“Founder of transplantology” successfully joins two dogs in controversial transplant experiment

February 24, 1954 Moscow, Russia Vladimir Petrovich Demikhov successfully joins two dogs in a controversial transplant experiment Demikhov had previous experimented with dogs, trying to perfect organ transplant with hearts and lungs; his hope was to eventually perform successful organ transplants on humans. After completing several organ transplants, Demikhov began experimenting with creating two-headed dogs.…

The execution of the Romanovs

July 16, 1918 Yekaterinburg, Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic Czar Nicholas II, his family, and a few of his servants are executed Nicholas, the last Czar of Russia, abdicated his throne following the February Revolution of 1917. They were imprisoned until the night of July 16/early hours of July 17 when they were shot, clubbed,…

Monk dies, leaves a remarkably well-preserved mummy

June 15, 1927 Buryatia, Siberia, Russia Dashi-Dorzho Itigilov, a Buryat Buddhist lama, dies at the age of 75 while meditating in the lotus position Itigilov's wishes were to be buried in the position in which he died, the lotus position he assumed during meditation. He was buried according to his wishes in a pine box…

Cosmonaut Vladimir Komarov’s fatal crash after being sent to space in a dangerously shoddy vessel

April 24, 1967 Orenburg Oblast, Soviet Union Cosmonaut Vladimir Mikhaylovich Komarov (Влади́мир Миха́йлович Комаро́в) is killed when returning to Earth during a space flight Komarov knew the space capsule he was to use was unsafe, as did his friend, fellow cosmonaut, and first man in space Yuri Gagarin. Gagarin and a team of technicians found…