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WWII – The 75th Anniversary – Eastern Front

1 September 1941

Army Group North closes in on the city of Leningrad (St. Petersburg). Continue reading “WWII – The 75th Anniversary – Eastern Front”

1914 – The Battle of Tannenberg

26-30 August

The Battle of Tannenberg saw the German forces under the command of Paul von Hindenburg inflict one of the most complete defeats in military history on the Russian second army.

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1908 – The Tunguska event

30 June

The Tunguska event was a large explosion that occurred near the Stony Tunguska River, in Yeniseysk Governorate (now Krasnoyarsk Krai), Russian Empire, on this day in 1908.

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1905 – Battleship Potemkin.

27 June

During the Russo-Japanese War, sailors start a mutiny aboard the Russian battleship Potemkin.

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1941 – World War II – Operation Barbarossa

22 June

Operation Barbarossa was the code name for Nazi Germany’s World War II invasion of the Soviet Union, which began on this day in 1941. The operation was driven by Adolf Hitler’s ideological desire to conquer Soviet territory, even though he was still fighting the British Commonwealth in the west.

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1986 – The Chernobyl nuclear disaster

26 April

The Chernobyl disaster was a catastrophic nuclear accident that occurred on this day in 1986 at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in the city of Pripyat, then located in the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic of the Soviet Union. Continue reading “1986 – The Chernobyl nuclear disaster”

1945 – Battle of Bautzen

26 April

The Battle of Bautzen is the last successful German tank-offensive of the war and last noteworthy victory of the Wehrmacht. Continue reading “1945 – Battle of Bautzen”

1613 – Michael I is unanimously elected Tsar by a national assembly, beginning the Romanov dynasty of Imperial Russia

21 February

Michael I of Russia became the first Russian Tsar of the house of Romanov after the zemskiy sobor of 1613 elected him to rule the Tsardom of Russia. He was the son of Feodor Nikitich Romanov (later known as Patriarch Filaret) and of Xenia (later known as “the great nun” Martha). He is also a nephew of Feodor I (the last Rurikid Tsar) through his aunt Anastasia Romanovna (his paternal grandfather’s sister) and through marriage with Tsar Ivan IV of Russia. His accession marked the end of the Time of Troubles of 1598-1613.

1905 – Bloody Sunday in Saint Petersburg, beginning of the 1905 revolution

22 January

Bloody Sunday is the name given to the events of Sunday, 22 January 1905 in St.Petersburg, Russia, when unarmed demonstrators led by Father Georgy Gapon were fired upon by soldiers of the Imperial Guard as they marched towards the Winter Palace to present a petition to Tsar Nicholas II of Russia. Continue reading “1905 – Bloody Sunday in Saint Petersburg, beginning of the 1905 revolution”

1950 – The first prototype of the MiG-17 makes its maiden flight

14 January

The Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-17 is a high-subsonic fighter aircraft produced in the USSR from 1952 and operated by numerous air forces in many variants. It is an advanced development of the very similar appearing MiG-15 of the Korean War. Continue reading “1950 – The first prototype of the MiG-17 makes its maiden flight”

1979 – The Soviet Union invades the Democratic Republic of Afghanistan

27 December

The Democratic Republic of Afghanistan, renamed in 1987 to the Republic of Afghanistan, existed from 1978 to 1992 and covers the period when the socialist People’s Democratic Party of Afghanistan (PDPA) ruled Afghanistan. The PDPA came to power through a coup known as the Saur Revolution, which ousted the government of Mohammad Daoud Khan. Daoud was succeeded by Nur Muhammad Taraki as head of state and government on 30 April 1978. Continue reading “1979 – The Soviet Union invades the Democratic Republic of Afghanistan”

1925 – Secret agent Sidney Reilly is executed

5 November

Sidney George Reilly (c. 1870 – c. 1880 – c. 1925), commonly known as the so-called “Ace of Spies”, was a secret agent of the British Secret Service Bureau, the precursor to the modern British Secret Intelligence Service (MI6/SIS). Continue reading “1925 – Secret agent Sidney Reilly is executed”

1975 – First flight of the MIG-31

16 September – On this day

The MIG-31, designated by NATO the ‘Foxhound’ was the Russian replacement for the MIG-25 ‘Foxbat’ and the Russian answer to the American F-15. The MIG-31 entered service on 6 May 1981 and was one of the fastest fighter jets in the world able to reach about Mach 2.85. A total of 519 of these fighters were built with production ending in 1984. The MIG-31 is expected to remain in service until 2030.

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Featured image: “Russian Air Force Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-31 Pichugin-1” by Dmitriy Pichugin

Schematics: “MiG-31” by Kaboldy – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons

Archaeologists examine the campsite of 1813 shipwreck survivors

Working closely with the U.S. Forest Service and the Sitka Tribe of Alaska, an international team of researchers funded by the National Science Foundation has begun to piece together an archaeological and historical narrative of how the crew of the wrecked 19th century Russian-American Company sailing ship Neva survived the harsh subarctic winter. Continue reading “Archaeologists examine the campsite of 1813 shipwreck survivors”

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