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1950
January 30 - Truman approved H-bomb development
1955
May : Warsaw Pact formed
1956
June 29: USSR sent tanks into Poland to suppress demonstrations by
workers
September 4: USSR sent military aid to Afghanistan communists
October - November : Rebellion put down in Communist Hungary
(Hungarian Uprising).
1959
January : Cuba taken over by Fidel Castro
1960
November : John F. Kennedy elected President of USA
December 19: Cuba openly aligns itself with the Soviet Union and their
policies
1961
April : Bay of Pigs invasion
August 17 : Construction of Berlin Wall begins
1962
U.S. involvement in Vietnam increases
October : Cuban Missile Crisis
1963
July : Nuclear Test Ban Treaty ratified
November : President Kennedy assassinated
1968
Richard Nixon Elected President of the USA…read more

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1972
July : SALT I signed
1979
July : SALT II signed
December: Soviet forces invade Afghanistan
1983
President Reagan proposes Strategic Defence Initiative
1985
Mikhail Gorbachev becomes leader of the Soviet Union initiating a campaign of openness called "glasnost" and restructuring called
"perestroika"
1989
January : Soviet troops withdraw from Afghanistan
June : Poland becomes independent
September : Hungary becomes independent
November : Berlin Wall is demolished and East Germany allows unrestricted migration to West Germany
December : Communist governments fall in Czechoslovakia, Bulgaria, and Rumania
Decline of the Soviet empire, shown by all the countries above turning independent
1990
March : Lithuania becomes independent
May 29 : Boris Yeltsin elected as President of Russia
October 3 : Germany reunited
1991
August : End of Soviet Union and the Cold War Ends…read more

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