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09 Feb 1950: McCarthy launches anti-red crusade
18 May 1950: US and Europe agree Nato aims
25 Jun 1950: UN condemns North Korean invasion
15 Jan 1953: East German purge begins
30 Mar 1951: Rosenbergs guilty of espionage
16 Mar 1953: Marshal Tito makes historic visit to London
18 Feb 1954: McCarthy hunts 'army Communists'
01 Mar 1954: US tests hydrogen bomb in Bikini
02 Dec 1954: US Senate condemns McCarthy
02 Dec 1954: US pledges to defend Nationalist China
09 May 1955: West Germany accepted into Nato
14 May 1955: Communist states sign Warsaw Pact
25 Feb 1956: Khrushchev lashes out at Stalin
23 Oct 1956: Hungarians rise up against Soviet rule
04 Nov 1956: Soviet troops overrun Hungary
15 May 1957: Britain drops its first H-bomb
04 Oct 1957: Sputnik satellite blasts into space
07 Aug 1958: Arthur Miller cleared of contempt
23 Feb 1959: Macmillan and Khrushchev talk peace
24 Jul 1959: Khrushchev and Nixon have war of words
26 Aug 1959: US to 'stand by' West Germans
31 Aug 1959: Anglo-US TV debate makes history
17 May 1960: East-West summit in tatters after spy plane row
19 Aug 1960: Moscow jails American U-2 spy pilot
29 Sep 1960: Khrushchev anger erupts at UN
27 Dec 1960: France explodes third atomic bomb
13 Aug 1961: Berliners wake to divided city
30 Oct 1961: World condemns Russia's nuclear test
10 Feb 1962: Russia frees US spy plane pilot
28 Oct 1962: World relief as Cuban missile crisis ends
21 Dec 1962: America to sell Polaris to Britain
11 May 1963: Moscow jails British 'spy'
26 Jun 1963: Kennedy: 'Ich bin ein Berliner'
14 May 1964: Nasser and Khrushchev divert the Nile
15 Oct 1964: Khrushchev 'retires' as head of USSR
09 Mar 1967: Stalin's daughter defects to the West
21 Aug 1968: Russia brings winter to 'Prague Spring'
24 Jul 1969: Briton freed from Soviet prison
19 Mar 1970: Willi and Willy meet in East Germany
30 Sep 1971: Foreign Office names Soviet superspy
22 May 1972: President Nixon arrives in Moscow
24 Jun 1974: Labour rift over nuclear test
18 Jun 1979: Leaders agree arms reduction treaty
22 Jan 1980: Soviet dissident Sakharov banished
10 Nov 1982: Brezhnev rumours sweep Moscow
23 Mar 1983: Reagan launches Cold War into space
01 Sep 1983: Korean airliner 'shot down'
08 May 1984: Moscow pulls out of US Olympics
16 Dec 1984: Gorbachev visit to Britain a 'success'
23 Aug 1985: West German spy chief defects to East
28 Aug 1985: East Germans charged with espionage
18 Sep 1987: Superpower treaty to scrap warheads
23 Sep 1987: Ban lifted on MI5 man's memoirs
13 Sep 1988: Cubans blame shooting on 'CIA plot'
16 Jun 1989: Hungary reburies fallen hero Imre Nagy
07 Nov 1989: Protests force out East German rulers
09 Nov 1989: Berliners celebrate the fall of the Wall
03 Dec 1989: Malta summit ends Cold War
22 Dec 1989: Brandenburg Gate re-opens
31 Jul 1991: Superpowers to cut nuclear warheads
25 Aug 1997: East German leader guilty of Berlin Wall deaths Search ON THIS DAY by date
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