1970's Cold War Timeline

By: Kacey, Tyler, Anthony, Dipa and Uzair

April 30th

President Nixon announces that he has ordered more than 50,000 troops to invade Cambodia and destroy bases used by the communists in attacking South Vietnam. Nixon promises that the troops will advance no more than 20 miles into Cambodia and that they will be quickly withdrawn. Although he says he is not seeking to widen the Vietnam War, many Americans interpret his actions as doing so, and the invasion touches off numerous antiwar protests.

July 1st

Countries begin to clash

President Nixon warns that clashes between Israeli and Russian planes over the Suez in the Middle East could escalate into a larger war between the United States and the Soviet Union. He states that he is committed to protecting Israel's existence as a nation.

May 22nd

President Nixon visits the Soviet Union, going to Moscow for a discussion with Kremlin leaders about nuclear arms and other pressing issues. He asks Communist Party General Secretary Leonid I. Brezhnev and Premier Aleksei Kosygin for restraint in the Soviet support of North Vietnam and expresses the hope that the United States and the Soviet Union will never go to war. Two days later, Nixon signs an agreement with Kosygin for a joint U.S.-Soviet space flight in 1975. But the highlight of the visit will come on May 26 when Nixon and Brezhnev sign two documents, known as the strategic arms limitation, or SALT, accords, dealing with nuclear weapons.

April 1972

The U.S. begins intensive bombing of North Vietnam after North Vietnamese troops attempt to invade South Vietnam in the Quang Tri Offensive.

April 30th 1975

The North Vietnamese capture the South Vietnamese capital of Saigon, and the Republic of Vietnam surrenders unconditionally to the Provisional Revolutionary Government.

April 20th 1970

Millions of Americans celebrated the first Earth Day, showing their support for environmental reform.

June 16th

Soviet Communist Party General Secretary Leonid I. Brezhnev begins a nine-day visit to the United States. On June 22, he and President Nixon will sign an agreement whereby the Soviet Union and the United States promise to enter into discussions with each other should relations between them, or between either one of them and a third country, deteriorate to the point of threatening nuclear war.





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