Sputnik Escalates the Cold War
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Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty signed



President Richard Nixon and a Soviet official sign the Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) Treaty on 26 May 1972. Soviet President Leonid Brezhnev stands in the background. The ABM Treaty was the first significant arms limitation treaty between the United States and the Soviet Union and represented a major, if temporary, thaw in the Cold War.

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