation of Eastern European People's Republics
  • 1946: George Kennan's Long Telegram and the Policy of Containment
  • 1946: Churchill's Iron Curtain Speech
  • 1946: Soviet Troops in Iran
  • 1947: Truman Doctrine
  • 1947: U.S. Efforts to Control Atomic Energy
  • 1947: Marshall's Offer of Economic Assistance
  • 1948-1949: Berlin Airlift
  • 1949: North Atlantic Treaty Organization
  • 1949: Creation of the two Germanys
  • 1949: Soviet Atomic Bomb

    1950-1959

  • 1950: Sino-Soviet Treaty
  • 1950: NSC-68
  • 1950-1953: Korean War
  • 1952: U.S. Hydrogen Bomb
  • 1953: Stalin's Death
  • 1953: Soviet Hydrogen Bomb
  • 1954: Atomic Energy Act
  • 1955: Creation of the Warsaw Pact
  • 1955: Austrian State Treaty
  • 1955: Big Four Geneva Summit
  • 1956: Twentieth Congress of Soviet Communist Party
  • 1956: Polish Uprising
  • 1956: Suez Crisis
  • 1956: Hungarian Uprising
  • 1957-1958: Sputnik and the Space Race
  • 1958: Suspension of Nuclear Tests
  • 1958: Khrushchev's Berlin Demands
  • 1959: Khrushchev Visits the United States
  • 1959: Khrushchev-Eisenhower Meeting at Camp David
  • 1959: Antarctic Treaty

    1960-1969

  • 1960: The U-2 Incident
  • 1960: Paris Summit
  • 1960: United States Unveils "Great Seal Bug" at the United Nations
  • 1961: Vienna Meeting
  • 1961: Berlin Crisis
  • 1962: Cuban Missile Crisis
  • 1963: Establishment of the "Hotline"
  • 1963: Limited Test Ban Treaty
  • 1964: Fall of Khrushchev
  • 1965: U.S. Troops to Vietnam
  • 1967: Treaty on Peaceful Uses of Outer Space
  • 1967: Johnson and Kosygin Meeting
  • 1968: Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty
  • 1968: Soviet Invasion of Czechoslovakia
  • 1969: Strategic Arms Limitation Talks
  • 1969: Soviet Submarine Base in Cuba

    1970-1979

  • 1971: Nuclear Weapons Ban on Seabed
  • 1971: Quadripartite Agreement on Berlin
  • 1971: Agreement to Reduce Risk of Nuclear War
  • 1972: Moscow Summit
  • 1973: Brezhnev-Nixon Meeting in the United States
  • 1973: Force Reduction Meeting in Vienna
  • 1974: Moscow Summit
  • 1974: Vladivostok Meeting
  • 1974: Jackson-Vanik Amendment
  • 1975: Apollo-Soyuz Mission
  • 1975: Helsinki CSCE Meetings
  • 1979: SALT II Agreements
  • 1979: New Moscow Embassy
  • 1979: NATO Action Against Soviet SS-20 Deployments
  • 1979: Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan

    1980-1985

  • 1980: Gromyko-Muskie Meeting Geneva
  • 1980: Olympic Boycott
  • 1980: Talks on Medium Range Missiles
  • 1981: Lifting of Embargo
  • 1981: Strategic Arms Reduction Proposal
  • 1981: Intermediate Range Nuclear Force Negotiations
  • 1981: Martial Law in Poland
  • 1982: Arms Reductions Refused by United States
  • 1982: Grain Embargo Lifted
  • 1982: Brezhnev's Funeral
  • 1983: Reagan's Open Letter to Europe
  • 1983: Announcement of Strategic Defense Initiative
  • 1983: INF Talks
  • 1983: Lifting of Grain Negotiations Ban
  • 1983: Downing of Korean Airlines Flight 007
  • 1983: INF Talks
  • 1983: START Talks
  • 1983: Breakdown of INF Talks
  • 1983: Breakdown of START Negotiations
  • 1984: Death of Soviet Leader
  • 1984: U.S.S. Kitty Hawk Incident
  • 1984: Soviet Olympic Boycott
  • 1984: Improvements to the Hotline
  • 1984: Proposal for Future Arms Control Talks
  • 1985: Geneva Meeting
  • 1985: Death of Chernenko
  • 1985: Arms Negotiations Resumed
  • 1985: New Bilateral Trade Agreements
  • 1985: Geneva Summit
  • 1985: Mutual and Balanced Force Reduction Proposal

    1986-1989

  • 1986: Televised Greetings
  • 1986: Nuclear Test Moratorium Proposed
  • 1986: Chernobyl Disaster
  • 1986: Commercial Flights Resumed
  • 1986: Nuclear Risk Reduction
  • 1986: Reykjavik Summit
  • 1986: START Proposal
  • 1987: Nuclear and Space Talks
  • 1987: Discovery of Electronic Listening Devices at U.S. Embassy
  • 1987: Agreement on Nuclear Risk Reduction
  • 1987: Draft START Treaty
  • 1987: Soviet Draft Treaty
  • 1987: Washington Summit
  • 1987: Gorbachev, Man of Year
  • 1988: Moscow Summit
  • 1988: Communist Party of the Soviet Union's XIXth Party Conference
  • 1988: New York Meeting
  • 1989: Vienna Meeting
  • 1989: Gorbachev Elected President
  • 1989: Secretary Baker's Visit to Moscow
  • 1989: President Bush's Speech on the Soviet Union
  • 1989: U.S.-Soviet Military Agreement
  • 1989: Baker and Shevardnadze Meeting
  • 1989: Fall of Communism in Eastern Europe
  • 1989: U.S. and Soviet Leaders Met at Malta



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