Tag Archives: Russia

July 8, 1709

On July 8, 1709, Peter I of Russia defeated Charles XII of Sweden at the Battle of Poltava. This effectively sent Sweden to the B-Team as a mover and shaker in Europe’s power struggles. The Swedes, while not very happy with the… Continue reading

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June 29, 1914

On June 29, 1914, Jina Guseva attempted to assassinate the most evil man in Russia. That’s right, she stabbed and tried to kill Grigori Rasputin in his home town of Pokrovskove, Siberia. Rasputin was visiting his wife and… Continue reading

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June 26, 1718

On June 26, 1718, Tsarevich Alexei Petrovich of Russia, Peter the Great’s son, died under mysterious circumstances after being sentenced to death by his father for plotting against him. The only mystery was why he didn’t… Continue reading

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June 18, 1998

On June 18, 1998, the newspaper, “The Boston Globe” asked Patricia Smith to resign after she admitted to inventing people and quotes in four of her recent columns. She did resign in disgrace. Damn. If she had just held out for… Continue reading

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February 10, 2009

On February 10, 2009, two communication satellites collided over Siberia. The American Iridium 33 was in its assigned lane driving the speed limit, when the derelict Russian Kosmos-2251 came barreling over the horizon. It tried to pass on the right … Continue reading

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January 31, 1929

On January 31, 1929, Joseph Stalin had Leon Trotsky exiled from the USSR. Apparently, Leon, one of the original band members of Lenin’s group was too popular with the common Russian people and Iron Joe did not like to share … Continue reading

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November 29, 1961

On November 29, 1961, Enos, an American chimpanzee was launched into space by NASA. He was the third hominid and first chimpanzee to achieve Earth orbit. The first two hominids were Soviet astronauts Yuri Gagarin and Gherman Titov. The Americans … Continue reading

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October 30, 1961

On October 30, 1961, the Soviet Party Congress finally approved a resolution to remove Stalin’s body from Lenin’s tomb in the Red Square. It was all part of Russia’s de-Stalinization efforts to show its citizens and the world that Stalin … Continue reading

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October 9, 1989

On October 9, 1989, Tass, the official Soviet news agency reported that a shiny, globe-like UFO had been spotted at the city of Voronzh, in southwestern Russia. The report included that a trio of tall aliens with small heads had … Continue reading

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October 1, 1939

On October 1, 1939, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill made the comment that Russia was a “riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma”. Russians where thankful and polite about Churchill’s flattery, but they wanted to know why people considered … Continue reading

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