The Chinese Communists in the People’s Liberation Army had been fighting the second stage of a long and costly civil war against the Nationalist forces of Chiang Kai-shek, known as the Kuomintang, since shortly after the end of the Second World War.
On the 24th September 1946, Clark Clifford and George Elsey presented a report to President Truman in which they recommended “restraining and confining” Soviet influence
On the 21st July 1970, construction was completed on the Aswan High Dam in Egypt.
The Kalashnikov AK-47 assault rifle went into production in the Soviet Union.
On the 28th May 1987, an eighteen year-old amateur pilot from Hamburg in West Germany illegally landed a private aircraft near Moscow’s Red Square.
On May 12th 1949, the Soviet Union ended its blockade of West Berlin.
The 8th May 1945 was Victory in Europe Day – a public holiday to celebrate the end of the Second World War.
Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were sentenced to death in the United States for conspiracy to commit espionage.
Vladimir Lenin introduced the New Economic Policy at the 10th Communist Party Congress.
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.