March 12, 1990 |
A senior West German official declared Sunday that only the four principal victorious World War II Allies could participate with Bonn and East Berlin in talks concerning German reunification. The statement by Interior Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble was certain to displease some other European nations, particularly Poland.
May 8, 1990 |
Six climbers from the United States, the Soviet Union and China reached the summit of Mt. Everest, the world's highest peak. The expedition was the first mounted jointly by the three nations on the 29,028-foot Himalayan peak. Bad weather delayed the climb, which had been planned for April 22 celebrations of Earth Day. Expedition members said one goal was to clean up garbage left by previous expeditions, either by burning it, burying it or hauling it down.
March 13, 1991 |
The Soviet Union probably will change its name to the Federation of Sovereign States, an aide to President Mikhail S. Gorbachev said. The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics must change its name because many of its 15 republics have dropped the words "Soviet" and "Socialist" from their own names, said Grigory Revenko, a presidential aide.
December 18, 1991 |
Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev, finally yielding in his battle to preserve the crumbling Soviet Union, declared Tuesday that he will accept the new Commonwealth of Independent States as its constitutional successor and said he is now working for an orderly transition. Gorbachev later agreed with Russian Federation President Boris N.
February 3, 1990 |
The Soviets, or at least their television news broadcasts, are coming to Orange County. KOCE Channel 50, the county's Public Broadcasting Station, announced Friday that it will air "Vremya," the Soviet Union's official, government-produced nightly newscast, weeknights at 11:30 beginning Feb. 12 for a two-week trial run. A spokesman for WGBH in Boston, which is coordinating the broadcasts, said they will be delivered by satellite to about 30 U.S.
March 3, 2006 |
It has persisted as one of the most mysterious cases of international intrigue in recent times: Who shot the pope? A committee of Italy's Parliament investigating the 1981 attempt to assassinate John Paul II released its conclusion Thursday that "beyond any reasonable doubt" the Soviet Union ordered the attack that seriously wounded the pope as he greeted crowds in St. Peter's Square. The Turkish gunman, Mehmet Ali Agca, was long ago condemned in the shooting and served 19 years in jail.
December 11, 1990
With the turn of the millennium approaching and the end of the Cold War remaking the map, governments around the world have sent scholars to their crystal balls. Most of the resulting reports have been unmemorable -- but one provocative forecast has come from the U.S. State Department.
May 11, 1994 |
From where we sat in the West back in 1989, the Soviet Union appeared as a massive fortress that suddenly and almost miraculously collapsed under its own dismal weight. What we did not see--and what we discover in Scott Shane's "Dismantling Utopia"--is that the Soviet Union had been undermined by a steady trickle of free thought that eroded the very foundations of one of the history's most sophisticated and entrenched police states.
November 7, 1989 |
In the spring and early summer of 1984, I watched two teen-agers in the selection process for the U.S. Olympic boxing team who looked to me like future superstars. As it turned out, neither made the Olympic team that year--1984 was too soon for them. But both left the impression that they were champions in early development. One was Mike Tyson, a 17-year-old pounder from Upstate New York who was still learning to box. An unpolished diamond.