January 24, 1924

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 1924, the Russian city of St. Petersburg was renamed to Leningrad. It was changed back to St. Petersburg in 1991 making the following song obsolete.

Leningrad was St. Petersburg
Now it’s Leningrad, not St. Petersburg
Been a short time gone, St. Petersburg
Now it’s a Communist delight on a snowy night
Every gal in St. Petersburg
Lives in Leningrad, not St. Petersburg
So, if you’ve a date in St. Petersburg
She’ll be waiting in Leningrad.

Even Old Mumbai was once New Bombay,
Why’d they change it I can say
The Indians liked it better that way
So take me back to St. Petersburg
No, you can’t go back to St. Petersburg
Been a long time gone, St. Petersburg
Why’d St. Petersburg get kicked to the ditch
That’s nobody’s business but the Bolsheviks.

With apologies to ‘They Might Be Giants’.

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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