The Vietnam War, also known as the Second Indochina War, and also known in Vietnam as the Resistance War Against America or simply the American War, was a conflict that occurred in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia from 1 November 1955 to the fall of Saigon on 30 April 1975. ItRead More →

The Cuban Revolution was an armed revolt conducted by Fidel Castro‘s 26th of July Movement and its allies against the authoritarian government of Cuban President Fulgencio Batista. The revolution began in July 1953, and continued sporadically until the rebels finally ousted Batista on January 1, 1959, replacing his government withRead More →

The Lockheed U-2, nicknamed “Dragon Lady,” is an American single-jet engine, ultra-high altitude reconnaissance aircraft operated by the United States Air Force (USAF) and previously flown by the CIA. It provides day and night, high-altitude (70,000 feet; 21,000 m), all-weather intelligence gathering.The U-2 has also been used for electronic sensor research, satelliteRead More →

The Cold War was a state of geopolitical tension after World War II between powers in the Eastern Bloc, which is the Soviet Union and its satellite states, and powers in the Western Bloc, which is the United States, its NATO allies and others. Historians do not fully agree onRead More →

The Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1956, popularly known as the National Interstate and Defense Highways Act (Public Law 84-627), was enacted on June 29, 1956, when President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the bill into law. With an original authorization of US$25 billion for the construction of 41,000 miles (66,000 km) ofRead More →

The Invasion of Grenada was a 1983 United States–led invasion of the Caribbean island nation of Grenada, which has a population of about 91,000 and is located 160 kilometres (99 mi) north of Venezuela, that resulted in a U.S. victory within a matter of weeks. Codenamed Operation Urgent Fury, it wasRead More →

Brigade 2506, Brigada Asalto 2506, was the name given to a CIA-sponsored group of Cuban exiles formed in 1960 to attempt the military overthrow of the Cuban government headed by Fidel Castro. Brigade 2506 carried out the abortive Bay of Pigs Invasion landings in Cuba on 17 April 1961. In MayRead More →

Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz, who lived from August 13, 1926 to November 25, 2016, was a Cuban communist revolutionary and politician who governed the Republic of Cuba as Prime Minister from 1959 to 1976 and then as President from 1976 to 2008. Politically Castro was a Marxist–Leninist and Cuban nationalist alsoRead More →

The Cuban Missile Crisis, also known as the October Crisis, the Caribbean Crisis, or the Missile Scare, was a 13-day from October 16 to 28 in 1962 confrontation between the United States and the Soviet Union concerning U.S. ballistic missile deployment in Italy and Turkey with consequent Soviet ballistic missileRead More →

The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is a foreign intelligence service of the United States federal government, tasked with gathering, processing, and analyzing national security information from around the world, primarily through the use of human intelligence (HUMINT). As one of the principal members of the U.S. Intelligence Community (IC), theRead More →

The Bay of Pigs Invasion was a failed military invasion of Cuba undertaken by the CIA-sponsored paramilitary group Brigade 2506 on 17 April, 1961. A counter-revolutionary military group, which was made up of mostly Cuban exiles who traveled to the United States after Fidel Castro‘s takeover, but also of someRead More →