The world’s biggest country, in a magazine. Since 1956.
Notable events on this day in Russian history
1576: Ivan IV returns to the throne after having abdicated for a year in favor of Simeon Bekbulatovich.
1581: A Cossack army of 840 men, led by Yermak and including 300 Livonian prisoners of war, two priests, and a runaway monk assembled on the banks of the Kama River near Kankor and headed out on a quest to conquer Siberia.
1899: Andrei Platonov, writer, born (died 1951)
1911: Peter Stolypin, prime minister, assassinated
1919: State Institute of Cinematography founded.
1939: Universal military service (3 years in army; 5 in navy) is enstated. Draft age lowered to 19 (18 for secondary school grads).
1939: Germany invaded Poland with 1.8 million troops, beginning World War II, one week after the signing of the the Russian-German Nonaggression Pact.
1961: New ICBM tests announced. U.S.S.R. announced that it would launch a series of more powerful and improved rockets; R-16.
1972: Bobby Fischer defeated Boris Spassky to claim the World Chess Championship
1986: Soviet Union announced accident involving the Admiral Nakhimov the night before; 448 people were killed.
1996: Chechen terrorists seized some 2,000 hostages in the southern Russian town of Beslan and threatened to kill them if their demands were not met. Two days later, in a massive shootout, the hostages were free, although over 300 died, along with the terrorists.
Free Weekly Russia File newsletter. Exclusive discounts.