Soviet Union in History (Part 12)

Historical Events

Events 1101 - 1,181 of 1,181

  • 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 Pres Gorbachev in Beijing for 1st Sino-Soviet summit in 30 yrs

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1989-05-16 Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev and Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping meet in Beijing and formally end a 30-year rift

General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev
General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union
Mikhail Gorbachev
Chinese Communist Party Leader Deng Xiaoping
Chinese Communist Party Leader
Deng Xiaoping
  • 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 Pres Mikhail S Gorbachev meets Pope John Paul II at the Vatican

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • 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 The first McDonald's in the Soviet Union opens in Moscow, USSR.
  • 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 S 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 Iraq agrees to a proposal to end Persian Gulf War US calls the plan unacceptable
  • 1991-03-03 Latvia & Estonia vote to become independent of the USSR
  • 1991-03-17 9 of 15 Soviet reps officially approve new union treaty
  • 1991-03-19 Gorbachev says the Soviet Union will cut its oil exports by nearly half
  • 1991-03-31 Georgian SSR votes on whether to remain in the Soviet Union
  • 1991-03-31 Soviet Rep of Georgia endorsed independence; Warsaw Pact dissolves
  • 1991-04-09 Georgia SSR votes to secede from USSR
  • 1991-04-23 USSR grants republics right to secede under certain conditions
  • 1991-05-18 USSR launches 2 cosmonauts to MIR space station
  • 1991-05-20 Soviet parliament approves law allowing citizens to travel abroad
  • 1991-06-04 Robert Strauss becomes US ambassador to Soviet Union
  • 1991-07-31 The Medininkai Massacre in Lithuania. Soviet OMON attacks Lithuanian customs post in Medininkai, killing 7 officers and severely wounding one other.
  • 1991-08-05 Sergei Bubka of USSR sets pole vault world record (6.10m) in Malmö Sweden
  • 1991-08-20 Estonia formally declares its independence from the USSR
  • 1991-08-21 Conservative coup in the Soviet Union is crushed by popular resistance led by Boris Yeltsin in three days
  • 1991-08-21 Latvia declares its independence from USSR
  • 1991-08-24 Mikhail Gorbachev resigns as head of USSR Communist Party
  • 1991-08-24 Ukraine declares independence from USSR
  • 1991-08-25 Norway & Denmark recognize independence of former USSR Baltic republics
  • 1991-08-27 Moldavia declares independence from USSR
  • 1991-08-29 USSR suspends Communist Party activities
  • 1991-09-06 USSR recognizes the independence of the 3 Baltic republics (Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania)
  • 1991-09-21 Armenia votes on whether to remain in Soviet Union
  • 1991-10-01 Soviet Union suspends petroleum product exports as its fuel shortages grow
  • 1991-10-05 USSR reduces nuclear weapons arsenal
  • 1991-12-21 Soviet Union formally dissolves as 11 of 12 republics sign treaty forming Commonwealth of Independent States
  • 1991-12-25 Mikhail Gorbachev formally resigns as President of USSR in a televised speech
  • 1992-01-01 The Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic is renamed the Russian Federation, becoming the successor state to the Soviet Union.
  • 1992-03-14 Soviet newspaper "Pravda" suspends publication
  • 1992-04-01 World's 7 wealthiest nations agree on $24B aid for former USSR
  • 1992-08-01 USA/USSR Around World Air Race begins at Santa Monica
  • 1992-10-25 Lithuania holds a referendum on its first post-Soviet constitution.
  • 1993-09-22 Supreme Soviet dismisses President Boris Yeltsin

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2001-02-18 FBI agent Robert Hanssen is arrested for spying for the Soviet Union. He was ultimately convicted and sentenced to life in prison.

FBI Agent and Soviet Spy Robert Hanssen
FBI Agent and Soviet Spy
Robert Hanssen
  • 2001-06-27 Pope John Paul II beatifies 28 Ukrainian Greek Catholics, including 27 martyrs most of whom were killed by the Soviet secret police. Beatification takes place at the service in Lviv, western Ukraine during his first visit to this country.
  • 2005-11-25 Polish Minister of National Defence Radek Sikorski opens Warsaw Pact archives to historians. Maps of possible nuclear strikes against Western Europe, as well as the possible nuclear annihilation of 43 Polish cities and 2 million of its citizens by Soviet-controlled forces, are released.
  • 2006-11-12 The former Soviet republic of South Ossetia holds a referendum on independence from Georgia.
  • 2007-04-27 Estonian authorities remove the Bronze Soldier, a Soviet Red Army war memorial in Tallinn, amid political controversy with Russia.

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