Shortly after midnight on the 25th February 1956, Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev delivered his ‘secret speech’, officially called “On the Cult of Personality and Its Consequences”, in a four hour “closed session” at the end of the 20th Party Congress of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.
Attended by the “Big Three” Allied leaders, the conference saw United States President Franklin D. Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Soviet Premier Joseph Stalin meet to discuss the government of post-war Europe.
On the 30th December 1922, the USSR – the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics – was founded.
The Soviet dekulakisation campaign began when Joseph Stalin announced the ‘liquidation of the kulaks as a class’.
On the 1st October 1928, the Soviet Union introduced Joseph Stalin’s first five-year plan.
On the 29th August 1949, the Soviet Union successfully detonated its first nuclear weapon codenamed RDS-1 and nicknamed First Lightning.
The Battle of Berlin ended after German General Helmuth Weidling surrendered to Soviet General Vasily Chuikov.
On the 14th January 1943, the Casablanca Conference began in Morocco.
Trotsky had been a key figure in the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917.
On May 12th 1949, the Soviet Union ended its blockade of West Berlin.