1982 (Amer) April 2: Argentina invades the Falkland Islands, starting the Falklands War.
(Eur) May 30: Spain joins NATO.
(Mid East) June 6: Israel invades Lebanon to end raids and clashes with Syrian troops based there.
(Eur) Nov 10 Brezhnev died of a heart attack.
(Eur) Nov 14: Yuri Andropov becomes General Secretary of the Soviet Union.
1983 Mar 8, Pres Reagan called the USSR an "Evil Empire."
(Amer) March 23: Ronald Reagan proposes the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI, or "Star Wars").
(Asia) Sep 1: Korean Air Lines Flight 007 with 269 passengers, shot down by Soviets.
Sep 26, Soviet Union's early warning system wrongly signaled launch of a US missile.
(Amer) Oct 25: US invade Grenada
(Eur) Nov 2: Exercise Able Archer 83 - Soviet air defenses mistake a test of NATO's nuclear-release procedures as fake cover for a NATO attack; in response, Soviet nuclear forces are put on high alert.
1984 (Amer) Jan: US President Ronald Reagan outlines a foreign policy speech reinforcing his previous thoughts
(Eur) Feb 9 Andropov died
(Eur) Feb 13, Chernenko was chosen to be general secretary.
(Eur) July 28: Various allies of the Soviet Union boycott 1984 Summer Olympics.
(Amer) Aug 11, Reagan during a voice test "My fellow Americans, I'm pleased to tell you today that I've signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in five minutes."
(Eur) Dec 16: Margaret Thatcher meets with Mikhail Gorbachev at Chequers.
1985 (Eur) March 10 Chernenko died of Emphysema.
(Eur) March 11: Mikhail Gorbachev becomes leader of the Soviet Union.
(Amer) May 20, FBI arrested John A. Walker. US Navy Chief Petty Officer spy.
(Eur) Aug 6: Soviet Union begins what it has announced is a 5-month unilateral moratorium on the testing of nuclear weapons.
(Eur) Nov 21: Reagan and Gorbachev meet for the first time at a summit in Geneva, they agree to two (later three) more summits.
1986 (Africa) Feb 13: France launches Operation Sparrowhawk in an effort to repulse the Libyan invasion of Chad.
(Mid East) April 15: US planes bomb Libya (Operation El Dorado Canyon).
(Eur) April 26: Chernobyl disaster
(Eur) Oct 11-12: Reykjavík Summit:
(Amer) Oct 17: Reagan signs into law approving $100 million of military and "humanitarian" aid for the Contras.
(Amer) Nov 3: Iran-Contra affair: Reagan administration announces that it has been selling arms to Iran to free hostages
1987 (Eur) May 28, West German pilot, landed a private plane in Moscow's Red Square.
(Eur) June: Gorbachev announces Glasnost and Perestroika.
(Eur) June 12: Reagan challenges Soviet Premier Mikhail Gorbachev to tear down the Berlin Wall.
(Africa) Sep 10: The Battle of Cuito Cuanavale (Angola) begins.
(Amer) Dec 8 - The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty is signed in Washington, DC
1988 (Eur) Feb 22: Incident: USS Yorktown and USS Caron are rammed off Crimean peninsula after entering Soviet waters.
(Eur) May 11: Kim Philby dies in Moscow.
(Asia) May 15: The Soviets begin withdrawing from Afghanistan.
(Eur) May 29- Jun 1, Reagan and Gorbachev Moscow summit
(Eur) Jul 1, A four-day national conference of Communist Party members ended in Moscow.
(Africa) Dec 22: South Africa withdraws from South West Africa (Namibia).
1989 (Amer) Jan 20: George H. W. Bush is inaugurated as the 41st President of the US.
(Asia) Feb 2: Soviet troops withdraw from Afghanistan.
(Asia) May 15, Gorbachev arrived in Beijing for first Sino-Soviet summit.
(Asia) June 4: Tiananmen Square protests are crushed by the communist Chinese government.
(Eur) Aug: Solidarity Movement in Poland elects first non-communist government in Eastern Block.
(Eur)Oct 18: Hungary allows multiparty political system and free elections. 20-year rule of Erich Honecker ends in East Germany.
(Eur) Nov 9: The Berlin Wall is torn down.
Nov 11 El Salvador Civil War: The FMLN capture part of San Salvador.
(Eur) Nov 17 Velvet Revolution: An anti-Communist protest in Czechoslovakia was ended violently by the police.
(Eur) Dec 3 : Malta Summit, Gorbachev and George H. W. Bush declare that a long-lasting peaceful era has begun.
(Amer) Dec 14: Democracy is restored in Chile.
(Eur) Dec 16-25: Romanian Revolution. Rioters overthrow regime of Nicolae Ceauşescu, executing him and his wife, Elena.
1990 Jan 11, Gorbachev visited Lithuania
(Eur) Jan 31: The first McDonald's in Moscow, Russia opens.
(Eur) Feb 4, Cheering protesters thronged Moscow streets to demand that the Communists surrender their stranglehold on power.
(Eur) Feb 7, Communist Party agreed to let other political parties compete for control of the country.
(Eur) March 11 Singing Revolution: Lithuanian government declared its independence from the Soviet Union.