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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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