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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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