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On This Day

Notable events on this day in Russian history

1569: Poland and Lithuania unite in an Act of Union, seeming to herald the founding of a huge eastern empire.

1828: Russian State Library founded

1839: Silver ruble is created, equal to 3.5 paper rubles (assignatsia).

1865: First part of Tolstoy's War and Peace (titled "The Year 1805") published in Russkiye Vedomosti. Part 2 published in November.

1882: Moscow Telephone System established

1889: Vera Mukhina, sculptor, born (died 1953)

1894: Isaak Babel, writer, born (executed 1940)

1903: Chinese-Eastern Railway, from Harbin to Vladivostok, opened.

1907: Varlam Shalamov, writer, born (died 1982)

1968: US, Russia and UK sign Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty.

1991: Warsaw Pact disbanded