1981: 4 minutes to midnight—The USSR invades Afghanistan.
1984: 3 minutes to midnight—U.S. and USSR communication goes silent; the United States mulls space-based missile capacity.
1988: 6 minutes to midnight—The US and the USSR sign the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty.
1990: 10 minutes to midnight—Eastern European countries gain independence from the Soviet Union.
1991: 17 minutes to midnight—Cold War ends. The US and Russia make significant reductions to respective nuclear arsenals.
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