27 Nov 2010, 23:37
inb4: November 28, war begins between the US and the DPRK >_<
28 Nov 2010, 02:46
1895 - Alfred Nobel signed his last will, which established the Nobel Prize.
28 Nov 2010, 18:45
1987 – South African Airways flight 295 crashes into the Indian Ocean, killing all 159 people on-board. Conspiracy theorists believe the inflight fire that doomed the Boeing 747 may have been caused by weapons smuggling. SAA aircraft were notorious for smuggling weapons to South Africa during the Apartheid years.
1989 – Cold War: Velvet Revolution – In the face of protests, the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia announces it will give up its monopoly on political power.
29 Nov 2010, 05:13
1943 – The second session of AVNOJ, the Anti-fascist council of national liberation of Yugoslavia, is held in Jajce, Bosnia and Herzegovina, determining the post-war ordering of the country.
1944 – Albania is liberated by the Albanian partisans
1945 – The Federal People's Republic of Yugoslavia is declared.
1950 – Korean War: North Korean and Chinese troops force United Nations forces to retreat from North Korea.
01 Dec 2010, 09:02
Happy birthday, Harry. Sounds like you had fun.
1766 - Birth of Russian writer and historian Nikolai Karamzin
1855 - Tsar Alexander I of Russia dies
1896 - Birth of Russian general and Marshal of the Soviet Union Georgy Zhukov (frak yeah!)
1918 - The State of Slovenes, Croats and Serbs (aka Kingdom of Yugoslavia) is proclaimed.
1934 - Assassination of Sergei Kirov outside of the Leningrad Communist Party headquarters.
1955 - African-American woman Rosa Parks is arrested for refusing to give up her seat on a bus to a white man.
01 Dec 2010, 09:28
A former history student at my university, now a graduate student, is actually doing some research into that.
Things like this always lead to too many conspiracy theories. Leonid Nikolaev, the assassin, had been once held in custody by the NKVD after being caught with a firearm in his briefcase, supposedly, but he was released and allowed to keep his gun. Certain things, like the fact that Nikolaev was allowed to go despite being caught with a loaded revolver, the loosening of security, and the seemingly accidental death of someone on the security detail on that night shortly after, certainly do lead credibility to ideas of a planned operation, or at least, that the NKVD knew about the guy wanting to kill Kirov when they first caught him but did nothing to stop it. I've also heard things like how the guy who did it was jealous of Kirov, and he might have suspected an affair between the assassin's wife and Kirov. Then after he carried out the killing, the state saw the opportunity to crack down on potential opposition, or maybe the Party, or just Stalin himself, was genuinely shaken. It could have been more like the Reichstag Fire—not planned by the authorities, but which the authorities seized as an opportunity. Who knows?
01 Dec 2010, 15:52
Sorry, I only remember reading about it on Wikipedia, by searching for Sergei Kirov and Leonid Nikolaev.
01 Dec 2010, 19:23
1834 – Slavery is abolished in the Cape Colony in accordance with the Slavery Abolition Act 1833.
1864 – In his State of the Union Address President Abraham Lincoln reaffirms the necessity of ending slavery as ordered ten weeks earlier in the Emancipation Proclamation.
1955 – American Civil Rights Movement: In Montgomery, Alabama, seamstress Rosa Parks refuses to give up her bus seat to a white man and is arrested for violating the city's racial segregation laws, an incident which leads to the Montgomery Bus Boycott.
02 Dec 2010, 15:41
1954- The Senate votes 67-22 to condemn the actions of Senator Joseph McCarthy
1804- Napoleon names himself the First Emperor of the French
1823- The Monroe Doctrine is declared
1961- Cuban leader Fidel Castro declares himself a Marxist and promises to lead Cuba to revolution.
2001- Enron files for bankruptcy