Nicholas was the last Russian Czar before being overthrown by the Bolshevik party.
Karl Marx's followers, the Marxists establish the Social Democratic Labor party. Notable leaders were Vladimir Lenin, Leon Trotsky, and Joseph Stalin.
Lenin's reign from when he was assigned leader in 1903 to his death in 1924.
Nicholas II and his family are murdered and his reign is ended. The Red Army fights White Russians (anti-communists) and wins. The Bolshevik party is renamed to the Russian Communist Party.
Lenin dies of 3 consecutive strokes.
Stalin and Trotsky were next in line to lead the Russian Communist Party, Trotsky ends up being deported to Turkey and later assassinated there.
Stalin replaces Lenin until he dies in 1953 of a stroke.
The US and the USSR are in headlock over communism and nuclear arms. No real military action is taken.
Stalin dies of a stroke and is succeeded by Nikita Krushev.
The Soviet Union launches Sputnik, the first man-made satellite to orbit Earth.
The Soviet Union launches the first human into space - Yuri Gagarin.
After America attempts to overthrow Fidel Castro, the USSR builds nuclear bases in Cuba to deter further attacks. It was the closest they came to launching nuclear devices during the Cold War.
The USSR supports North Vietnam against the US.
Mikhail Gorbachev becomes leader of the Soviet Union initiating a campaign of openness called "glasnost" and restructuring called "perestroika"
Nuclear meltdown occurs in nuclear generator in Chernobyl, rendering the area uninhabitable due to radiation.
First Soviet space station is launched into orbit.
Word got out that Germans could travel between East and West Berlin freely. They overtook the guards and families were reunited.
The Soviets lose the war against Afghanistan.
Boris Yeltsin is the first elected leader of Soviet Russia
The Soviet Union's economy fails due to excessive military spending. It becomes an independent federation much like the United States.