The United States and the Soviet Union thought it was a huge deal to be the first country to explore space. It was between 1957 and 1975 these two nations were determined to be the first to explore the unknown in space. What they were first trying to do was shoot these huge technologic metal things known as satellites into space so it will orbit the Earth like the Moon. They also they wanted to be the first country on the Moon as well. They made a huge deal out of this and were very competitive. I was hoping the United States would make it to space first to show the Soviet Union that we are more superior to them. During the Space Race, the government started to spend a lot more on education which led to quicker scientific advancements. I liked this because during this period many, many inventions were created and they were beneficial to everyone. Anyways, the Space Race began when the Soviet Union launched a satellite into space on October 4, 1957 known as the Sputnik 1. After this the United States and Soviet Union went back to back on space exploration mission. Some of the famous missions are the Explorer 1, Vostok 1, Mariner 2, Ranger 7, Luna 9, Aloutte 1, and the Apollo 8. The Space Race had finally ended with the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project in July 1975. At the end of this all I remember everyone outside dancing and cheering for joy. The end of this all even brought the US and the USSR tensions to ease a bit.
The Cuban Missile Crisis
In August 1962 the United States tried to overthrow the Cuban regime but failed. It was because of this that the Cuban and Soviet governments teamed up and started building nuclear missiles in Cuba without the United States knowing. On October 14, 1962 a United States plane captured footage of this nuclear base; this was a major event in the Cold War. The United States than itself started to make countless amounts of nuclear weapons as well. My mom was really scared that there was going to be a nuclear war which wasn’t a bad prediction. It was actually the closest the world got to have a nuclear war. Everyone was panicking and scared, schools were having nuclear drills, and families were storing food in their nuclear bunkers. The streets were filled with mayhem, I was scared myself. The United States were thinking about attack Cuba but thankfully they were smart enough to set up a blockade instead. The US announced that they were not going to attack offensively and order the Soviets to dismantle their missiles as well. The Soviet Union laughed at the US offer but secretly tried to resolve the crisis. This crisis was resolved on October 28, 1962 when President Kennedy and General U Thant reached an agreement with Khrushchev. The Soviet Union agreed to dismantle their missile only if the United States declares that they will never invade Cuba again, which they did. Everyone was relieved that we avoided a nuclear war and went back to their regular lives. I was glad we resolved this crisis peacefully and without a soul lost.
The Korean War
The Korean War was a very deadly war between the Republic of Korea and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. Everything was peaceful in Korea, it was divided into two parts the south, Republic of Korea, and the north, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. It was divided on the 38th parallel. Things did not start to go well when the North became a communist union and the south a capitalist one. Even though thoughts of unifications were being made between the two sides, tensions increased. The crisis became worse when the North invaded the South on June 25, 1950 which was the first major violent conflict of the Cold War. After this, war broke upon the country of Korea. Attacks were being places by both sides offensively and defensively. Mayhem was released onto the streets. I have never been more scared for my life before this war. The United States were a major help to the South Korean forces. They provided 387,500...