Soviet Union in History (Part 5)

Historical Events

Events 401 - 500 of 1,226

  • 1958-05-15 USSR launches Sputnik III
  • 1958-08-15 Soviet Marshal Bulganin resigns as director of State Bank
  • 1958-08-27 USSR launches Sputnik 3 with two dogs aboard
  • 1958-09-02 U.S. Air Force C-130A-II is shot down by fighters over Yerevan, Armenia when it strays into Soviet airspace while conducting a sigint mission. All crew lost.
  • 1958-09-20 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • 1958-09-30 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • 1958-10-02 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • 1958-10-05 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • 1958-10-10 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • 1958-10-12 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • 1958-10-15 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR

Nobel prizeNobel Prize

1958-10-23 Soviet novelist Boris Pasternak, wins Nobel Prize for Literature

Novelist & Poet Boris Pasternak
Novelist & Poet
Boris Pasternak
  • 1958-10-23 USSR lends money to UAR to build Aswan High Dam
  • 1958-10-24 USSR lends Egypt 400 million rubles to build Aswan Dam
  • 1958-11-01 USSR performs nuclear test
  • 1958-11-03 USSR performs nuclear test

  • 1958-11-27 USSR abrogates Allied war-time agreements on control of Germany
  • 1959-01-02 USSR launches Mechta (Luna 1) for 1st lunar fly-by, 1st solar orbit
  • 1959-01-28 Soviet Union wins 62-37 for 1st international basketball loss by US
  • 1959-03-16 Iraq & USSR sign economic and technical treaty
  • 1959-03-17 Australia & USSR restore diplomatic relations
  • 1959-05-10 Soviet forces arrive in Afghanistan

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1959-07-23 US Vice President Richard Nixon begins visit to the USSR

37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon
  • 1959-08-16 USSR introduces installment buying
  • 1959-08-17 USSR & Iraq signs contract for building Iraqi nuclear reactor
  • 1959-09-12 Luna 2 launched by USSR; 1st spacecraft to impact on the Moon
  • 1959-09-13 USSR's Luna 2 becomes 1st probe to contact another celestial body
  • 1959-09-14 Soviet Union's Luna-2 is 1st spacecraft to land on the Moon

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1959-09-15 Soviet Premier Khrushchev arrives in US to begin a 13-day visit

Soviet First Secretary Nikita Khrushchev
Soviet First Secretary
Nikita Khrushchev

Historic DiscoveryFar Side of the Moon Revealed

1959-10-07 Far side of Moon seen for the 1st time, courtesy of USSR's Luna 3 space probe

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The first ever photo of the far side of the Moon, taken by the Soviet spacecraft Luna 3
The first ever photo of the far side of the Moon, taken by the Soviet spacecraft Luna 3
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1960-02-27 US Olympic ice hockey Team beats USSR 3-2 en route to gold medal

Ice Hockey Player Bob Cleary
Ice Hockey Player
Bob Cleary

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1960-05-07 Leonid Brezhnev replaces Kliment Voroshilov as President of USSR

Soviet General Secretary Leonid Brezhnev
Soviet General Secretary
Leonid Brezhnev

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1960-05-07 USSR announces Francis Gary Powers confesses to being a CIA spy

