Cold War Reference Library Volume 2 Almanac by Lawrence W. Baker, Richard Clay Hanes Sharon M. Hanes

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The “space race” became a key feature of the Cold War rivalry between the two superpowers. NASA tackled several avenues of research, including manned and unmanned spaceflight, information-gathering satellites, and aircraft safety research. Landmark successes came quickly: On May 5, 1961, Project Mercury launched the first American in space, Alan B. Shepard Jr. (1923–1998). On February 20, 1962, John H. Glenn Jr. S. astronaut to orbit Earth. However, continued Soviet advances in the “space race” had led President John F.

August 20–September 9, 1991 The various Soviet republics declare their independence from the Soviet Union, including Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Ukraine, Belorussia, Moldovia, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Kirgizia, and Tadzhikistan. October 3, 1991 West and East Germany reunite as one nation. December 8, 1991 Russia, Ukraine, and Belorussia create the Commonwealth of Independent States organization as an alliance replacing the Soviet Union. December 25, 1991 Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev resigns as the Soviet president, and the Soviet Union ceases to exist.

April 16, 1970 Strategic arms limitation talks, SALT, begin. S. S. forces of Cambodia to destroy North Vietnamese supply camps. May 4, 1970 Four students are killed at Kent State University as Ohio National Guardsmen open fire on antiwar demonstrators. October 25, 1971 The People’s Republic of China (PRC) is admitted to the United Nations as the Republic of China (ROC) is expelled. S. president Richard Nixon makes an historic trip to the People’s Republic of China to discuss renewing relations between the two countries.

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