CATEGORY: Cold War
How Ping-Pong Diplomacy Thawed the Cold War
April 8, 2016

Find out how table tennis became an unlikely tool in international relations. Read More

Wyoming’s Cold War-Era Nuclear Missile Site to Become Tourist Attraction
February 9, 2016

Visitors will soon be able to tour a former missile alert facility in Wyoming that housed the nation’s most powerful nuclear weapons during the Cold War. Read More

The Cold War Race to Build the Concorde
January 21, 2016

Forty years after the Concorde’s first commercial flight, read about the rival Soviet “Konkordski” and the Cold War race to build the world’s first supersonic jet. Read More

Remembering the Palomares H-bomb Incident
January 15, 2016

Cold War paranoia nearly led to a nuclear disaster 50 years ago, when an American B-52 bomber exploded over Spain and dropped four hydrogen bombs near the tiny village of Palomares. Read More

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