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Notable events on this day in Russian history
1741: Elizabeth, daughter of Peter I, stages a coup and assumes power, imprisoning Ivan VI and his family.
1810: Nikolai Pirogov, surgeon, born
1887: Nikolai Vavilov, scientist, born (died 1943)
1936: Japan and Germany signed Anticomintern pact.
1936: Eighth Congress of Soviets begins. New Constitution is adopted on 12/5, written by Bukharin, Stalin declares it "the most democratic in the world." (ends 12/5/1936)
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