1953 Lavrentiy Beria,head of MVD, was arrested by Nikita Khrushchev and other members of the Politburo.
1953 Nikita Khrushchev is elected first secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.
1953 Nikita Khrushchev is appointed secretary-general of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.
1956 The XX Congress of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union begins in Moscow. On the last night of the meeting, Premier Nikita Khrushchev condemns Joseph Stalin's crimes in a secret speech.
1956 In his speech ''On the Personality Cult and its Consequences'' Nikita Khrushchev, leader of the Soviet Union denounces the cult of personality of Joseph Stalin.
1958 Nikita Khrushchev becomes Premier of the Soviet Union.
1959 At the opening of the American National Exhibition in Moscow, U.S. Vice President Richard Nixon and Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev have a "Kitchen Debate".
1959 Nikita Khrushchev becomes the first Soviet leader to visit the United States.
1959 Nikita Khrushchev is barred from visiting Disneyland.
1959 Iowa farmer and corn breeder Roswell Garst hosts Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev.
1960 Nikita Khrushchev demands an apology from U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower for U-2 spy plane flights over the Soviet Union thus ending a Big Four summit in Paris.
1960 Nikita Khrushchev, leader of Soviet Union, disrupts a meeting of the United Nations General Assembly with a number of angry outbursts.
1960 Cold War: Nikita Khrushchev pounds his shoe on a desk at United Nations General Assembly meeting to protest a Philippine assertion of Soviet Union colonial policy being conducted in Eastern Europe
1962 Cuban Missile Crisis: Soviet Union leader Nikita Khrushchev announces that he had ordered the removal of Soviet missile bases in Cuba.
1964 Leonid Brezhnev becomes the General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, and thereby, along with his allies - such as Alexei Kosygin - the leader of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR), ousting the former monolithic leader Nikita Khrushchev, and sending him into retirement as a nonperson in the USSR.