USAF T-39 shot down by a MiG-19

USAF T-39 shot down by a MiG-19

https://youtu.be/d7URLThs53w In January 1964, an unarmed USAF  T-39 Sabreliner on a training mission over Erfurt, East Germany was shot down by a MiG-19 jet fighter of the Soviet Air Force.  All three occupants of the aircraft were...

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The Cuban Missile Crisis

The Cuban Missile Crisis

The Cuban Missile Crisis of October 1962 was a cold war confrontation between the United States and the Soviet Union, which escalated into an international crisis when American deployments of missiles in Italy and Turkey were matched by deployments of Soviet...

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Cuban Missile Crisis

Cuban Missile Crisis

The Cuban Missile Crisis was a confrontation between the United States and the Soviet Union in October 1962. The situation escalated into an international crisis when American missiles in Italy and Turkey were matched by Soviet deployments of similar ballistic...

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East German Killed Crossing Berlin Wall

East German Killed Crossing Berlin Wall

In August 1962 Peter Fechter, an 18 year old East German bricklayer, the 27th known person to die at the Berlin Wall, was shot and killed by East German border guards while trying to cross over to West Berlin. Source: Wikipedia

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Civil War in Laos

Civil War in Laos

In association with civil wars in Cambodia and  Vietnam, the Laotian Civil War was waged between the Communist Pathet Lao and the Royal Lao Government from May 1959 to December 1975. Both sides received heavy support in a proxy war...

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JFK Announces Peace Corps Formation 

JFK Announces Peace Corps Formation 

President Kennedy proposed the Peace Corps as a means to improve America's global image and leadership in the Cold War. Established within three months of Kennedy's 1960 election, the Peace Corps garnered both bipartisan and popular support, particularly...

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Patrice Lumumba Assasinated

Patrice Lumumba Assasinated

In January 1961 Patrice Lumumba, the 1st premier Congo, was murdered after 67 days in office. The US and Joseph Mobutu (Congolese politician and military officer) were implicated but no conclusive proof has emerged. In 2000 the Belgium Parliament opened an...

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Eisenhower’s “Military-Industrial Complex” Speech 

Eisenhower’s “Military-Industrial Complex” Speech 

As President of the United States for two terms, Eisenhower had slowed the push for increased defense spending despite pressure to build more military equipment during the Cold War arms race. Nonetheless, the American military services and the defense industry had...

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Eisenhower Visits India

Eisenhower Visits India

https://youtu.be/vAcxBX225kw?t=6 In December 1959 President Dwight Eisenhower visited India and met with President Rajenda Prasad and Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru. In an address to the  Indian Parliament, Eisenhower said: “ We who are free, and who prize our...

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Eisenhower Warns of Communist Threat

Eisenhower Warns of Communist Threat

Text of January 1958 address: The threat to our safety, and to the hope of a peaceful world, can be simply stated. It is communist imperialism. This threat is not something imagined by critics of the Soviets. Soviet spokesmen, from the beginning, have publicly and...

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Distant Early Warning Line

Distant Early Warning Line

The Distant Early Warning (DEW) Line was the northernmost of three radar lines in Canada and Alaska. Designed to provide enough warning time of a nuclear attack to enable launching an effective counterattack, the DEW line was placed far north of the joint...

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Eisenhower Doctrine

Eisenhower Doctrine

https://youtu.be/1N1_JGG4XX8 In January 1957 President Eisenhower declared that US forces could be deployed to protect the territorial integrity and political independence of nations from overt armed aggression by any nation controlled by international communism....

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US Hydrogen Bomb Dropped Over Bikini Atoll 

US Hydrogen Bomb Dropped Over Bikini Atoll 

In May 1956 the United States conducted the first airborne test of an improved hydrogen bomb. Dropped from a B-52 bomber over the island of Namu in the Bikini Atoll in the Pacific Ocean, the successful test indicated that hydrogen bombs were viable airborne weapons...

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Britain Decides to Develop Thermonuclear Weapons

Britain Decides to Develop Thermonuclear Weapons

https://youtu.be/0RNwR1Sewh8 Great Britain successfully tested an atomic bomb in Operation Hurricane in October 1952, becoming the world's third nuclear power. However, in November 1952, the United States conducted Ivy Mike, the first successful...

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Assassination Attempt on Zhou Enlai

Assassination Attempt on Zhou Enlai

https://youtu.be/IWx6Q_qT9bU In April 1955, the Kashmir Princess, a chartered aircraft owned by Air India was damaged in midair by a bomb explosion and crashed into the South China Sea while en route to Jakarta, Indonesia. Sixteen of...

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First US Advisors Sent to South Vietnam

First US Advisors Sent to South Vietnam

https://youtu.be/qtaX8MIimwE After WWII, American Cold War policy was based on the "domino theory”— if one country fell to communism, the surrounding countries would fall, like dominoes. The Eisenhower administration was worried that the potential fall of Vietnam...

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West Germany joins North Atlantic Treaty Organization

West Germany joins North Atlantic Treaty Organization

https://youtu.be/0rICHFt7Gg4 In 1949, the Americans, British, and French combined their zones of occupation in West Germany to establish the Bundesrepublik Deutschland (Federal Republic of Germany). The Soviets responded by forming the Deutsche Demokratische Republik...

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Southeast Asia Treaty Organization – SEATO

Southeast Asia Treaty Organization – SEATO

https://youtu.be/6_Hb8IDU4Tk Wikipedia In September 1954 the United States, France, Great Britain, New Zealand, Australia, the Philippines, Thailand and Pakistan formed the Southeast Asia Treaty Organization (SEATO).     Although most of the SEATO member states were...

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Coup D’état in Guatemala

Coup D’état in Guatemala

https://youtu.be/uVkthJcKQxg In June 1954, Operation PBSuccess (a covert operation directed by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency) orchestrated the invasion of Guatemala from Honduras by a force of Guatemalan mercenaries. The successful coup d'état deposed...

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