On This Day: June 29th

On June 29th 1914 KhioniyaGuseva attempted to assassinate Grigori Rasputin, Rasputin was visiting his family inPokrovskoye when Guseva attempted to kill him. He had just received a telegram and left his home to reply to it when he was attacked by Guseva who drove a knife into his abdomen. Guseva purportedly screamed “I have killed…

On This Day: June 21st

On June 21st 1900 China formally declared war on Britain, France, the United States, Germany and Japan; this was as an edict issued from the Empress Dowager Cixi. This declaration was a part of the Boxer Rebellion that lasted from 1899-1901. The Boxer Rebellion was a violent anti-foreign and anti-Christian uprising which took place in…

On This Day: June 11th

On the 11th of June 1937 Stalin the leader of the Soviet Union had eight army leaders executed, this was part of the Great Purge under Stalin’s leadership. The Great Purge was a campaign of political repression in the Soviet Union which occurred from 1936 to 1938. It involved a large-scale purge of the Communist…

On This Day: June 6th

June 6th 1971 was the date Soyuz 11 launched,  Soyuz 11 was the only manned mission to board the world’s first space station, Salyut 1. The mission arrived at the space station on 7 June 1971 and departed on 30 June. The mission ended in disaster when the crew capsule depressurised during preparations for reentry,…

On This Day: May 26th

On the 26th of May 1896 Nicholas II was formally coronated as Tsar, he would be the last tsar of Imperial Russia. The coronation was held in Uspensky Cathedral located within the Kremlin. The Silk Imperial Crown Of Russia was used, as an official coronation gift of the Russian Empire. Nicholas II was the first…

On This Day: May 8th

May 8th has gone down in history as the day battling in Europe, as part of World War II, came to an end. The greatest threat to long-term peace and the lives of so many, Nazi Germany, had signed an unconditional surrender. The German forces agreed to the surrender in Reims, France on May 7th…

On This Day: April 12th

In 1961 on April the 12th Yuri Gagarin became the first human to travel into outer space, he performed the first manned orbital flight, Vostok 1. This was a part of the Cold War space race between the two superpowers; the Soviet Union and the United States of America. The space race had begun shortly…