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This is a brief timeline of events leading up to the "Cold War Gone Hot"

All of these are real incidents that occurred at the times and places listed.

1949/04/04: April 4, the North Atlantic Treaty, which was signed by U.S. President Harry Truman in Washington, D.C https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NATO



1955/05/14: May 14, The Warsaw Pact is formed. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warsaw_Pact



1956/06/28: June 28 - in Poznań, Poland, anti-communist protests lead to violence https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poznań_1956_protests



1956/10/23: October 23 - Hungarian Revolution of 1956: Hungarians revolt against the Soviet dominated government. They are crushed by the Soviet military, which reinstates a Communist government. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hungarian_Revolution_of_1956



1964/01/28: January 28 - an unarmed United States Air Force T-39 Sabreliner on a training mission was shot down over Erfurt, East Germany by a Soviet Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-19 fighter aircraft. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1964_T-39_shootdown_incident



1968/08/20: August 20 - Prague Spring Reforms in Communist Czechoslovakia result in Warsaw Pact forces of the Soviet Red Army being deployed to crush Czechoslovakian revolt. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prague_Spring



1969/09/01: September 1 - Muammar al-Gaddafi overthrows the Libyan monarchy and expels British and American personnel. Libya aligns itself with the Soviet Union. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1969_Libyan_coup_d'état



1973/03/30: March 30 - the Irish navy intercepted a ship called the Claudia off of the coast of Ireland and found five tons of weaponry supplied by Libya. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Provisional_Irish_Republican_Army_arms_importation



1974/11/03: The potentially catastrophic crash occurred in November 1974 when the SSBN James Madison, armed with 16 Poseidon nuclear missiles, was heading out of the US naval base at Holy Loch, 30 miles north-west of Glasgow. Soon after leaving the port it hit an unidentified Soviet submarine that had been sent to tail it. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jan/25/nuclear-submarine-collision-cold-war-cia-scotland



1976/04/02: 2 April, A Soviet Su-15 Flagon flown by P.S. Strizhak was redirected by ground control to intercept a Japanese Martime Self-Defense Force P-2 Neptune. The Su-15 fired a missile at the P-2 and had to quickly break radar lock on the P-2. The missile passed near the P-2's right wing and self-destructed.



1977/07/14:  July 14, A US Army CH-47 Chinook was downed over the Korean demilitarized zone by a North Korean MiG-21 Fishbed. The CH-47's pilot was captured and the other three crew members, Robert Haynes, Joesph Miles and Ronald Wells, were killed. The pilot was released after 57 hours of captivity.



1977/07/23: July 23 The Ogaden War begins when Somalia attacks Ethiopia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ogaden_War

1979/03/13: March 13 - In Grenada (an island country in the southeastern Caribbean Sea), the New Jewel Movement (NJM) under the leadership of Maurice Bishop, overthrew the government of Eric Gairy. The NJM launched an armed takeover of the radio station, police barracks and various other key locations in Grenada while Gairy was on a trip outside the country. The armed takeover was conducted by the People's Revolutionary Army (PRA), which had been formed in secret within the NJM. They established the established the People's Revolutionary Government (PRG). Soon therafter the PRG established close relations with the government of Cuba. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/People's_Revolutionary_Government_(Grenada) http://www.gov.gd/articles/revolution/march_13th_1979.html



1979/07/17, July 17: Marxist-led Sandinista revolutionaries overthrow the U.S.-backed Somoza dictatorship in Nicaragua. The Contra insurgency begins shortly thereafter. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicaraguan_Revolution



1979/11/09: November 9, - North American Aerospace Defense Command, or NORAD, technicians at the site received an urgent alert that the Soviets had launched a barrage of missiles at North America. Convinced a nuclear attack was imminent, the U.S. air defense program scrambled 10 interceptor fighter planes, ordered the president’s “doomsday plane” to take off, and warned launch control to prepare its missiles for a retaliatory attack. The panic soon subsided after NORAD consulted its satellite data and realized the nuclear warning was little more than a false alarm. Upon further inspection, they discovered that a technician had accidentally run a training program simulating a Soviet attack on the United States. The incident sent shock waves through the international community—Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev even wrote President Jimmy Carter a letter noting the “tremendous danger” caused by the error.


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