Pilot and Spy Francis Gary Powers
Pilot and Spy
Francis Gary Powers
  • 1960-05-08 USSR & Cuba resume diplomatic relations
  • 1960-05-14 USSR launch 1st (unmanned) space capsule
  • 1960-05-16 Big 4 summit in Paris collapses as USSR levels spy charges against US
  • 1960-07-01 USSR shoots down US RB-47 reconnaissance plane
  • 1960-07-07 USSR shoots down a US aircraft over Barents sea
  • 1960-07-10 UEFA European Championship Final, Parc des Princes, Paris, France: Viktor Ponedelnik scores in extra time as Soviet Union beats Yugoslavia, 2-1
  • 1960-07-12 USSR's Sputnik 5 launched with 2 dogs
  • 1960-07-20 USSR recovers 2 dogs; 1st living organisms to return from space
  • 1960-08-13 USSR withdraws advisors from China
  • 1960-08-19 Francis Gary Powers convicted of spying by USSR (U-2 incident)
  • 1960-08-19 Soviet Sputnik 5 carries 2 dogs, 2 rats, 40 mice, 1 rabbit and fruit flies into orbit, - 1st animals to return alive from obit
  • 1960-08-20 USSR recovers 2 dogs, 1st living organisms to return from space
  • 1960-09-02 Tamara & Irina Press (Soviet Union) become first sisters to win Olympic gold medals; Tamara wins Rome Olympics shot put one day after Irina takes out 80m hurdles
  • 1960-10-12 Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev bangs his shoe on his desk at UN General Assembly session
  • 1960-10-24 Disaster on USSR's Baikonoer launch pad, kills missile expert Nedelin & team (165 die-unconfirmed); USSR claims killed in plane crash
  • 1961-02-12 USSR launches Venera 1 toward Venus
  • 1961-02-13 Soviet Union fires a rocket from Sputnik V to Venus

Space Dog Laika Launched to her DeathSpace Dog Laika Launched to her Death

1961-03-09 Soviet flight Sputnik 9 carries and returns from orbit a dog named Chernushka (Blackie), frogs and a guinea pig

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Laika in her space box, from which she was never to emerge
Laika in her space box, from which she was never to emerge
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  • 1961-03-13 Landslide in USSR, kills 145
  • 1961-04-14 1st live television broadcast from Soviet Union
  • 1961-06-04 US President John F. Kennedy and Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev meet at the Vienna Summit in Austria
  • 1961-06-16 Soviet ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev defects to West at Le Bourget Airport in Paris
  • 1961-08-07 Soviet premier Khrushchev predicts USSR economy will surpass US
  • 1961-08-30 USSR says it will resume nuclear testing
  • 1961-09-01 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 1961-09-05 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 1961-09-06 USSR performs nuclear test at Kapustin Yar USSR
  • 1961-09-10 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • 1961-09-12 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • 1961-09-13 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 1961-09-13 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR

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1961-09-14 Dmitri Shostakovich becomes member of CP of USSR

  • 1961-09-14 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • 1961-09-16 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • 1961-09-17 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 1961-09-18 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • 1961-09-20 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • 1961-10-02 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • 1961-10-04 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • 1961-10-06 USSR performs nuclear tests at Kapustin Yar & Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • 1961-10-08 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya, USSR
  • 1961-10-11 USSR performs nuclear test
  • 1961-10-12 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 1961-10-21 USSR performs nuclear test at Sary Shagan USSR
  • 1961-10-23 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • 1961-10-25 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • 1961-10-27 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya & Sary Shagan USSR
  • 1961-10-30 Soviet Union tests a 58 megaton hydrogen bomb named Tsar Bomba, the most powerful nuclear weapon ever detonated

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1961-10-30 Soviet Party Congress unanimously approves a resolution removing Stalin's body from Lenin's tomb in Red Square as part of de-Stalinization efforts

Soviet General Secretary Joseph Stalin
Soviet General Secretary
Joseph Stalin

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1961-11-11 Molotov, Malenkov and Kaganovitsj expelled from USSR's communist party

Soviet Foreign Minister Vyacheslav Molotov
Soviet Foreign Minister
Vyacheslav Molotov
Soviet Leader Georgy Malenkov
Soviet Leader
Georgy Malenkov
  • 1961-11-30 USSR vetoes Kuwaits application for UN membership
  • 1961-12-10 USSR & Albania break diplomatic relations

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1962-01-23 British intelligence officer Kim Philby defects to USSR

  • 1962-02-02 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 1962-02-10 USSR swaps spy Francis Gary Power to US for Rudolph Abel
  • 1962-03-18 Dmitri Shostakovich becomes member of Supreme Soviet of USSR
  • 1962-06-10 Igor Ter-Ovanesyan of USSR, sets then long jump record at 27' 3½"
  • 1962-07-12 1st time 2 manned crafts in space (USSR)
  • 1962-07-27 USSR performs nuclear Test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • 1962-08-07 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR

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