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October 15, 1990 Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his reforms that ended the Cold War. November 14, 1990 Various nations sign the Charter of Paris for a New Europe, ending the economic and military division of Europe created by the Cold War. July 1, 1991 The Warsaw Pact disbands. August 19, 1991 Soviet communist hardliners attempt an unsuccessful coup of Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, leading to the banning of the Communist Party in Russia and other Soviet republics.
A country made up of fifteen republics, the largest of which was Russia, that in 1991 became independent states) had risen to the status of superpowers, extremely powerful nations that dominated world politics. Eventually, the two countries were involved in what became known as the Cold War. The Cold War was a period of mutual fear and distrust, brought about by the differing ideologies, or set of beliefs, of these two nations. The Cold War did not begin on a 1 Words to Know Allies: Alliances of countries in military opposition to another group of nations.
March 1990 Lithuania declares independence from Moscow. March 14, 1990 Mikhail Gorbachev is elected president of the Soviet Union. March 18, 1990 Open East German elections lead to a major defeat of Communist Party candidates. 1989 Wayne Gretzky becomes professional hockey’s alltime leading scorer. 1989 A major earthquake hits San Francisco, California. 1989 1990 The Simpsons debuts on the FOX network. 1990 xlvi Cold War: Almanac May 29, 1990 Boris Yeltsin is elected president of the Russian republic.