Today is the 40th anniversary of the first Lunar Landing. I wondered what the top moments in USA/USSR history would be, and I'll be focusing on space exploration and hockey. Also, there's nothing going on in the NHL now. In no particular order, here are the ones I came up with:
1960 Olympics, Squaw Valley, CA - Now, the tournament format meant that it wasn't quite as dramatic as USA vs. USSR in the semifinals as in 1980. However, the final round pitted the finalists from the first round into another round robin tournament. One could argue that Canada was a bigger threat than USSR in this case, and you'd be mostly right. USA won 5 out of 5 games to bring home the gold, and Canada lost only to USA. However, the USA beat most other teams by a wide margin, and beat both Canada and USSR by one goal.
The big part of this is that from 1956 to 1992 (if you include the unified team) the Soviet Union managed to win every gold medal in Ice Hockey except for 2 - 1960 and 1980. The 1980 victory has overshadowed the 1960 victory, thanks to time and a couple movies made about the 1980 team.
Advantage: USA! USA! USA!
Number 5 is up to audience participation. Since I was about 7 when the Soviet Union fell, I might be missing something here. So: What's your favorite Cold War moment?