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Category: Cold War

A U-2 reconnaissance plane in flight. (Credit: Greg Mathieson/Mai/Mai/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images)

Remembering the U-2 Spy Plane Incident

Fifty-five years ago, one of the most notorious chapters in the Cold War began after American U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers was shot down and captured during a spying mission over the Soviet Union.

West German protestors gather at the Brandenburg Gate, November 1989

10 Things You May Not Know About the Berlin Wall

On the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, learn 10 surprising facts about the iconic Cold War symbol.

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The Original Godzilla Attacks Tokyo, 60 Years Ago

The classic Japanese science fiction film “Gojira,” about a prehistoric monster brought back to life by nuclear testing, made its debut on November 3, 1954.

A pocket-sized edition of "Doctor Zhivago" printed by the CIA, but attributed to a fictitious French publisher.

CIA Used “Dr. Zhivago” as Cold War Weapon

Recently declassified Cold War-era documents reveal how the Central Intelligence Agency used the epic novel “Dr. Zhivago” as a tool to undermine the Soviet Union.

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Document Reveals 1961 Nuclear Close-Call over North Carolina

A newly declassified document reveals how close the United States came to accidentally detonating a nuclear bomb on North Carolina in 1961.

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In Case of Emergency: The Washington-Moscow Hotline Turns 50

Fifty years after its inception, check out some surprising facts about this Cold War-era icon.

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Brandenburg Gate: A Brief History

Berlin’s triumphal arch has played witness to some of the most significant moments in modern history.

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German Gold Going Home?

This week’s move marks the end of a financial arrangement meant to protect German interests at the height of the Cold War.

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The Cuban Missile Crisis Pilot Whose Death May Have Saved Millions

Fifty years ago, U-2 pilot Rudolf Anderson Jr. was shot down during the Cuban Missile Crisis. His death may have saved the lives of millions.

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10 Things You May Not Know About the Cuban Missile Crisis

On the 50th anniversary of the start of the Cuban Missile Crisis, explore 10 surprising facts about the Cold War’s most dangerous moment.

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The End of Civilization?: 7 Moments in the History of the Doomsday Clock

On the 65th anniversary of the creation of the Doomsday Clock, discover seven moments when the clock’s minute hand conveyed potential global destruction—or world peace.

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Prisoner Exchanges Across the Bridge of Spies, From Powers to Shcharansky

Francis Gary Powers, one of several Cold War prisoners exchanged across Berlin’s Glienicke Brücke bridge, was released 50 years ago today.

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Reflecting on the Berlin Wall, 50 Years After Its Construction

An expert on the Berlin Wall answers questions about its history as the 50th anniversary of its construction approaches.