February 15, 1950 – USSR and PRC sign mutual defense treaty

February 15, 1950 – USSR and PRC sign mutual defense treaty

The Soviet Union and the People’s Republic of China, the two largest communist nations in the world, announce the signing of a mutual defense and assistance treaty.

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January 6, 1950 – Britain recognizes China

January 6, 1950 – Britain recognizes China

The British government under Prime Minister Clement Attlee recognizes the People’s Republic of China (PRC), the new Chinese nation that had been proclaimed three months earlier by Communist leader Mao Zedong.

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December 28, 1989 – Dubcek returns to public office

December 28, 1989 – Dubcek returns to public office

Alexander Dubcek, former Czechoslovak leader and architect of the “Prague Spring,” is elected chairman of the new multiparty Czechoslovak parliament. It was the first time Dubcek held public office since being deprived of Communist Party membership in 1970.

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November 28, 1989 – Czechoslovakian Communist Party gives up monopoly on political power

November 28, 1989 – Czechoslovakian Communist Party gives up monopoly on political power

Confronted by the collapse of communist regimes in neighboring countries and growing protests in the streets, officials of the Czechoslovakian Communist Party announce that they will give up their monopoly on political power.

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October 6, 1970 – South Vietnamese forces withdraw from Cambodia

October 6, 1970 –  South Vietnamese forces withdraw from Cambodia

South Vietnamese military officials announce the end of a three-month operation in southeastern Cambodia and the withdrawal of the 12,000-man task force involved.

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