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Events and Battles
Bay of Pigs Invasion: Topic Page
1961, an unsuccessful invasion of Cuba by Cuban exiles, supported by the U.S. government.
Cuban Missile Crisis: Topic Page
Confrontation in international relations in October 1962 when Soviet rockets were installed in Cuba and US president John F Kennedy compelled Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev, by military threats and negotiation, to remove them.
My Lai Incident: Topic Page
In the Vietnam War, a massacre of Vietnamese civilians by U.S. soldiers. On Mar. 16, 1968, a unit of the U.S. army Americal division, led by Lt. William L. Calley, invaded the South Vietnamese hamlet of My Lai (more correctly, Son My), an alleged Viet Cong stronghold.
Red Scare: Topic Page
Campaign against communists (called ‘reds’) in the USA during the 20th century, and associated atmosphere of suspicion and fear.
Vietnam War: Topic Page
War from 1954 to 1975 between communist North Vietnam and US-backed South Vietnam, in which North Vietnam aimed to conquer South Vietnam and unite the country as a communist state; North Vietnam was supported by communist rebels from South Vietnam, the Vietcong.
Nikita Khruschev (1894 - 1971): Topic Page
Soviet Communist leader, premier of the USSR (1958-64), and first secretary of the Communist party of the Soviet Union (1953-64).
Fidel Castro (1927 - ): Topic Page
Cuban communist politician, prime minister 1959–76 and president 1976–2008. He led the revolution that overthrew the right-wing regime of the dictator Fulgencio Batista in 1959.
Other Relevant Topic Pages
Anti-Vietnam War Protests: Topic Page
Demonstrations, marches, and acts of civil disobedience in protest to US involvement in the Vietnam War (1954–75), beginning around 1965. Anti-war sentiment arose from the question of the morality of participation in what many regarded as a civil war; the growing human and environmental costs; and doubts that the US war effort would succeed.
Communism: Topic Page
Fundamentally, a system of social organization in which property (especially real property and the means of production) is held in common MORE
Espionage: Topic Page
The act of obtaining information clandestinely; The term applies particularly to the act of collecting military, industrial, and political data about one nation for the benefit of another.
Karl Marx (1818 - 1883): Topic Page
German founder of modern communism, in England from 1849; With Engels, he wrote The Communist Manifesto (1848). He developed his theories of the class struggle and the economics of capitalism in Das Kapital (1867; 1885; 1895). He was one of the founders of the International Workingmen's Association (First International) (1864).
North Atlantic Treaty Organization: Topic Page
Military association of major Western European and North American states set up under the North Atlantic Treaty of 4 April 1949 MORE
Propaganda: Topic Page
Systematic manipulation of public opinion, generally by the use of symbols such as flags, monuments, oratory, and publications.
Socialism: Topic Page
General term for the political and economic theory that advocates a system of collective or government ownership and management of the means of production and distribution of goods.
Warsaw Pact: Topic Page
Military defensive alliance 1955-91 between the USSR and East European communist states, originally established as a response to the admission of West Germany into NATO. Its military structures and agreements were dismantled early in 1991; a political organization remained until the alliance was officially dissolved in July 1991.