Soviet Union in History (Part 11)

Historical Events

Events 1001 - 1,100 of 1,177

  • 1985-07-02 Andrei Gromyko appointed president of USSR
  • 1985-07-11 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 1985-07-18 USSR performs underground nuclear Test
  • 1985-07-25 USSR performs nuclear Test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 1985-08-11 Rudolf Povarnitsin of USSR sets new high jump world record (7'10"12)
  • 1985-09-04 Igor Paklin of USSR set a new high jump world record at 7-11 12
  • 1985-09-10 U.S. 7th Circuit Court rules Soviet defector Walter Polovchak can't be forcibly returned to parents' country if it's deemed "not in the best interests" of underage defectors

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1985-11-16 President Reagan arrives in Geneva for a summit with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev

Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev
Soviet General Secretary
Mikhail Gorbachev
US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • 1985-11-19 US President Reagan & Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev meet for first time
  • 1986-02-11 Activist Anatoly Scharansky released by USSR, leaves country
  • 1986-02-19 USSR launches Mir space station into Earth orbit
  • 1986-03-06 USSR's Vega 1 flies by Halley's Comet at 8,889 km
  • 1986-03-09 Soviet probe Vega 2 flies by Halley's Comet at 8,030 km
  • 1986-03-13 Soyuz T-15 carries 2 cosmonauts to Soviet space station Mir
  • 1986-04-26 World's worst nuclear disaster: 4th reactor at Chernobyl nuclear power station in USSR explodes, 31 die, contamination reach much of Western Europe
  • 1986-04-27 Soviet authorities order the evacuation of the city of Pripyat (pop. 50,000) 1 day after the Chernobyl nuclear accident
  • 1986-04-28 Soviet TV news program Vremya annouces a nuclear accident at Chernobyl nuclear power station, 2 days after the event
  • 1986-08-30 Soviet authorities arrested Nicholas Daniloff (US News World Report)
  • 1986-09-06 USSR charges correspondent Nicholas Daniloff with spying
  • 1986-09-09 NYC jury indicts Gennadly Zakharov (Soviet UN employee) of spying
  • 1986-09-17 Marina Stepanova of USSR sets 400m hurdle woman's record (52.94)
  • 1986-09-29 USSR releases US journalist Nicholas Daniloff confined on spy charges
  • 1986-09-30 US releases soviet spy Gennadiy Zakharov
  • 1986-10-03 Soviet Yankee-class sub sinks off NC, 3 die
  • 1986-10-19 USSR expels five US diplomats

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1986-12-19 USSR frees dissident Andrei Sakharov from internal exile

Nuclear Physicist & Soviet Dissident Andrei Sakharov
Nuclear Physicist & Soviet Dissident
Andrei Sakharov
  • 1987-02-26 USSR resumes nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 1987-03-12 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 1987-03-20 Soviet filmmakers arrive in Hollywood for an entertainment summit
  • 1987-04-03 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 1987-04-17 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 1987-04-19 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • 1987-04-20 US deports Karl Linnas to USSR, charged with Nazi war crimes
  • 1987-05-06 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 1987-05-15 1st Energiya Launch (USSR)
  • 1987-05-28 Mathias Rust, 18 year old West German pilot, makes unauthorized landing near Red Square, Moscow in USSR
  • 1987-07-06 USSR performs nuclear test
  • 1987-07-12 1st time in 20 years a delegation from USSR lands in Israel
  • 1987-07-24 USSR performs underground nuclear Test
  • 1987-07-25 USSR launches Kosmos 1870, 15-ton Earth-study satellite
  • 1987-08-02 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 1987-08-07 Lynne Cox swims 4.3 km from US to USSR in 39°F (4°C) Bering Sea
  • 1987-09-02 Trial begins in Moscow for West German pilot Mathias Rust, who flew a private plane from Finland to Moscow, USSR
  • 1987-09-16 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 1987-09-18 US & USSR sign accord to remove mid range missiles
  • 1987-09-18 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 1987-10-03 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • 1987-10-16 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 1987-11-15 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR

