This Week in Cold War History, Week 12

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March 19th, 1949

March 19th, 1949

EAST GERMANY APPROVES NEW CONSTITUTION 

The People’s Council of the Soviet Zone of Occupation approves a new constitution.

This action, together with the U.S. policy of pursuing an independent pathway in regards to West Germany, contributed to the permanent division of Germany.

 

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March 20th, 1953

March 20th, 1953

KRUSHCHEV BEGINS HIS RISE TO POWER 

Nikita Khrushchev has been selected as a member of the new office of Secretariat of the Communist Party.

His selection was a first step in his rise to power in the USSR, culminating in Khrushchev being named secretary of the Communist Party in September 1953, and premier in 1958.

 

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March 23rd, 1983

March 23rd, 1983

REAGAN CALLS FOR NEW ANTI-MISSILE TECHNOLOGY 

President Ronald Reagan reveals a new US program to develop antimissile technology that would make the country nearly impervious to attack by nuclear missiles.

This speech marked the beginning of the controversial Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI).

 

 
Since the dawn of the atomic age, we’ve sought to reduce the risk of war by maintaining a strong deterrent and by seeking genuine arms control.
— Ronald Reagan