Modern U. S. History Mr. Kraft Cold War Cold War Puzzle Introduction



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Modern U.S. History

Mr. Kraft
Cold War

Cold War Puzzle
Introduction: Below are the three phases of the Cold War.


  • Phase # 1 (1945 – 1964) – Post WWII (Europe)




  • Phase # 2 (1964 – 1975) – Vietnam War (Asia)




  • Phase # 3 – (1975 – 1991) – The End (Middle East Asia and Africa)

Puzzle Pieces


Directions: Below are 55 events that happened during the Cold War. Your assignment is to place the events in the order that they happened. You may use your textbook or the Internet to complete this assignment. You do not have to write out the event as you put them order. You only need to write the number of the event as you put them order. The chart / puzzle below this list is where you begin to place the events in order for this assignment.


  1. Munich Olympics Massacre

  2. Chinese Civil War ends resulting in China becoming a Communist country (People’s Republic of China)

  3. Korean War Begins

  4. Koran War Ends

  5. De-Stalinization – 1954

  6. Gulf of Tonkin Incident

  7. Gulf of Tonkin Resolution (U.S. becomes fully involved in the Vietnam War)

  8. Alan Shepard travels to outer space

  9. Israel becomes a country

  10. Hungary becomes the first “Iron Curtain” country to break away from Soviet control

  11. Suez Canal Conflict

  12. “Blood in the Water” Olympic Water Polo Game

  13. Sputnik I is launched

  14. Cuban communist leader Fidel Castro gains control of Cuba

  15. Six Day War

  16. Yom Kippur War

  17. U-2 Spy Plane incident (Francis Gary Powers)

  18. Berlin Wall is built

  19. Yuri Gragarin travels to outer space

  20. North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is established

  21. Sputnik II is launched

  22. OPEC Oil Crisis

  23. K-19’s failed mission

  24. Soviets beat the U.S. in the disputed Olympic gold medal B-Ball game

  25. U.S. beat the Soviets in the Olympic hockey game

  26. Chernobyl Nuclear Meltdown incident

  27. Three Mile Island Nuclear Meltdown incident

  28. United Nations (UN) is established

  29. “Iron Curtain” countries of Eastern Europe is given its name by Winston Churchill

  30. Warsaw Pact is established

  31. Warsaw Pact ends

  32. Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) is formed

  33. Terrorist group Hamas is formed

  34. Terrorist group Al Qaeda is formed

  35. Terrorist group Hezbollah is formed

  36. China’s “Great Leap Forward” begins

  37. Explorer I is launched

  38. Bay of Pigs Invasion

  39. John Glenn orbits the earth

  40. India Partition (India and Pakistan become separate countries)

  41. U.S. astronauts land on the moon

  42. Woodstock Concert

  43. Cuban Missile Crisis

  44. Vietnam War ends

  45. Soviet Red Army invades Afghanistan which begins the Soviet-Afghan War

  46. Glasnost – “Openness”

  47. Perestroika – “Restructuring of the government and economy”

  48. Soviet-Afghan War ends

  49. Berlin Wall is taken down

  50. Geneva Accords Convention (N. Vietnam and S. Vietnam become two separate countries)

  51. Moscow McDonalds opens

  52. Soviet Union collapses

  53. Russian Federation is created

  54. Marshall Plan

  55. Chinese Tiananmen Square massacre

The Puzzle


Directions: The years of the Cold War are chunked with leaders of the Soviet Union during the Cold War. For the sake of this assignment, I have kept the “power change” years with one leader rather than splitting the year between the two leaders who were in charge during that year of leader transition. It is important to note that there should be at least one event written for each of the years listed. Some years have been left off of this chart on purpose to make it easier for you. Remember, you only need to write the number of the event.
Josef Stalin (1928 – 1953)
1945: ______________________

1946: ______________________

1947: ______________________

1948: ______________________

1949: ______________________

1950: ______________________

1953: ______________________

Nikita Khrushchev (1953 – 1964): “De Stalinization”
1954: ______________________

1955: ______________________

1956: ______________________

1957: ______________________

1958: ______________________

1959: ______________________

1960: ______________________

1961: ______________________

1962: ______________________

1964: ______________________


Leonid Brezhnev (1964 – 1982)
1967: ______________________

1969: ______________________

1972: ______________________

1973: ______________________

1975: ______________________

1979: ______________________

1980: ______________________

1982: ______________________


Yuri Andropov (1982 – 1984)
Konstantin Cherenkov (1984 – 1985)
Mikhail Gorbachev (1985 – 1991):
1985: ______________________

1986: ______________________

1987: ______________________

1988: ______________________

1989: ______________________

1990: ______________________



1991: ______________________
Boris Yeltsin (1991 – 1999)
Million Dollar Question
What do you notice about the time in power of each Soviet leader prior to Mikhail Gorbachev? Why is this happening?




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