In the spirit of XXth Century, the 21st Century, 50 years, and 100 years, what this thread will attempt to do is cover the duration and aftermath of an alternate Cold War. Beginning on September 2, 1945 (V-J Day), this timeline will come to a close on September 2, 2010, allowing us sixty-five years to map out the course of the postwar era. Any PODs are acceptable, provided they aren't *too* ASB. Without further aideu, I give you... The Cold War : A Collaborative Timeline September 2, 1945: World War II comes to a close with the surrender of Imperial Japan to the United States aboard the USS Missouri. October 24, 1945: The United Nations officially comes into being with the ratification of the Charter of the United Nations by the six permanent members of the United Nations Security Council--United States, United Kingdom, Canada, France, China, and the Soviet Union and by a majority of 46 other signatories. January 17, 1946: The United States Congress passes the 'Fair Employment Practices Act of 1946', banning workplace discrimination in government hiring and agencies, abolishing the poll tax across the Southern United States, and making lynching a federal crime. February 1, 1946: Former Allied Supreme Commander Dwight Eisenhower is chosen as the first Secretary-General of the United Nations, much to the chagrin of the Soviet Union. August 1, 1946: The McMahon Act is signed into law by President Harry Truman. The act, which places the U.S.' nuclear arsenal under civilian, rather than military, control and forbids sharing of nuclear technology with nations other than those who collaborated with the United States on the Manhattan Project, is seen as a great step forward in all countries involved. November 6, 1946: Democrats hold on to both the House and the Senate by the barest of margins in the midterm Congressional election. This is largely seen as a result of the weak economy and unease about the growing threat posed by the Soviet Union. October 3, 1948: The United Kingdom tests it's first atomic bomb off of the coast of Australia. January 10, 1949: The Huaihai Campaign (part of the ongoing Chinese Civil War) comes to a close with a Pyrrhic victory for Nationalist forces in Northern China. Although they have been successful in securing the region and beating back the Communists, they have lost hundreds of thousands of troops in the process. July 2, 1949: Canada tests it's first atomic bomb at an undisclosed location in Alberta. August 29, 1949: The Soviet Union tests it's fist atomic bomb.