It would be decades till Russians occupied and controlled the White House.
After the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, the Woodpecker kept tapping for a couple more years and then fell silent. It was only after the Cold War ended that we were able to find out what it really was: The nearly 500-foot-tall metal wall known as Duga-3 was one of three radar installations capable of detecting incoming American missiles. That's not as interesting as our wild guess: Giant Gamera fence. But reality so rarely is.
Wow, what a truly amazing structure, rendered almost instantly obsolete by satellites.