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Communism
01 Mar 1950: Communist spy jailed for 14 years

25 Jun 1950: UN condemns North Korean invasion

25 Sep 1950: Seoul in UN hands

05 Dec 1950: Pyongyang taken as UN retreats

30 Mar 1951: Rosenbergs guilty of espionage

05 Mar 1953: Soviet leader 'on brink of death'

16 Mar 1953: Marshal Tito makes historic visit to London

18 Feb 1954: McCarthy hunts 'army Communists'

21 Jul 1954: Peace deal ends Indo-China war

02 Dec 1954: US pledges to defend Nationalist China

02 Dec 1954: US Senate condemns McCarthy

10 Feb 1955: US evacuates Pacific islands

14 May 1955: Communist states sign Warsaw Pact

25 Feb 1956: Khrushchev lashes out at Stalin

18 Jun 1956: Truman rejects anti-Stalin talk

23 Oct 1956: Hungarians rise up against Soviet rule

04 Nov 1956: Soviet troops overrun Hungary

31 May 1957: Arthur Miller guilty of contempt

07 Aug 1958: Arthur Miller cleared of contempt

16 Feb 1959: Castro sworn in as Cuban PM

23 Feb 1959: Macmillan and Khrushchev talk peace

24 Jul 1959: Khrushchev and Nixon have war of words

31 Aug 1959: Anglo-US TV debate makes history

17 May 1960: East-West summit in tatters after spy plane row

01 May 1961: Victorious Castro bans elections

17 Jun 1961: Russian dancer in freedom dash

28 Oct 1962: World relief as Cuban missile crisis ends

14 May 1964: Nasser and Khrushchev divert the Nile

15 Oct 1964: Khrushchev 'retires' as head of USSR

07 Feb 1966: Hawaii hosts US-Vietnamese summit

01 Nov 1966: Viet Cong bombs Saigon

09 Mar 1967: Stalin's daughter defects to the West

09 Oct 1967: Che Guevara 'shot dead'

21 Aug 1968: Russia brings winter to 'Prague Spring'

26 Jan 1969: Prague riots over student martyr

24 Jul 1969: Briton freed from Soviet prison

15 Oct 1969: Millions march in US Vietnam Moratorium

19 Mar 1970: Willi and Willy meet in East Germany

30 Sep 1971: Foreign Office names Soviet superspy

30 Sep 1971: 'I arrested a KGB superspy'

21 Feb 1972: Nixon makes historic visit to China

04 Feb 1973: Vietnam observers' struggle for peace

14 Feb 1974: Russian author charged with treason

24 Jun 1974: Labour rift over nuclear test

24 May 1975: Journalists leave fallen Saigon

22 Jul 1977: Deng Xiaoping back in power

29 Apr 1978: Afghan coup rebels claim victory

14 Aug 1980: Shipyard Poles strike for their rights

13 Dec 1981: Military crackdown on Polish people

10 Nov 1982: Brezhnev rumours sweep Moscow

12 Nov 1982: Solidarity leader Walesa released

23 Jun 1983: Pope meets banned union leader Walesa

01 Sep 1983: Korean airliner 'shot down'

25 Oct 1983: US troops invade Grenada

26 Apr 1984: Reagan arrives in China

26 Sep 1984: UK and China agree Hong Kong handover

16 Dec 1984: Gorbachev visit to Britain a 'success'

11 Mar 1985: Gorbachev becomes Soviet leader

28 Aug 1985: East Germans charged with espionage

23 Dec 1986: Sakharov comes in from the cold

13 Sep 1988: Cubans blame shooting on 'CIA plot'

09 Oct 1988: Latvia cries freedom from Moscow

27 Mar 1989: Millions of Russians go to the polls

04 Jun 1989: Massacre in Tiananmen Square

05 Jun 1989: Election boost for Solidarity

16 Jun 1989: Hungary reburies fallen hero Imre Nagy

09 Nov 1989: Berliners celebrate the fall of the Wall

07 Nov 1989: Protests force out East German rulers

18 Nov 1989: Protesters demand reform in Bulgaria

17 Nov 1989: Police crush Prague protest rally

24 Nov 1989: New era for Czechoslovakia

22 Dec 1989: Brandenburg Gate re-opens

22 Jan 1990: Gorbachev explains crackdown in Azerbaijan

28 Jan 1990: Romanians call for government change

03 May 1990: Latvia to declare independence

12 Jul 1990: Yeltsin resignation splits Soviet Communists

13 Jan 1991: Bloodshed at Lithuanian TV station

23 Aug 1991: Gorbachev punishes coup plotters

25 Dec 1991: Gorbachev resigns as Soviet Union breaks up

02 Oct 1993: Hardline Communists riot in Moscow

27 May 1994: Dissident writer Solzhenitsyn returns

19 Feb 1997: China's reformist Deng Xiaoping dies

25 Aug 1997: East German leader guilty of Berlin Wall deaths

06 Oct 2000: Milosevic quits, street celebrations continue
 
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