S: Post WWII (1945-): Historical Events
1: POST WAR: HISTORICAL EVENTS
2: THE COLD WAR The Cold War between the Soviet Union and the United States was a half century of military build-up, political maneuvering for international support, and behind-the-scenes military assistance for allies and satellite nations that began in the late 1940s and continued into the early 1990s. Both sides of the conflict wanted to avoid direct military action because of the threat of mutual nuclear destruction. But the period was punctuated by explosive situations that threatened to bring open war, including the Berlin Airlift (1948-1949), the Korean Conflict (1950-1953), the Cuban Missile Crisis (1962), the Vietnam War (1964-1975), and the Afghan Invasion (1979-1989). In December 1989, Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev and U.S. President George Bush officially ended the Cold War at a summit in Malta, but tensions between the two superpowers lingered for years.
5: MOON LANDING July 16, 1969: The world watched in anticipation as three men were hurtled skyward in a rocket bound for the moon. The Apollo program was the result of many years of effort and expense. The political advantage of being first to the moon pushed the US into a space race with the USSR, a union of communist/socialist countries around Russia. A brief summary and images of the Apollo program are discussed here with links for more research into these historic missions.
6: HIPPIE MOVEMENT The hippie subculture developed as a youth movement that began in the United States during the early 1960s and spread around the world. Its origins can be traced back to classical culture, and to European social movements in the early 20th century. From around 1967, its fundamental ethos — including harmony with nature, communal living, artistic experimentation particularly in music, and the widespread use of recreational drugs — spread around the world.
9: 9/11 ATTACK On September 11, 2001, there was an attack on America. There were two men who didn't like what America stands for: freedom, liberty, and the rights of men and women of all races, backgrounds, and beliefs. So on the morning of September 11, 2001, they hijacked four planes and attacked America in a terrible way. Two of the airplanes were crashed into the World Trade Center in New York City. The third plane was crashed into the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. The last plane was going to crash into another building in Washington, D.C., but the passengers stopped the hijackers, and the plane crashed into a field instead. Thousands of people lost their lives through these attacks. Hundreds of people were on the planes. Thousands died in the buildings that were hit by those planes.
10: CITATIONS "Cold War - Information, Facts, and Links." ENotes - Literature Study Guides, Lesson Plans, and More. Web. 10 June 2010.
11: CITATIONS "Cold War - Information, Facts, and Links." ENotes - Literature Study Guides, Lesson Plans, and More. Web. 10 June 2010.