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Arms Race
01 Mar 1954: US tests hydrogen bomb in Bikini

09 May 1955: West Germany accepted into Nato

14 May 1955: Communist states sign Warsaw Pact

15 May 1957: Britain drops its first H-bomb

23 Feb 1959: Macmillan and Khrushchev talk peace

24 Jul 1959: Khrushchev and Nixon have war of words

18 Apr 1960: Thousands protest against H-bomb

27 Dec 1960: France explodes third atomic bomb

30 Oct 1961: World condemns Russia's nuclear test

28 Oct 1962: World relief as Cuban missile crisis ends

21 Dec 1962: America to sell Polaris to Britain

31 Mar 1972: CND begins march to Aldermaston

22 May 1972: President Nixon arrives in Moscow

24 Jun 1974: Labour rift over nuclear test

07 Apr 1978: Carter delays N-bomb production

18 Jun 1979: Leaders agree arms reduction treaty

17 Jun 1980: Government announces missile sites

07 Jun 1981: Israel bombs Baghdad nuclear reactor

24 Oct 1981: CND rally attracts thousands

23 Mar 1983: Reagan launches Cold War into space

01 Apr 1983: Human chain links nuclear sites

22 Oct 1983: CND march attracts biggest ever crowd

04 Apr 1984: Greenham Common women evicted

19 Nov 1985: Superpower summit 'off to good start'

21 Nov 1985: Superpowers aim for 'safer world'

28 Apr 1986: Soviets admit nuclear accident

12 Oct 1986: Reykjavik summit ends in failure

18 Sep 1987: Superpower treaty to scrap warheads

08 Dec 1987: Superpowers to reverse arms race

31 Jul 1991: Superpowers to cut nuclear warheads

03 Jan 1993: US and Russia halve nuclear warheads

29 Jan 1996: France halts nuclear testing

15 Feb 1996: Arms-to-Iraq report published

11 May 1998: India explodes nuclear controversy

28 May 1998: World fury at Pakistan's nuclear tests

31 Jul 1998: UK imposes total ban on landmines

19 Dec 2003: Libya gives up chemical weapons
 
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