Jan 18 Polish United Workers' Party votes to legalize Solidarity.
Jan 20 George H. W. Bush succeeds Ronald Reagan as the 41st President of the United States of America.
Feb 5 Border Guards shoot and kill a person seeking to flee to West Germany
Feb 6 Government of Poland holds formal talks with representatives of Solidarity movement for the first time since 1981.
Feb 14 Last Soviet troops leave Afghanistan.
Feb 21 Prague: Vaclav Havel sentenced to nine months in prison
March 16 Soviet Union approves agricultural reforms allowing farmers the right to lease state-owned farms for life.
March 23–28 Kosovo: 6 days of rioting by the Albanian majority, during which at least 29 people are killed.
March 27 The first contested elections for the Soviet parliament result in losses for the Communist Party.
April 5 Agreement signed restoring Solidarity to legal status, and agreeing to hold democratic elections on June 1.
April 9 Georgian demonstrators are killed by Red Army soldiers in Tbilisi's central square; 20 citizens are killed
April 15 The death of Hu Yaobang sparks the beginning of the Tiananmen Square protests
April 17 Poland, Solidarity is again legalized and allowed to participate in semi-free elections on June 4.
April 21 Students from Beijing, Shanghai, Xi'an, and Nanjing begin protesting in Tiananmen Square.
April 27 A major demonstration occurs in Beijing, as part of the Tiananmen Square protests.
May 2 The first crack in the Iron Curtain: Hungary dismantles barbed wire fencing along the border with Austria.
May 11 Gorbachev visits China
May 17 More than 1 million Chinese protestors march through Beijing demanding greater democracy.
Havel released from prison
May 19 Zhao Ziyang meets the demonstrators in Tiananmen Square.
May 20 Chinese government declares martial law in Beijing.
May 29 Yeltsin gains a seat on the Supreme Soviet of the Soviet Union.
Goddess of Democracy statue is unveiled in Tiananmen Square by student demonstrators.
June 4 Tiananmen Square crackdown takes place in Beijing
Nov 24 Prague: Miloš Jakeš and other leaders of the Communist Party resign. Jakeš is replaced by Karel Urbánek.
Alexander Dubcek addresses a rally of 250,000 people
Nov 26 Bulgarian secret police is dissolved.
Nov 27 A two-hour general strike takes place in Czechoslovakia.
Nov 28 Communist Party of Czechoslovakia announces they will give up their monopoly on political power.
Dec 1 In a meeting with Pope John Paul II, Gorbachev pledges greater religious freedom for citizens of the Soviet Union.
East Germany's parliament abolishes the constitutional provision granting the Communist monopoly on power.
Dec 3 The entire leadership of the ruling Socialist Unity Party in East Germany, including Egon Krenz, resigns.
Malta Summit –Bush and Gorbachev release statements indicating that Cold War may be coming to an end.
Dec 6 Egon Krenz resigns and is replaced by Manfred Gerlach, the first non-Communist to hold that post.
Dec 7 Lithuania becomes first of the republics of the Soviet Union to abolish Communist Party's monopoly on power.
Dec 9 Socialist Unity Party of Germany elects the reformist Gregor Gysi as party leader.
Dec 10 President of Czechoslovakia Gustáv Husák swears in a new cabinet and then immediately resigns as president.
Victor Stănculescu – replaced Milea as minister of defense
Army General Victor Atanasie Stanculescu and Virgil Măgureanu - members of the Military Tribunal
Todor Zhivkov – Communist leader for 35 years
Petar Mladenov – Foreign Minister who replaced Zhivkov
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