Victory in Europe Day celebrates the formal acceptance by the Allies of World War II of Nazi Germany’s unconditional surrender of its armed forces on Tuesday, 8 May 1945, marking the end of World War II in Europe. VE Day (or V-E Day in the United States) is observed by most Western European states on 8 May with several of the Channel Islands marking their … Continue reading Victory in Europe Day, AKA Liberation Day, Victory Over Fascism Day, and More….
On February 24, 1980, at Lake Placid in upstate New York, the United States Olympic Hockey Team defeated Finland 4–2 to win the gold medal. The U.S. team had beat the team from the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) two nights previously in a game since called the “Miracle on Ice.” The final rankings were based on points accumulated in matches against the other … Continue reading U.S.A. Wins the Gold!
S-56 was a Stalinets-class submarine of the Voyenno-morskoy flot SSSR (Военно-морской флот СССР), ‘Military Maritime Fleet of the USSR’) — the naval arm of the Soviet Armed Forces — known as the Soviet Navy or the Red Fleet in English. She was laid down by Shipyard #194 in Leningrad on November 24, 1936, and then shipped in sections by rail to Vladivostok where it was reassembled … Continue reading Soviet Submarine S-56
One of the first full sets of stamps from what was then Czechoslovakia that I recall obtaining was the 1945 issue portraying various personnel who had served during World War II. The first thing that interested me was that these were real, named, people. These weren’t the usual stamp subjects of generals, admirals and other commanders as their ranks ranged from a private in the … Continue reading Otakar Jaroš
On March 12, 1918, Moscow (Москва́ — Moskva) became the capital of Russia again after Saint Petersburg held this status for 215 years. Today, it is remains the capital and is the most populous city of Russia, with 12.2 million residents within the city limits and 17.1 million within the urban area. Moscow is recognized as Russian federal city. It is one of my favorite cities … Continue reading Moscow Kremlin
On December 30, 1922, the Treaty on the Creation of the USSR (Договор об образовании СССР) and the Declaration of the Creation of the USSR were confirmed by the 1st Congress of the Soviets of the USSR and signed by the heads of plenipotentiary delegations from the Russian SFSR, the Transcaucasian SFSR, the Ukrainian SSR and the Byelorussian SSR, forming the Union of Soviet Socialist … Continue reading Establishment of the USSR
One hundred years ago, on October 25, 1917, an armed insurrection occurred in the northwest Russian city of Petrograd (Петрогра́д) that came to be known as the October Revolution (Октя́брьская револю́ция — Oktyabr’skaya revolyutsiya). At the time, Imperial Russia used the Julian calendar; on the Gregorian calendar used in the West, the date of the Revolution converts to November 7. Petrograd had been founded by Tsar … Continue reading The October Revolution (1917-2017)
The Soviet Union (Сове́тский Сою́з — Sovetsky Soyuz in Russian), officially the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (Сою́з Сове́тских Социалисти́ческих Респу́блик (СССР) — Soyuz Sovetskikh Sotsialisticheskikh Respublik), also known unofficially as Russia (Росси́я — Rossiya), was a socialist state in Eurasia that existed from 1922 to 1991. Nominally a union of multiple equal national Soviet republics, its government and economy were highly centralized. The country was … Continue reading USSR #1284 (1948)