October 7, 1949 – East Germany created

October 7, 1949 – East Germany created

Less than five months after Great Britain, the United States, and France established the Federal Republic of Germany in West Germany, the Democratic Republic of Germany is proclaimed within the Soviet occupation zone.

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February 4, 1965 – Rumors fly about U.S.-Soviet pressure on allies in Vietnam

February 4, 1965 – Rumors fly about U.S.-Soviet pressure on allies in Vietnam

McGeorge Bundy, American Special Assistant for National Security, arrives in Saigon for talks with U.S. Ambassador General Maxwell Taylor.

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December 29, 1956 – United States prepares new strategic plan for Middle East

December 29, 1956 – United States prepares new strategic plan for Middle East

Just days before an official announcement is to be issued by the Eisenhower administration, the New York Times leaks the news that the United States is preparing a major policy statement on the Middle East.

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December 25, 1991 – Gorbachev resigns as president of the USSR

December 25, 1991 – Gorbachev resigns as president of the USSR

In truth, there was not much of a Soviet Union from which to resign–just four days earlier, 11 of the former Soviet republics had established the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), effectively dismembering the USSR.

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