President Dwight D. Eisenhower

President Dwight D. Eisenhower


Soviet Premier Nikita Krushchev

US C-130 shot down over Armenia in 1958 by Soviet MIg fighters

US C-130 shot down over Armenia in 1958 by the Soviets

1950's cartoon

A cartoon indicating America’s view on Soviet ambitions in the 1950’s


USS Nautilus

USS Nautilus Nuclear submarine-The Ultimate Deterrent

North Korean Flag 1950

Communist North Korean flag 1949

By 1953 there were two new leaders in the forefront of the Cold War, Soviet Premier Nikita Krushchev and President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

For an interesting video about Krushchev and his visit to the United States in the 1950’s go to:


1950– PRC – Soviet mutual defense pact, UN engages and defeats N. Korean communists.

1951– Rosenbergs, ANZUS treaty, recapture Seoul

1952– Greece and Turkey join NATO, United Kingdom 3rd power to have A-bomb

1953– US striking capability of Moscow, CIA coup in Iran, Kruschev assumes power in Soviet Union

For more information on Krushchev and his relationship with Stalin as well as the power transition go to:


1954– US launches ultimate deterrent USS Nautilus nuclear submarine, CIA backs Guatemala coup, SEATO formed

SEATO stamp

U.S. Postage Stamp honoring SEATO


1955– Baghdad Pact, Warsaw Pact, Geneva Summit, Soviet-Syrian alliance begins

1956– Outbreak of violence in Poland, Communists defeat Hungarian revolution, Communist insurgency in S. Vietnam

For more information on the Communist defeat of the Hungarian revolution and important related documents go to:


1957-Eisenhower authorizes aid to Iran, Pakistan, and Afghanistan, 24/7 SAC nuclear alert started, Kruschev claims Soviet missile superiority

1958– Soviets back new Iraq regime and begin aid, US C-130 shot down over Armenia, Kruschev asks US to leave Berlin

For more information on the downing of an American C-130 over Armenia by the Soviets go to:


1959– Cuban revolution. Castro refrains from declaring communist, Nixon/Kruschev kitchen debate over military superiority, N. Vietnam declares war against S. Vietnam


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