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Notable events on this day in Russian history
1689: Sofia Miloslavskaya, Peter the Great's half-sister, confined to Novodevichy convent
1914: In World War I, the Russians were heavily out-maneuvered by the Germans under Hindenburg and Ludendorff at the battle of Tannenberg (actually located at Allenstein, but the battle was renamed by Germans to be a symbolic counterweight to their medieval loss at Tannenberg). Over 30,000 Russians were killed.
1926: Yevgeny Leonov, actor, born
1933: Soviet Union signed a five-year nonagression pact with fascist Italy
1935: Valentin Gaft, actor, born
1962: Soviet Union agreed to send arms to Cuba to help it meet "threats from aggressive imperialist elements."
1991: US recognizes independence of Baltic states.
1992: The United States and Russia agreed to a joint venture to build a space station.
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