Tag Archives: Russia

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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September 24, 1961

On September 24, 1961, “The Bullwinkle Show” a cartoon about a clueless North American moose and his more intelligent and friendly flying squirrel companion premiered during prime-time television on NBC-TV.  The cartoon was originally shown on ABC during the afternoon … Continue reading

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September 17, 1922

On September 17, 1922, Radio Moscow began transmitting. One of the first radio shows broadcasted on the new radio station was “101 uses for a potato”. Ninety-eight of the uses involved turning the potatoes into vodka.

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August 29, 1991

On August 29, 1991, the Supreme Soviet of the Soviet Union suspended all activities of the Soviet Communist Party. Four months later, the Soviet Union would cease being the Soviet Union and revert back to calling itself Russia. It has … Continue reading

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August 22, 1990

On August 22, 1990, angry smokers blocked a street in Moscow to protest the summer-long cigarette shortage. Unlike other protests, there wasn’t much marching or shouting of slogans. Just a bunch of wheezing, coughing and sullen people standing around not … Continue reading

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