Today in History for March 5th

Highlights of this day in history: The Boston Massacre; Winston Churchill’s ‘Iron Curtain’ speech; The Soviet Union’s dictator Josef Stalin dies; Comedian John Belushi found dead; Country singer Patsy Cline killed in a plane crash. (March 5

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Today in History for February 15th

Highlights of this day in history: The U.S. battleship Maine explodes in Havana harbor, bringing America closer to war with Spain; The Soviet Union’s last troops leave Afghanistan; Astronomer Galileo and suffragist Susan B. Anthony born. (Feb. 15)

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Unease over US exit in Afghan valley where Soviets were routed

Thirty years on, former mujahideen fighters recount the days of battling the Red Army in Afghanistan after the Soviet Union invaded the country in December 1979. The Soviets left the country for good on February 15, 1989 having suffered 15,000 losses — many in the unforgiving mountain passes of Panjshir.

Today in History for January 18th

(18 Jan 2019) Highlights of Today in History: Soviet Union breaks WWII Leningrad siege; Robert F. Scott reaches South Pole; Boston Strangler suspect Albert de Salvo convicted. (Jan. 18)

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Lavrov meets Kono amid tensions over disputed Kuril islands

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov meets Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono amid increasing tensions around the disputed Kuril islands. A decades-long row over the islands lingers as Moscow and Tokyo never signed a peace treaty after World War II due to the territorial dispute over the islands invaded by the Soviet Union in the final days of the war. IMAGES

Today in History for December 27

(27 Dec 2018) Highlights of this day in history: Soviet Union invades Afghanistan; Charles Darwin sets out on round-the-world voyage; Radio City Music Hall opens in New York; James Barrie’s play “Peter Pan: The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up” opens in London. (Dec. 27)

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The 40th edition of Havana Film Festival kicks off

The 40th edition of the Havana Film Festival in Cuba will open with a vastly reduced budget, a shadow of what it was in the heady days before the Soviet Union collapsed.