Soviet Union in History (Part 12)

Historical Events

Events 1101 - 1,200 of 1,237

  • 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 Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev sign a treaty eliminating medium range nuclear missiles

Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev
Soviet General Secretary
Mikhail Gorbachev
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 President 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
  • 1989-04-17 Soviet-US agreement allows Soviets to fight US pros
  • 1989-05-15 Soviet President Gorbachev in Beijing for 1st Sino-Soviet summit in 30 yrs
  • 1989-05-16 Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev and Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping meet in Beijing and formally end a 30-year rift
  • 1989-05-25 Mikhail Gorbachev elected Executive President in the Soviet Union
  • 1989-06-03 Leaking pipe in Asha, USSR, causes 2 trains to catch fire; 460 die
  • 1989-06-04 Gas explodes near 2 passenger trains in USSR, kills 100s
  • 1989-07-08 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 1989-09-14 Calgary Flames become 1st NHL team to play in USSR, win 4-2
  • 1989-09-26 Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard Shevardnadze calls for total destruction of Soviet & US chemical weapons
  • 1989-10-04 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 1989-10-19 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR

Conference meetingMeeting of Interest

1989-12-01 USSR President Mikhail Gorbachev meets Pope John Paul II at the Vatican

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev
Soviet General Secretary
Mikhail Gorbachev
  • 1989-12-03 Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev and US President George H. W. Bush, declare the Cold War over
  • 1990-01-20 Black January - crackdown of Azerbaijani pro-independence demonstrations by Soviet army in Baku
  • 1990-01-22 President Mikhail Gorbachev sends Red Troops into the Soviet republic of Azerbaijan
  • 1990-01-31 1st McDonalds in the Soviet Union opens in Moscow
  • 1990-02-07 USSR Communist party agrees to allow opposition political parties
  • 1990-02-26 USSR agrees to withdraw all 73,500 troops from Czech by July, 1991
  • 1990-03-14 Mikhail Gorbachev becomes president of the Soviet Congress
  • 1990-06-18 After being undefeated in the 1982 FIFA World Cup Cameroon suffer their 1st loss. Soviet Union wins 4-0
  • 1990-07-12 Boris Yeltsin quits the Soviet Communist Party
  • 1990-07-25 Nadezhda Ryashkina of USSR sets 10K walk woman's record (41:56.23)
  • 1990-07-26 US beats Soviet Union 17-0 in baseball at Goodwill Games
  • 1990-07-29 28th Tennis Fed Cup: USA beats USSR in Atlanta Georgia (2-1)
  • 1990-09-12 US, United Kingdom, France, USSR, East & West Germanys sign agreements allowing 2 Germanys to merge
  • 1990-09-17 Soviet Union & Saudi Arabia restore diplomatic ties
  • 1990-09-24 Supreme Soviet gives approval to switch to free market
  • 1990-10-15 Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev wins Nobel Peace Prize
  • 1990-10-24 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • 1990-10-27 Supreme Soviet of Kirghiz SSR chooses Askar Akayev as republic's first president.
  • 1990-11-20 Soviet Union shows reluctance to endorse the use of force against Iraq
  • 1990-12-04 Iraq announces it will release all 3,300 Soviet hostages
  • 1990-12-20 Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard Shevardnadze resigns
  • 1991-01-01 5% sales tax on consumer goods & services goes into effect in USSR
  • 1991-01-03 Israel reopens consulate in USSR after 23 years
  • 1991-01-11 Soviets storm buildings in Vilnius to block Lithuania independence
  • 1991-01-13 Soviet troops continue attack on Vilnius, capital of Lithuania; 13 people killed and 140 injured as
  • 1991-01-14 Valentin Pavlov become new premier of USSR
  • 1991-02-10 Lithuania votes for independence from USSR
  • 1991-02-21 USSR announces that Iraq has agreed to a proposal to end the Gulf War, but the US calls the plan unacceptable
  • 1991-03-03 Latvia & Estonia vote to become independent of the USSR

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