USSR stands for the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, which was also known as the Soviet Union. The USSR existed from 1922 until 1991. Following a long revolution and civil war that overthrew the Russian monarchy, it was established as a confederation of Russia, Belorussia, Ukraine and the Transcaucasian Federation.
The Soviet Union made up a total land area of 8,649,500 square miles, making it comparable to the size of North America and the world's largest state during its existence. It had a border spanning 37,000 miles, and its highest peak, Communism Peak (now known as Ismoil Somoni Peak), measured 24,590 feet.Learn More
A total of 58,209 Americans died in the Vietnam War. Of these, 47,424 are listed as combat deaths, and 10,785 are listed as being killed in other circumstances. In addition, 2,489 Americans are listed as missing.Full Answer >
The Rosenberg trial involved the conviction and execution of a married couple for passing information about nuclear technology to the Soviet Union. Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were associated with the American Communist Party, and their alleged actions may have aided the Soviet Union in constructing and testing atom bombs. The trial was controversial due to questionable testimony from the Rosenbergs' alleged accomplices, who were granted reduced sentences for their cooperation.Full Answer >
Ocean explorer Robert Ballard found the wreckage of the sunken RMS Titanic in 1986. He is also credited with discovering the sunken German battleship Bismarck and other shipwrecks. Ballard has conducted more than 120 deep-sea expeditions.Full Answer >
The location of flight MH370 is unknown as of 2014. Based on satellite data, experts believe the plane sank in the Indian Ocean west of Perth, Australia. Months after its disappearance, investigators kept searching under water for the missing aircraft and the remains of its passengers.Full Answer >