Recent Event Highlights: Agreement to end US involvement in Vietnam War, US extends Vietnam War, and 18 more...
Created by bentbro on Jun 2, 2010
Last updated: 06/03/10 at 07:06 PM
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People gathered in the streets of the Soviet Union supporting Gorbachev. It was led by Boris Yeltsin. The communist party lost power in the Soviet Union and turned into 15 independent republics. One of the republics was the Russian Federation lead by Boris Yeltsin. This was important because people in the Soviet Union now had freedoms that they didn't have before.
After the Berlin Wall fell Germany was reunified into one Germany. Because the wall fell Germany got rid of the communist government. This is important because one of the main communist governments was now gone.
The Berlin Wall stopped travel from East Germany into West Germany. After it was tore down people rushed through the open gates and reunited with family they haven't seen in years. This was important because Germany wasn't a communist government any more and the people from East Germany now had more freedoms than before.
This is important because in more and more countries communism was starting to fall.
Students from China gathered in Tiananmen Square to protest prodemocracy. The Chinese government didn't like this, so tanks were sent in and killed hundreds of people. Some people were imprisoned and even crushed by the tanks. This was important because the US stopped arms sales to China due to this.
This treaty reduced the number of nuclear weapons in the world. This was important because people in the world would now be safer without so much nuclear weapons.
The US sold weapons to Iran so they would promise to get Lebanon terrorist groups to release American hostages. The Iran people didn't listen though, so the US used money to help the Contra in Nicaragua. This is important because Congress banned the sending of money to the Contras and administers were arrested for this.
He was the new leader of the Soviet Union. His policies were glasnost and perestroika. He wanted people to be able to be open about things they said and what the government did. This was important because the communist government fell a couple of years later due to his leading.
This was to prevent the island from forming into a communist outpost and the protect the lives of US medical students. This was important because the US was taking more steps to stop communism.
The Soviets invaded Afghanistan because they wanted to prop up the tottering communist government. As a result of this, Carter withdrew the SALT 2 treaty and imposed penalties on the Soviets. This is important because tensions grew between the US and the Soviets so much that the US withdrew from the 1980 Summer Olympics held in Moscow.
Iran captured 66 Americans and held them hostage for 444 days. This was important because it heightened tensions between the US and the Middle East.
Two nations pledged to limit nuclear arms production. The US talked with the Soviets, which lead to the production of SALT 2. This was important because countries couldn't make as much nuclear weapons, which protected all countries from an attack.
North and South Vietnam didn't honer the Paris Peace Accords, they continued to fight. The Soviet supplied North Vietnamese took over Saigon. This is important because after the fight, Vietnam was unified under one flag.
South Vietnam, North Vietnam, and the US signed the Paris Peace Accords, which stated that they agreed to cease-fire and US troops would withdraw from South Vietnam. This is important because it finally meant the war was over for US troops.
Abbreviated for Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty. This froze the deployment of missiles and limited anti ballistic missiles. This is important because it reduced the tensions between the US and Soviets.
Nixon addressed American people, telling them that he was going to continue the war into Cambodia. This was important because it showed how committed the US was to saving freedom around the world.
This was the first successful time a man landed on the moon. This is important to US history because the US was the first country to land a man on the moon.
The gradual removal of US troops from Vietnam. Also, US troops helped train South Vietnam troops, they taught them how to operate the machinery. This is important because the US was finally getting out of the war.
This was named after the Vietnamese Lunar New Year. It was a planned assault on 36 capitals and 5 major cities, which included the US Embassy. This is important because communists wouldn't give up until the population of these cities took up arms in their support.
This authorized the president to take all necessary actions he needed to protect the US from an attack. This also prevented further aggression. This was important because it gave great war powers to President Johnson.