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30 August 2015


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On This Day

Notable events on this day in Russian history

1721: Treaty of Neustadt ends the Great Northern War. Russia obtains Livonia, Estonia, Ingria and part of Karelia.

1870: Lavr Kornilov, military, born

1877: Felix Dzerzhinsky, first head of the Cheka, born (died 1926)

1918: Lenin, after speaking at the Michelson factory in Moscow, was shot and wounded by Fanya Kaplan.

1934: Anatoly Solonitsyn, actor, born (died 1982)

1935: Alexei Stakhanov sets coal mining record: 102 tons of coal (14 times the norm) starting the Stakhanovite campaign.

1963: "Hot Line" communications link between Washington and Moscow was tested but never used

1991: Azerbaijan declared its independence from the Soviet Union