Mikhail Gorbachev is born in Stavropol into a mixed Russian-Ukrainian family
Gorbachev joins the Communist Party while attending Moscow University
Elected as General Secretary by the Politburo, now leader of the Soviet Union
Mikhail Gorbachev introduced Glasnost, allowing for more transparency within the Communist Party, opening room for criticism and comments from citizens as well as giving more freedom of speech to individuals.
Along with Glasnost, Gorbachev implemented Perestroika in an attempt to prevent economic stagnation and promote economic and social growth.
Gorbachev liberates eastern bloc, reunifying Berlin from its long division by the Berlin Wall
Gorbachev is awarded Nobel Peace Prize for bringing an end to the Cold War peacefully
Founds The Gorbachev Foundation, one of the independent think tanks in modern Russia