Remembering the U-2 Spy Plane Incident
May 1, 2015

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. Read More

CIA Used “Dr. Zhivago” as Cold War Weapon
April 7, 2014

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. Read More

When “Panda-Monium” Swept America
January 9, 2014

As panda cub Bao Bao readies for her public debut, look back at the frenzied arrival of the National Zoo’s first giant pandas in 1972. Read More

Document Reveals 1961 Nuclear Close-Call over North Carolina
September 24, 2013

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

In Case of Emergency: The Washington-Moscow Hotline Turns 50
August 29, 2013

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

The Cuban Missile Crisis Pilot Whose Death May Have Saved Millions
October 26, 2012

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. Read More

10 Things You May Not Know About the Cuban Missile Crisis
October 16, 2012

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

9 Tales of Broken Arrows: Thermonuclear Near Misses Throughout History
May 22, 2012

Find out about the nuclear weapon that detonated in Albuquerque 55 years ago, as well as eight other “broken arrow” incidents over the decades. Read More

Major Milestones in U.S.-China Relations
February 17, 2012

A look back at some pivotal moments in the complicated relationship between these two nations. Read More

Prisoner Exchanges Across the Bridge of Spies, From Powers to Shcharansky
February 10, 2012

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