Events Leading Up to the End of the Cold War

Timeline created by Reuel
  • U.S. Boycott of the Summer Olympics

    U.S. Boycott of the Summer Olympics
    The boycott of the 1980 Summer Olympics was a U.S. lead boycott. The boycott was a protest to the Soviet Union's unjustified Invasion of Aghanistan.
  • Star Wars

    Star Wars
    The Strategic Defense Iniative was a program thought of and develpoed by U.S. president Ronald Reagan. Its purpose was to use alternative methods to destroy Soviet missiles while in space.
  • "Caribbean Basin Initative"

    "Caribbean Basin Initative"
    The "initative" was a U.S. program whose purpose was to provide tariff and trade benefits. It did its job and a program that it similar to it is still used today.
  • Gorbachev siezes the General Secretary position

    Gorbachev siezes the General Secretary position
    Mikhail Gorbachev was now in complete control of the Communist Party. Gorbachev was the last General Secretary of the Communist Party as it folded in 1991.
  • Iran-Contra Affair

    Iran-Contra Affair
    The affair was a political scandal. Senoir administrators in Reagan's cabinet were blamed for embezzling weapons to a highly controversial Iran.
  • INF Ratified

    INF Ratified
    INF was a treaty signed by both the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. It said that neither countries could launch weapons of mass destruction with intermediate range.
  • Berlin Wall Collapses

    Berlin Wall Collapses
    In 1989, the Berlin Wall, which had been standing for over 35 years, started to collapse. This is a huge part of the Fall of the Soviet Union as many other countries had been influenced to revolt.
  • McDlanalds opens in Moscow

    McDlanalds opens in Moscow
    The opening saw hundreds and hundreds of people flocking to McDonalds to get food. It was a major point in the Fall of the Union as people saw that a notorious sign of capitalism was seen indowntown Moscow.
  • Germany Reunified

    Germany Reunified
    Germany was reunified as one country for the first time since 1945. This was a substantial event because millions of Germans got their homeland back.
  • End of the Warsaw Pact

    End of the Warsaw Pact
    The Warsaw Pact was dissolved in officially dissollved. This meant that millions of Eastern Europeans were now free.
  • Yeltsin Elected

    Yeltsin Elected
    Yeltsin was the first president of the Russian Federation. It was a substantial event because there was a popular vote to elect Yeltsin.
  • Official Dissolution of the Soviet Union (Belavezha Accords)

    Official Dissolution of the Soviet Union (Belavezha Accords)
    This was the official end of the USSR. Millions of people were now released from the stern hand of communism. What had controlled Eastern Europe for over 70 years was now ridden and a new beginning was in place.