AgreementTreaty of Interest

1987-12-08 US President Reagan & Soviet General Secretary Gorbachev sign a treaty eliminating medium range nuclear missiles

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • 1987-12-10 "Nightline" is seen in USSR for 1st time
  • 1987-12-13 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 1987-12-27 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 1988-01-11 USSR announces it will participate in Seoul Summer Olympics
  • 1988-02-06 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 1988-04-03 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 1988-04-14 USSR, US, Pakistan & Afghanistan sign Afghanistan treaty
  • 1988-05-04 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 1988-05-07 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • 1988-05-15 USSR begins withdrawing its 115,000 troops from Afghanistan
  • 1988-06-11 Galina Chistyakova of USSR sets long jump woman's record (24"8½")
  • 1988-06-25 UEFA European Championship: Netherlands defeat Soviet Union 2-0 in Munich
  • 1988-07-07 Soviet Union launches Phobos 1 to probe Martian moon (unsuccessful)
  • 1988-07-12 USSR launches Phobos II for Martian orbit
  • 1988-07-14 200,000 demonstrate in Soviet Armenia for incorporation of Nagorno-Karabak
  • 1988-08-29 USSR launches 3 cosmonauts (Valery Polyakav, 1 Afghan) to station Mir
  • 1988-09-06 Crippled soviet Soyuz TM-5 lands safely with 2 cosmonauts aboard
  • 1988-09-06 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • 1988-09-14 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 1988-09-30 Andrei Andreyevich Gromyko retires as Soviet Foreign Minister
  • 1988-10-01 Mikhail Gorbachev becomes Chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet, effectively head of state of the Soviet Union
  • 1988-10-07 Latvian flag raised in Riga for first time since annexation by USSR
  • 1988-10-18 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 1988-10-26 US-Soviet effort to free 2 grey whales from frozen Arctic, Barrow, AK
  • 1988-10-29 First scheduled Soviet shuttle launch (postponed)
  • 1988-11-03 Soviet Union agrees to allow teaching of Hebrew
  • 1988-11-12 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 1988-11-15 Soviet space shuttle makes unmanned maiden flight (2 orbits)
  • 1988-11-25 US & Soviet chess grand masters Donaldson & Akhmilovskaya wed
  • 1988-11-30 Soviets stop jamming Radio Liberty; 1st time in 38 yrs
  • 1988-12-02 5 gunmen who hijacked Soviet Aeroflot jet surrender in Israel
  • 1988-12-04 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • 1988-12-07 Gorbachev announces 10% unilateral Soviet troop reductions at UN
  • 1988-12-17 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 1988-12-28 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 1988-12-29 Soviet Red Army Team edges NY Islanders, 3-2 at Nassau Coliseum
  • 1988-12-30 Former Soviet Pres Brezhnev's son-in-law sentenced to 12-yr (bribery)
  • 1989-01-08 Soviet Union promises to eliminate stockpiles of chemical weapons
  • 1989-01-16 USSR announces plan for 2-yr manned mission to Mars
  • 1989-01-22 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 1989-01-23 100s feared dead after a powerful earthquake strikes the Soviet Central Asian republic of Tajikistan
  • 1989-01-29 USSR's Phobos II enters Martian orbit
  • 1989-02-15 Soviet military occupation of Afghanistan ends
  • 1989-02-17 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 1989-03-09 Soviet Union officially submits to jurisdiction of the World Court
  • 1989-03-19 Ice Dance Championship at Paris won by M Klimova & S Ponomarenko (USSR)
  • 1989-03-19 Ice Pairs Championship at Paris won by E Gordeeva & S Grinkov (USSR)

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

1989-03-26 1st free elections in USSR; 190 million votes cast; Boris Yeltsin wins

Russian President Boris Yeltsin
Russian President
Boris Yeltsin
  • 1989-03-29 1st Soviet hockey players are permitted to play for the NHL
  • 1989-04-07 Soviet sub sinks in Norwegian Sea, with about a dozen deaths

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