25 Facts About The Cold War You Probably Didn’t Know

How did the Cold War start? What were the Cold War causes? Who was involved in the Cold War? It’s complicated, but basically it was a competition between the East and the West. Between Communism and Capitalism. For those of you that are hungry for some history, these are 25 Facts About The Cold War You Probably Didn’t Know!

5

The Soviet Union was (and Russia still is) known for operating "closed cities." Basically, these were entire cities where civilians were restricted from leaving.

closed citySource: telegraph.co.uk
4

The USSR is one of the few countries in history to have internal passports. Basically, you couldn't just go travel wherever you wanted. Today, Russians still use their internal passports as ID cards. (These are separate from their international passports.)

internal passportSource: nytimes.com
3

Soviet Colonel Stanislav Petrov was monitoring Soviet radar when it showed an all out nuclear attack by the US. He had a split second to respond and decided against firing back. Why? He suspected that it was a glitch. Fortunately, for the rest of us, he was right.

radarSource: theguardian.com
2

Railway advertisements during the Cold War boasted that the railroads were so important, the Soviets would bomb them first.

railroadSource: huffingtonpost.com
1

Between 1960 and 1968 the US Air Force always kept at least one nuclear armed bomber in constant flight (Operation Chrome Dome).

refuelingSource: nytimes.com

SEE ALSO: 15 Science Projects Better Than Making Slime (Your Kids Will Agree!) »

NOW WATCH: 25 Awesome Movies You Probably Haven't Seen

Subscribe to List25

Photo: Featured Image: Anynobody, Coldwar, CC BY-SA 4.0, 25. wikimedia commons (public domain), 24. User PBMI, ChryslerAirRaidSiren-WPCMuseum-03-20-2011, CC BY 3.0, 23. pixabay (public domain), 22. Marcelo Montecino via flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0, 21. David B. Gleason via flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0, 20. max pixel (public domain), 19. pixabay (public domain), 18. Joanbanjo, Mural Canvi, Animal Farm, CC BY-SA 4.0, 17. Europe_laea_location_map.svg: Alexrk2 derivative work: NNW (talk), Flugroute von Mathias Rust, CC BY-SA 3.0, 16. pixabay (public domain), 15. User:Croquant with modifications by User:Hex, Tsar Bomba Revised, CC BY-SA 3.0, 14. pixabay (public domain), 13-12. wikimedia commons (public domain), 11. Austin Mills, Bugged-great-seal-open, CC BY-SA 2.0, 10. BriYYZ, Korean Air Boeing 747-400 HL7491, CC BY-SA 2.0, 9-8. pixabay (public domain), 7. pexels (public domain), 6. wikimedia commons (public domain), 5. MaxBioHazard, Checkpoint in closed city Zheleznogorsk, Krasnoyarsk Krai, CC BY-SA 3.0, 4-3. wikimedia commons (public domain), 2. pixabay (public domain), 1. www.af.mil



What do you think?

-1 points
Upvote Downvote
25 Most Bizarre Dinosaurs Ever

25 Most Bizarre Dinosaurs Ever

25 Strangest Gifts Ever Given

25 Strangest Gifts Ever Given