Soviet Union in History (Part 13)

Historical Events

Events 1201 - 1,234 of 1,234

  • 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 S 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

BattleCoup d'état

1991-08-19 Conservative members of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union attempt to depose Mikhail Gorbachev in a coup d'état

Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev
Soviet General Secretary
Mikhail Gorbachev
  • 1991-08-20 Estonia formally declares its independence from the USSR

BattleCoup d'état

1991-08-21 Conservative coup in the Soviet Union is crushed by popular resistance led by Boris Yeltsin in three days

Russian President Boris Yeltsin
Russian President
Boris Yeltsin
  • 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 is 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.

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • 2005-11-25 Polish Minister of National Defence Radek Sikorski opens Warsaw Pact archives to historians. Maps of possible nuclear strikes against Western Europe, including nuclear annihilation of 43 Polish cities by Soviet-controlled forces revealed
  • 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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