Timeline

Year   Month Event
1953 Feburary  Formation of the Balkan Pact
  March Death of Joseph Stalin
  April Soviet "Peace Offensive" 
  June Arrest of Lavrentii Beriya 
  June  June 17 uprising in East Germany 
  July Signature of the Korean Armistice Agreement 
  September  Election of Nikita Khrushchev as First Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union 
  December Execution of Lavrentii Beriya 
1954
March  Formation of the K.G.B. 
  March Soviet recognition of East German sovereignty 
  April Defection of Vladimir Petrov from the Soviet Union 
  April Geneva Conference (1954) 
  October The Paris Accords allow for the accession of West Germany to NATO and an end to the Allied occupation of West Germany
1955
February Resignation of Georgii Malenkov as Premier of the Soviet Union 
  May Formation of the Warsaw Pact 
  June  Belgrade Declaration 
  July Geneva Summit (1955) 
  July Shooting down of El Al Flight 402 over Bulgaria
  November Nikita Khrushchev's tour to Afghanistan, India, and Burma 
1956
February  20th Congress of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union and Khrushchev's "Secret Speech" 
  June PoznaƄ uprising
  July Declaration of Brioni 
  August Banning of the Communist Party of Germany in West Germany 
  October Hungarian Uprising 
  October Polish October 
  October Suez Crisis 
1957
January  Appointment of Harold Macmillan as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom 
  October Launch of Sputnik 1 
  November Launch of Sputnik 2 
1958
March  Appointment of Nikita Khrushchev as Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the Soviet Union 
  June Execution of Imre Nagy for treason 
  November Start of the Berlin Crisis 
1959
  Onset of the Sino-Soviet split 
  February Harold Macmillan's visit to Moscow 
  September Nikita Khrushchev's visit to the United States of America 
1960
May  U-2 spy plane incident 
  July Shooting down of a United States Air Force B-47 Stratojet 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
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